This is all part of our tireless campaign to build in services and value to different programs and groups within our organization.
Bascially, all items added to the MLX now have a field in the creation form. If the item is to be associated with a special collection, the person entering it inserts a 4 character code (just like the discount codes you enter when submitting a rental car reservation online) that "tags" the package for association with the collection.
Once in place, we can do all kinds of things...
We can use the new special collection feature in several new ways.
The simplest is providing a unque URL that can be linked to a collection, e.g. the Maricopa INstitute for Learning (MIL), a fellowship program with final reports:
And since it is bonehead simple now, each collection has an RSS feed:
How much would you pay for this! (Ginsu Knives not included) Wait there is more!
Now we can build search function in external sites, using the MLX search code libraries, and even secondary CSS files to modify the output. So for the MIL site, we now have an embedded franchise search:
The default view is to display all, but using the same search features that are part of the MLX, the search can be refined by keyword, or restricted to a Maricopa College.
This search is still hitting the MLX database, but by filtering by the special collection ID, we are looking at a subset or a smaller window of the MLX.
This is another selling point we hope that will convince the people in our system to actuallly do more knowledge sharing of projects and programs which now rarely see th elight outside of a filing cabinet or an un-findable web site.