The Visual Commentary on Scripture (VCS) is a freely accessible online publication that provides theological commentary on the Bible in dialogue with works of art. It helps its users to (re)discover the Bible in new ways through the illuminating interaction of artworks, scriptural texts, and commissioned commentaries.
The Visual Commentary on Scripture aimed to create a modern portal to discover the stories of the Bible by experiencing the scripture in conjunction with evocative, hand-picked artwork and curated commentaries from a range of authors in a way that no one had done before. The King’s College London partnered with Cogapp to bring this vision to life on the Acquia Cloud platform.
This was planned to be a long term project, running over seven years, so it was important to have a platform that could scale over time to support the content created by the authors and contributors. It was also important to create something that would stand out in the space, as scholarly interpretations of the Bible aren’t accessible to the average reader.
The project started from a clean slate as the Visual Commentary on Scripture was a new organization with no infrastructure or brand identity. Using Acquia Cloud Platform enabled Cogapp to get started quickly without having to worry about provisioning servers, setting up databases and managing multiple environments. From day one, it was easy to push up a working site and have something to review as a team.
This ambitious project was delivered on time and on budget meeting a hard deadline for a live launch event at the Tate Modern museum in London with 50 exhibitions and 20,000 active users on the site after the launch. The Acquia Cloud Platform allowed Cogapp to deliver a site that could scale to the needs of the next six years of content and the look and feel of the site matches the modern contemplative nature of the site.