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Exploit Interactive: The Development of a Web Magazine Bernadette Daly Email Information Officer B. Exploit Interactive: The Development of a Web Magazine Bernadette Daly Email Information Officer B. M. Daly@ukoln. ac. uk UKOLN University of Bath, BA 2 7 AY 1 URL http: //www. ukoln. ac. uk/ UKOLN is funded by the British Library Research and Innovation Centre, the Joint Information Systems Committee of the Higher Education Funding Councils, as well as by project funding from the JISC’s Electronic Libraries Programme and the European Union. UKOLN also receives support from the University of Bath where it is based.

Contents Introduction • Who are We? Ariadne Web Magazine, Ariadne: Problems, New Experience, What Contents Introduction • Who are We? Ariadne Web Magazine, Ariadne: Problems, New Experience, What is Exploit Interactive? When & Where? Magazine Overview • Infrastructure & Design • Delivery & Functionality • (technology specifications, MS Site Server 3. 0, functionality, searching, metadata, additional functionality) • Content Production (software used, guidelines, content & style, crossword) 2 • Challenges

Who are we? UKOLN is: • UK Office for Library & Information Networking • Who are we? UKOLN is: • UK Office for Library & Information Networking • Provides awareness, research and information services • This includes: metadata, distributed systems, Web & Interoperability Focus posts, Ariadne Exploit Interactive Team: • 5 people (3 involved on a regular basis) • Editorial /Content Production /Systems Support • Infrastructure and Design (external consultant) 3

Ariadne Web Magazine Ariadne: • Parallel print / web publication • Launched January 1996 Ariadne Web Magazine Ariadne: • Parallel print / web publication • Launched January 1996 • Funded under the Electronic Libraries Programme • Now on issue 20 • 14000 user sessions per month • URL: http: //www. ariadne. ac. uk/ 4

Ariadne: Problems 1. Article Submission: – Via email (little automated processing carried out) – Ariadne: Problems 1. Article Submission: – Via email (little automated processing carried out) – Receive files mostly in WORD, RTF (conversion) 2. Article Processing: – Using simple authoring tools – No systematic management possible Web Server Used for Ariadne: – Standard Apache server (UNIX) with SSI for metadata inclusion 5

New Experience We are interested in: • Gaining experience using NT • Making use New Experience We are interested in: • Gaining experience using NT • Making use of widely available software Reasons: • Evaluate use of such solutions • See if they can be used without being drawn into proprietary practices • Making comparisons with UNIX solution 6

What is Exploit Interactive? • A Pan-European web magazine for the Library and Information What is Exploit Interactive? • A Pan-European web magazine for the Library and Information / Networking professional • A forum for dissemination for EU Telematics for Libraries projects and users of deliverables 7

When and Where? Issue 1: • Available April 1999 • Frequency: every 3 months When and Where? Issue 1: • Available April 1999 • Frequency: every 3 months • 7 issues URL: The URL: http: //www. exploit-lib. org/ 8

Overview INFRASTRUCTURE & DESIGN 9 DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY CONTENT PRODUCTION Overview INFRASTRUCTURE & DESIGN 9 DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY CONTENT PRODUCTION

Infrastructure & Design INFRASTRUCTURE & DESIGN Simple Interface • Easily navigable and downloads quickly Infrastructure & Design INFRASTRUCTURE & DESIGN Simple Interface • Easily navigable and downloads quickly • External consultant used (ILRT) Dynamic Delivery • Uses Microsoft Active Server Pages • Serves content together with header/footer Software Used • Adobe Illustrator 7. 0, Adobe Photoshop 5. 0 10

Delivery & Functionality DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY The following technologies will be used: • Windows Delivery & Functionality DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY The following technologies will be used: • Windows NT 4 server: with IIS 4. 0 (Internet Information Server) • Microsoft Site Server 3. 0 software Web management system providing a suite of tools; used in conjunction with the IIS server. Provides a shrink-wrapped solution for delivering interactive features & services. 11

Microsoft Site Server 3. 0 DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY The following features and services may Microsoft Site Server 3. 0 DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY The following features and services may be added over the life of the magazine: Personalisation & Membership: • Web view based on stored user preferences • delivery of targeted content via email (e. g. updates, table of contents) 12

Functionality DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY The magazine will include: • • • 13 Browsing of Functionality DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY The magazine will include: • • • 13 Browsing of current & past content Searching (using MS Site Server facility) Online feedback to articles Virtual meeting place for real-time feedback Language negotiation (limited) Support for visually impaired and other disabled readers

Searching DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY Using MS Site Server's indexing tool • Search for articles: Searching DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY Using MS Site Server's indexing tool • Search for articles: – about project PRIDE – by John Smith – Restrict searches to the Features section 14

Metadata DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY Metadata will be used: • Resource discovery metadata (Dublin Core) Metadata DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY Metadata will be used: • Resource discovery metadata (Dublin Core) • Admin metadata (e. g. Delete. By, Review. By) • Auditing metadata (project and section category) Evaluating deployment of applications to: • Automate notification for admin procedures • Process by search engine • Automatically flag obsolete articles 15

Additional Functionality DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY Author Upload Centre • to enable contributors to upload Additional Functionality DELIVERY & FUNCTIONALITY Author Upload Centre • to enable contributors to upload files (articles, graphics) using a web browser (MS Hot. Mail model) • author to supply relevant metadata Language negotiation • to provide automatic delivery of pages available in additional European languages (at a later date) • language metadata to support searching 16

Content Production CONTENT PRODUCTION 1. Commissioning & Liaison: • Telematics for Libraries community • Content Production CONTENT PRODUCTION 1. Commissioning & Liaison: • Telematics for Libraries community • Commercial organisations (sub-contractors) • Various subject experts 2. Administrative/Editorial Responsibilities 3. Content Mark-up/Conversion: • MS Front. Page 98 (using purpose-built templates for HTML fragments) 17

Software used CONTENT PRODUCTION 4. Site & Content Administration: • MS Visual Inter. Dev Software used CONTENT PRODUCTION 4. Site & Content Administration: • MS Visual Inter. Dev 6. 0 • MS Site Server 3. 0 (suite of tools) 5. Further Content Development: • Centron Internet Crossword Creator 3. 0 • Adobe Photoshop 5. 0 (graphics) • Paint Shop Pro 4. 0 (e. g. screen captures) 18

Guidelines CONTENT PRODUCTION Authors: • Content coverage and writing style, editorial and document flow Guidelines CONTENT PRODUCTION Authors: • Content coverage and writing style, editorial and document flow processes. Editors: • Definition of editorial processes Advisory Group and Editorial Board: • Role and responsibilities (international input) 19

Content and Style Feature Articles, Regular Columns, Et cetera: • Updates/explanations of technological developments Content and Style Feature Articles, Regular Columns, Et cetera: • Updates/explanations of technological developments • Discussion of challenges in Telematics Projects • Organisational profiles of partners/sub-contractors to Library community (Fifth Framework Partners? ) • European news, events, job postings 20

Interactive Crossword Puzzle Java Applet • Electronic counterpart to the familiar crossword puzzle • Interactive Crossword Puzzle Java Applet • Electronic counterpart to the familiar crossword puzzle • Reiterates key words and phrases from articles • Adds a little fun Software • Centron Internet Crossword Creator 3. 0 • Crossword building programme with Applet converter 21

Challenges Challenge Comment Appropriate content Avoiding simple publicity Quality Including writing style Minimising editorial Challenges Challenge Comment Appropriate content Avoiding simple publicity Quality Including writing style Minimising editorial role Esp. for non-English speakers Coverage Full coverage of projects Too much content! Personalised views? Document conversion Imposed document structure Proprietary practices Site Server (catalogue: won’t accept Dublin Core full stop in metadata) 22 Style Sheets Problems when using Netscape Being read Ensuring magazine is read The audience Read by right people Coverage Europe and CEE countries

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