Conan update & design doc

5 Nov 2009 - 1:26am
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Elizabeth Bacon

Hello IxDA,

In September, we announced the commencement of the implementation
phase of IxDA's major infrastructure project, ever-so-fondly named
Conan. Since that time we’ve been working hard with Palantir, a
specialist Drupal development company, on refining the detailed scope
of the new website and nailing down our design specifications &
requirements. That work represents a big step forward, and we’re
pleased with the way it has progressed and resulted in a scalable web
platform using the Drupal architecture.

The detailed picture we now have of the implementation effort has also
afforded us with a better understanding of where and how development
time is best spent. Along the way we’ve realized that the scope of
work that we used to evaluate the potential development partners who
responded to our RFP back in July is substantively different to what
we’re now looking to implement. Based on that recognition, we have
gone back and discussed the revised scope with Growing Venture
Solutions (GVS), another leading Drupal development company & the
other finalist in our initial search for a development partner.

Using what we now know, we believe that GVS is the better choice for
this project to develop our infrastructure from this point forward, in
order for the Conan project to deliver the most possible value to
IxDA's worldwide community. We hope you’ll join us in thanking
Palantir for the work they have done to get us to this point. And we
hope you will join us in welcoming GVS to the Conan project. Here's
their website: We'll be
starting production development with them shortly, and are estimating
the effort to take about 12 weeks. With some good luck and wind at our
backs, we could have the new website launched by Interaction'10!

I'd also like to take this opportunity to share the Conan Design Doc
with you all: This material represents
the fruits of over 10 months of work from the all-volunteer IxDA Conan
team. We investigated our community's needs, developed user experience
requirements, conceived interaction design & visual design solutions,
and conducted a concept feedback round.

If you want to comment on what you see in this material, please talk
about it here on list or feel free to send private feedback to me via
email. We'll see what we can do to prioritize new ideas or suggestions
within the current project. Else, we'll create a product backlog, as
future extensibility is a HUGE cornerstone of our web platform
strategy. Conan is by the community, for the community! :)

Thanks for your attention! Do let me know if you have any questions. I
look forward to sharing more news and information as the project
proceeds. Onwards & upwards!

Liz, IxDA Vice-President and Conan wrangler

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