OpenScholar: A Drupal-based Content Management System for Universities [March 31, 2015]

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By Adrian Bridgwater

OpenScholar is a Drupal-based content management system designed specifically for academic use, created by Harvard University and released under an open source license.

So what?

Well okay you so what types... this tool aims to solve the "Babel Tower" problem many academic institutions face.

What's that?

As the web began to make its way into academia, staff and departments often created their own sites, hiring students or external companies.

Within a few years, many university IT departments found themselves having to maintain an assortment of different code bases written in various programming languages and environments - not only making it hard to update the websites' content, but posing a significant security risk as well.

There must be some kind of way out of here, right?

Increasingly, institutions chose to standardise on a single solution, with Drupal - the open source CMS also used at Whitehouse.gov to Economist.com.

Harvard University chose to take this approach a step further by creating a custom CMS on top of Drupal.

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