Plonified: Harvard SEAS hits Plone site trifecta
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be presenting bits on the recently launched Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences public web site, intranet and faculty/lab subsite infrastructure based on Plone.
After initially attending Plone developer training from Jazkarta, SEAS engaged Jazkarta’s professional services team on a larger site redesign project involving the following key facets:
- A new information architecture and visual design that would increase awareness of research happening at the school.
- A new intranet site that would offer the SEAS community easier access to important resources.
- A scalable Plone software architecture that would…
- Accommodate a shared authentication system.
- Integrate with a centralized LDAP-based user directory.
- Provide faculty and staff organization tools including directory listings and bios.
- Aggregate and distribute news and events syndicated through other university systems.
- Support multiple faculty/staff-managed “subsites” within a common infrastructure.
- A soup-to-nuts implementation that would leverage Jazkarta’s expert team of designers and Plone developers.
You can get a more thorough background of the project via a talk given this spring at World Plone Day 2009 Boston, an event hosted by SEAS and the Boston Plone Users Group.
See the video from this presentation.
In forthcoming posts, we’ll dig deeper into project requirements, project management techniques, and Plone best practices, including some exciting uses of emerging Plone technologies and community-provided extensions. For now, congratulations are in order to our friends in the SEAS Communications and Computing & IT groups. The SEAS team provided excellent leadership, content, and technology support during the project. Best of luck to SEAS with their new site!