Here are my notes from Session 1 at THATCamp/Bootcamp — and introduction to CMSes. Raf Alvarado’s talk on content modeling of CMSes was really interesting and helpful.
Intro to CMS
-Principle of modularity. What CMSs do is connect ‘buckets’ of data (header, contents, main content, plugin content, etc.)
-Where they differ isn’t in how they “look”, but how they construct their modularity.
CMS designed for extension.
The job of theme is to filter the buckets onto the page in attractive ways.
umwgeography — a good example for utkhistory.org.
In fact, I like UMW Geogrpahy better than UMW History/American Studies
Raf’s principle: “In general, if you can use WordPress, then you should use WordPress.”
—-Content Management Systems (CMSes)
data model — database
emergent information architecture
this allows site builders to represent and organize content — eg source material in teh form fo images, text, and metadata
Content is complex — media objects (ef image and detail, book and page), technical metadata, semantic metadata
How much complexity to model?
CMSes content modeling affordances:
Elementary units (pages, nodes)
Connective devices (tags, categories)
* Display methods (widgets, feeds)
Drupal calls pages nodes
Combined, the three produce patterns.
In the hypertext world, the elementary unit is the page and the connective device is the link. No display devices for HTML, just pages.
Emergent structure? happy chaos.
Pages –> Subpages –> [flyout menues, menu widgets]
Posts related to others through tags and categories, as opposed to subpages
Tags –> Tag widgets, list pages
Categories –> Category widget, list pages
Content accessed by browsing, menus, and widgets.
Clay Shirky, “Ontology is Overrated”
WP results in “Dendritic Hypertext” — a dual structure, both hierarchical and rhizomic
Contetn MOdeling in WP
Think of course modeling —
Pages = Syllaubs Items
Posts = Lessons resources
Categories = Course Schedule
Tags = Resource subject and format
Thinking “what are we mapping things to?”
categories have parents and children, they’re hierarchical. Tags don’t.
I need to restructure my categories on parezcoydigo
Omeka has ITEMS
–Tags –> Browsable list pages
Content is accessed by Browsing and EXHIBITS
Results = “Axial Hypertext” (term borrowed from Landow, Hypertext)
Allows for sequential hypertext, or sequential content model
You want the reader to go through a sequence — allowing the scholar to construct a sequential argument.
This is done in part by constructing exhibits.
–Menu paths –> Menus, blocks
–Arbitrary fields –> Views
–Node references –> LInked Views, backrefs
–Taxonomies –> List pages, Views
–Outlines –> Books
Content si accessed by Browsing, Views, Books, Panels, and other devices.
Drupal content models are like Relational Models — results in “Rhizomic Hypertext”
Nice slide demonstrating the content models of the three biggies.
Top level cuts:
Specific vs. general content modeling
* WordPress is general
Manual vs. Autamatic site organization
* Omeka is manual
Paradigmatic vs. Syntagmatic affordances
* Drupal is highly paradigmatic
* Course sites, personal portfolios, blogs (of course)
* Exhibits, simple thematic research collections
* Collaborative projects, complex thematic research collections, data meshing
Some Drupal examples:
A House Divided —
implementation, using nodes to organize content.
Civil Rights Movement as Theological Drama — UVA site
Interviews as Actors
* Scenes, etc.