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Installing the Collaborative Calendar

Bill Bostick, Balboa Park Online Collaborative; and Larry Garfield, Palantir, USA


Like most cultural institution Web sites, the sites from BPOC member institutions have a significant emphasis on events – exhibitions, lectures, classes, tours, performances, etc. Commercial calendar products are often not flexible enough to meet the specific needs of the cultural heritage field, forcing many museums to make do with inadequate calendaring systems at great expense. Balboa Park Online Collaborative has developed a calendar package for the Drupal platform that handles complex date functions with an additional layer for aggregating event content from multiple sites into a central portal.

This mini-workshop is aimed at anyone with a Drupal based website with complex calendar needs, and at developers that are interested in seeing an installation with an eye towards recreating this feature set on other open source CMS platforms. Participants in the workshop should expect to learn how standard Drupal handles events and calendaring; how to install the BPOC calendar backend on a standalone Web site; how to construct basic calendar views once the backend calendar is installed; the concepts related to sharing content between Drupal Web sites; and how to install the BPOC calendar in a multi-institutional environment. The workshop will be highly interactive, with conceptual information balanced with practical application via hands installs in a live server environment. Participants require a laptop, ftp software, and a general knowledge of Drupal or a similar CMS.

Keywords: Cultural calendar, museum calendar, calendar API, Drupal calendar

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Installing the Collaborative Calendar