Drupal, an open-source platform for building websites is a useful tool for many projects looking to build highly customized sites without writing custom code.  In the academic context, Drupal is often used for building interactive sites for displaying research data.  These sites can be used for public facing sites, such as the Dickinson College Commentaries.  Projects that are currently under development, such as Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition, can use a Drupal site to coordinate data entry efforts from several research assistants in one central place.  When the site becomes public, modules for displaying geographical data through automatically generated maps will be used (for more screenshots of the project’s interface, see this presentation). 

The newly formed D-Lab Drupal Working Group will meet weekly on Mondays 12:00 to 1:30 PM in the D-Lab Convening Room, 356 Barrows Hall, starting March 2nd.  Conceived as a casual space for self-paced training and project work, the Drupal Working Group will be composed of a users who range from beginners to experienced site-builders.  Drupal consultants from the D-Lab will be on hand to answer questions and troubleshoot problems. On the third Monday of the month, the regular Berkeley Drupal Users Group (BDUG) meeting will he held in lieu of the working group.

Researchers can get a guided, hands-on introduction to Drupal at the upcoming “Basics of Drupal” workshop series, led by D-Lab instructor and Digital Humanities at Berkeley grantee, Rochelle Terman.  Targeted at userswith little to no technical experience, the workshop covers setting up a Drupal website, taking advantage of free development hosting on Pantheon, and installing some basic (no code required) modules.  The workshop will take place on Wednesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, beginning March 4th.  Please RSVP for the workshop here.   Those who are unable to attend can take advantage of a recording of the workshop series as taught by Digital Humanities Coordinator Quinn Dombrowski.

Not sure if Drupal is right for your project? Get in touch with a digital humanities consultant at digitalhumanities@berkeley.edu or browse the resources below.  


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