The King Center
Why does this website deserve to win?:
The King Center serves as a living memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and also helps promote his philosophy of using nonviolent methods to address social problems and economic inequality. The centerpiece of the new King Center website is an all-new Digital Archive, which provides online access to thousands of historical documents relating to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement that have never before been available to the public. With every project at Palantir, one of our goals is to help enable people to share information in new and exciting ways. The King Center's new design-forward site is not only a great example of Drupal's technical capabilities, but it also provides access to information that few people have seen before. Whether it's an early draft of the "I Have a Dream"; speech or the handwritten notes from Dr. King's Nobel Peace Prize lecture, we think that the new King Center site will help engage and inspire people for years to come.
Website Launch Date:
Monday, January 16, 2012
How It Was Done (optional):
Palantir.net led the technical development of the site as a partner to New York-based C&G Partners, who was responsible for the site's information architecture, design, and user experience. The new site is designed to help the King Center better connect with a new generation of people who have been inspired by Dr. King and are interested in learning more about him and his message. Central to this effort is an all-new Digital Archive, which provides online access to thousands of historical documents relating to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement that have never before been available to the public. Development of the new website and the Digital Archive was initiated and driven by JPMorgan Chase's Technology for Social Good group as part of the King Center Imaging Project. The goal of the Imaging Project is to enable people everywhere to learn firsthand from the wealth of knowledge stored in the King Center archives by preserving and sharing the vast majority of the estimated one million documents held by the Center, in addition to other collections relating to Dr. King. The site is built in Drupal 7 and hosted on Acquia's Managed Cloud platform. Assets for the online Digital Archive are stored using AT&T's Synaptic Storage as a Service, which is powered by EMC's Atmos technology. The Archive itself is managed using the open source Alfresco platform, which was customized and implemented by Micro Strategies, Inc.
The King Center
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