San Diego Indymedia Website Redesign Meeting Notes

 
On thursday, february 15, san diego indymedia held its first open meeting to plan and work on redesigning the sdimc website using drupal. The discussions covered:

----What is Drupal?
Drupal is an open source content management system...
----Framework for how we are going to redesign the website
nonhierarchical, skill share oriented, emphasize keeping everyone involved over making it happen fast or in the optimal manner....
----What will the website look like/what do we want?
We spent a lot of time talking about what we want the front page of the website to look like, including looking at some indymedia websites that are using drupal (urbana-champaign, quebec, melbourne, columbus, tasmania, malta, belgium, climate, york). Here are some of the things that popped out of our stream of consciousness discussion (please comment below or come to a meeting!). -website too dark...
----List of initial tasks
-post notes from meeting (ok, well, ummm)...
----Meeting evaluation
Noted that it would be useful to take into account that people have different preferred modes for learning... --Read More of the Meeting Notes--

NEXT MEETING:
Thursday, March 1 8PM
The Other Side Cafe
4096 30th Street North Park

Links: San Diego Indymedia in Transition | Drupal | Drupal on wikipedia | PHP on wikipedia | mysql on wikipedia | postgresql on wikipedia

San Diego Indymedia Website Redesign Meeting Notes 2/15/07

NEXT MEETING:
Thursday, March 1 8PM
The Other Side Cafe
4096 30th Street North Park

Agenda:
--Intros - interests/skills
--What is Drupal?
--Framework for how we are going to redesign the website
--What will the website look like/what do we want?
--List of initial tasks
--Meeting evaluation

----What is Drupal?
Drupal is an open source content management system.

The content for indymedia is text of stories, digital images, digital audio, digital video and much more. These are to be stored on san diego inydmedia's server using one of two "database systems" - mysql or postgresql, which organize the content and can find anything at all that is needed at the drop of a banner - in short, they are way more organized than sd imcistas.

Drupal connects the database managers with the format of the page that appears on your computer screen - it calls up the content from the database managers and places it on your screen in the way you or we want it to - it translates and formats. Moreover, it helps you put content into the database in a nice, friendly way, using easy to understand forms, without having to know anything at all about how mysql or postgresql works.

Drupal is written in the computer programming language PHP. PHP (Hypertext PreProcessor) is a generalization of the web language HTML (HyperText Markup Language), which contains formating instructions for text, images, links, etc. PHP allows Drupal to both format the web pages that appear on your screen and tell the database managers to find or accept content.

Currently san diego indymedia uses Mir, which is one of several content management systems written specifically for indymedia. Drupal is used by a broad range of noncommercial and commercial websites, is relatively easy to install and administer, is being actively developed and upgraded, and is straightforward to customize with modules that can be added to the core code.

----Framework for how we are going to redesign the website
nonhierarchical, skill share oriented, emphasize keeping everyone involved over making it happen fast or in the optimal manner
1 - identify tasks as a group
2 - divy up researching how to accomplish these tasks
3 - come back together and share knowledge to give everyone the chance to understand how to do them
4 - do them

----What will the website look like/what do we want?
We spent a lot of time talking about what we want the front page of the website to look like, including looking at some indymedia websites that are using drupal (urbana-champaign, quebec, melbourne, columbus, tasmania, malta, belgium, climate, york). Here are some of the things that popped out of our stream of consciousness discussion (please comment below or come to a meeting!)...
-website too dark. white letters on black background hard to read, make it necessary to increase font size. but we want to retain elements of the dark theme - so idea: make background for center column features white/light and make top and sides dark/red/black
-events list to top of left column, top bar smaller
-feature title list on left column below events
-pics - have a random content photo appear somewhere on front page, a bit like nyc, with caption and link to story - vote on these? but...
-features - the top feature with a long summary, as in current format, but the features below are displayed with a short summary only.
-links to important stuff, like contacting us, sdimc mission statement, etc organized and obvious at the bottom of the top banner.
-an organized photo gallery, plus audio and video galleries if possible.
-links to global, us and neighboring imcs obvious and accessible
-imc cities list at bottom?
-categories list - article titles from different categories
-literary, poetry, arts and entertainment sections?
-list times as local time - February 15, 9:00PM, not colonialist GMT
-frequent contributors to get blogs, for this we will need a login option, but all other content will be anonymous
-think carefully about how to bring about a bilingual site - can we somehow combine languages or make that an option, so spanish/english not totally separated and invisible to each other.

----List of initial tasks
-post notes from meeting (ok, well, ummm....)
-contact other drupal imcs for advice, resources...
-download drupal to our computers and learn how to install
-research PHP
-research mysql

----Meeting evaluation
Noted that it would be useful to take into account that people have different preferred modes for learning - dry verbal text vs. diagrams vs. analogies, stories, etc.

Links: Drupal | Drupal on wikipedia | PHP on wikipedia | mysql on wikipedia | postgresql on wikipedia

homepage:: http://sandiego.indymedia.org/

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