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Asthma Files Site

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Asthma Files Site

A collective inquiry in to complex conditions. Development sponsored by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).


The “Asthma Files Site” add-on for Plone is a research tool, currently in use by RPI but available to anyone doing similar research. It features Dexterity content types and a Collective Cover integration to enable the creation of an “Asthma File”: a collectively developed document containing artifacts and annotations.


To install “Asthma Files Site” functionality on your Plone site, add rpi.asthma_files_site to your list of Plone “instance eggs” in your buildout.cfg file. Run Buildout and restart Plone. Create a new Plone site with the add-on selected:


Or add the functionality to an existing site:


After installation, you should be able to add 6 new content types:



Follow these steps to begin using the “Asthma Files Site” functionality in your Plone site.

Add a Question

Questions facilitate Annotations of Artifacts when researchers respond to them in context. Before you do anything else, add an Asthma Question to your site.


Create Artifacts

An “Asthma File” is produced via the assembly of artifacts and annotations. So next, add some artifacts to your site. E.g.:

Audio artifact


Document artifact

Image artifact


Video artifact


Create an Asthma File

Now we can create an Asthma File, which is a collaborative document consisting of multiple Artifacts, Annotations, etc. Made possible via the use of Collective Cover. [1]

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0.0.4 - 09/02/2013

  • More documentation

  • Change title/id generation on all artifacts to use INameFromFileName behavior

0.0.3 - 08/28/2013

  • Remove new-style (Diazo) theme

0.0.2 - 08/25/2013

  • Add empty registry

  • Remove dep on p.a.theming

  • Add preliminary installation and usage documentation.

  • UI change: ‘(Asthma) Question’ -> Asthma Question.

  • Remove logo customization until Diazo theme is completed/supported.

0.0.1 - 08/21/2013

  • Initial release

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