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From "Andrew Savory (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Closed: (COCOON-1884) [Link] Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (Wiley InterScience)
Date Thu, 29 May 2008 10:20:45 GMT


Andrew Savory closed COCOON-1884.

    Resolution: Fixed

Added to Daisy.

> [Link] Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (Wiley InterScience)
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COCOON-1884
>                 URL:
>             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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