Hello World!

welcome to the bau-ha.us/

Our goals:

tools and apps to make your digital life
at the Bauhaus University as easy as possible


Browse through the Directories to find /People and /Groups or create a new Group if it doesn't exist yet. Groups can either be public, private or hidden, depending on their purpose. Nobody outside a private group can see what is going on inside and a hidden group – hence the name – is not even listed (you can think of it as invitation-only).


You can haz /Blogs. Also, every group can have it's own blog. For private groups, it opens up a channel to share information with the public. But for every blog with several authors, especially of fluid groups like student initiatives, it makes sense to have a group blog: members of the group are automatically associated with the blog depending on their type of membership. So adding a new author to your blog can be as easy as clicking "Accept Membership".


When a group of people gathers information in a structured way, a /Wiki is often the medium of choice. The medien-wiki is already used by many chairs at the media faculty and we are working on integrating it in an intuitive way. (There is promising code from a similar initiative at the CUNY).

Showcase your work

At the end of the day, documentation is just as important as all the work itself — it's part of it. Because we honestly couldn't find a tool which is flexible enough to implement the idea of documenting the body of work the students, professors and staff at the Bauhaus University produces in a semantically structured manner, we are in the process of building the /KATALOG, a Ruby on Rails web application. It is currently in beta status and if you study at (or graduated from) the Bauhaus-University Weimar you can already register.

Keep track of all that

In trying to keep things nice and easy, there is a /Stream of information which you can browse and filter. Quickly check what happened in your groups or see all new blog posts.

  1. some of these tools are customized existing software (WordPress, BuddyPress on Ubuntu)
  2. some tools we build ourselves (like the /KATALOG)
  3. we also try to integrate some pre-existing system (like the the university website and the medien-wiki
  4. everything we use or build is 100% open source