The first fruits of the major task of upgrading the whole of GENUKI to use a “Content
Management System” have just become visible.
Quoting from: http://www.genuki.org.uk/news/main
The Genuki service has now been running for 20 years, and we are
still using our original method of updating the pages. But time has moved on and a number
of better ways have been developed for providing pages. These new ways, based on the use
of "Content Management Systems", require much less technical expertise. So we
are changing to the use of DRUPAL, a highly-regarded and widely-used Content Management
Sytem, in order to ease the task of current GENUKI maintainers, and to make it easier for
us to recruit additional people to maintain GENUKI. Hopefully we will be able to bring on
board people who know about family history even if they have little prior experience of
web page creation, as a lot of the computer expertise that has to date been involved in
maintaining GENUKI pages is removed from the job.
In the initial transition we are attempting to keep things as similar as possible to the
previous look and feel of the GENUKI system, but there have to be a few minor changes as
part of the process. What GENUKI users should see is more consistency across the counties
and a new DRUPAL-based search facility. Then in the future we will have a framework that
enables us to provide additional ways of viewing GENUKI's data.
Unsurprisingly given its size (142,000 files - 6047 Mbytes at last count), the GENUKI site
will be converted in stages, in fact starting at the top. Thus although for some months I
have been doing some exploratory conversions of my Devon pages in the background, it will
be a while before the actual conversion of GENUKI/Devon’s nearly 8000 files takes place.
Meanwhile, they remain available at http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/
In this very first stage just the main GENUKI page (http://www.genuki.org.uk
), and a small
number of pages relating to the GENUKI organisation, have been moved into Drupal. You will
see that the main page now has a login facility - this is just for use by the maintainers.
Access to GENUKI is and will remain as open and free as ever.
The upgrade task is being led by Phil Stringer, whose aim is to automate, as far as
possible, the transfer of information into Drupal.
Wish us all luck!
School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 7RU, UK
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