How well does Arkestra work in practice?
Arkestra was developed at Cardiff University School of Medicine to provide a platform for the School’s web presence; it’s been doing that job since 1st March 2010.
More recently, Arkestra has been adopted by other organisations and from small community groups to academic institutions.
At the School of Medicine
At the School of Medicine, Arkestra currently serves about 4000 pages a day.
It publishes around 10,000 pages. About 90% of these are published automatically, alongside 1300 manually-created pages of editorial content. 3500 plugins publish content - links, images, news, events, videos and more - into these pages.
The system manages information about 1900 people, mostly members of staff, in 2300 roles across 170 entities, along with 500 news articles and 700 events.
Site content is managed by a team of over 40 web editors.
Working for the School
Arkestra has made the work of web editors in the School of Medicine easier and faster. The School’s web presence has been greatly improved, and the effort required to support the site, and the editors who maintain it, has been substantially reduced.
The system is reliable and responsive, both for visitors and web editors.