Launching the website

The wraps come off this week. We’re ready to make any improvements based on your feedback. (Email us anytime.)

You may be interested to know how the website was built.

We chose Textpattern, an open-source publishing tool, to power the project. Textpattern holds all content in a database, allowing for automatic archiving and cross-referencing. It outputs this content in clean accessible XHTML.

We commissioned freelance developer Michael Manfre to write the plugins to enable community log ins and submissions. Users are presented with simple forms to add their stories and photos, and given 7 days to edit their work, before it is sent to the moderation queue. A Librarian then publishes the story to the site.

Michael’s excellent work is now available to others who use the Textpattern system. We liked the fact that an ‘open source’ memory bank for Mosman was driven by ‘open source’ software.

The website’s design and deployment was handled inhouse at Mosman Library, led by Local Studies Librarian Ms Donna Braye and Mosman Council’s Internet Coordinator. The logo is by Kasia Froncek and the icons are courtesy Mark James.

Mosman Library · 1 May 2006 · #

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