EIN Home Page

Our last announcement of a new site for the EIN in 2002 marked the beginning of a completely new approach to web development at GreenNet. The research and development that went into the EIN's case-building 'bundlemaker' software, advanced searching tools, membership management systems and secure access had application for dozens of subsequent projects. Nearly 10 years later we've come full circle and used the learning from all those projects to completely rebuild the EIN.

Since 2002, the EIN database of 100,000 records  tripled in size to more than 300 000 documents. This hike in content has been matched by a tripling of the registered users who rely on the EIN for their work - immigration law practitioners, researchers, journalists, judges, academics and policy makers.

The key priorities for the rebuild included:

  • A powerful search engine which is scalable  and compliant with current full-text indexing and querying techniques.

  • A clear search interface which strikes a balance between maximising support for different search strategies and minimising the display of confusing options.

  • A flexible  search relevancy ranking which is tunable to the type of content and results of the analysis of specific user search behavior

  • Improved dynamic cross referencing of content using the underlying search technology

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...