Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome):
The London Arts Council and London Heritage Council enjoy a symbiotic and successful relationship in the City of London. They share resources and combine to promote and support cultural opportunities within the city. However, their respective on-line presences were causing confusion amongst cultural patrons and the local arts and heritage communities.
The concept of the site was to develop a one-stop shop for all of culture in London. As the two councils both support and promote culture in the city, we needed to strike a balance between promoting events and activities, whilst still allowing end-users to quickly and easily find funding and support opportunities.
In addition, the two organizations were launching its Citizen Culture program, which is designed to give newcomers to the city a free pass that allows them to access a variety of cultural opportunities, to help them learn about our culture and transition to their new environment, so an on-line registration component was important.
And, finally, we had to straddle the line between promotion and becoming an event calendar. The two councils made a business decision to promote all events on the Tourism London website, so that they could focus more on the promotion of the cultural environment in the city, as opposed to simply being an event calendar.
Why Drupal Was Chosen:
Drupal was chosen because it gives us a lot of flexibility with users and registrations which we needed for this site. Drupal allows us to build out features and pages for the site rapidly. And it was the ideal solution due to its flexibility in that it allows us to accommodate the various types of content that London Culture needs to deliver to its audience. (tours, directory listings, events, blogs.)
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used:
The citizen culture number functionality was created through the development of a simple custom form. Digital Echidna used a module called Views PDF Display to facilitate the printing of memberships.
Other key modules used:
• Views UI
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen:
Geofield/Geocoder: Used to set up Google map integration, allowing us to plot points on the map dynamically based on content entered by the users.
Views UI: Used to allow us to set up search pages or lists of content very quickly using a visual interface.
Calendar: Allows us to display dates of events (or anything else using a similar date field) in a calendar view, making it easier for the end user to see when things are happening.
Mailchimp: Allows us to easily manage subscriber lists for mailchimp.com which can then be used to send out marketing campaigns.
Using Views PDF Display we were able to print the citizen culture number based on the X and Y position of the already printed membership card
Geofield/Geocoder: Used to set up google map integration, allowing us to plot points on the map dynamically based on content entered by the users.