The Architecture of GLAMkit

GLAMkit is a next-generation Python CMS by the Interaction Consortium (IC), designed especially for the cultural sector. It has tools for dealing with complex events, collections, press releases, sponsors, and a institutional storytelling engine.

GLAMkit has publishing and workflow tools for teams of content professionals, and a powerful content framework, based on django-fluent. Everything is written in Python, using the Django framework.

Key features

GLAMkit has:

  • complex repeating calendared events
  • collection patterns: art, moving image, etc.
  • a story-telling engine (e.g. rich ‘watch’, ‘read’, ‘listen’ articles)
  • Patterns for hierarchical pages and collections of rich content models.
  • Advanced publishing / preview / unpublishing controls
  • Simple workflow controls
  • Content plugins for working with rich text, images, embedded media, etc.
  • Customisable site search using Elastic Search
  • django-reversion compatible, allowing versioning of content
  • press releases
  • sponsors
  • Customisable admin dashboard
  • Docker-compatible project template supplied
  • Batteries included: bower, LessCSS, Bootstrap
  • Easily extensible with models, templates, plugins, etc.

GLAMkit is delivered as a Docker-compatible package, which means that it’s easy to share a consistent development environment across your team, or to deploy on any Docker-compatible web host, including top-tier cloud hosting services like AWS.

This section documents some of the architectural principles underpinning GLAMkit.