Big Happenings at Phase2

What a week!

What a week it has been! Over the past seven days, Phase2 has launched 2 sites with Stanford University, kicked off a project with the state of North Carolina, and sent two speakers to the All Things Open conference, where we exhibited as a bronze sponsor. Saying we are thrilled would be an understatement. It’s been extremely rewarding to not only see so much hard work come to fruition, but also to be able to give back to the open source community while participating in some really exciting and important initiatives.

Content

What makes these projects so exciting? The content they provide, for one. The Stanford Arcade is a participatory, open-access website devoted to literature and the humanities. Arcade serves as a platform for anthologizing and sharing blog posts, multimedia recordings, scholarly articles, and so countless other forms of valuable information.

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Collaboration

Last week’s All Things Open conference was another great opportunity for us to collaborate with our fellow “open” enthusiasts. Karen Borchert and Rob Bates shared their knowledge in two excellent talks on open product development and open data, and we celebrated this month’s launch of RedHat.com with our Raleigh-based client. Feel free to check out pictures from the three day event on our Flikr.

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Experience

A great web experience involves sound construction, well-designed content strategy, and beautiful visuals. What sets an exceptional experience apart from a great one is the ability to engage users when they step away from their devices. To this end, we helped Stanford’s Office of Sustainability build an engagement platform to support the university-wide effort to reduce environmental impact, preserve resources, and show sustainability in action. Not only does the site communicate details about Stanford’s sustainability practices in a visual, information-focused manner, it also drives behavioral change on campus through Cardinal Green initiatives. The Office of Sustainability experience goes farther than the web to create real change at Stanford.

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Moving Forward

Fresh from these hectic and exciting launches, we are fired up to begin revamping North Carolina’s web presence, working with the state’s first chief digital officer to “bring the user-centric design found in the private sector to government.” Phase2 will also bring its focus on content, collaboration, and experience to launch two new websites for North Carolina by the second quarter of 2015, presenting a common and unified front across the state’s 13 agencies.

Stay tuned for more!

Mack Burnett lll