UNESCO designated Reykjavik a City of Literature in 2011. The City of Reykjavik maintains a website that highlights cultural events and provides users with information about contemporary Icelandic authors and their literary works. The old system operated on Drupal 7 significantly limited the potential of the website to grow. The main goal of the project was to upgrade the system to the latest technology, to create a modern look with an enhanced user and editorial experience for the new website.
What is Bókmenntaborgin?
Bókmenntaborgin is a platform maintained by the City of Reykjavik in collaboration with the Reykjavik City Library. In 2011, UNESCO designated Reykjavik a City of Literature, making it the fifth city in the world to receive this prestigious status. Today, 43 cities around the world have become Cities of Literature.
The Bókmenntaborgin website was created to highlight the cultural value that Reykjavik holds not just for the city itself, but for the whole country. The website includes a section called "The Literature Web," which provides a wealth of information about Icelandic authors and their work.
Why was Drupal a good fit for this project?
The client was already using Drupal and was happy with this technology. Drupal is a reliable and widely used open-source platform in the public sector. As there is no vendor lock-in, clients can easily choose which agencies to work with. Drupal is highly scalable which could benefit Bókmenntaborgin for ongoing development. All of the main websites maintained by the City of Reykjavik (Reykjavíkurborg) are running on Drupal.