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1 SubjectsPlus: Take Control of your Data Andrew Darby University of Miami Libraries October 10, 2011

2 What is SubjectsPlus? Helps you manage interrelated parts of your website Subject or Course Guides A-Z List of Databases FAQs Suggestion Box Staff List

3 Brief History Began life as Pirate Source, developed by East Carolina University Software orphaned; IC adopted it, enhanced it, released (with permission from ECU) under GPL in Version released May rewritten under the hood, proper internationalization support, enhanced functionality, etc.

4 Wait, Whats a Subject Guide? Curated set of reliable resources to orient a student or faculty member Print vs. online Different approaches: Comprehensive vs. targeted Course guides vs. subject guides

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6 Anatomy of a Guide: Top Databases

7 Anatomy of a Guide: Contact Person

8 Anatomy of a Guide: Catalog Resources

9 Anatomy of a Guide: Databases & E-Resources

10 Other Features Some logically flowed from the information being captured (A-Z List, Staff List) Some were added at Ithaca College and shared (Suggestion Box, FAQs)

11 Other Features: A-Z List

12 Other Features: Frequently Asked Questions

13 Other Features: Suggestion Box

14 Other Features: Staff List

15 Im Sold; How Much? Free and Open Source Software, licensed under GPL Of course, there will still be some costs: staff time and running/renting the web server.

16 Whos Using SubjectsPlus? 35+ in North America A few more in development Others?

17 Alternatives

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19 Technical Requirements LAMP/WAMP setup: Linux (preferred) box Apache Web Server MySQL >= 4 PHP >= 5.2 (preferred)

20 Setup: Easy as

21 1. Install Download files Unzip on server Edit configuration file Create MySQL database Create MySQL user/password

22 2. Customize

23 Customize cont.

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25 2.5. What If I Have a Problem?

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28 3. Add Data via Admin

29 Example: Create Guide

30 1. Create Metadata

31 2. Add Content to Blank Guide

32 2a. Select Type of Content

33 2b. Drag/Drop to Desired Column

34 2c. Enter Content

35 2d. Enter More Content Drag in more boxes (say, Subject Specialist and Key to Icons) Use buttons to insert content from elsewhere in SubjectsPlusfrom A-Z list of Databases, documents, FAQs, links to catalog records

36 2d. Enter More Content cont.

37 2e. Save

38 2f. View Live

39 Thank You! Questions? Feel free to contact me for more information,

40 Resources Website: Wiki: Group: Code: Videos:


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