In 2015, Savas Labs engaged with Barbara Lau and the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center to rebuild their faltering, and previously vibrant online map of historical locations and events associated with the legacy of Pauli Murray. The site had not been updated in a while, and due to automatic updates to the Google Maps API, had been rendered fairly unusable.
To reclaim the powerful community resource, Savas Labs decided to rebuild the map in a then beta version of Drupal 8 to leverage some of the advantages of the newer platform while incorporating a new design, transitioning to free and open source tools that removed the previous bounds of Google Maps integration, while learning at every turn.
Come to this session to learn more about local history, the Drupal platform, generally, Drupal 8 and designing in Drupal 8 more specifically, and modern web mapping tools.
Chris has been a professional web developer since 2007 and made his first website on geocities.com when he was 11. He was a big fan of and was deeply saddened when it was deprecated. For Savas Labs, Chris relishes in the success and growth of his clients and team, and writing in the third person. When Chris is not behind the computer, he’s often on a bicycle. He is the former board chair of nonprofit hospitality network WarmShowers.org, served on the board of his local bicycle advocacy organization Bike Durham for 3.5 years, founded a bicycle-powered food scraps recycling company called Tilthy Rich Compost, and rode his bicycle 6,000 miles across the U.S. in the summer of 2008.