HASTAC Features

The culmination of two months of very hard work, HASTAC Collections is a beta feature of hastac.org that brings together content from across the site in a hand-curated list of posts which can be viewed in a large tiled display, or in a multifunction list view. Collections are not limited to highlighting hastac.org content, links to other sites are highlighted with yellow buttons. When viewing as a list, users can sort and filter the collection by type of content, topics and tags, and keywords in the title or body.

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Developing a thoughtful RFP

Remember the RFP that I bragged, err, blogged about back in July? If not: I released a detailed request for proposals (RFP) from Drupal developers to build a new web site for hastac.org. Last week I spoke to the HASTAC Steering Committee about the process of creating it. I thought other folks would also be interested in hearing about how we did it as well.

This presentation below was made as we went along, rather than after the fact, so some ideas evolved and didn’t come out as originally planned – and that’s a good thing. We are now preparing to interview the three top vendors out of 20 that submitted proposals.

Delivering more than an RFP

[HASTAC site map]UPDATE: Download the RFP as a PDF (5 MB).

I feel a little like I just gave birth to another baby, but thank goodness it took less than 9 months to gestate and was a lot less painful to deliver!

Less than one year after starting my job at HASTAC and almost immediately overseeing the re-launch of hastac.org (that I didn’t help create) I realized that our site would have to be re-built entirely from scratch. I spent this summer working with my colleagues to create a clearer vision and a plan for a complete overhaul of the site. Here’s the request for proposals: http://www.hastac.org/drupal-rfp-2010. I’m really proud of this document as it shows a solid foundation, a forward-thinking vision, and a practical strategy for how to make best use of our great ideas, the Drupal platform, and a brilliant and engaged community of members.

My boss Cathy Davidson is a deep and complex thinker. Here’s some of what she had to say about the RFP on her blog today…