Development

Tools

CMS, Custom

Technology

TYPO3, Solr

Services

Strategy, Development, Managed Services

Industry

Nonprofit & Government

Location

Palo Alto, CA

Institute for the Future

The move from Drupal to TYPO3

Institute for the Future was ready to implement a new design that embodied its forward-thinking mission, along with a new solution for managing its content.

Institute for the Future (IFTF) is an independent, non-profit research organization that partners with organizations to help understand and address problems and possibilities of the future through cross-disciplinary research and visualization. They’ve been in the forecasting business since 1968 and have been instrumental in imagining the future of such global issues as communication, health care, and climate change.

IFTF was ready to implement a new design that embodied its forward-thinking mission, along with a new solution for managing its content. Their legacy site had over 2,000 posts and articles organized using the taxonomy features of Drupal, which over time, had become unwieldy to manage. By design, TYPO3 is highly structured, so it was a natural choice to house IFTF’s many design templates and content entries.

ID's challenge was to write the scripts to map Drupal’s folksonomy data structure into a structured framework, which would make it easy for admins to find and organize content for the import (and when the time came, the new logical structure would make for a painless content export). To give the IFTF team maximum control over their design and content, we created flexible templates that could be applied on a section-by-section basis and set up a permissions system that allowed internal teams to update content alongside IFTF’s regular guest bloggers.

Stay tuned for an interactive maps project, now in the works and scheduled to launch Summer 2013. In the meantime, if you’re curious about how IFTF envisioned our future in 1971, take a look at their ARPA Report. Spooky.