Following on from my notes on performance, here’s a brief video showing the speed of browsing a WriteToReply consultation document using digress.it. digress.it performance
I’ve just written an overview of performance related information when running JISCPress (and WPMU): http://code.google.com/p/jiscpress/wiki/PerformanceAdvice
digress.it version 2.3 was released last night and this marks the last major release of this WordPress plugin funded within the time frame of the JISCPress project. It is worth pointing out that our project funding effectively boot strapped the re-birth of CommentPress and paid for Eddie Tejeda, the original CommentPress developer, to rewrite CommentPress from scratch into digress.it. I was recently told that this work has led to Eddie being asked by Cornell University to work on a really interesting and high-profile digress.it-based project for them which we’ll be announcing soon. It’s great to see JISC’s work sustained in this way and hear that digress.it will be properly maintained through additional funding.
This release brings better IE6 & 7 compatibility, a smoother, better Comment Box, a document section level comment view, an option to parse lists into separately commentable points, BuddyPress compatibility, document section level feeds and a bunch of bug fixes. Overall, it feels like stable, feature rich code.
As noted above, we added one more RSS feature which now means digress.it can be used as an RSS feed builder. Each paragraph in any given blog post/document section, can be extracted as an RSS feed ‘item’. See http://writetoreply.org/jiscstrategyreview/feed/paragraphlevel/8-measuring-success/ for an example (and note the /feed/paragraphlevel/post_slug/ syntax used!)
I’ll be writing more in the next day or so about all the other ‘open data’ end points that we’ve developed during the JISCPress project.
Thinking About User Tracking on WriteToReply http://j.mp/1Kixdg
I am at Lincoln LocalGovCamp, where 30 or so people have gathered to create an unconference around improving local government online. This morning, I started a session on online consultations where I talked about WriteToReply and the development of our ideas and the platform through the JISCPress project. There was a lot of positive feedback and twitter back channel chat about our work which was really encouraging. People seemed to appreciate our efforts around making the platform a source for open data via the URI switches, RSS feeds and Triplify end points. I’ve just given a five minute video interview where I introduce WriteToReply and JISCPress. It should appear on http://www.lgeoresearch.com/ soon.
We’ve got paragraph data output switches!
Err, I’ll let Tony explain what we might do with those…
Yesterday, I posted to the JISCPress mailing list about our use of semantic technologies. It’s a useful summary of where we are. I spoke to Leigh at Talis today and he thinks it’s a good approach with many potential benefits. He’s giving us access to the Talis Connected Commons platform. http://groups.google.com/group/jiscpress/browse_thread/thread/d2e69455c72f724a
#jiscri #talis Alex has checked in his WPMU Triplify script to Google Code. http://j.mp/78ywC This creates Linked Data RDF triples (or JSON) directly from the WPMU MySQL database. I wrote about this a while back: http://j.mp/2zXiR Our next step is to automate the upload of the RDF to Talis Connected Commons for use through their API: http://n2.talis.com/wiki/Platform_API The idea is that if the JISCPress platform was populated with hundreds/thousands of documents, each of these documents could become Linked Data (http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html). The content would be stored on the JISCPress platform but the RDF triples, pushed nightly to Talis.
An interview with Alex and Joss: http://blog.iedemonstrator.org/2009/09/05/interview-joss-winn-and-alex-bilbie-jiscpress/
20 second #jiscri pitch: JISCPress allows communities to comment on, discuss, annotate and review documents on the web in considerable detail. As a platform, JISCPress discovers relationships between hosted documents and provides ways to make document discovery easy and useful.
Thank you, Andy Powell and others at EduServe, for making these UK university browser use statistics available: http://efoundations.typepad.com/efoundations/2009/08/browser-use-in-uk-universities.html Very useful.
Watching a WordPress WordCamp video about how to optimise your website for Google search. There’s a nice overview of PageRank, good markup and advice on how to write well for search engines. http://wordpress.tv/2009/05/30/matt-cutts-google-sf09
Upgraded jiscpress.org to WPMU 2.8.3
I forgot to mention that we’ve got realtime notifications on the site, too. If someone comments while you’re reading a page, the comment box ‘pulses’ to tell you there’s a new comment.
Working on RSS feeds for comment authors, remote paragraph embedding, paragraphs available as JSON, txt, js and HTML, accessibility, lots of minor bug fixes and browser compatibility work. Not 100% perfect, but very usable. Thanks Eddie 🙂
The JISCPress Project Plan http://bit.ly/XKJqE Comments welcome. #jiscri
Finishing up the JISCPress Project Plan #jiscri http://bit.ly/P7E9n
I have just upgraded http://jiscpress.org to WPMU 2.8.1 (final)
Chatting with Eddie over IM. Catching up on the work he’s been doing this week. Paragraph embedding, comment author feeds, accessibility, threaded comments. Something to test in a couple of days.