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This project grew out of a request to create a Norwegian version of the new Publish What you Pay logo. The Norwegian wing of the global civil society transparency-in-mining coalition was prompted into action after the successful refit of the international website. Localising the logo just involved a bit of rearranging with the country name. The website was a bigger undertaking, as it has a focus on the capacity building work that is particular to pwyp.no. The site was to become the online presence for their programme for participating NGOs across 3 regions in anglophone and francophone Africa and Latin America.The site also needed to reach out to a Norwegian audience by providing bi-lingual content and opportunities for interaction. The result is a multi-lingual site with interactive mapping, participant searching, an online petition and a news feed from the international site. It stands alone as an instrument for advocacy in the campaign for improved transparency in extractive industries. Equally it sits very obviously as a child of the global coalition.

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...