It’s been two long months of blood (but no bloodshed), sweat, and tears, and the MPub class of 2010 has finally made it to April 16: Tech Project presentation day! The three tech project groups – Pangolin, Netcase, and Pressplay – have worked days and nights to deliver top-notch projects. A little about each group’s project:
Pangolin Productions was tasked with converting the previous CCSP website from a wiki platform to WordPress MU, with the aim of providing a new online presence for the CCSP. Pangolin has worked at improving the Google search rankings for the website and merging the CCSP and Thinkubator elements of the website together. Along the way, Pangolin aimed to make the new CCSP website easily navigable and visually appealing for the CCSP audience and contributors. Pangolin believes that the final result will drastically improve the online exposure of the CCSP’s activities and the MPub program, and in turn will hopefully draw in more future students and build a community of industry experts, alumni, FCAT department peers, and faculty.
Pangolin Productions is Tamara Grominsky, Tracy Hurren, Megan Lau, Chris LeBlanc, Katerina Ortakova, and Emma Tarswell.
To learn more about Pangolin’s project and process, see www.ccsp.sfu.ca/ccspweb
NetCase has developed nEWS (netCase Editorial Workflow System), a flexible, task-oriented editorial workflow system using WordPress as a platform. Their goal was to create an easy-to-use content management system for small publishing operations that could function in multiple editorial contexts. Centred on user experience, nEWS targets both authors submitting writing and editorial staff at magazines ranging in size from roughly one to twenty staff members (including interns and volunteers). netCase focused on creating an easily adoptable system that would cause minimal complications during implementation, and would require little to no training for its users.
NetCase is Kelsey Everton, Kristen Gladiuk, Elizabeth Kemp, Eva Quintana, Shannon Smart, and Chelsea Theriault.
For more on the netCase Editorial Workflow System, see www.ccsp.sfu.ca/editorial
Pressplay has worked tirelessly to create The Book of MPub, a book-length collection of essays in electronic and print-on-demand formats. The Book of MPub, as a compilation of research and critical thinking from each student in the MPub program, discusses a wide variety of topics on the state of technology within the publishing industry in Canada in the spring of 2010. Pressplay’s goal was to make a contribution to a collective discourse on innovative technologies in publishing, such as epublishing, new business models, crowd sourcing and social media.
PressPlay is Vanessa Chan, Cari Ferguson, Kathleen Fraser, Cynara Geissler, Ann-Marie Metten, and Suzette Smith.
For more information on The Book of MPub, please visit www.ccsp.sfu.ca/ccsp-press/books/book-of-mpub