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Georgia Tech & Drupal

Higher Education CMS Integration
Atlanta Drupal Users Group (ADUG)

January 2015 Meeting
Welcome to Georgia Tech!
You are here!
• Overlooking Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic
Grant Field
• Oldest continuously used on-campus site for college football.

...
Who We Are
Eric Scott Sembrat
Web Manager

College of Engineering
Adelle Frank
Senior Web Developer

Institute Communicati...
• Restrooms are available across the hall.

• WiFi information will be available at the February
meeting.

• When entering...
A History of Drupal @ GT
From our humble beginnings of CMS Integration On Campus
2007 2009 2012 2015
Humble Beginnings
2007 2009 2012 2015
• First web development began in 2007. 

• Solely handled by a small team in Institu...
2007 2009 2012 2015
2007 2009 2012 2015
2007 2009 2012 2015
• Campus Begins to Adopt Drupal 6.

• Mercury (HG), a news/event syndication system, is built in Drupa...
2007 2009 2012 2015
2007 2009 2012 2015
Growing Pains for Web Dev
2007 2009 2012 2015
• Campus Drupal Community Founded

• Units, colleges, schools on campus hire web developers.
• Interna...
2007 2009 2012 2015
2007 2009 2012 2015
• Redesign of Georgia Tech Web Theme

• Contract out strategy and design

• Development and maintenanc...
2007 2009 2012 2015
2007 2009 2012 2015
2007 2009 2012 2015
• Georgia Tech Front Page

• [infrastructure]

• [poormans panels]

• [theme settings]
Current Campus ...
2007 2009 2012 2015
2007 2009 2012 2015
• Users Group (GTDUG)

• Extensive developer and editor wikis
• ~200 subscribers, ~7000 visitors
• Dow...
2007 2009 2012 2015
GT Drupal Users Group
Our Future
Where Georgia Tech is going with Drupal
• Upgrade of the news/events syndication system.
Mercury (Hg) 2.0
• Formalization of Drupal community on campus.

• Formalizing organization, structure, leadership.

• Expanding from ‘Comm...
• Bring Web trends in-line with campus initiatives

• CSS preprocessing (Sass, LESS, SMACSS)

• Quick adoption of services...
• Establish larger web development community

• Embrace other systems and services for unique use-cases

• Example: Micros...
Questions?
Let’s chat about how higher education uses Drupal!
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Atlanta Drupal Users Group - January 2015 - Georgia Tech & Drupal

  1. 1. Georgia Tech & Drupal
 Higher Education CMS Integration Atlanta Drupal Users Group (ADUG)
 January 2015 Meeting
  2. 2. Welcome to Georgia Tech! You are here!
  3. 3. • Overlooking Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field • Oldest continuously used on-campus site for college football. • Home of the most lopsided college football victory. Welcome to Georgia Tech!
  4. 4. Who We Are Eric Scott Sembrat Web Manager
 College of Engineering Adelle Frank Senior Web Developer
 Institute Communications Web Manager
 Institute Communications Eric Huffman Georgia Tech Graduate (2009)
 GT Drupal Users Group Leadership 
 GT Drupal Users Group Leadership GT Drupal Users Group Leadership
  5. 5. • Restrooms are available across the hall. • WiFi information will be available at the February meeting. • When entering and exiting the parking deck, be wary of students and vehicles around you. • Don’t get rear-ended. Housekeeping
  6. 6. A History of Drupal @ GT From our humble beginnings of CMS Integration On Campus
  7. 7. 2007 2009 2012 2015
  8. 8. Humble Beginnings 2007 2009 2012 2015 • First web development began in 2007. • Solely handled by a small team in Institute Communications • Prior websites built using HTML/CSS/PHP and home-grown CMS • Initial strong interest in adopting Plone CMS • Post top-level redesign in 2007 (non-Drupal), the School of Mathematics was redesigned in Drupal 6.
  9. 9. 2007 2009 2012 2015
  10. 10. 2007 2009 2012 2015
  11. 11. 2007 2009 2012 2015 • Campus Begins to Adopt Drupal 6. • Mercury (HG), a news/event syndication system, is built in Drupal 6. • The College of Computing and International Affairs websites are migrated to Drupal. • Drupal 6 multisite is utilized for a few campus initiatives. Adoptions Begin
  12. 12. 2007 2009 2012 2015
  13. 13. 2007 2009 2012 2015 Growing Pains for Web Dev
  14. 14. 2007 2009 2012 2015 • Campus Drupal Community Founded • Units, colleges, schools on campus hire web developers. • Internal hosting (OIT Webhosting) founded to centrally manage virtual web servers. • Community resources (wiki, themes, modules) became available. Community Grows
  15. 15. 2007 2009 2012 2015
  16. 16. 2007 2009 2012 2015 • Redesign of Georgia Tech Web Theme • Contract out strategy and design • Development and maintenance in-house • Goal was to have a responsive theme and a redesign of the top level (Georgia Tech front page) web. • Launched a year later in 2013. Redesign Project
  17. 17. 2007 2009 2012 2015
  18. 18. 2007 2009 2012 2015
  19. 19. 2007 2009 2012 2015 • Georgia Tech Front Page • [infrastructure] • [poormans panels] • [theme settings] Current Campus Trends
  20. 20. 2007 2009 2012 2015
  21. 21. 2007 2009 2012 2015 • Users Group (GTDUG) • Extensive developer and editor wikis • ~200 subscribers, ~7000 visitors • Downloads for theme templates, features, and modules • Thriving mailing list and monthly meetings on-campus • Connectivity with all major units across campus • Academic, Administrative, Research GT Drupal Users Group
  22. 22. 2007 2009 2012 2015 GT Drupal Users Group
  23. 23. Our Future Where Georgia Tech is going with Drupal
  24. 24. • Upgrade of the news/events syndication system. Mercury (Hg) 2.0
  25. 25. • Formalization of Drupal community on campus. • Formalizing organization, structure, leadership. • Expanding from ‘Community of Knowledge’ Community Changes
  26. 26. • Bring Web trends in-line with campus initiatives • CSS preprocessing (Sass, LESS, SMACSS) • Quick adoption of services for Drupal 8 • Formalize resource contribution workflow • Formalize repository management and usage campus-wide Modern Practices
  27. 27. • Establish larger web development community • Embrace other systems and services for unique use-cases • Example: Microsites and brochureware websites with Drupal • Wordpress versus Drupal Acknowledge Weaknesses
  28. 28. Questions? Let’s chat about how higher education uses Drupal!

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