HighEdWeb Assocation
The Annual Conference for Higher Education Web Professionals, Austin, Texas, October 23-26, 2011

Session Details

Drupal: Not Just Your Daddy's CMS!

TPR1 Technical: Propeller Hats Required Track

Hill Country A & B


While Drupal has now been around for over ten years, it is now coming into it’s own as an Open Source CMS because of the flexibility it gives along with structure and tools. The Smithsonian Institution Archives recently converted from a static web site to one built around the power of Drupal for just this reason. A couple of samples of the flexibility will be explained and demonstrated in the integration of the site with an external collection search and digital asset management systems, including leveraging industry standard XML-based EAD (Encoded Archival Description) finding aids. In addition, a historic database that has been in development since the 1960‘s--yes, I said 1960’s, punch cards and all--will be demonstrated as it has been converted to MySQL and is now integrated with Drupal. If there is time and interest, the process of generating the EAD finding aids from external systems with a Java-based application will be covered.