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During more than 50 years of work on construction for natural disaster preparedness, James Lewis has published numerous chapters and papers on vulnerability to natural hazards, corruption, island vulnerability), climate change, and their interconnections with socio-economic capacity and development. For years the bibliographic archive lived on a static website in long and difficult-to-manage lists. At the end of 2010 James asked GreenNet if we could rehouse the precious content in a new site - and make it easier to maintain.

We started out by rationalising the site sections and building them into a new Drupal site. Each publication was added to the database as a separate categorised record, to allow for alternate dynamic listings of publications. Sarah Macbeth created a new page design with more room to read and led by James's great photos.

Web projects with Drupal

GreenNet’s current CMS of choice is Drupal. It is an open source system for developing websites and publishing content to them. A Drupal website has at its heart a database of the site’s content (articles, reports, profiles, events etc..). The system serves content from the database to the right pages of the site in the appropriate style, as they are called for by site users. Site authors can add, modify and manage their content in that database using simple private online forms.

The advantage of this system for GreenNet members is that their sites can be updated by anyone who has authorised access from any internet connected computer. All they need is an ordinary web browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Once they have mastered the simple art of filling in the Drupal forms, resources and...