The Open Group offers a flexible web infrastructure tool known as
Plato, to facilitate an effective method of forming
and running collaborative special interest groups and consortia.
The web based Plato
infrastructure provides multi-level access views on information,
news items, shared events calendar, action repository, document repository,
online document review system, email archives, online polling
and glossary. All items are fully customizable to suit the
working group needs and self maintainable by project leaders.
A place on the web where information can be brought together.
A simple one page layout makes it easy to see news items, events, emails, action items,
documents (in all formats) and other
information. This page can serve as your project or consortium's home
page with links as appropriate
to external URLs. (more)
Information that is easily added or updated and available to the right people.
Access to information is controlled through
membership of one or more mailing lists. A public view
and three levels of controlled access views are provided.
Emails sent to specified mailing lists are
automatically loaded, other information can be entered online
without the need for an html web page editor, and
documents are uploaded without the need for a ftp software. All information
is secured on our web, database, and email servers. (more)
Plato: Summary of Benefits and Features
Additional functions include Document Review and Voting.
The Open Group's online document review system
is integrated to allow authorized users to add comments in
context and view all comments with the authors' names. A voting capability provides a mechanism for
authorized users to vote. For example, to vote for acceptance
or rejection of a proposed amendment to a document. (more)
Administration is easy.
Navigation bars, headings, and content are under
the control of the client's administrator(s). The
overall look and feel, and the style sheet can be customized
on the client's behalf. The system interfaces to The Open Group's email
and web access system which in turn links to the membership
database and conference/event management system. New facilities developed for clients are
available to other clients who make use of the common resources.
Plato: Frequently Asked Questions