Since I’m currently researching social networking systems and their potential for Earlham Learning Spaces markII I checked in at Community@Brighton which is running an older version of Elgg (like us) — 0.8 I believe. To my delight I found that they are planning to roll out an upgrade in the latter part of September. Even more thrilling was the fact that my account was still active and so I made the following posting (which I’ll duplicate here just in case …) :
I was wondering what your upgrade plans were and I noticed this announcement today:
On 23rd and 24th of September, Community@Brighton will undergo a significant upgrade to a brand new version of Elgg, the software that powers Community. This will significantly change the way Community looks and works, with a raft of improvements and new features – including brand new photo galleries, video facilities, a wiki, SMS and email notifications and lots more.
This is very exciting and I’m hoping that we can see some more details. For example:
- How are bringing over content from the Elgg version you’re currently using (0.8?) to 1.5 given that the database schema are totally different?
- You had to hack the core in order to create the cool theme of community@Brighton (I know because I had to do similar hacks on my system in order to display a tabbed interface). Are you creating a custom theme for the upcoming upgrade?
- What plugins are you planning to implement? Are you implementing version 1.5 or 1.6? Will you have a policy for system upgrades?
- Could you tell us something more about the wiki implementation and SMS notifications?
All this is rather exciting and it’s good news for elggphiles in Higher Education to see Sussex Uni going in this direction. Do you have an open developer’s blog where we can follow progress?
Apologies for all the questions. We are looking to migrate from Elgg 0.9 to something else and it’s encouraging to see where the big fish are swimming.
This is very interesting and I’ll be following developments closely.