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by George DeMet
This post originally appeared on Palantir.net at http://palantir.net/blog/announcing-launch-king-center-website-and-digit...
There are few figures who have had as great an impact on the history of the last century as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While every schoolchild is aware of the role he played in the American Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King’s efforts to improve society through non-violent social activism are less widely-known today.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is an organization founded by Coretta Scott King after her husband’s assassination in 1968. In addition to serving as a living memorial to Dr. King, the King Center also helps promote his philosophy of using nonviolent methods to address social problems and economic inequality.
Palantir.net is honored to have led the technical development of the new King Center website, which has its official launch today. Working in partnership with New York-based design firm C&G Partners, the new site is designed to help the King Center better connect with a new generation of people who have been inspired by Dr. King and are interested in learning more about him and his message.
Central to this effort is an all-new Digital Archive, which provides online access to thousands of historical documents relating to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement that have never before been available to the public.
Development of the new website and the Digital Archive was initiated and driven by JPMorgan Chase's Technology for Social Good group as part of the King Center Imaging Project. The goal of the Imaging Project is to enable people everywhere to learn firsthand from the wealth of knowledge stored in the King Center archives by preserving and sharing the vast majority of the estimated one million documents held by the Center, in addition to other collections relating to Dr. King.
The site is built in Drupal 7 and hosted on Acquia’s Managed Cloud platform. Assets for the online Digital Archive are stored using AT&T's Synaptic Storage as a Service, which is powered by EMC's Atmos technology. The Archive itself is managed using the open source Alfresco platform, which was customized and implemented by Micro Strategies, Inc.
With every project at Palantir, one of our goals is to help enable people to share information in new and exciting ways. The King Center’s new site not only does this, but it also provides access to information that few people have seen before. Whether it’s an early draft of the “I Have a Dream” speech or the handwritten notes from his Nobel Peace Prize lecture, we hope that material available on the King Center site will help engage and inspire people for years to come.