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About Luggage


Luggage is a platform for creating websites, targeted at academic websites for departments and researchers.

The platform is built on Drupal and consists of features that come with configuration. For example, the People feature contains a prebuilt content type appropriate for displaying a group of people divided into subgroups of your own choosing (faculty, staff, etc.) along with a view. Here's an example.

The goal is to quickly leverage common use cases so that web developers can be empowered to get sites up and running quickly but maintain the ability to customize features or add additional features.

Luggage is an open source project available on Github at and contributions are welcome. Luggage uses git to provide version control and ensure that all parts work together. The following diagram demonstrates the relationship of Drupal, Luggage and Luggage_ISU.  

If you want to start working with Luggage, you should fork which is itself a fork of Luggage.

Luggage setup

Goals and Design Philosophy

1. Collaborate with others. Luggage is built on open-source projects and has an open mindset.

2. Use upstream sources when possible. If there is a patch for a bug fix that is absolutely needed but is not yet in upstream, use it reluctantly and remove it when upstream contains the patch.

3. Cleanly separate features. Effort is taken to ensure that features do not depend on one another so that you can pick and choose the features that are right for you. Features are typically developed in their own, separate git repository and brought in as git submodules.

4. Ship sane default configuration. Much time is spent mucking about trying to configure Drupal; avoid this by preconfiguring with sane defaults.

5. Focus on metadata. Metadata (vocabularies, tagging, categories, ontology) provides the true power of content management.

6. Provide opportunity for customization. Whenever possible we do not hardcode, assume, or railroad.

7. Be mainstream. Luggage uses git to assemble a modular system that can be cleanly customized and overridden.

Why Luggage Instead of Drupal?

Luggage is Drupal. It is a well-configured, nicely featured Drupal. You can add Drupal modules. You can write your own modules. You can even convert an existing Drupal site to Luggage.

Luggage's Default Theme: Suitcase

Luggage_ISU includes Suitcase, a responsive theme that complies with Iowa State University's visual identity system.  The Extension and Outreach Information Technology department has created its own version of Suitcase called Suitcase Ext that is specifically tailored around the needs of Extension and Outreach.


Recent News

November 17, 2015

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Information Technology offices will be closed on the following dates:

November 26-27, Thanksgiving
December 24-25, Christmas
December 28-31, University's partial shutdown (Staff will be monitoring for server and network issues; details to come)
January 2, New Year's Day
January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

October 29, 2015

On September 4, 2015, Extension IT released information regarding Iowa State University's whole-disk encryption plan for laptops.  As of October 29, 2015, Extension IT staff have visited 16 out of the 20 regions and encrypted more than 800 laptops.  If you have not had an Extension IT staff member in your region yet, you may expect them within the next month.

Most campus staff computers have already been encrypted as well.  There are a few remaining departments remaining to be completed.

September 4, 2015

Iowa State University adopted a new six-point security plan last year.  Part of that plan includes whole-disk encryption for laptops.  If you have an enterprise class laptop (Dell Latitude) that you use for work at ISU then it will need to be encrypted. 

August 7, 2015

All departments and field offices have access to a shared drive which you will generally see on your computer as your S: drive.  On the S: drive you can store files that need to be shared with your entire office.  This is a useful tool to make sure that information is available and easy to access.  There are some important things to keep in mind when deciding what information to put on your S: drive and how long to keep it there, however

August 7, 2015

Most modern copiers have harddrives which store a copy of the file you're copying.  This can become an issues when a new copier is purchased and the old copier is taken away.

Directions to Extension IT Building

Directions to Extension IT Building

The Extension Information Technology Building is located on Haber Road on the North-east side of the Iowa State University campus. We are located in a yellow building (that looks like a house).

Directions to the EIT Building from I-35

  • Take the 13th Street exit off of I-35
  • Once on 13th Street, travel west towards Ames
  • Continue west on 13th, passing Duff Avenue (McFarland Clinic), Grand Avenue, Northwestern Avenue and Ridgewood Avenue. Proceed down hill on 13th street towards the ISU campus.
  • After crossing the small creek bridge, turn left on Haber Road (the road only goes south).
  • The EIT building is a yellow building that looks like a house. Parking is available at the building.

Directions to the EIT Buidling from US Hwy 30

  • Take the Elwood Drive exit off of US Hwy 30
  • Turn north on Elwood and drive toward campus. Landmarks you will pass include Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum and Lincoln Way Avenue.
  • Continue going north on Elwood as it turns left (west).
  • At the second stop light after Elwood, turn right and go through the one-way railroad underpass. (Be sure to note, that there is no right turn on red at that light).
  • We are the third building on the left side of the street (a yellow building that looks like a house). Parking is available at the building.

ISU Campus Map shows the location of our building