Blue Drop Awards: Energy.gov Takes First Place!!

Very exciting news today!! It was just announced that three of our nominated sites in the first-ever Blue Drop Awards have placed in their categories, with Energy.gov pulling first place in Best Enterprise Website Built with Drupal!

Very exciting news today!! It was just announced that three of our nominated sites in the first-ever Blue Drop Awards have placed in their categories, with Energy.gov pulling first place in Best Enterprise Website Built with Drupal!

Energy.gov - First place in Enterprise category!

The relaunched Energy.gov sets a new paradigm for consumer-facing government agency websites with an editorial-style design, rich data visualizations, and intuitive surfacing of its most in-demand content. It further raises the bar on multi-office editorial site management with robust custom workflows, a powerful multisite architecture, and automated site deployment tools.

The multisite system was initially launched as a pilot, supporting Energy.gov and 12 of its office subsites; the rollout continues today, with more sites migrating to the platform. The project was executed by a multi-agency team that included Treehouse Agency (architecture and development), HUGE, Inc. (design and information architecture), Acquia (various management and support services), BlackMesh (hosting), Development Seed (MapBox consulting), and Energy Enterprise Solutions, LLC (prime contractor).

The project resulted in the BEAN, State Machine, OG Tasks, and Data Visualization API contributed modules.

Zagat.com - Second place in Media category!

The relaunch of the Zagat.com website moved the iconic restaurant reviewer community from .NET to Drupal 6. Updates included a vastly improved search interface, enhanced user-generated content, and substantial performance improvements based on peer benchmarks. Technical highlights include:

  • Dynamic, interactive charting via a custom jQuery plugin based on the Raphael JS drawing library.
  • Rich user-generated content and profiles.
  • High-performance architecture and content delivery methods.
  • Endeca integration via JSON-based web services and the Drupal Feeds module.
  • AJAX-based search results pagination.

Architecture and theming were led by Treehouse Agency (now Phase2 Technology). Site development was an integrated effort between Treehouse and the internal Zagat team. Design was created by The Wonderfactory and the internal Zagat team.

Penn State World Campus - Third place in Non-profit/Education category!

Penn State World Campus is the key administrative and support hub for Penn State University's distance learners. The site is structured into two independent sites joined by a single database--one site serves current students; the other, prospective students.
Along with a single database, the sites share a centralized admin interface, taxonomy system, and user role definitions. The taxonomy system is carefully structured to:

  • Enforce program structure
  • Surface contextual user content
  • Assign user permissions
  • Define content relationships
  • Identify content for mobile delivery

The site also features dual custom workflows for marketing and non-marketing content, and a jQuery mobile version.
Drupal 6 platform architected and developed by Treehouse Agency (now Phase2 Technology). Mobile theme developed by the in-house PSU development team.

It's quite an honor to be recognized out of a pool of over 200 awesome Drupal sites. I'd strongly encourage you to browse through the entries and see what the rest of our colleagues were up to in 2011. It was a very good year!!

acham