Tech Committee Meeting Minutes 16 February 2016

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In Attendance

Kevin Stranack, Marc Bria, Clinton Graham, Brian Gregg, Jeanette Hatherill, James MacGregor, Alec Smecher, Marco Tullney, Kenton Good (UAlberta)

Quick Updates

Welcome to Kenton (U of A) - new dev partner!

  • large OJS installation
  • working on UX testing; high availability systems; ALM; various dev contributions



  • Update all journals to 2.4.8, enable statistics plugin with data privacy option


  • some issues for OMP 1.2
  • pub id migration to OJS 3.0

Clinton (Pitt)

  • Moving journal architecture from Solaris to OEL
  • Updating documentation for PlumX and SUSHI-Lite plugins
  • Next: Upgrades to 2.4.8+, deploy 3.x sandboxes
  • Q: article comments in 3.x? We've removed the OJS 2 commenting; looking at hypothesis instead


  • working on OCS Cat/Sp translation
  • ready to send to Marco for review in a couple of months


  • working on a COUNTER project
  • providing institutional stats

Release Progress (Alec)

  • OJS 2.4.8 released. Thanks to everyone involved!
  • OMP 1.2
    • Progress on notifications, emails, editor replacement uploads, help, ...
    • Translation planning
  • OJS 3.0
    • Some useful fixes/contributions from the community in recent weeks
    • (Otherwise continuing progress per OMP 1.2)

PKP Network/Index (James/Kevin)

Help / Manuals (Kevin/Alec)

  • OMP 1.2 Gitbook
  • in-application help files
  • supports multiple languages
  • structure almost complete; will be able to link gitbook pages to appropriate screen
  • now just need to write the content

Translation (Marco)

  • problems with the translation install (OJS)
  • reached out to find new French translation for OJS and maybe OMP
  • working on German translation of OMP
  • received updated Spanish and Catalan translations of OMP
  • updated OJS translations
  • discussion of default translation plugin (

UI/UX (Kevin/Alec)

OA Co-op (Kevin)

  • Canadian journals project
  • identifying 50 English-language journals to add to Erudit package
  • looking at using XML parser to convert PDFs into Erudit usable XML


  • Confirmed for April 25-26 in Montreal, co-hosted by Erudit
  • Invitations are imminent if they haven't gone out already
  • Focus will be on OMP 1.2 (which should be released) and OJS 3.0 (which will be a main priority). E.g.:
    • integration with external services
    • documentation (gitbooks)

Next Meeting

March 15, 2016 - 9am Pacific