Acquia Offers New Drupal Distribution for Higher Education

OpenScholar speeds creation of academic and research websites

Woburn, Mass. – May 4, 2010 – Today Acquia, the enterprise guide to social publishing, announced it now offers complete Drupal support and hosting for OpenScholar, a tool developed by The Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. The new pre-packaged Drupal distribution is designed to speed the creation, use and management of personal academic and research websites.

“As Drupal becomes a go-to platform for social websites, the need for distributions that expedite site design and development is at an all-time high,” said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. “For Drupal users in higher education and academia, OpenScholar is a fast and simple way to launch great personal research sites with minimal effort. OpenScholar and other distributions such as OpenPublish have allowed us to introduce Drupal to a host of new users and markets and we look forward to expanding that reach even further.”

Created by The Institute for Quantitative Social Science, OpenScholar allows academics to create dynamic and customizable websites in a matter of seconds. By combining Acquia’s administration, hosting and search services, OpenScholar sites are now fully supported from design stage through maintenance and expansion.
Acquia’s support and infrastructure services for OpenScholar include the following:

  • Site support and maintenance
  • Acquia Hosting
  • Remote Administration
  • Acquia Search

Gary King, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and Director of The Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, said, "IQSS is excited to be working with Acquia to bring our OpenScholar project to a much wider range of academics around the world. We believe that this will help save scholars considerable time and effort, increase their web presence and scholarly citations, and give them many new cutting edge tools. We hope the result leads to increases in the efficiency and productivity of the scholarly community at Harvard and around the world."

For more information on Acquia’s pre-packaged Drupal solutions for higher education and other vertical markets, please visit http://acquia.com/partners/software-publisher-partners and follow updates on Twitter @Acquia, @IQSS, and @OpenScholar.

About Acquia
Acquia helps organizations of all sizes build social publishing websites quickly, easily and with a lower total cost of ownership by leveraging Drupal, the open source social publishing platform that blends content and community. Our products, services and support enable companies to leverage the power, technical innovation and economic value of Drupal while simplifying the experience, removing the complexity and minimizing the risk. Please visit: http://acquia.com. Download Drupal Gardens, Acquia's Drupal-as-a-Service platform, at www.drupalgardens.com.

About Drupal
The Drupal social publishing system has been downloaded over two million times since its inception and powers more than 400,000 web sites globally. Drupal includes an enterprise class content management system and is used to deliver a wide variety of web applications including single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, e-commerce, and many more. Assisted by a thriving ecosystem of consultants and developers, people within a diverse set of organizations use Drupal, including SonyBMG, Warner Brothers Records, the New York Observer, Forbes, Disney, Intel, Harvard University, and Amnesty International. A huge community has grown up around Drupal, with thousands of active contributors to the open source technology. For more information, visit http://drupal.org.

About the Institute for Quantitative Social Science
The scientific mission of the IQSS is: (1) to create, and make widely accessible, statistical and analytical tools for the social and health sciences; and (2) to use these tools for understanding and solving major problems that affect society and the well-being of human populations. For more information, visit http://iq.harvard.edu.

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