Notes on the Commercialisation Web Project

This project is officially tracked on the devproj website.


  • Setup development Zope/Plone server. Done.
  • Clarify which builtins already meet the requirements for a deliverable. Done-ish (see below)
  • Give an estimate to the effort required for each deliverable.
  • Prioritise the deliverables with customer.
  • Start implementing deliverables.

There is quite a lot of overlap with this project and work we are doing to provide an institute in a box in Plone as part of DevProj 93. Until that is complete, these milestones are on hold.

Handover docs from Iain

Attached is the list of requirements with a note of what can/can't be done and what I think would satisfy them.

The modules are all installed on leuchars, with plone admin account "same as san(blc)" and the grub pass.

Some of the modules didn't work with plone 3.0 by default and you have to look at

to fix them, most of them have issues with importing CMFCore.permissions and the fix is detailed at

The list

  • Cosign authenticated access control. Support for users with EASE accounts.
  • Provision of some kind of site search mechanism to search on keywords.
    • get free with zope/plone
  • Plone News module appropriately integrated into the new Informatics skin and News web page template. The news module will be driven from a database which can be updated on a regular basis by the commercialization staff. The news module should allow administrative staff to add/edit/remove articles and publish them to the website. There should be an RSS feed so viewers can subscribe to our news releases. A list of most recent news summaries will be displayed along with a list of archived months. Viewers should be able to select an individual news article which will take them to a page displaying that individual news article.
    • qRSS2 or builtin for RSS
    • need to ask about news "database"
  • Plone events calendar and registration module integrated into the new Informatics skin and Events web page template. The events module allows users to view all internal and external events that are of interest to Informatics Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer (with ICAL and VCAL support). The events page will enable administrative staff to post new types of events which are of interest to Informatics commercialization. Events may be internal or external. Provide an event subscription based system so that site visitors can register for events and also have the option of being notified of new events that are added to the calendar.
    • Probably calendarX
  • Plone Blog module appropriately integrated.
    • Quills CORElog
  • Plone Wiki module appropriately integrated.
    • zwiki
  • Plone Forum module appropriately integrated. This module will provide an online forum system for discussions.
  • Plone Photo Gallery module appropriately integrated. This module will allow a user to create a photo or picture gallery on a page.
    • slimbox
  • Plone Multimedia module appropriately integrated. This will provide the ability to embed video on a page with viewer, like YouTube .
  • Plone module to generate random content for the main page (eg. profile of a technology spin-out, recent news or event) appropriately integrated.
  • Plone module to display the technology licensing database from ERI appropriately integrated. This would require a feed of data from ERI that is cached in a Plone accessable database as a separate process. This will highlight all technology available for license. If we cannot get an ERI feed then we would have to maintain the local database manually - hence the module would need to allow administrative staff to manipulate licensed technology content.
  • Plone form for newsletter signup appropriately integrated. This allows a user to register name, company, address etc and to sign up for any newsletters.
    • plone gazzette
  • Ability for viewer to email web page to another person. Provide a link on page templates for user to click on to do this.
    • probably get for free issues with use as a spam relay.
  • Provide a "page not found" page when a URL is requested that does not exist - should include a link to click on to mail report about the missing page or bad link.
    • get for free

-- NeilBrown - 30 Sep 2008

Topic revision: r3 - 05 May 2009 - 10:35:19 - NeilBrown
DICE.CommercialisationWebProject97 moved from DICE.CommercialisationWebProject on 05 May 2009 - 10:31 by NeilBrown - put it back
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