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Learning curve

Are you a Director, Presenter, Reviewer or Conference Manager in need of help? Want to talk to us about workflow issues? This is your forum.

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This forum is meant for general questions about the usability of OCS from an everyday user's perspective: conference managers, presenters, and directors are welcome to post questions here, as are librarians and other support staff. We welcome general questions about the role of OCS and how the workflow works, as well as specific function- or user-related questions.

What to do if you have general, workflow or usability questions about OCS:

1. Read the documentation. We've written documentation to cover from OCS basics to system administration and code development, and we encourage you to read it.

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Learning curve

Postby NoraStamboulieh » Fri May 01, 2009 8:22 am

Hi,
I'm trying to learn how to use OCS and I'm finding that the learning curve is steep. I have printed the documentation "OCS in an Hour" but I find it is not sufficient. I have two questions :
1- Is there another fuller documentation on the usage of OCS ?
2- Are there any demo conferences that we can use as practice exercices ?
I know it may sound stupid but it would help me a lot.
Thanks !
Nora
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Re: Learning curve

Postby jmacgreg » Mon May 04, 2009 2:24 pm

Hi Nora,

Re: point 1: OCS is currently the most robust documentation we have on OCS, although we are in the process of writing a new, more extensive userguide (also for OJS), to be published this summer. I would recommend checking out the rest of the documentation on our wiki (http://pkp.sfu.ca/wiki) and on the OCS documentation page (http://pkp.sfu.ca/ocs_documentation), as well as our more general tutorials on both OJS and OCS (http://pkp.sfu.ca/tutorials). If you have any general topics you would like covered, please let us know; we may be able to point you in a certain direction, and we'd also be better able to address any gaps in our documentation in the future.

Re: point 2: You can take OCS out for a test drive on our server to become more familiar with how it operates: http://pkp.sfu.ca/ocs2/demo/testdrive/

The login is "admin" and the password is "testdrive". This installation will be regularly purged of all data, so please do not use it for anything other than making a short-term evaluation of the software.

Cheers,
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Re: Learning curve

Postby NoraStamboulieh » Thu May 07, 2009 7:21 am

Thank you for your answer.

Concerning a demo conference, I wasn't clear enough. We have OCS installed on our servers and we plan on using it and I have to test it. Unfortunately, when we plan conferences we are not as rigourous as OCS requires and we will have to change our working processes. That is why I wanted to know if you had a demo conference that I would create from scratch on our in-house installation.

Thank you,
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Re: Learning curve

Postby jmacgreg » Fri May 08, 2009 9:43 am

Hi Nora,

I see what you mean now -- I'm afraid we don't at the moment, no.

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