These are my notes from the presentation, Extending the CMS to Galleries by Dafydd James at the MCG Spring meeting. Dafydd’s slides for Extending the CMS to Galleries are online. There’s some background to my notes about the conference in a previous post. Any of my comments are in [square brackets] below.
This paper talked about extending the CMS discussed in Building a Bilingual CMS. See also notes from the following talk on ‘Rhagor – the collections based website from Amgueddfa Cymru‘.
Oriel I [pronounced ‘Oriel Ee’ rather than ‘Oriel one’ as I first thought] is an innovative and flexible gallery, created under budget constraints. Dafydd worked with the curatorial departments and exhibition designer.
They assigned static IP addresses to all PCs in gallery. Web pages ran in kiosk software on Windows XP PCs.
They had to get across to curators that they didn’t have much room for lots of text, especially as it’s bilingual. The system responds quickly if user interacts – on release action, though interactions need to be tested with ‘normal’ people. Pre-loading images helps.
They’re looking at using Linux, they want more flexibility than Site Kiosk which uses an IE6 engine.
They’re thinking about logging user actions to find out what the popular content is, get user feedback, and they’re trialling using handhelds with the CMS to deliver smaller versions of webpages.