Tech Committee Meeting Minutes 19 May 2015

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In Attendance

Alec Smecher, Bozana Bokan, Clinton Graham, James MacGregor, Jeanette Hatherill, Kevin Stranach

Quick Updates

  • PKP (Alec):
    • Heavy development on OJS pre-3.0 beta (see UI/UX)
    • Hiring for XML parsing project -- pass along any contacts, please!
  • Pitt ULS (Clinton)
    • Just getting back into SUSHI-Lite testing/development
    • Planning OJS 2.4.6 updates when 2.4.6-1 is released
  • CeDiS, Freie Universität Berlin (Bozana)
    • Import and indexing performance: 80 issues (ca. 4000 digitalized articles) last forever :-(
    • Still working on protection of privacy data
    • Edition Romiosini in OMP in June/July
    • Marco and Bozana: default translation plug-in
    • Felix: open bibliographic data (s. https://github.com/pkp/pkp-lib/issues/503)

Release Progress (Alec)

  • Resourcing setback: Jason overemployed; may affect OJS 3.0b feature target, and OMP 1.2 release date. Sticking with August for OJS 3.0b release.
  • OJS 2.4.x: See Release Automation, below.
  • OMP 1.1.1-1: Generally satisfactory. Features coded but not yet released are starting to stack up (for OMP 1.2).

UI/UX (Alec / Kevin)

  • Progress on copyediting workflow (Alec)
  • Looking at a stronger separation between workflow (internal view) and reader (external view) interface (see early design sketch)
  • Profile/registration cleanup (Alec)
  • Plugin gallery (Alec)
  • Dashboard rewrite (Bruno)
  • Scoping and design for reader interface (Kevin)

Release Automation (Alec)

Basically ready to try this for OJS 2.4.6-1. No major bugs in OJS 2.4.6 yet, though one annoying one affecting subscription (type) creation.

Translation (Marco)

  • We've received and merged a complete OJS translation into Arabic. This required linking to a CSS file for right-to-left languages.
  • I am still interested in using gitbook for documentation and internal help files and will be available for any thought-sharing on that matter (generally and regarding translation options).
  • I am preparing some kind of internal review of existing locales and want to get in touch with translators about completing translations and fixing errors.

Documentation (Kevin)

  • Gitbook documentation to replace internal application help files
  • supports multiple versions, multiple languages
  • basis for spin-off documentation (e.g., detailed user manuals, etc.)

Community Forum (Alec/Kevin)

  • Some spam appearing; annoying but not prohibitive
  • Recently added tagging plugin for OJS/OMP/OCS/OHS
  • Added a FAQ area and will begin populating it, hopefully permitting the removal of various scattered/poorly-maintained FAQs elsewhere

Next Meeting

  • June 23, 2015 / 9am Pacific