About the EIRMA website

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Credits

This website was developed by the following partners:

Project Manager for EIRMA: Camille Roy, EIRMA Programme and Members Relations Manager

Publisher for EIRMA: Carine Ternest, EIRMA Events and European Projects Manager

For questions regarding the website, contact us at infoeirma.org

Background Information

EIRMA has offered a website for its members and the public since 1998. We began, like everyone else, with a static site that was designed to let people know of our existence and how to contact us. Gradually, the site grew, adding with information on forthcoming and past activities, until it became clear that this approach was no longer sustainable. It had become too difficult to keep existing contents up-to-date, and essentially impossible to add new features. Adding and changing content required dedicated effort by specialist staff, instead of allowing everyone to contribute. So in 2002, we switched to a dynamic website based around a commercial bulletin board product, vBulletin.

For the 45th Anniversary of the Association we have decided to have a new website using Drupal open source content management sytem.

The new "look and feel" includes more user-friendly ergonomics, an intuitive navigability and it will allow easier and more dynamic interactions.

While retaining the logo and colors of EIRMA, the architecture of the website, positioning of information and highlighting of the essentials has been restructured.
You can easily access areas of main interest like "EIRMA events" with on-line registration, "EIRMA announcements" or "Membership Benefits".
We have reinforced the searching functionality by using the open source search engine Apache Solr.

Our objectives are the same as in the past website, ie we aim to provide a website that:

    * Informs people about what we do and the services we offer
    * Provides members with full information on current and planned activities
    * Provides members with a easy-to-access library of reports and information on past activities
    * Reviews the main trends in industrial R&D and innovation management, and the environments in which this work takes place
    * Explains the public outreach activities that we undertake
    * Is easy to use and easy to maintain.

 

President Léopold Demiddeleer presents the new EIRMA Website

As you will see for yourself, EIRMA has decided to invest in a new website for its 45th anniversary.

The new “look and feel” includes more user-friendly ergonomics, an intuitive navigability and it will allow easier and more dynamic interactions. You will easily access areas of main interest like "EIRMA events", "EIRMA Announcements", "EIRMA Insight" or "Membership Benefits", to name a few.

While retaining the logo and colors of EIRMA, the architecture of the website, positioning of information, highlighting of the essentials has been completely restructured.

We have added new features and services such as online registration to EIRMA events, EIRMA Insights (a new concept for highlighting the quintessence of the events’ outcome for our members), videos and other testimonials from EIRMA members and the "Collaboration center", a dedicated area for members only. We have also reinforced our search engine.

We encourage you to make the best use of this tool, hoping that it will meet your expectations of the Association.

History

For a quick overview of the EIRMA website development...

       

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