We focus on providing customizations that increase the usability and utility of the Harvard Wikis. These customizations include plugins, macros, and integrations with other Harvard systems.
Plugins and Macros
Plugins add extra functionality to the Harvard Wikis. Some plugins modify core functionality, but more often, installation of a plugin results in a set of specialized macros becoming available. Macros provide a range of extra functionality to Harvard Wikis. Use macros to format pages, display wiki information, and add image galleries, graphs and maps. For a list of currently installed macros, click here.
Some plugins have been developed by the product vendor, Atlassian, and are fully supported. Other plugins, some developed by Atlassian, some by members of an extensive 3rd-party developer network, are available with varying levels of developer support. We are able to add new plugins only when we are confident doing so will not adversely affect performance, security, or the application's upgrade path.
If you're interested in adding a new plugin to the Harvard Wikis, you can find more information about the request and evaluation process on the Plugin Requests and Evaluations page.
There are two important integrations with University systems used by the Harvard Wikis. The integration with PIN allows you to keep your content accessible to only the Harvard community, and the integration with LDAP allows you to manage and assign users and groups the proper levels of access to the content of your Wiki space.