[AG-TECH] AG Community Portal prototype launched ...

Derek Piper dcpiper at indiana.edu
Mon May 23 14:10:22 CDT 2005

	It looks good, I agree it would be a good idea to have something like 
that in place centrally so people other than the main developers can 
contribute to the project.


Darran Edmundson wrote:
> Well, I was hoping to keep it under wraps for another week or so
> but the word is out ...
> There was a lot of discussion at the recent Retreat regarding
> the lack of community input.  We are all painfully aware of
> the shortcomings in the current AG, and yet we are waiting for
> the small overworked Argonne team to deliver our software utopia.
> The fact is, we as a community need to be more involved - in
> design, development, testing, bug reporting and bug fixing,
> documentation, feature requests, human factors, etc.
> None of this can happen without effective communication.
> But how does one submit a tutorial, update or add an "FAQ",
> hook up with other developers to collaborate on a shared app,
> contribute to the software roadmap, or even just find the latest version
> of a node service?
> As a response to this, I've whipped up a prototype web site to
> stimulate discussion on these issues:
>      http://slap.anu.edu.au:8200/
> The downloads section has been populated with a number
> of shared apps and services.  (Note, Tom Uram did *not*
> put up the AGTk, I did that as a demo before inviting Argonne
> to try out the site.)   Under the forums section, a number of discussion
> areas have been created.  One possible option would be to populate
> these with the AGTech archives sifted into appropriate categories
> and gateway future traffic?   The missing item, and perhaps the
> most import, is the documentation section.  This will be modeled on
> the "documentation" section of the main Plone website:  http:// plone.org/.
> Plone allows members to individually submit tutorial, FAQs,
> How-To's, events, news items, etc. that are optionally reviewed
> by the site admins.  It's a powerful paradigm.
> Please, have a look and offer your constructive criticisms,
> wish-lists, etc.  If you'd like to play a more substantial role in
> the nitty gritty of getting the site up and running, please contact
> me directly at darran.edmundson at anu.edu.au.
> Finally,  let me publicly state that within a few months, I would  like to
> have the site either (i) run under the governance of the community at
> large or (ii) used in a (planned?) redesign of the main AccessGrid.org.
> Cheers,
> Darran.
> Darran Edmundson (darran.edmundson at anu.edu.au)
> ANU Supercomputer Facility Vizlab
> Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2600
> tel: +61 2 6125-0517  fax: +61 2 6125-5088

Derek Piper - dcpiper at indiana.edu - (812) 856 0111
IRI 323, School of Informatics
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

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