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Hi!

We are a growing Wordpress shop here at UD, and I was wondering if anyone knows of a Wordpress plugin that would make Wp a local open access repository. We are looking for the following features:

- Profile pages for contributors
- Custom forms and page types to standardize submissions
- Connectors to Google Scholar or OER repositories
- Custom search and filtering

Let me know if you have tried or explored anything.

Mathieu
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Hi Mathieu,

while I was working at JISC CETIS we looked at some of the issues around using wordpress as a platform for OERs in a couple of contexts. 

A number of the projects in the UKOER 2 programme collections strand tried using wordpress as a repository aggregator - they seemed to have a fair bit of success with plugin in single sources of content but hit the normal problems which go with trying to automate the cleaning of aggregated data from multiple sources.

A few of key issues we found in terms of managing local content:
*post author and article author aren't the same so that confuses the generation of metadata and rss around the asset
*post date and article date aren't the same so that confuses the generation of metadata and rss around the asset
*wordpress seems to raise the visibility of OER content in SEO terms but the site, titles, and descriptions need to think through SEO practice  
*there doesn't seem to be anyone actively working on creating an OAI-PMH endpoint for wordpress and although it may be technically possible there are, perhaps, questions about how useful it would actually be (in OER terms most people who would want to use it *may* be able to use RSS as easily). I appreciate the case for OAI-PMH is (at least in theory) different for scholarly works. 

this isn't a complete list but here's some of sources it's based on

sources/ further info

exploring wordpress use as part of a hackday (both of these pages are notes)

written up by the folk from Oxford:

and their further work in trying to develop wordpress as a content aggregator

my colleague Phil Barker was also involved through his work on the Delores project: 

I appreciate this only looks at some of the issues you mentioned.

As an aside it's interesting to note that a number of the projects which used wordpress in this development programme have subsequently switched to using other platforms - purely on the basis of fitting with other institutional tech commitments. If you're moving more widely to using WP across the institution some of these approaches could be of interest.
cheers,
John

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Twitter: @kavubob


Thanks John, That is totally helpful.

I'll pass this around internally.

Any other pointers from others on this list? Even standalone reasonably priced/open source products?

Mathieu
==================================
Mathieu Plourde, MBA
Project Leader, LMS/Educational Technologist
IT Client Support & Services
mathieu@udel.edu
Office: 302-831-4060
==================================
IT Support Center: http://www.udel.edu/help
Sakai@UD Support and Training: http://www.udel.edu/sakai/training
Open Education at UD Blog: http://sites.udel.edu/open/



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