OpenVCE Platforms and Facilities

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The OpenVCE facilities are provided on three principal platforms:

  • Social networking for groups platform (Drupal-based and Ning ones are under test)
  • Drupal-based Apache/MySQL/PHP Content Management System
  • Second Life/Opensim virtual world platforms

These are now being evaluated for ease of use and improved integration, common single-sign-on authentication methods, etc.  Some of these platforms overlap in terms of the faciities they can offer, or in some cases a tentative choice has been made as to which platform provides the required faciities in the current intgerated offering.

Support for CWA Process

Jeff Hansberger notes... 11-Aug-2009... The table below is primarily a comparison across social networking sites against a revised set of features. The features are largely taken from the techcrunch table and a previous table of facilities on OpenVCE. One column identifies specific features needed to directly support the colaborative process and protocols envisaged for the VCE. The features higher up in the table show a rough order of priority.

The next column is a mapping of how each feature relates to the physical functions in the CWA (http://openvce.net/distributed-collaboration-cwa-phase1-wda ). Some support multiple functions. No re-ordering has been done based on this column yet.

For the table entries, I've used a "m") to indicate the presence of that feature, a "?" for it's possible presence or equivalent capability but need more information to definitively know, and 2 "mm" to show a significant strength for that feature. I've taken the information from the techcrunch but also visited each of the SN sites listed to get an updated perspective of their features. We need to define each feature with a short to moderate length definition. There are several from the OpenVCE and the techcrunch table that I'm not clear on.

At the bottom of the table, I've tried to get a rough sense of which platforms fit our needs the best so far by scoring 1 pt for each feature supported (0 pts for ?, 1 pt for "embed support", whatever that means). The GoingOn platform appears to be the frontrunner but their site also presented the least amount of detail on their capabilities (http://www.goingon.com/GoingOn/products.html). It seems like a worthwhile platform to investigate further though.

Speaking of platforms, I'd like to open discussion on the overall vision of the OpenVCE site. I'd like everyone to visit our currently used social networking OpenVCE site and add their comments, ideas, and suggestions to this or any other discussion area. If you haven't registered with our Ning social networking site, please do so. It is connected to the OpenVCE Drupal site, http://openvce.ning.com/forum/topics/openvce-envisioned-site.

Feature

Process support

CWA support

Drupal

Second Life Opensim

Ning

CollectiveX

(Groupsite)

Crowdvine

GoingOn

KickApps

Google Wave

Other

Profiles

Yes

Information gathering/group awareness

m

 

m

m

m

m

m

?

 

Custom profiles

Yes

Information gathering/group awareness

?

 

m

m

m

m

m

?

 

Wiki

Yes

1) Explicit communication/written messages

2) Information gathering/acquisition of prepared info.

3) Shared access/protecting work

4) Transfer/deposit

Books

 

 

group blog?

 

m

 

 

 

Portraits/Avatars

Yes

Information gathering

m

 

m

m

m

m

m

m

 

Event Calendar

Yes

1) Information gathering/group awareness

2) Shared access/reserving time

m

 

m

m

m

m

?

 

 

File sharing

Yes

1) Shared access/protecting work

2) Transfer/Handoff object

 

 

 

m

limited

 

m

 

 

 

Document collaboration

Yes

Transfer/handoff object

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

m

 

Chat (real-time)

Yes

Explicit communication/written message

 

 

embed support

 

 

m

?

mm

 

Polls

Yes

Information gathering/group awareness

m

 

embed support

 

 

m

 

m

 

3D meeting space

Yes

1) Explicit communication/spoken message

2) Info. gathering/group awareness

3) Info. Gathering/overhearing

4) Shared access/obtaining resources

5) Shared access/reserving resources and times

 

m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates about other members

Yes

Information gathering/group awareness & overhearing

 

 

m

m

m

m

m

 

 

Search

Yes

Information gathering

m

 

m

m

m

m

m

mm

 

Network site statistics

Yes

 

?

 

m

m

 

 

m

 

 

Authentication / OpenID Support

Yes

 

m

 

 

 

m

 

 

?

 

Platform flexibility for single site

Yes

 

m

 

 

 

 

m

m

m

 

Photos

Maybe

Information gathering

m

 

m

m

 

m

m

m

 

Discussion forums

Maybe

Explicit communication/written messages

m

 

m

m

m

m

m

mm

 

Micro-blogging

Maybe

Explicit communication/written messages

 

 

 

 

 

m

?

m

 

Groups/sub-groups

Maybe

Information gathering / group awareness

m

 

m

m

 

m

m

 

 

System-wide messaging

Maybe

Explicit communication / written message

?

 

m

m

 

m

m

m

 

Mobile device support

Maybe

Explicit communication / written message

 

 

 

 

 

 

m

?

 

Videos

 

Explicit comm.

m

 

m

embed support

 

m

m

m

 

RSS Imports

 

Information gathering/acquisition of prepared info.

 

 

m

m

m

m

m

m

 

RSS Exports

 

Information gathering

 

 

m

m

m

m

m

m

 

Blogging

 

Explicit communication/written messages

m

 

 

group blog?

m

m

m

 

 

Real-time video

 

Explicit communication / gestural & spoken messages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screencasting

 

Shared access/obtaining resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

API

 

 

?

 

m

m

 

 

m

 

 

Members (?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YouTube aggregation (?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flickr aggregation (?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messaging (?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportable widgets (?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events (?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Arrangements (?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shared links (?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real-time status (?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email notification settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short-form URLs (?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ning

CollectiveX

(Groupsite

Crowdvine

GoingOn

KickApps

 

 

Scores

Process

Maybes

Total

 

 

 

 

 

9

4

13

 

8

4

12

 

7

1

8

 

11

5

16

 

7

5

12

 

 

 

 

Current Selection of Functionality by Platform

This mapping may change. Most of the capabilities listed are enabled and can be accessed by direct links or the administrators, even if not currently chosen as the selected mechanism.

* Selected Mechanism

o Available on Platform

Feature

OpenVCE.net Drupal

Ning Group

Second Life
Opensim

Others

Member Profiles *

o

 o

SLUser linkage 

Sub-groups

o

*

 

 

Forums

o

*

 

 

Blogs

o

*

 

 

Event Calendar o

*

 

 

FAQ/Tutorials

*

 

 

 

Wiki

* (Books)

 

 

Sloodle Wiki o

MediaWiki o

Resources

 

 

 

 

Shared Links

*

 

 

Photos

o

*

 

 

Flickr Aggregation

 

*

 

 

Videos

o

*

 

 

YouTube Aggregation

o

*

 

 

Real-time Status

 

 

 

Twitter *

Microblogging

 

 

 

Twitter *

Real-time Chat

 

o

 

AIAI Custom *

Ajax Chat  o

Real-time Video

 

 

 

AIAI Custom *

Screencasting

 

 

 

QTSS o

Adobe Connect *

3D Meeting Space

 

 

*

Opensim o 

Short-form URLs       tr.im *
Event Arrangements       EventBrite *
Authentication       OpenID o
Polls & Event Feedback o    

AIAI Custom *

Doodle o