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.
view a sample top level page for a plato site.
The following sections highlight the key features of a Plato site.
Note that there is total flexibility in which features are used
in any one site, and also flexibility in features visible at different
- News Item repository allows the publishing of simple
HTML-based news items
- Alert option to send an e-mail when a data item is created
Maintaining group calendar
- Event repository provides a central reference area for
types of events
- Multiple documents can be associated with each event
- Repeating events are supported
Managing group actions
- Action item repository allows action items to be assigned
- Multiple documents can be associated with each action item
- Free-form text area for recording comments, progress, etc
- Document repository to store any format of document
- Multiple formats can be stored for each document
- Multiple document versions can be stored behind a single
- Open-ended set of document categories
Information that is easily added or updated and available to the right people.
Access to information is available at a number of levels,
with access to each level controlled through
membership of one or more mailing lists.
The names of each level can be customized to suit the project
needs. A public view
and up to three levels of controlled access views are provided. Confirmation of the level you are accessing is displayed in the
left navigation panel for controlled access views:
Emails sent to specified mailing lists are
automatically made visible in the mail archive section:
Other information can be entered online
without the need for an html web page editor, and
documents uploaded through your web browser without the need for special upload
software (for example ftp client). All information
is secured on our web, database, and email servers.
Access Control and Visibility
- Mailing list-based access control model provides multi-level
hierarchical access to data
- Data can be made publicly available, or restricted to
different classes of membership
- The ability to create, modify, and delete data can be finely
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.
Administration is easy.
Navigation bars, headings, custom pages, and content are under
the control of the client's administrator(s). A separate
group of administrators can be defined who can access 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 us of the common resources.
See the How to
- Simple mailing list administration
- Staff from member companies can manage their own membership
of mailing lists
- Full mail archive available online
Plato Frequently Asked Questions
A set of FAQs on Plato is available here