Published on March 6, 2014
Drupal at UT Austin March 2015 Jenn Coast, Web Strategist Information Technology Services #utweb 3/6/2014 1
What is Drupal • Open-source Content Management System (CMS) • Web application development framework • Launched in 2001 • Large community base • Extensive community contributed modules 3/6/2014 • Easy to extend and customize • Efficient multisite management system • Robust and highly scalable infrastructure • Connections to disparate technologies • Simplifies IT management support 2
Drupal Can Do Anything at UT! • Web applications and websites • Multi-site management for shared libraries and easier site management • Business process workflow and approval • Personalized content • Import and export RSS feeds • Connect data from multiple systems • Cook dinner and wash the dishes 3/6/2014 3
Drupal Community Resources • Drupal.org • Drupal in Higher Education Group • UT Drupal Users Group • Austin Drupal Users Group • DrupalCon Austin – June 4-6, 2014 – Annual Drupal Conference • Drupal Education Summit, June 2, 2014 – UT Austin Drupal Users Group coordinating and hosting – … just need to confirm space! 3/6/2014 5
DRUPAL SITES AT UT AUSTIN
UT Austin Website http://www.utexas.edu
Choosing Drupal for UT Austin • Solutions Analysis – Conducted as part of 2010 redesign – Evaluated 7 CMSs • High-level Requirements in 2010 – Content Management System – Serve only www core pages, integrate with existing infrastructure – Capable of extensive roles, permissions, authentication 3/6/2014 8
Why Drupal for UT Austin • Met nearly all high-level requirements, either through core functionality or available contributed modules • Open source + community • Third-party consulting, training, and development support services available • Wide adoption throughout the higher-education community • Extensive in-house experience with underlying technologies (PHP, MySQL) • 2010 Refresh Project Blog Posts: http://blogs.utexas.edu/refresh/category/cms/ 3/6/2014 9
UT Website Drupal Details • Drupal 6 - Built and managed by ITS, launched 2010 • Cache/push model to compensate for infrastructure limitations – 800 unique sites within www.utexas.edu but only one in the ITSmanaged doc root Drupal – Restricted ability to serve Drupal live – Resolution will be implemented with new UT Web infrastructure and wicked reverse proxy rewrites • Roles and permissions based on taxonomy allows granular and scalable permissions • Upgrading to Drupal 7 with Digital Experience Project, in progress 3/6/2014 10
DRUPAL SERVICES PROGRAM
UT Drupal Services Vision • Drupal 7 Distribution & Feature Server – Summer 2014 – ITS maintained core, contributed modules, UT-branded theme – UT community contributed features and modules – UT community oversight group for decisions, roadmap • UT CMS 2.0: Drupal for Home and Core – Fall 2014 – Responsive redesign as part of Digital Experience Program – Prototypes by Springbox, ITS implements – Release for summer content entry and fall launch • Managed Drupal Environment – Winter 2015 – Build out Springbox templates – Create self-service website tool and standards site – Extent and location of “managed” to be determined 3/6/2014 12
Portfolio of Digital Experience Projects utexas Responsive Design Infrastructure and Site Services Central Web Tools Web Apps Native Mobile Apps and M Dot Internal Utilities Homepage Drupal 7 Environment Emergency Calendar iPhone app Student Online Experience Primary Navigation pages Managed Drupal Analytics Offices and Directory Android app Bus Schedule Audience Navigation pages Self-service Site Tool Search Maps m.utexas.edu Parking Administrative Unit pages Templates QA News Brand Identity and Toolkit APIs Short Link Service Social Media Directory Jobs Experts Guide 3/6/2014 13
Off-campus Emergency Website http://emergency.utexas.edu Responsive design:
Why Drupal for OEW Website • Expanded capabilities for the off-campus emergency.utexas.edu website, which will respond to www.utexas.edu during an on-campus major IT outage • Provided multiple roles and tools for Campus Safety & Security (CS&S) personnel to update the off-campus site via the Web • Enabled key personnel across campus with fewer permissions to create supporting messages 3/6/2014 15
OEW Website Drupal Details • Drupal 7 - Built and managed by ITS with external hosting • Acceleration and optimization to handle emergency traffic • Responsive distribution (customized) provides mobile-friendly forms for emergency updates via smartphones and tablets • Complies with 5-year records retention requirements for campus emergency information – Automatic revisions – All content archived, not deleted, for 5 years 3/6/2014 16
University Policy Office (UPO) http://www.policies.utexas.edu/ (includes policy creation workflow/approval system)
Why Drupal for UPO Website • Content Management System ! – No more HTML for policies • Selected CMS embraced and supported by UT – Built by Four Kitchens – Managed and maintained by ITS Web and Contract Services • Business Process Workflow Capabilities – No more email routing for approvals – No more paper copies for editing 3/6/2014 18
UPO Website Drupal Details • Drupal 7 • Extensive business process workflow and approval process – Highly customized modules – Numerous contributed modules – http://www.policies.utexas.edu/content/policyflowchart 3/6/2014 19
UT Libraries http://lib.utexas.edu
UT Libraries and Repositories • Islandora: a Drupal front-end to the digital repository system Fedora Commons • Solution for storing collections of digital objects and building tools for librarians to manage them and display them to users. • UT Libraries building a cataloging/repository tool for the Fine Arts Visual Resource Collection 3/6/2014 21
More Drupal at UT • Be a Longhorn • Moody College of Communication • The Meadows Center • College of Fine Arts • Texas Performing Arts Center • Engineering Faculty Sites using Harvard’s OpenScholar Drupal Framework, e.g., : – http://faculty.engr.utexas.edu/dunn/ – http://faculty.engr.utexas.edu/bakolas/ – http://faculty.engr.utexas.edu/bahadur/ • See more at https://wikis.utexas.edu/display/drupal/Drupal+Sites+at+UT (EID protected) 3/6/2014 22
DRUPAL IN HIGHER ED
Duke University http://www.duke.edu/ Responsive design:
Norwich University Online http://online.norwich.edu/
University of Wisconsin-Madison http://www.wisc.edu/ (Shown: http://www.wisc.edu/student-life/)
Cal State Monterey Bay http://csumb.edu/
Cal State Monterey Bay – a Drupal campus since 2008 CSUMB used Drupal to construct: – – – – – – – – – – – • catalog schedule portal content management system ecommerce accessible content systems student-services customer relationship management placements student online voting service learning placement system IT wikipedia of applications, services, and servers From http://it.csumb.edu/drupal-csumb
Cal State Monterey Bay DrupalCon 2012 Presentation • • • • • OPEN ATRIUM DOT EDU: OPEN ATRIUM AS A CAMPUS INTRANET http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v La6vMHdhro (56:45) Portal Demo starts at 14:40 Applicants Demo at 28:03 Student Experience Demo at 29:07
More Drupal in Higher Ed • • • • • • • • • Brown University Portland State University Seattle Film Institute Stanford University University of California, Berkley University of New York at Buffalo University of Oregon Washington University in St. Louis YaleSites @ Yale University, e.g., http://news.yale.edu/ • See more at https://groups.drupal.org/higher-education 3/6/2014 31
DRUPAL IN THE WORLD
Virtual Lab School (Online Learning) https://www.virtuallabschool.org/ (Shown online learning lesson: https://www.virtuallabschool.org/management/safety/lesson-2?module=436)
The White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/
More Drupal in the World • The Economist • Bravo TV • Amnesty International • FedEx Newsroom • The Grammys: Grammy.com & Grammy.org • Texas State Historical Association & The Handbook of Texas • PGA • One can usually tell if a site is built with Drupal by viewing the page source and searching for “/sites/all/…”, a standard construct of the Drupal CMS 3/6/2014 35
Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org @infowrangler 3/6/2014 36
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