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Tate using Drupal

Turbinegeneration tate

Turbinegeneration is a new online community that allows students in schools around the world to contribute, comment and rate each other's artwork. The goal is to invite art students worldwide to make a work of art specifically for Tate Modern, one of the most-visited modern art galleries in the world.

The site is based on Drupal. Web design firm BrightLemon London was chosen to build the online community.

Commonwealth Games using Drupal

Commonwealth games delhi

Though the games have only one more day to go (they were from October 3rd to October 14th this month), the XIX Commonwealth Games website runs on Drupal, and looks great. This 2010 Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi, and is the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in Delhi and India. Certainly a big win for Drupal!

RestoreTheGulf.gov using Drupal in the cloud

Restore the gulf gov

The U.S. government recently launched a new Drupal website, RestoreTheGulf.gov, to provide information about the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico from the oil spill earlier this year and announced plans to phase out the current disaster response.

The site runs on a fully managed Acquia Hosting cluster that is FISMA compliant, running on Amazon EC2. That is a pretty big deal as most government agencies are still wary about using the cloud.

I'm excited that the site is running Drupal and that it is hosted at Acquia -- not just because it's pushing adoption of Drupal in the cloud, but primarily because it is very important to restore the Gulf of Mexico. All small contributions help.

Government Acquisitions, an Ohio based company, is the prime contractor and worked with Acquia for support and hosting and with Siteworx (an Acquia partner) to build the site.

Teach.gov using Drupal

Teach gov

The U.S. Department of Education just launched a new micro-site built on Drupal: teach.gov. At teach.gov you can learn what it's like to be a teacher and get the tools you need to launch your own career in education.

The site looks surprisingly crisp and modern for a government site, don't you think?

These kinds of micro-sites make a lot of sense. Visitors that are looking for particular information want instant gratification. It is much better to create a micro-site for this than to embed the same content two levels deep in ed.gov (also a Drupal site). No need to get bogged down with ed.gov's navigation, visual design or mix of target audiences.

While building highly targeted and compelling micro-sites makes a lot of sense, they can be expensive and time-consuming to build and maintain. That is exactly why I think Drupal Gardens will catch on -- it makes building micro-sites fast, cheap and hassle free. We're still boostrapping Drupal Gardens but I really think we're onto something. Why? Because it makes a lot sense. :)

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