Anyone up for a collaboration to build a multisite for small- to mid-sized journals?
Let me explain.
OP2 did a marvelous job for me way back. I showed the possibilities and what one can achieve with Drupal. In my case this resulted in a website that has a complete archive of a literature journal, with author-controlled biographies, blogs, events... and hopefully soon an e-shop (cf. Ubercard), mobile webapp (cf. Services), metadata-standards based exports (MarcXML, MODS), archival/preservation (cf. exports to Internet archive)...
I have to say that OP did not achieve all of this. OP served as an inspiration, but I quite radically had to change the content types, adding some features here and there... and ended up with something that was closely related to OP, yet quite different.
The thing is however, that the work I've done is for a journal with little or no funds. All for free, cause I simply love the journal and its editorial board. I know for a fact that a lot of people out there are also struggling to get a website up for the (literature/art/...) journal. Sadly enough, because most of these journal do not have any funding they end up with a Wordpress site, Joomla site... which are great but not ready for the future days of webdesign.
I always wondered why nobody is collaborating on building a centralized multisite in Drupal, setting out the data structure, adding the basic features and basically collaborate on a shared journal magazine, sort of like a Software-as-a-Service, but managed and payed by the collection of journals. Surely, this is financially easily sustainable, if we build the first built ourselves and possibly later on pay people to maintain the package.
For we journals do not differ in our data-structure I'd say, more so, we are so alike that this should be fairly easy to do.
Any thoughts, questions, enthousiastic replies...?