Productive Scholar: OpenScholar-Personal Websites for Scholars

openscholar-logoIn this Productive Scholar Session, Angel Brady of the Educational Technologies Center, presented OpenScholar, an OIT-supported web page creation service that allows for faculty and graduate students to create personal, professional academic sites.  OpenScholar can host personal CVs, current publications and information about past and current research. The OpenScholar system is very easy to use and is focused on the types of information presented on academic profile websites.

OpenScholar was developed, and continues to be developed, at Harvard University’s Institution of Quantitative Social Science as an open-source project.  The system is based on the very popular Drupal content management system.

OpenScholar websites at Princeton can be requested by contacting the Educational Technologies Center . OpenScholar websites are only available for Princeton faculty and graduate studentsand for special project sites.  You must have a valid Princeton e-mail address to request a website.

Once their site has been created, editing the website is done completely through the web browser. Pages on an OpenScholar website can be edited in two ways:  in-page editing and editing pages through the ‘Control Panel’. Features are tools that can be added or removed from a website, such as blogs, publications, or feeds. These features can be enabled and configured by going into the ‘Control Panel’ of your site after logging in to the system. The layout and design of your site can also be modified in the ‘Control Panel’.  The system includes fifteen different designs to choose from, some of which offer color variations.

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