Saturday, April 02, 2005

uPortal update

Copy of email summary and a link to go with.

 

At JHU we (the JH central IT department and the Library) are currently in the midst of providing a reference implementation of a portal, with the goal of demonstrating its features and getting buy-in from other departments and divisions to develop loosely coupled services using well-defined API's.

We chose uPortal for our reference implementation poortal platform due to its features, wide adoption, commitment to standards (supporting JSR168 portlets and WSRP for example), and existing community of implementors and developers.

One of the Very Important take-home points from the aforementioned demonstration will be to show interoperabilty between different portal implementations.  The RI portal will be uPortal, but we hope to demonstrate that a single portlet can be implemented in a portal-platform-agnostic way, facilitating reusablity and reducing the vendor-lockin associated with proprietary commerial softare.

3 comments:

Sue Woodson said...

I have two points--one is disagreement and the other is a suggestion.

1. This ain't nonsense--it's way cool.

2. The HERMES implementation would be more of an eye grabber if you focused on just the Newspapers and dumped the other stuff. Eventually we could add other categories like Reference but I think having a small amount of really good, clean content will catch faculty attention more than having a large quantity of material.

A newspapers portlet could be made into a resource of interest to practically anyone in the University. To be really useful it would need a little bit of work on the HERMES end.

One of the things we want to do with HERMES is set up the newspapers category so that we can distinguish between
**current full text
**historical full text
**bibliographic indexes to newspapers.

If we did this, you could then set the portlet to just get current newspapers. Right now you could really irritate people by giving them links to indexes instead of full text. Alternatively you could display them all but divided up by type--that's what we want to show on the library pages.

You could also provide a portlet to online catalogs of important libraries in other countries... The French National Library, British National Library, Australia, several in Italy. HERMES has some of them already in it and I'm working with Sue Waterman to expand the number we include.


OK, I'll stop rambling. We can talk next week.

This is really, really great. Congratulations to you and Nathan.

Sue Woodson said...

I have two points--one is disagreement and the other is a suggestion.

1. This ain't nonsense--it's way cool.

2. The HERMES implementation would be more of an eye grabber if you focused on just the Newspapers and dumped the other stuff. Eventually we could add other categories like Reference but I think having a small amount of really good, clean content will catch faculty attention more than having a large quantity of material.

A newspapers portlet could be made into a resource of interest to practically anyone in the University. To be really useful it would need a little bit of work on the HERMES end.

One of the things we want to do with HERMES is set up the newspapers category so that we can distinguish between
**current full text
**historical full text
**bibliographic indexes to newspapers.

If we did this, you could then set the portlet to just get current newspapers. Right now you could really irritate people by giving them links to indexes instead of full text. Alternatively you could display them all but divided up by type--that's what we want to show on the library pages.

You could also provide a portlet to online catalogs of important libraries in other countries... The French National Library, British National Library, Australia, several in Italy. HERMES has some of them already in it and I'm working with Sue Waterman to expand the number we include.


OK, I'll stop rambling. We can talk next week.

This is really, really great. Congratulations to you and Nathan.

esm said...

> 1. This ain't nonsense--it's way cool.

Heh, I just don't want to get people's expectations too high :) And I *am* adding stuff in my "Nonsense" topic area.

> 2. The HERMES implementation would be more of an eye grabber if you focused on just the Newspapers and dumped the other stuff.

Ok, I've added support for this in the code by allowing someone to specify the "root" or "base" subject from which to build out the subject tree. That way we could construct links that identify "Newspapers" as the root subject and the tree builds out from there.

> think having a small amount of really good, clean content will catch faculty attention more than having a large quantity of material.

Simple and clean is good!

> One of the things we want to do with HERMES is set up the newspapers category so that we can distinguish between
**current full text
**historical full text
**bibliographic indexes to newspapers.

Yes - at CNI there was another guy who has a Hermes-like browse interface, and each resource was categorized as holding Images, Abstracts, Full Text, Indexes etc. This would be very helpful to have.

> If we did this, you could then set the portlet to just get current newspapers.

Yes.

> You could also provide a portlet to online catalogs of important libraries in other countries... The French National Library, British National Library, Australia, several in Italy. HERMES has some of them already in it and I'm working with Sue Waterman to expand the number we include.

Better yet if these are z39.50 libraries we can support searching them as well...


> OK, I'll stop rambling. We can talk next week.

How about next :)

> This is really, really great. Congratulations to you and Nathan.

Couldn't do it without him -
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