OpenTap is the open source system that underlies Tapped In® an online community of education professionals developed by SRI International with funding from the National Science Foundation. OpenTap features a geographical metaphor of campuses and buildings with public, group, or personal rooms, integrated communication tools like chat, threaded discussion, and private messaging, and many other features.
Visit Tapped In® to see an example of this community in action, and contact Tapped In staff if you would are interested in discussing setup or support services to help you get your community up and running or to extend it with new features.
To run the binary distribution as a web site,
cp tappedin-[VERSION_NUMBER].war $MY_SERVLET_ENGINE/webapps
Assuming that your servlet engine is on port 8080 on your local machine, the initial URL http://localhost:8080/tappedin will provide a starting point to exploring the many features. You can use the following account for testing:
The default administration account is:
See the online 'help' tab for more info about features, or try them out first on Tapped In®.
To add chat services, also download and unpack the two auxiliary service providers that are packaged as .zip files, jms.zip (OpenJMS) and chat.zip, a modified version of NFCChat. Unzip both of these projects and run them via their ant target named 'run', using something like the following:
# new shell
The chat system should open a JMS communication channel with the web server within about 15 seconds. When finished, kill the ant "run" processes with control-C. Use one of the provided startup scripts for production start/stop.
There are three things you need to customize before you make your instance of OpenTap available to others.
Summary of OpenTap features
Information sharing and retrieval
Community support services are also vital to maintain and grow a thriving community. Tapped In staff provide online orientations and tutorials, help via e-mail and chat, support and publicity for provider activities, daily hosted events, a monthly newsletter emailed to members, experienced online meeting facilitators, customization, data collection, and training. Contact Tapped In staff if you would are interested in discussing support services for your community.
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