So. It’s been a month now since I finished my Master’s degree in Multimedia. University bureaucracies take awfully long and I’m still awaiting my certificate, but I feel I can unveil a little of what I’ve been up to.
Along with fellow colleague Mariana Figueiredo I developed a special content management system called Mille Plateaux. It’s special as it’s not your basic CMS where you create and manage webpages and modules for stuff such as blogs, wikis, polls, etecetera. There are plenty of those already, and the world definitely doesn’t need another one. Mille Plateaux is a portfolio-building CMS. Users create projects that are made of multiple elements - a design project may be made of multiple images, an architecture project may be made of text elements (description, prorgramme, etc), images, video elements, etecetera. Think tumble-folios. And these projects might aggregate related content from external Web services.
Mille Plateaux, so named both as a reference to the treatise of the same name and as a clever play on the portuguese word Cenário (which can be translated to french as ‘plateau’), was initially meant to back a Web service called - precisely - Cenário, intended to offer portfolio-building for portuguese college students. However, the CMS can be pertinent in a number of other contexts - say, in professional portfolio hosting service, a service dedicated to the presentation of cultural institutions’ work, etc. Larger-scale implementations may require some investment, and achieving the means to implement Cenário is our next step.
And once we get it off the ground and past some very-needed auditing and wider beta-testing, we’ll open it.