In this pattern, we aim to bring the social content and features within the context of personalized web content and applications. The infusing in this pattern can be achieved using features that are provided in WebSphere Portal such as:
- Social portlets
- Social rendering
- Search integration
- Business card integration
- Community pages
- VMM community adapter
- Connections files in federated document component
One method of bringing social into context is the usage of IBM Connections portlets. The social protlets deliver a rich set of social software services for use within a WebSphere Portal environment. They can be used to add the following features to your website:
- Forums, forums summary
- Blogs, blogs Summary
- Tag cloud
Another method of bringing social into context of your website is social rendering. The social rendering feature enables page editors to display social objects hosted on a remote IBM Connections server inside WebSphere Portal Server using IBM Web Content Manager (WCM). Page editors can easily add social list definitions by using this feature. WCM social rendering capability provides a flexible way to query and render IBM Connections social content. WCM social rendering is an out-of-the-box portlet which is added as replacement to the IBM Connections Summary portlet. This is one of the easiest ways to integrate social content in a Portal web page.
The WCM social rendering portlet provides an option to keep the user within Portal and view the social content (from a remote IBM Connections server) or direct the user to IBM Connections native user interface when required. WCM social rendering portlet can either be configured to jump to the details portlet or to a separate IBM Connections URL. When additional capability is required, for example adding blog entries and discussion threads, then WCM social rendering portlet can work in conjunction with either the IBM Connections details portlet or the native IBM Connections user interface.
With social rendering:
- It is easy to render “links to” and “information about” data stored in IBM Connections (aka “social data”) using WCM design.
- Site designers have full control over visual appearance of social data on your website.
- The lists can be added to the toolbar and page editors can drag the lists to pages.
- Page editors can define queries to select social content on the page.
- Page editors can pick the design for generating the visual appearance of the result list.
Business card integration
You can integrate business card feature into your website to bring social into context.
With business card integration:
- It is easy to provide in-context access to people
- You can customize look and feel via CSS
- It is easy to include business card using config task to enable it in Portal
- You can mark “Live Name” using vCard microformat.
IBM Connections allows users to create communities where a group of users can contribute and share information. Having a community around a specific subject matter or project is a powerful and meaningful way of collaboration among people. In IBM Connections communities, you can create a public, moderated, or private community depending on requirement and IBM Connections allows you to associates other Connections application such as blogs, wikis, and forum to any community.
Using IBM Connections portlets, you can integrate IBM Connections community pages into your Portal site to enhance your Portal's social collaboration capabilities.
VMM community adapter
VMM is a WebSphere application server’s component to manage users and groups information by the following:
- Provides a common model for applications to interact with the out-of-box repositories.
- Allows multiple repositories to be federated as a single virtual repository.
VMM community adapter represents community members as groups to Portal.