[Coin-announce] COIN-OR wants to hire a Web developer

Ted Ralphs ted at lehigh.edu
Mon Sep 2 20:33:45 EDT 2013

Hello everyone,

We (the COIN-OR Foundation) are in the process of designing a new Web site.
We have a prototype, but need help with polishing and a few of the
technical details. The general specs are below. If you have experience
developing Web sites and are interested in helping us develop ours, please
contact me off-line.




General overview:

The COIN-OR foundation is a non-profit foundation that hosts 50+ open
source software projects. Currently, the Web site is hand-crafted HTML (
www.coin-or.org). Pages are hosted in subversion and checked out from
there. Pages describing individual project are rendered from XML (see,
e.g., https://projects.coin-or.org/SYMPHONY/browser/conf/projDesc.xml and
http://www.coin-or.org/projects/SYMPHONY.xml). Project source code is
hosted in subversion with TRAC providing an integrated wiki and bug
tracking (see, e.g., https://projects.coin-or.org/SYMPHONY). A mailman list
serve is used for support, user feedback, etc. (see
http://list.coin-or.org/mailman/listinfo/). Individual projects get Web
space in the form of pages checked our from subversion (see, e.g.,
https://projects.coin-or.org/SYMPHONY/browser/html and

The general idea is to give the site a complete makeover to give it a more
modern look and feel, social media integration, Web *.* capabilities. We
implemented a test site in Wordpress to play with ideas.


Specific design goals:

1. Move site to a CMS that will allow easier maintenance, ability to grant
edit permission to individual pages, ability to edit in the browser, etc.
Currently, Wordpress seems to do all we need and we are familiar with
Wordpress. We're open to other suggestions, however.
2. With the move to CMS, upgrade look and feel of the site and add
capabilities, as follows:
-- Implement forums for support and user feedback. Should include the
ability to have general high-level forums, as well as individual forums for
each project. Users should be able to create accounts on the site and post
to the forums. Forums should be moderated (or at least should have the
ability to moderate.
-- Upgrade TRAC to the latest version, integrate support for git, and
integrate the look and feel into the overall Web site.
-- Implement single sign-on for the Web site (forums), the TRAC site,
subversion. and git (so far, the best solution for this seems to be
OpenID). Support ability to require e-mail address for valid registration
and to capture basic demographic information (again, OpenID seems the
easiest option).
-- Implement download form that asks downloaders to fill out a form with
basic demographic information (possibly requiring some sort of account
-- Support the ability to auto-generate project information pages from XML
templates checked out from the subversion repos of individual projects, as
with current site.
-- Support blog(s) for posting news items. Each project should have its own
blog, but these individual blogs could be hosted on the sites of individual
projects (see 3 below).
-- Support an events calendar.
3. Support the creation of individual sites for each project using the same
CMS (Wordpress allows this).
4. Ideally, create a separate site for the foundation itself.

Dr. Ted Ralphs
Associate Professor, Lehigh University
(610) 628-1280
ted 'at' lehigh 'dot' edu
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