EEXCESS

Description

Short Description

The EEXCESS (Enhancing Europe’s eXchange in Cultural Educational and Scientific reSources) is a European Union funded project. EEXCESS WordPress plug-in is an application which provides users with recommendations of cultural, economics, media and scholarly communication content while editing or writing blog posts.

Long Description

European museums, archives, libraries and other cultural aggregators hold vast resources of cultural, scientific and educational content—scientific research, historical sound recordings, images of sculptures, films, sheet music and much more. This highly specialised, carefully curated content is still largely untapped and invisible to the general public. The EEXCESS (Enhancing Europe’s eXchange in Cultural Educational and Scientific reSources) is a European Union funded project and it’s vision is to connect these valuable resources with the main stream content over Web. EEXCESS research is based on the simple principle of taking the content to the user, not the user to the content. Instead of navigating through a multitude of libraries, repositories and databases, users will find relevant and specialised information in their habitual environment. The EEXCESS WordPress plug-in is designed for this purpose.

This is an appropriate tool for bloggers who are writing posts on historical, cultural or scientific content. It serves as recommendation tool for user’s online activities. You, as a user, will get personally tailored recommendations from cultural and scientific databases without having to explicitly search for this content. This plugin will integrate into your ongoing working process. You won´t have to leave the website you are currently reading or the content management system you are currently editing.

So far, EEXCESS recommends content from the following cultural and scientific databases:

  • Europeana (cultural content)
  • EconBiz (economic literature)
  • Mendeley (scientific papers of a wide range of disciplines)
  • KIM BL (regional cultural content, Baselland, Switzerland)
  • Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

Further content databases will be available soon.

Guided Tour

To start with the WordPress EEXCESS Plugin follow these steps:

  1. Activate the plugin on your WordPress plugin page and you will see EEXCESS feature buttons in the top right corner of the WordPress editor (see Screenshot 1)

  2. Inside the text editor you can get recommendations by selecting the text and clicking the “Get Recommendations” button present in the Editor toolbar or by pressing the keyboard shortcut CTRL+E. For example, as illustrated in Screenshot 2 a user highlights “economic mobility” to get recommendations.

  3. A result list thematically clustered in to categories of i.e. Media, Cultural, Scholarly and All (by default) is positioned beneath the text editor (See Screenshot 3). A thumbnail for the recommendation of Media content is provided during a mouse over (see Screenshot 4). For getting full details about the recommendations the user can click on the individual result item and a new page from the corresponding Content Provider will be opened in a separate window.

  4. If users wish to insert or link to one of the recommended multimedia resources, they must position the cursor at the position where they want the reference to appear. Press any of the (insert image, insert citation, insert link) buttons for the insertion of the corresponding recommendation. (see Screenshot 4)

  5. If users wish to link to or reference one of the recommended scholarly resources, they must position his cursor at the position where they want the reference to appear. Then optionally select their preferred Citation Style (see Screenshot 1) from the “Citation Style” drop down list and press any of the (insert citation, insert link)buttons of the corresponding recommendation reference. (see Screenshot 5)

  6. Users can click on the “Alter Citations” button provided in the editor toolbar to delete or alter already referenced scholarly items. (see Screenshot 6)

  7. Below the appearance of the recommendation result list, a Visualization Dashboard feature is provided for filtering the recommendations on the basis of various facets. Users can activate this feature by pressing Eye sign “Visualization Dashboard” button in the editor toolbar and can also reference the item by clicking the link button. (see Screenshot 7)

Screenshots

  • Screenshot 1: The WordPress Plug-in. Plug-in toolbar with additional EEXCESS Feature Buttons

  • Screenshot 2: The WordPress Plug-in. Select text and press the “Get Recommendations” button to retrieve the recommendations.

  • Screenshot 3: Recommendation List thematically clustered in WordPress Plug-in.

  • Screenshot 4: After selecting the recommendation the image is inserted in the text.

  • Screenshot 5: After selecting the recommendation scholarly references are inserted in the text.

  • Screenshot 6: Alter or delete referenced recommendations.

  • Screenshot 7: Visualization Dashboard.

Installation

This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working. e.g.

From your WordPress dashboard:

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  2. Search for ‘EEXCESS’
  3. Activate EEXCESS from your Plugins page.
  4. You will see EEXCESS in top left corner of the editor and click it for recommendation.

Download From github:

  1. Download EEXCESS wordpress plugin from https://github.com/EEXCESS/wordpress-plugin.git.
  2. Upload the ‘EEXCESS’ directory to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory, using your favorite method (ftp, sftp, scp, etc…)
  3. Activate EEXCESS from your Plugins page.
  4. You will see EEXCESS in top left corner of the editor and click it for recommendation.

From WordPress.org:

  1. Download EEXCESS WordPress.
  2. Upload the ‘EEXCESS’ directory to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory, using your favorite method (ftp, sftp, scp, etc…)
  3. Activate EEXCESS from your Plugins page.
  4. You will see EEXCESS in top left corner of the editor and click it for recommendation.

How to Use

Please read thorough “Other Notes” and “Screenshots” Sections to know more “how to use” this plugin in your writing environment.

FAQ

What privacy information is logged?

There are two cases when information is being logged:

  1. User queries the system
  2. The user inserts a resource into the post
What kind of information is transmitted on querying?

The following information is being transmitted:

  1. IP address
  2. Timestamp
  3. The last query string
  4. Whether a content objects was inserted as image or citation (only second case)

Logging is optional (opt-out).

Reviews

Incompatibility with WP 4.5.1

Once the plugin is activated, WordPress doesn´t allows to edit and publish post. The content you write in the edition window, just disappears when you save or publish the draft.

A major issue indeed. Looking forward to an updated version that solves the problem.

Read all 1 review

Contributors & Developers

“EEXCESS” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

0.7

  • There were situation where this plug-in exhibited unpredictable bahavior when it was installed in conjunction with other plug-ins. This is fixed now.

0.6.1

  • New Features along with changes in Interface is implemented to make insertion of recommendation more interactive.
  • Visualization Dashboard incorporated to filter recommendation on various facets.