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Django Publishing System Arkestra

by naomin last modified 2012-04-23
Released on 2011-04-10 by Lamp Training, Matt Davis, Ben Rowett, Daniele Procida under GPL - GNU General Public License available for All platforms.
Software development stage: development
Arkestra is an extension for Django CMS that provides an intelligent semantic web publishing system for organisations and institutions.

Arkestra is free open source semantic CMS based on Django. Essentially  it is a set of applications that greatly extends Django’s capabilities.  Alternatively, Arkestra is a powerful system that extensively utilizes Django web framework to  create a semantic model of the institution and its activities:  its organisation, internal structures and relations with other institutions, people, news, events, place, vacancies, studentships and more.

Arkestra is an intelligent system

Arkestra has been designed to automate the web editor's job.

It is an intelligent system - it structures information and makes use of connections between data to simplify  the process  of web publishing. It uses these connections, explicit and implicit, to automate as much as can be automated, so that the web editor workload is cut in half.

Arkestra is a semantic system

It's also a semantic CMS - it doesn't simply store data, but manages information according to a model of the real world. This means that every item of information in the system (including for example information published in Django CMS pages) has meaning because it is associated with real-world objects, and placed in their context.

Arkestra Benefits

  • This thorough-going semantic modelling makes the notion of an information-driven web publishing system real.
  • Arkestra uses  data relationships intelligently to inform the user about its output, thus  also saving user's time
  • Arkestra's can use Django publishing and site management frameworks
  • Not thinking about databases and models is an excellent way to solve the problem of combining rich, useful real-world modelling with flexible, portable information structures
  • Powerful  Semantic Presentation Editor  makes it possible for users to create complex page layouts freely, without the constraint of predefined templates or knowledge of HTML/CSS, and without producing abominably-structured HTML
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