RedFeather: Summary of Outputs

The outputs listed below represent a summary of the outputs from RedFeather.  They are everything that we originally promised to achieve to fulfill the RedFeather use cases.  RedFeather is looking fine and dandy.

Outputs List
RedFeather Core The primary deliverable of this project is RedFeather itself, which provides an out-of-the box repository solution in a single php script. It distills the complexity of a full-scale repository platform to provide a feature set that we believe satisfies 90% of users who want to share OERs but don’t have the server infrastructure or expertise to do so.You can read more about  the RedFeather Core here:http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/2012/10/31/deliverable-redfeather-core/ RedFeather is an open-source project. The latest development version is available on:GitHub at https://github.com/mattrosstaylor/RedFeather.
RedFeather Core Plugin Framework RedFeather is implemented as an extensible plug-in Framework.Each plug-in is a single php file which is can be installed by simply copying it into the webspace alongside the main repository.The plug in framework maintains consistency within the system:  with the framework,  there is no difference between a plugin and the RedFeather core itself.In effect, the  RedFeather core is  a collection of the most useful plug-ins.You can read more about  the RedFeather Framework here:http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/2012/10/30/plugin-architecture/ RedFeather is an open-source project. The latest development version is available on:GitHub at https://github.com/mattrosstaylor/RedFeather
Alternative Data ViewsRedFeather  supports  a number of views of the data ( The Resource and its metadata) for humans and for machines.  This allows OERs in redFeather to be more discoverable on the web.
RedFeather HTML View Plug-in This is the human centred  view, providing an on line, inline preview of the resource, directly on the resource page.You can read more about  the RedFeather  HTML view here:http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/2012/07/06/embedding-previews/ RedFeather is an open-source project. The latest development version is available on:GitHub at https://github.com/mattrosstaylor/RedFeather
RedFeather RSS Export Plug-in RSS is intended more for digesting the repository as a whole. It  is accessible as a feed from the index page.The RedFeather RSS plug in provides a  key link  to OER indexers such as Xpert .  RedFeather will provide a lightweight gateway through whichto make a small source of OER, such as an independent RedFeather installation, visible to the wider community.You can read more about  the RedFeather  RSS view here:http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/2012/11/02/alternative-data-views/ RedFeather is an open-source project. The latest development version is available on:GitHub at https://github.com/mattrosstaylor/RedFeather
RedFeather RDF Export Plug-in RedFeather provides an RDF view to support linked data and semantic searching. http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/2012/11/02/alternative-data-views/ RedFeather is an open-source project. The latest development version is available on:GitHub at https://github.com/mattrosstaylor/RedFeather
RedFeather JSON Export Plug-in JSON is both the simplest and most versatile data view since it is easily understood by both humans and machines.  As JSON support was only introduced in PHP v5,  it cannot be including in the RedFeather core.  It is only available as a plugin for users with PHP v5.You can read more about  the RedFeather  JSON view here:http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/2012/11/02/alternative-data-views/ RedFeather is an open-source project. The latest development version is available on:GitHub at https://github.com/mattrosstaylor/RedFeather
Social and Recommendation Plugins Facebook Connect RedFeather is an open-source project. The latest development version is available on:GitHub at https://github.com/mattrosstaylor/RedFeather

 

RedFeather Extras

When we had finished what we promised for redFeather, we didn’t stop there.  As a result of feedback from our early adopters,  we have developed more features for RedFeather than we originally planned.  These  are the extra RedFeather outputs:

Extra Outputs
Extensible Workflow Plug in The  ‘out of the box’  RedFeather has a simple workflow that will fit the majority of users needs. The  Workflow plugin allows advanced users to easily customise the workflow to meet their specific needs. RedFeather is an open-source project. The latest development version is available on:GitHub at https://github.com/mattrosstaylor/RedFeather
Reskinning Plug in The default RedFeather template has a very simple but modern style that can be used directly out-of-the-box.  This allows less technical individuals to quickly deploy a site without having to worry about writing their own HTML or CSS.  The Reskinning Plug in allows the user to very easily create a new appearance either to match the look and feel of an existing site or just out of preference.  Read more about the Reskinning Plug-in here http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/2012/11/02/reskinning-redfeather/ RedFeather is an open-source project. The latest development version is available on:GitHub at https://github.com/mattrosstaylor/RedFeather
Keywords Plug in The keyword plug in adds a new field to the RedFeather workflow that can be used to add arbitrary tags to a resource. It also includes a simple tag cloud that can be accessed from the browse page.  Read more about the Keywords Plug-in here http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/2012/11/08/the-keywords-plugin/ RedFeather is an open-source project. The latest development version is available on:GitHub at https://github.com/mattrosstaylor/RedFeather

 

Extra, Extras

When we finished the extras, we found some more things that we wanted to do: We are working on these extra, extra features

Extra Extras
Edshare Connect EdShare Connect Plug-in is a simple export feature  to  deposit the contents of a RedFeather repository into an EPrints/EdShare repository

Simple how to screencasts and guides The project team are putting together some ‘How to’ screencasts, videos and guides on how to deploy RedFeather, use it, and customize it using thje plug-in framework

 

RedFeather Dissemination

The Project team have spread the word about RedFeather internall and externally through seminars, conferences and the web, and will continue to do so,  We have a draft paper submitted to OER13.

Dissemination
RedFeather at OR12  Repository Fringe The RedFeather team presented RedFeather at the international Open Repositories 2012 conference.You can watch the video here:http://vimeo.com/45751142 You can read more about it here:http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/2012/07/18/redfeather-at-open-repositories/
RedFeather  Project Blog The RedFeather project blog is available here http://blog.soton.ac.uk/oneshare/category/redfeather-2/
RedFeather  Project The Redfeather Project website is available here. It provides access to  the RedFeather download and hosts a live RedFeather demo repository http://redfeather.ecs.soton.ac.uk/
RedFeather  live demo Redfeather has a live demonstration repository http://redfeather.ecs.soton.ac.uk/demo
Redfeather submitted to OER13 The project team has submitted a draft paper on RedFeather to OER13: Creating a Virtuous Circle

 

RedFeather  Live
RedFeather deployments RedFeather is deployed at these projects at the University of Southampton to provide them with a repository of their project working documents and outputs:The Southampton learning Environment projecthttp://slep.ecs.soton.ac.uk/The Southampton Student Dashboard projecthttp://www.sle-dashboard.ecs.soton.ac.uk/overview/with more to follow

 

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One comment on “RedFeather: Summary of Outputs
  1. Scott Leslie says:

    Red Feather sounds very cool, can’t wait to try it out. The git repo seems to work, but all of the links pointing to http://redfeather.ecs.soton.ac.uk/download seem to be borken.

    Cheers, Scott

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