I am working on a peer review art journal. The journal publishes articles, curated exhibitions, and sometimes image gallery. Each issue has about 5 exhibitions with lots of images (sometimes 80 for each). I do not want to use embed method.
Before I go on, I will define art exhibition so that we will all be on the same wavelength.
Exhibition is a show composed of artworks. The term is predominantly used in the art world, and it refers to a collective body of art that has been methodically assembled for new interpretations. In an art exhibition, you can focus on more than one artist. Art exhibitions offers you insight and knowledge. In a journal environment, a curated art exhibition includes a curatorial statement from the curator (can be 1 pages or more), exhibition images, and description and commentary of images (can be several paragraphs or more). You can think of an art exhibition as a visual narrative with complex layers.
I want to use Gallery (Menalto) to build the exhibitions for the journal since it would allow greater flexibility. To me, an art exhibition in Gallery means a category with images and description of the images. Because I will be using OJS to publish the textual aspect of the gallery (articles and commentary), I need an external program for handling the images and video. The journal is interested in video.
In Gallery Menalto, categories can be created for editors to upload images, and the description boxes can be used to write brief commentary about each image. While Gallery is great for displaying images, it is not so great for displaying images with lots of text (one page or more) even though it can handle it. So, after the images are uploaded in Gallery with descriptions, it needs to be linked to an issue in OJS. This can be done by creating an HTML page and submitting it. Right?
I also need a way to handle user submission for the journal in the Gallery Menalto. The Gallery will not be open to public submission. Only approved individuals can upload their images. Accounts may have to be created for those uploading to the Gallery, or it can be upgraded once the register. Some of the users of the Gallery are subscribers who will need a basic way of managing the account and renewing subscription.
The gallery will serve two function. It will provide a space for journal editors to create their online exhibitions, and second, it will allow approved individuals to upload images to non-journal exhibition categories.
The only thing remaining is providing access to paid institutional subscribers, both from the art journal AND from institutions that subscribe to the Gallery. Individual users and institution will pay to access the gallery. Individual subscribers may not be a problem for Gallery, but it might be difficult offering access to institutions with IP authentication with Gallery. Is there a way to do this?
Essentially, subscribers from the art journal will only have access to journal exhibition categories and nothing else when linked in OJS. Only subscribers of the art journal should be able to access the journal exhibitions.
Subscribers from Gallery will only see non-journal exhibition categories. The subscribers will see everything else that the art journal subscribers cannot see. Institutional subscribers who subscribe to the Gallery should not be able to view the art journal exhibitions.
I have looked at Joomla but it does not offer such feature, and none of their native image galleries will work for this. I believe that htaccess can be used to restrict access to Gallery, but was hoping for an OJS institutional access ability in Gallery.