Arck launches public Elgg-based social network demo: Kyoutsuu



Kyoutsuu is a basic example of what’s possible with Elgg, an open-source social networking framework, and Arck Interactive, a team of talented web designers developers. Elgg provides the building blocks that allow you to create and grow your own social networking site, whether publicly (like Facebook) or internally on a networked intranet (like Microsoft Sharepoint).

Arck provides a full-range of custom design and development services for Elgg and offer options for either hosting your social network with us, or on your own server. You can view a fill list of our Elgg services and case studies for social networks we’ve developed with Elgg on our web site.

Please register for a free account and play in our sandbox. If you have any questions, or feedback, click the little Feedback tab on the left side of the web page and we’ll get back to you soon!

By the way, kyoutsuu means community or commonality in Japanese.

What's possible with a free, open-source social networking framework called Elgg? The Wiley Faculty Network, for one.

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We’ve been using the open-source social framework Elgg on nearly all of our social development project over the past two years. Never heard of Elgg? I’m not surprised. It hasn’t been given the attention or the visibility that it absolutely deserves. Hands down, it’s the best framework for developing custom social networks.

That said, I’d like to share our latest Elgg development effort, a faculty network for John Wiley & Sons, that we developed in cooperation with Garfield Group Interactive.

The Wiley Faculty Network is a global community of faculty, connected by a passion for teaching and a drive to learn, share, and collaborate. Members connect to collaborate with colleagues, join professional and peer groups, find mentors, attend virtual and live events, and view a wealth of resources all designed to help them grow as educators.

Site functionality included: one-click login integration with Wiley’s existing faculty system ProfVal; role-based access with custom profiles; intelligent dashboard widgets that suggest content to users based on their professional and personal interests; a custom content management system plugin allowing Wiley to deliver context and discipline specific content to users; a complete events management system; custom file/resource (documents, videos, audio) sharing; granular analytics and reporting; blogs, user groups and forums.

You can read the complete case-study on the Arck Interactive site, here:

The live Wiley Faculty Network web site is available here:

New Social Network Focused on Commercial Elgg Services

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I’d just like to give a plug to our friends Shane Atlas and Billy Gunn who just launched the first social network focused exclusively on commercial Elgg services. The Elgg community has been sorely lacking a site where developers can connect with the business community.

Kudos to the ElggExchange team!

We just launched our third enterprise class social network for Wiley & Sons Publishing!

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Working for Garfield Group Interactive over a period of 6 months, we developed a scalable social network based on Elgg. Functionality included: one-click login integration with Wiley’s existing faculty system ProfVal; role-based access with custom profiles; intelligent dashboard widgets that suggest content to users based on their professional and personal interests; a custom content management system plugin allowing Wiley to deliver context and discipline specific content to users; a complete events management system; custom file/resource (documents, videos, audio) sharing; granular analytics and reporting; blogs, user groups and forums.

Check out the case study here.