Helping Your Institution Close the Loop

This resource is primarily intended to be an aid to schools and small universities seeking to organize their effectiveness planning. It was originally developed at Coker College and is now released free for you to use. It can be a great help in preparing for an accreditation review.

The implementation at Coker College

Integrated Goals and Objectives Reporting

openIGOR comprises:

  • A database of users, groups, documents, units, goals, objectives, and links between them
  • A document repository system
  • A graphical user interface (GUI) to view and edit goals and objectives
  • A set of administrator tools to manage the database
  • New! An eforms solution for simple form data management.

See a screenshot with more information.


You can install and use openIGOR for free. The source code for the document repository and database management is provided under the terms of the Open Software License. The GUI uses some commercial libraries from ghostwire, and can be purchased from them if you wish to make modifications. You will also need Macromedia Flash to work with the GUI source code.

You do not need to buy anything. The whole system can be installed and run without restrictions on your server. If you need help installation or customization, we can provide programming support. This is generally billed at $80/hr plus travel or other incidental costs.

Ideal system requirements:

  • Linux Fedora 5
  • Perl 5.8.7 with DBI
  • mySQL 5.0.18

It's possible to run the whole application from a VMware virtual server.

I also have a Windows version that works.


You can find out more about this project or leave a comment on the openIGOR blog.

If you already have a login, you can play with the demo setup. Go to the login page.

This project is maintained by David Eubanks at Johnson C. Smith University. To find out more information or obtain credentials to the demo site, email me at


Download the Software

Original Work is provided under this License on an "AS IS" BASIS and WITHOUT WARRANTY, either express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of non-infringement, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY OF THE ORIGINAL WORK IS WITH YOU.

Under no circumstances and under no legal theory, whether in tort (including negligence), contract, or otherwise, shall the Licensor be liable to anyone for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any character arising as a result of this License or the use of the Original Work including, without limitation, damages for loss of goodwill, work stoppage, computer failure or malfunction, or any and all other commercial damages or losses. This limitation of liability shall not apply to the extent applicable law prohibits such limitation. (the above is excerpted from the Open Source Licence).

Legalese aside, there are risks and responsibilities in installing any software on your system. This applies doubly for code that is in the public domain and available for hackers to examine. DO NOT install this software on a production server that is essential to your operation. The best thing to do is use a VMware virtual server to test it on, and then move to a physical machine if you need more performance (it's perfectly reasonable to keep it virtual). In any event, an experienced IT person should be involved with the installation and administration.

Check the blog for updates.

If you want the code, please email me. There are various way to configure it, and trying to do it yourself without any help is not recommended.