OpenScholar comes with "out of the box" ready pluggable content features. Each feature provides a section for the web sites.
Features that can be enabled and managed individually in the "Features" section in Control Panel. Features often provide their own blocks or "widgets" that dynamically display related content.
For example, a site may have a widget enabled called "Recent Publications" which displays the 5 most recent publications appearing in block. Having widget content appearing along with main content adds depth to the sites and elegantly divides pages in sub-sections. Here is list of content features that come standard with OpenScholar:
Enables the publishing and managing of announcement posts. Uses may want to post announcements about recent developments in their projects, awards, course-related updates, new book or article releases, associated news items, etc. The Announcements feature, like other features, can be set as private or public allowing control over how and to whom they are displayed.
Blogs today have become a mainstay of discussion in the internet. The word "blog" is derived from the term "web log" and is fashioned after a journaling style of writing. The Blog feature provides a functional blog section of the site automatically.
Allows users to create pages that can have a hierarchical relationship to one another, much like a table of contents. This kind of structuring is useful for publishing things like sections of a manual. The hierarchical relationship between pages is a way to organize related content and provides sensible and direct way for users to navigate though sites' booklet pages.
Enables users to post and manage the academic classes on their sites. It's important to know that the class feature gives you two types of content, "Class" and "Class Materials". A "Class" generally consists of the class name, semester, and an overview of the class you are teaching or assisting with. "Class materials" posts list the materials used in the class teachings, such as a syllabus, reading assignments, etc. Users can associate as many class materials with a class as they want.
Bio / CV feature
Enables users to post and manage their Curriculum Vitae and Biography in either PDF or plain text format. This feature is a vital part of a scholar's site. Visitors of the site will want to know information about the scholar's academic background, achievements, goals, projects, ideas, etc.
Enabling the Dataverse feature will provide a menu item within the site's primary menu that will link to the site owner's existing dataverse site. The user must have an existing Dataverse account in order to properly utilize this feature. To learn more about the The Dataverse Project, click here.
Allows users to post and manage scheduled events on their web sites. Enabling this feature will provide an Events section and a primary menu link called "Calendar". Clicking on the "Calendar" link will display of the current month's calendar.
Allows users to configure and customize the content on their site's front page. Select posts from a specific feature, select one of your posts, or hand pick content as you go.
Image Gallery feature
An intuitive tool to help upload, store and manage web site photos. Users can create categories, or galleries, for related groups of photos to give photos context and to keep them organized. All of the site photos will be centrally accessible from the photo gallery area.
Enables users to post and manage links to external web pages. Users can categorize links with tags and associate descriptions, images and files with the links. Users might want to post links to share information on current or past projects, affiliated institutions, web articles of interest, etc.
Offers the ability to post miscellaneous web pages of your choice, sort of like a "blank canvas". Users may want to post office hours, departmental contact information, or a message to web site visitors. Users can also create custom menu links for the "pages" they create.
Provides a section of the site to post and manage presentation files, slides and information.
Creates a categorizable people directory on the site. It also allows the easy creation of individal profiles with photos and personal information. Enabling this feature will create a section of called "People".
Enables users to post, manage, and distribute publication citation data to thier site and beyond. These works can range from working papers, published articles, film, software, book chapter, etc. The Publications feature also comes with bibliographc formatting styles to choose from such as "Chicago", "Council of Science Editors (CSE)" and many more.
Will process feeds from external web sources, allowing users to easily set up RSS feeds on thier web sites without having to know any code or XML. Many web sites offer feeds for their content, such as "latest news", to keep the site content new dynamic and fresh.
Provides software file uploads and version information to be posted in a dedicated section of the site.