The move to EdWeb has offered the University a unique opportunity to shift to a new, more collaborative culture and take full advantage of the available knowledge and resources. UWP have taken the initiative of mapping a development collaborative framework for EdWeb through a project co-funded by the College of Science and Engineering.
DrupalCamp Scotland – the annual training camp and meetup (running for 6 years now!) brings together the people who use, develop, design and support the Drupal CMS platform in Scotland. This year the group convened at the University of Edinburgh, with members of the University Website Programme team contributing presentations on EdWeb and agile usability.
The past couple of weeks, I’ve been undertaking usability tests with our old and new content management systems, Polopoly and EdWeb. Once again I was overwhelmed with the number of colleagues willing to give up their time to help me. So I thought I should say thank you.
The new EdWeb forms functionality has just launched. It’s a really powerful tool that can replace not only Polopoly forms but also many forms that currently need to be proxied in.
For a little over 6 months now the EdWeb development team has been getting together to watch staff try out EdWeb in a regular, systematic fashion and sharing our findings via the project wiki. This post is a quick reflection on how far we’ve come.
At the end of last year, I ran an open invite session for web publishers, developers and project managers in which I outlined how we’re conducting rapid, iterative usability testing as part of the development of the new University CMS, EdWeb. The presentation was followed by a demo of the process in which everyone participated.
Bicycles. Canals. Boats. Tulips. Drupal. This year, Amsterdam had a new landmark to identify with. More than 2,300 Drupalistas attended the yearly European conference that gets the Drupal community together for a week to discuss all things Drupal, as well as other cutting edge web technologies and project management methodologies.
The foundations are now well and truly laid for the delivery of the University’s new content management system. The Polopoly replacement is based on the open source Drupal platform and will provide a much better user experience for web editors. It will also deliver responsive content – fit for phones and tablets.
We have over 300 sites and 70,000 pages to migrate from Polopoly into EdWeb – our new Drupal-based Content Management System. We are planning to do this over 3 main migration phases starting in March 2015. We recently started communication with our web publishing community to allocate them one of these phases.
We’ve recently been considering the need to provide a distinct name for the CMS we’re developing to bring clarity to what we are providing, and future project communication.