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Hiring someone to support my OCS installation

Postby jwgill » Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:08 pm

After spending serveral hours this weekend copying data from OCS to Excel in orderto do custom mailings and facing the same in the future, I know I need to engage the services of someone who can help me. My old software allowed me to download data from the DB and then I could use Word to generate custom mail, e.g. invoices and receipts.

My old IT guys on that old system could pretty much create any reports I needed and then allow me "Point and click" to generate the report reflecting realtime data.

Alas that system has gone the way of the Dodo bird.

I am running both OJS and OCs at sfu.

Any advice is helpful.

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Re: Hiring someone to support my OCS installation

Postby asmecher » Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:28 am

Hi John,

What kinds of mailings are you doing?

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Re: Hiring someone to support my OCS installation

Postby jwgill » Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:54 pm

Invoices and (in future) payment receipts.

What I 'd really like to be able to get right now is an export of Submissions to include the authors, their affiiliation, registration type, role(s) and payment status.
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Re: Hiring someone to support my OCS installation

Postby asmecher » Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:33 pm

Hi John,

The best thing for specific kinds of extracts is to go in via the database; we've got plans to expand reporting to include plugins, but for the moment, direct access is best.

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Re: Hiring someone to support my OCS installation

Postby jwgill » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:57 am

Right to the point, Alec.

That's why I am trying to find someone who can talk to me about what I need, write the query, run it , and send me the results.

I am willing to pay, but have no idea how to find anyone who can do that.

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Re: Hiring someone to support my OCS installation

Postby asmecher » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:05 pm

Hi John,

We do have an employment opportunities section on this forum, and SFU also offers custom consulting that would include this type of reporting. Someone would need good MySQL skills and modest Linux/UNIX familiarity to get in and extract the data; a non-OJS person would probably need some PHP skills to be able to read the OJS code and determine how it works with the database.

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