Progress on ADEC Technical Initiatives

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Progress on ADEC Technical Initiatives

ADEC E
-
Store

http://estore.adec.edu

ADEC E
-
Store


Opened in April 2004


Implemented using open source
osCommerce

e
-
commerce platform (http://www.oscommerce.com)


All credit card and private information secured by
high
-
grade AES
-
256 SSL encryption by
Verisign


Payments accepted using via Visa, MasterCard,
American Express, Discover, check and purchase order


Showcases products, courses, workshops, conferences
and other items produced by ADEC member
institutions

A Few Numbers


Since opening in April 2004:



1,000,000+ visits


750+ customer accounts established


800+ orders placed


1,300+ items sold


$65,000+ in revenue for ADEC members

E
-
Store Offerings


Currently offering 100+ products from 10 ADEC
member institutions


Offerings include videos (VHS and DVD), online
courses, computer software (available via CD
-
ROM
and immediate download), conferences and
workshops


95% of products on the site can be purchased directly
from the E
-
Store secure server


Items from multiple institutions may be included in a
single shopping cart for purchase

How to Participate


Selling products and services via the ADEC E
-
Store is a
benefit of your ADEC membership


Three ways to participate:

1.
Advertise your products and services on the E
-
Store
website and let ADEC process your payments

2.
Advertise your products and services on the E
-
Store
and link to a purchase page on your own online store
website

3.
Post a banner ad on the E
-
Store website

ADEC Processes Payment


Customer adds your products and services to their E
-
Store shopping cart


Customer checks out and completes credit card, check
or purchase order payment via secure on
-
line
transaction


E
-
Store notifies you that the product or service has
been purchased and should be shipped (if
appropriate)


Once every month, you receive a check for the gross
revenues from your product/service sales

Link to Your Online Store


Customer learns about your product/service from a
page on the E
-
Store website


Customer clicks a link at the bottom of the page and is
redirected to a URL you designate on your own online
store website

Banner Ads


Displayed in the upper
-
left corner of the E
-
Store
website


Server cycles through ads as the customer clicks
through the site


Banner ad links to a URL of your choice

Banner Ads, Continued


Currently running four banner ads on the site


Since initially posted, ads have received an average of:


200,000+ views


5,000+ clicks


Ads must be 480 x 50 pixels in JPG, PNG or GIF format
(animated GIFs are OK)


Future Developments


Non
-
English product pages, products and services


Acceptance of PayPal for payments


Downloadable e
-
documents and media products


Pay
-
per
-
view , digital “tokens” for one
-
time or
unlimited access to streamed content


Increased participation by ADEC member institutions


ADEC Website/CMS

Staff


ADEC


Steven Conn, ADEC project lead


Chris
Klosowski

(REU fellow from Northern Michigan
University), HTML author and graphic designer


Louisiana State University


Fred Piazza, LSU project lead


Sam
Razzi
, software developer


Sandy
Fiser
, graphic designer

February Meeting


Steven Conn and Chris
Klosowski

met with Janet
Poley

and ADEC staff in Lincoln


Re
-
arranged the menu structure to move more
frequently accessed items to the top


Re
-
designed and simplified the home page


Made final decisions
vis

a
vis

content areas that were not
addressed in 2006 meetings at LSU


Demonstrated using the CMS for ADEC staff and
conducted a basic training session

Left to Do


Programming


Implement site search


Implement RSS feeds


Content


ADEC
-
specific metadata


HTML authoring


Management


Move server to hosting center at UNL IANR


Live in May 2007

E
-
Answers

http://e
-
answers.adec.edu

E
-
Answers


“Google” for ADEC member sites


Focused on content that answers questions for a broad,
public audience


Initially implemented and hosted by the University of
Florida


Assumed by ADEC in November 2004


Implemented using
ht:Dig

search engine
(
http://www.htdig.org
)

A Few Numbers


Currently crawling 400,000+ documents at 50+ ADEC
member sites


Averaged 40,000+ searches per year in 2005 and 2006


Has already performed 30,000+ searches in 2007 as of
April 27


0
50000
100000
2005
2006
2007*
E
-
Answers Searches

Searches
Future Developments


Move to the
Nutch

search engine
(
http://www.nutch.org
)


Higher
-
performance search engine


Implemented in Java (not Perl)


“Show me more like this one”


Clustering and taxonomy support


ADECnet


Currently have 38 self
-
funded
ADECnet

sites


2/3 still have “Gen 1” Tachyon hardware which is now
officially “unsupported”


In 2006
-
7, 6 sites have upgraded to “Gen 2” equipment
(cost approx. $2,500)


Will be offering sites “
EverCare
” maintenance for
$55/month, will cover equipment replacement (parts
and labor) after 60 days


Are in discussions with Hughes Network Services, LLC
as a possible alternative vendor

Questions
?


Contact Steven R. Conn, ADEC CTO

703
-
861
-
5223

steven.conn@adec.edu