Forthcoming article: Migrating and Enriching Content with Drupal

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Thom Bunting

An article is in preparation in which Thom Bunting explains some of the technology behind the migration of Ariadne (including more than 1600 articles from its back issues archive) onto a Drupal content management platform. While the world is not short of articles about the adoption of new technologies to launch a new venture where both content and its vehicle are starting from scratch, Thom's article describes the more challenging task of preparing, implementing and validating the migration of a large body of content through the use, in this instance, of Drupal. Featuring Highcharts JS functionality, this new version of Ariadne includes a tagging system to generate rich sets of metadata and highlight emerging trends across a broad range of content.

Thom Bunting works on project management of JISC Observatory and Innovation Zone activities at the Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN as well as developing and managing ISC online resources. In his Web Manager role, Thom plans and creates data-driven Web sites and looks after existing sites related to UKOLN and some of its previous activities.

Thom’s current interests include: content management technologies supporting consumption and production of dynamic datasets; automated generation of metadata from large collections of content; sharing of content and data across systems; visualisation tools capable of producing interactive, and; data-rich infographics. These interests build on Thom’s previous experience with leading-edge Web, digital TV, and mobile technology developments, within commercial and academic contexts.

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