e-Catalunya: Platform for collaboration and social networking

Description 

e-Catalunya  is a platform for group collaboration and social networking that enables the Autonomous Government  of Catalonia to offer collaborative portal services to different collectives and professional groups.

inLab FIB has collaborated with the Citizen Services Office since 2004 in the development, integration and promotion of this platform, which is based on open source software. New features and designs have been developed for the platform as well. Since 2010, inLab has been collaborating with ALTRAN, the company responsible for the evolutionary and corrective maintenance of the platform.

In 2009, e-Catalunya was one of the finalist projects at the European eGovernment Awards in the category of eGovernment enabling administrative efficiency and effectiveness.

Watch the project e-Catalunya video explanation.

 

Duration of the project 
October, 2004 to December, 2012
Client 
Benefits for the client 
  • Platform for collaboration and social networking.
  • Based on open source software.
  • Possibility of creating other portals with different profiles and delegating the administration of these portals to the responsible members of the group that will make use of it.
  • Flexible and powerful structure of groups that allows delegating in others their administration, configuration. System of access permissions to group content and collaboration tools based on group membership and the privacy level established.
  • Combines the latest powerful collaboration tools (wiki, blog) with more traditional tools (discussion forum, calendar, distribution list, file archive).
  • User profile can be defined for each portal. The user may manage their own profile and their desired privacy restrictions .
  • Social networking tools based on contact networks and inference of similarities between different users (obtained from an analysis of the operations recorded in the system log files): social network, knowledge network, member directory.

 

Services 
  • Design, development and integration of the platform.
  • Design of the operating architecture (hardware, software base, specific software to integrate) in multiple layers and incorporating suitable security and balancing mechanisms.
  • Installation of specific software in both production and preproduction environments.
  • Usability testing.
  • Accessibility testing (AA level).
  • Stress testing.
  • Functional testing.
  • Upgrades and corrective maintenance.
  • Technical support for applications with a 12/5 schedule and coordination with the hosting service supplied by another company to ensure 24/7 service.
  • User satisfaction survey: survey management and analysis of results based on PLS path modeling.

 

Technology 
Hibernate,
Tomcat,
MySQL,
Java,
PHP,
HTML5,
Linux,
OpenLDAP
Areas of expertise involved in the project 
Articles and Presentations 

Casanovas, J.; Crespo, J.F.; Martin, R.M. e-Catalunya: un entorno colaborativo y de red social. "Boletín de RedIRIS", 2006, núm. 78-79, p. 23-28. 

“e-Catalunya: a social network platform” . Presentation in JRES 2007. Estrasburg, november 20-23, 2007.

e-Catalunya presentation in INCoS (International Conference on Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems, organized by Open Catalan University (UOC)
Barcelona, november 4-6, 2009

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