TRIUMF

Working with Affinity Bridge has been the most organized, straight-forward, easy and stress-free experience we could have had! We came to them with a Drupal site, in need of some upgrades. As a physics lab, with researchers who have been making sites since the dawn of the internet, we have a good number of sites that needed to be updated. Affinity Bridge found us a tool (Organic Groups) to help us make that transition. We now have a tool to let the groups make sites that are coherent, look nice, and above all, work and are easy to use.

Our team was more than impressed with Mack's ability to speak user-friendliness and tech-talk equally as easily and as knowledgeably. Upon meeting the team, we discovered that these qualities were seamlessly carried throughout every member of Affinity Bridge. Each stage of the process went wonderfully. They asked all the right questions in discovery, and kept bringing us back to our major goals and focuses throughout the project. In the work phase,they hummed along like busy bees, asking for input here and there, but mostly just crafted the masterpiece in their hive. Once it was ready to move over to our site, Dave put all of his focus on getting it moved over here and working exactly as we expected. More than once he removed a crazy sense of panic, thinking the whole project was going to be kaput because something wasn't working, with "oh of course, let's get that working... done!" . Overall, Affinity Bridge was a pleasure to work with, paid attention to details, kept us on track, had the technical skills to give us everything we needed in a clean and organized way.

TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, jointly run by 15 universities and located at the University of British Columbia,. They are one of the leading subatomic physics laboratories in the world, and home to the world's largest Cyclotron particle accelerator.

Challenge

In order to facilitate collaboration between the 15 member universities, TRIUMF needed to upgrade and unify their collection of micro-sites. The 20+ research groups used individual subsites, and TRIUMF wanted to standardize them on a single platform, while maintaining and enhancing the self-management of the sites by each group. It was important to the groups that they retained control over their data.

Solution

Using Drupal’s organic groups module, we created new user groups on the site and enabled microsite functionality. We created internal and external workflows that allowed for private and public access paths to the data on the various sites. Accessing the internal directory service, we were able to maintain user accuracy and consistency with the user groups for the microsites.

Results

Armed with a new and more technically capable architecture, TRIUMF was able to rationalize all its various micro-sites onto one platform that not only provides a consistent look and user experience, it also simplifies individual site maintenance and support without compromising on unique requirements. TRIUMF is pleased with the new standardized look of the micro-sites, and the research groups are happy that their data has been maintained appropriately.