CGPublisher for Organisations

CGPublisher is a web environment which supports knowledge management in organisations.

CGPublisher is:

Distributed
Individual members of the organisation, teams, and project groups are centres of content creation through self-maintained websites (personal portfolio and collaborative publishing sites).
Collaborative
Project members, team members and expert outsiders can work together on drafts of a work; team and project leaders can access works as they progress towards publication. CGPublishesr formalises and nurtures lateral communications though mirrored web and email messaging.
Visible
A standards based approach means that published works can find a variety of highly visible ‘homes’—the completed works talk to electronic library catalogues, publishing, web syndication, elearning systems and alternative electronic and print rendering formats.

Main features of CGPublisher include:

The Personal Website
  • A private digital workspace for version control of drafts of works, and providing work-by-work access to co-creators, contributors and publishers.
  • Manages relationships with publishers working within and beyond the CGPublisher environment (the creator can assign access rights to outside publishers).
  • A bookstore for the free distribution or sale of the creator’s published works, created within and beyond CGPublisher.
  • A digital portfolio in which the creator can also make their ‘unpublished works’ available to the public.
  • A self-maintainable website expressing public and professional identity, including biographical information and a CV, diary and schedule, news, links, gallery and contact information.
The Publisher Site
  • A community-building space which manages workflow, determines quality standards and publishes works.
  • Manages copyright, either by default assumptions about the relationships between the parties, or negotiated online publishing agreements.
  • An online bookstore of community works, publishing simultaneously to each creator’s personal bookstore.
  • A publisher-maintainable website including community notices, discussions and work copied for educational purposes such as course notes.

Use Cases

  1. The team leader as co-ordinator of a publishing community
    • Team members have self-maintained personal websites.
    • Team members each have private workspaces for drafts of work.
    • Team member websites include online ‘bookstores’ into which completed ‘works’ are published (such as reports, plans, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations), evolving as a digital portfolio.
    • Team members can invite collaborators to share the same work in the case of joint work, supported by a messaging system and audit trail.
    • The team leader can access and comment upon works-in-progress.
    • Team members can invite other students and outside experts to referee works-in-progress.
    • The team leader publishes team member works to the team (publishing) site and the members’ author sites.
  2. The whole organisation
    • Cascading approach to centres of publishing activity across the organisation.
    • Infrastructure for the management of internal organisational knowledge and externally accessible publications.

Take-Up Strategies

Bottom-Up
provide members of the organisation with personal websites and private collaboration spaces, and they will make the connections which will build organically into knowledge communities.
Top-Down
a content-management approach which aims to systematise knowledge and learning flows and provide good stewardship of an organisation’s IP.

The Technology

  • As simple as a web browser plus Word, and can manage any digital content and file formats.
  • Open source, standards based.
  • Built on the ‘semantic web’ foundation, Common Ground Markup Language (CGML), a world-leading technology in publishing standards and interoperability.

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