Title: Evaluation and Implementation of Web 2.0 Technologies in Support of CReSIS Polar and Cyberinfrastructure Research Projects at Elizabeth City State University
Team Members: Michael Austin,
Joyce Bevins, Robyn Evans
Team Mentor: Jeff Wood
Key Words: Web 2.0, Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, MediaWiki, Content Management System, CReSIS, Polar Research
The primary focus of this research project was to study the implementation of Web 2.0 technologies to support scientific research and provide educational resources. Web 2.0 technologies include social networking, text and data mining, knowledge incorporation environments, tagging, visualization, and mashups. These technologies are widely used in popular sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and iGoogle. Various research and government organizations such as NASA, Harvard’s Science and Engineering department, and the Technology Student Association have also implemented these technologies.
The 2008-2009 Multimedia Team focused on specific server software packages to execute Content Management Systems (CMS) for future inclusion in several ongoing projects under the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing and Education (CERSER) umbrella. Four open source software packages were evaluated, installed, and documented as models for future installations. These software packages were Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, and MediaWiki.