Overview of the Encyclopedia Content Management System (eCMS)
Our Digital Encyclopedia and Educational Solutions
Over the past decade, we have developed a custom content management system called R.Squared.CMS, which is written in PHP and runs on a MySQL database. The custom presentation framework, written in XHTML and CSS, conforms to the published standards of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and all accessibility guidelines (Federal, State, W3C). For multimedia components, we use Flash or an AJAX/DHTML library such as Yahoo's User Interface Library or jQuery. Our solutions for digital encyclopedias and educational systems are built on top of the R.Squared.CMS framework, and are listed below:
Encyclopedia Content Management System (eCMS)
eCMS is our full package for managing and developing an online encyclopedia. The system allows authorized users to create entries, upload images, to create collections and photo galleries and to create complex linking relationships between all content. In the near future eCMS will also feature a set of ecommerce capabilities, along with several other enhancements that are geared towards providing an immersive multimedia experience for visitors and a rich resource for historians, researcher and educators.
Encyclopedia Content Management System Light Edition (eCMS LE)
The Light Edition provides the core functionality of the eCMS system, and is ideal for small museums, historical societies and organizations that want to provide web sites with encyclopedias and glossaries to their audience.
Encyclopedia Content Management System Member Portal (eMP)
eMP plugs into the eCMS framework, and allows people visiting the encyclopedia to create member accounts on the web site. In the current version of eMP, members can bookmark content and then collect the content into "scrapbooks," which can be shared with other members of the community, or publicly on the web site.
eCMS Framework Features
eCMS is set up so that administrators are not required to use any specific tools in order to add content to the system, other than a web browser such as Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+. The system is meant to be platform independent from the end-user's point of view.
The eCMS system and components are meant to be compliant with the accessibility requirements on four levels:
- W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
- Federal requirements of Section 508, 1194.22 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Any state guidelines
- Any local or organization guidelines
eCMS has been built so that it can be installed on any server environment, and in a way that allows modules to be turned on and off without affecting the entire system. It has been built with flexibility and scalability in mind, so that when a module is updated or a new one is developed, it does not have an adverse effect on the entire system.
Compliance with AASLH IDEA Standards
The eCMS team is involved with the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) and the Internet Digital Encyclopedia Alliance (IDEA) Group. This ensures that digital encyclopedias developed on our platform are compliant with the best practices and methods for online digital encyclopedias.
Learn More About eCMS
eCMS is an exciting framework that is targeted to the development of online digital encyclopedias. If you would like to learn more, please call Randal Rust at 614-370-0036 or send an email.