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Thought of the Week:- "Your attitudes and the choices you make today will be your life tomorrow, build it wisely."
Plone:- http://plone.org/ Open Source (20 MB). Platform Independent.

Plone is a content management system that is built on the powerful and free Zope Application server. It is a content management framework written in Python. It is available in 20 languages and can manage multilingual content. Also it is extensible and can be used for larger organizations. The features of the software are -

Content Management

Manage content from any web browser (even mobile phone browsers).

Limited use of graphics in default interface for strong focus on the information and fast downloads.

Undo and transaction rollback capability.


In-browser rich (WYSIWYG) editor for editing any kind of textual content.

Edit content in any application (such as Dreamweaver or Word) without having to move content from server to desktop.

Can upload and translate many common Office file types: Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OpenOffice files, RTF.

Live editing - you update the site from the site itself - no specialized tools needed.


Built in workflow for editorial approval before publication.

Workflow is completely flexible and configurable through the web.

Different content types can use same or different workflow processes.

Content Types

Comes with content types for common cases: news items, events, links, documentations, and more.

Easy to create new content types without any programming skills.

Dozens of content types available as add-ons.

Flexible metadata; comes with Dublin Core metadata as standard.


Built-in fast, flexible search engine.

New search indexes can easily be added.

Searching always shows latest information; no lag before published content appears in search results.


User authentication can use built-in database, LDAP, SMB, ActiveDirectory, relational databases, and many other systems.

Authentication is pluggable, so new authentication methods can easily be added.

Data Storage

Data is stored in built-in object database.

Data can be stored in or accessed from relational databases, including Oracle, SQLServer, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Interbase, and ODBC-compliant databases.


Topics and Topic Map technologies enable efficient aggregation of content - management of content using a hierarchical topic system.

RSS exports of data for aggregation and distribution of information.

Built-in webserver (will also integrate seamlessly with both Apache and IIS web servers), FTP server, WebDAV, XML-RPC server.

Can be statically deployed for security and high performance.

Supports portlet technologies.

Plug-in interfaces to Oracle, MS SQL Server, PostgresSQL, mySQL, Interbase, Berkeley DB-and generic ODBC.


Site of the Week:- http://www.bireme.br/bvs/I/ihome.htm

BIREME - The Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information. BIREME's mission is to contribute to the development of health in the countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean by promoting the use of health scientific and technical information.

Under the Scientific Literature section of the portal, one can select "database search", where a search can be done in 15 databases together, including MEDLINE. In advanced search, one can select the database/s and other Limits can also be applied. In fact it is using WWWISIS and provides Index terms also.

It is also a portal of Scientific Journals (Health Science Journals) and divided in various subject categories. It also gives the details about the journal like availability (free or controlled), publisher, publication started/ended, ISSN, online link etc.

A good source for Health Science Professionals.

That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal