Bebop is developing BuddyPress as an institutional academic profile management tool which collects and displays a person’s Open Educational Resources.
The project has two parts: 1) We are developing BuddyPress to consume OERs using third-party feeds and APIs into academics’ profiles and, 2) investigating the possibility of BuddyPress becoming an application which produces data for re-publishing on other institutional websites and to third-party web services.
The main outcome of this work will be a plugin or set of plugins that can be used with BuddyPress to extend an individual’s profile to re-present resources that are held on disparate websites such as YouTube, Slideshare, Jorum, etc. The plugins will be open source and made available via the official WordPress.org plugin repository.
Finally, working with the CUNY Commons In A Box project, we will extend our user testing to that related project and seek advice from their staff, who are core contributors to BuddyPress. It is our intention that the work of this project, complements the overall CUNY project.