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From "Ellis Pritchard (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (COCOON-1884) [Link] Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (Wiley InterScience)
Date Mon, 24 Jul 2006 18:30:15 GMT
[Link] Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (Wiley InterScience)

                 Key: COCOON-1884
             Project: Cocoon
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: - Documentation
    Affects Versions: 2.1.8
            Reporter: Ellis Pritchard

URL of the website:
Title of the website: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences - Wiley InterScience
Cocoon version used: 2.1.8 (with AJAX module and some patches from 2.1.9)
Short summary: Major Reference work in Wiley InterScience, first of many to be published using
Cocoon-based architecture.
How can we verify this site is actually built with Cocoon? Check out the X-Cocoon-Version

- How much time did it take to build the site from design to publication?
Original IA Specification in October 2005, specs for source XML took approximately 2 months,
actual build 3 months; 3 Cocoon-based engineers, 1 focusing on search, 1 on XHTML/CSS, and
one on the rest of the site. We also had some hard-working Content people working on pre-rendering
of XML blobs and MathML images, and a whole bunch of people in India marking up the XML content

- How much traffic does the site handle?
20000 hits on launch day (24 July 2006).

- What made you choose Cocoon to build the site?
6 month review of available technologies, Cocoon stood out on handling of XML, Caching, Component
re-use and the Sitemap. We also love Views and the concept of Flows.

- What other information do you want to disclose (e.g. how does it work, how did
you build it, what parts of Cocoon did you use)?

We've actually got some other parts of the site already implemented using Cocoon, namely ForwardLinking
(Citation-Tracking link on Journal Abstract pages: Crossref web-service based), Author Services
(production process tracking for authors: uses web-services and FlowScript), plus our (yet
to be launched) RSS and OPML feeds, and will be moving forward with the rest of InterScience
along-side a back-end re-architecture.

We've been able to re-use a number of components from the other Cocoon projects already, and
the bulk of Cocoon work for this site has been XSL and Sitemap wrangling, rather than application-specific
Java code.

We wrote our own Generators and Transformers for DB access and Search integration (we use
back-end CORBA repositories and custom DOA for DB access, and a legacy Verity engine for search),
plus some generic transformers for SAX manipulation, e.g. pulling single nodes for our AJAX
based topic-tree out of a huge source document. However, the bulk of the functionality is
XSLT based, using a file-system store (i.e. exactly the kind of thing Cocoon was designed
for), preferring Inclusion to Aggregation in most cases.

Access control is not implemented using Cocoon simply due to an existing available web-server
plugin, although we use a Cocoon-based 'Action' for access control in other parts of the site.

Cocoon has vastly improved our abilty to deliver feature-rich sites on-time and on-cost, plus,
its fun!

- Can you provide a contact email address if people want further information?

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