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I need a new calender of events type software. Right now we were using the open source vtcalender system until it broke. This system has been nothing but problems. The previous web designers were the ones that put this calender system into use. What are others using? I know that a lot of institutions have CMS which include a calender system with the application. Anybody out there using a different open source calender system or a reasonable priced commercial calender? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Again thanks in advance to everyone who replies.

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We're evaluating between Helio's and ActiveData and besides the cost difference we're considering whether we will disseminate many distinct feeds into portions of our site or keep event content consolidated into the calendar. Our plan is to have all event requests go through Communications for approval for editiorial consistency (using trained work study students). How are other institutions managing the flow of content? Are you using custom feeds for unique programs throughout your site such as Academic Depts, Special Programs, etc? Is it worth the effort to administer?
At SUNY Oneonta, we use EMS Professional http://www.dea.com. You can see our implementation at http://events.oneonta.edu. We are happy with it, but aren't using a lot of the features...but will be soon!
We're liking the flexibility and functionality of Active Data's calendar... Right now I'm having a hard time explaining to people on my campus the difference between a public-facing web event calendar and a room scheduling tool like R25. Campus is moving toward R25 as a room scheduling tool and many think we should use it as our web events calendar, as well. Anybody actually using R25 as an events calendar? I thought it was more of a scheduling tool...
at colgate we had the same issue with a product called ems enterprise. it is a good tool for room scheduling, but in our work toward incorporating its public-facing web piece, we felt it was too limiting and ultimately not usable. we're now looking at bedework for the public-facing piece. i think it will come down to training. making sure campus users book the room, solidify their logistics, and then let the world know about their event.
We developed a simple basic one using ASP & SQL Server Express. Took only half a day to implememt. If you dont need any 'fancy' stuff, why not build one yourself. Its 'free' and satisfying.
We used to use Astra, but the web interface was almost perpetually broken. We now have several Google calendars running around the site. While I am not totally comfortable with this, it does allow different departments to have their own calendars that they control through a very simple interface. They seem to be enjoying the experience so far. We then pull whatever calendars we want on a given page to that page. Some of them contain calendars from multiple departments, some are specific to that department only. We lost some control going this route, but it is working really well so far.

http://www.nnu.edu/campus-life/calendar

P.S. There are still some links to the Astra system below the Google calendar. Mostly to appease those controlling the $$. Click if you care to see what we dealt with previously

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