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1 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Indico: The Future of CDS Agenda Thomas Baron (IT-UDS-AVC)

2 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Presentation Overview Current Situation CDS Agenda and Indico Compared Migration plan Perspectives … and demo

3 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Current Deployment Situation (1) Both CDS Agenda and Indico are currently in production at CERN CDS Agenda: Exists since 1999 Stores timetable of events and related files Hosts mainly seminars, meetings and small conferences Is installed in several places worldwide:several places worldwide CERN (> Agendas, ~ files) more and more users 25 institutes: IN2P3, NiKHEF, Fermilab, ICTP, Elettra Trieste… Is used to create headers of many web pages (CERN, ATLAS, CMS…) Is available as open-source under the GNU GPL

4 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Current Deployment Situation (2) Indico European project: In production at CERN since 2004 (first time use: CHEP’2004) Currently hosts >25 conferences Currently big events only Usage is growing fast (+50 % in 6 months) Also available as open-source under the GNU GPL

5 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Current Deployment Situation (3) Indico (main features) Helps managing the conference: Programme setup Document submissions (abstracts, files) Tracks management Registration management Publications generation: Conference DVD Helps with conference proceedings Various lists (authors, presenters, abstracts, registrants…) Exposes its public data through an OAI gateway Uses CDS as metadata search engine

6 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN CDS Agenda and Indico Compared (1) CDS Agenda Weaknesses:InDiCo Answers: Not flexible enough (rigid structure: agenda->session- >talk) Allows all combinations of elements Not portable enoughIs easily portable to all platforms (windows, linux…) Not enough possibilities of delegating the modification Integrates a complete delegation mechanism at all levels (from the management of single files to the whole conference) Not enough protection mechanisms Integrates a complete protection solution CDS Agenda was the basis for Indico specifications Indico solves many CDS Agenda weaknesses:

7 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN CDS Agenda Weaknesses:InDiCo Answers: Dynamic htmlStandard html 4.0 Local login onlyLocal or global login (NICE) Not suited for big conferences (modification interface tends to be very slow – missing features) Manages as easily simple events and huge conferences without any performance loss Implements traditional conference management processes (user registration, call for abstract…) CDS Agenda and Indico Compared (2)

8 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Migration (1) Migration kit developed at CERN Command-line python program Overview of the migration: Simple mapping between all descriptive data in CDS Agenda and Indico Same hierarchical organisation Close event representation File system Will be distributed to all existing CDS Agenda installations worldwide

9 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN pcdh94 pcdh90 agenda.cern.ch File archive Zope DB Mysql DB indico.cern.ch HTTP server Migration (2) Now

10 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN sunuds95 pcdh94 indico.cern.ch HTTP server pcdh90 Zope DB File archive Migration (3) After

11 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Migration (4) ProblemsSolutions existing external links to CDS Agenda items/files/categories redirection to Indico scripts (ids are preserved by the migration) non web-based import/exports rewrite all such programs counterparts new end-user interface write extensive user guides and documentation make sure all existing CDS Agenda features exist in Indico set up a demo server for user testing from July

12 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Migration (5) June Indico demo server online for user trial Loaded with all CDS agenda metadata Modifications possible but lost Impact on users: None

13 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Migration (6) July Indico on its new server Faster, more reliable service Impact on Indico users: 1 hour interruption

14 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Migration (7) August IT branches migrated Important feedback from IT users Impact on IT users: 1 hour interruption – IT categories don’t appear in the “other meetings” link of main page until the full migration is completedmain page

15 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Migration (8) September Seminars and courses branches migrated Impact on users: Seminars and courses don’t appear anymore in the “other meetings” link of main page until the full migration is completed

16 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Migration (9) December All other branches (Experiments+Departments) Impact on users: 5 hours partial interruption of service. Indico is the only conference management software at CERN.

17 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Indico Perspectives (1) Already a huge task list (> 6000 hours)huge task list Interface improvement program (based on the feedback from EGEE) Closer integration with other conferencing services: room booking, resource booking, video- conferencing, seminar recording… Internationalization (in collaboration with IN2P3) Collaborative features: instant messaging and presence (in collaboration with LBNL)

18 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Indico Perspectives (2) Fulltext search (in collaboration with IT- UDS-CDS) Proceedings creation improvement (in collaboration with IT-UDS-PUB)

19 Desktop Forum, 9 June 2005 CERN Demo + Contact Demo CDS Agenda DTF meeting Indico DTF meeting Indico Team Questions?


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