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[Phpgroupware-users] phpGW for free school? (duplicate, read this one)

From: Oren S. Weinrib
Subject: [Phpgroupware-users] phpGW for free school? (duplicate, read this one)
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 14:46:24 -0500


I am working on a project to build a web portal that would facilitate free 
school activities in a geographic locale.  People should be able to use the 
site to propose, browse, create or join free classes, seminars, skills 
exchanges, etc.  The aim is face-to-face gatherings, so the website should be a 
support tool that enables people to find each other and provides a persistent 
environment that will sustain momentum around an interest area.

The UI model that I'm working with would have a portal-like front page that 
gives people an overview of ongoing free learning activities, and allows people 
to browse or search to specific areas of interest like spanish or martial arts. 
 Each of these topics would then be a subsite, which would feature proposed and 
ongoing activities, a forum, a links and resources directory, etc.  These 
activities or classes should have groupware-like features, allowing scheduling, 
editing, membership, intragroup communication.  
I have been wavering between CMS tools like PostNuke and groupware tools like 
phpGW.  The problem with the CMS model is that classes/events are not really 
addressed by news or article functionality.  The problem with the groupware is 
that I want to build a UI that is welcoming and more portal-like than an 
Outlook-type workspace.  The groupware features should be submerged, as the 
audience is internet, not inranet.

I thought that perhaps phpGW with the sitemgr would offer a good starting 
point, especially with a hooks implementation.  I'm uncertain as to the status 
of this project, however.  Are there committed developers working on that (cf. 
the "watch your back post-nuke" story)?  

What do you think?  Is phpGW well suited for this project?  Do you foresee any 
major obstacles?  Are there other solutions that might be more appropriate?  
Finally, do you know of anyone working on such a project?

Thanks greatly for any ideas,
Oren Weinrib 

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