Science Foundation Ireland


Webfactory was chosen to deliver a publishing platform for SFI which allows them to achieve their goals of supporting STEM research, education, and awareness in Ireland. The project brought three standalone websites into one functionally rich platform. This will streamline SFI's communications work and allow their users to interact with them in.


The Challenge

SFI required the design and redevelopment of a new corporate website. This was to integrate three existing websites: Science Week, Science.ie, and Primary Science. This was to be done without loss of messaging or authority, while drastically streamlining content and increasing lead generation.

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Our solution

Groundwork

Cross-functional workshops

Cross-functional Sprint style workshops were held with the SFI steering group. These allowed us to review the audiences and business goals in more detail, and discuss the priority and weighting of each of the elements for the new site. It also covered the brand, the existing site brands, and how these were to be handled on the new corporate site.

Content & SEO

We conducted an inventory and audited the existing content and SEO on the live sites. We then proposed an action plan prior to content migration. Content gaps were identified which required attention before the development phase. Webfactory ensured that all content created by SFI was optimised for the web, and met with the tone of voice agreed in our content workshops.

IA & Wireframe Prototype

This was visualised in a wireframing process, post-IA sign-off. We collaborated with SFI to ensure all stakeholders were well versed in the direction the site was taking and the underlying rationale.

User Interface

Design of the SFI User Interface

Once the IA, wireframes and prototype were approved, our designers progressed with the user interface (UI design). The designsare responsive, level AA accessible, and consider all agreed brand and functional guidelines.

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Development

The responsive design was developed in Roxen CMS, and included linking to the SESAME Researcher database. This was embedded into the SFI website with HTML/CSS and linked to using the SESAME API, which the website needed to send API requests to Sesame using HTTP Posts.

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Content Migration

Webfactory migrated all final content onto the new site. SFI also received full training in Roxen CMS from our team. This means they can edit, publish and build out the website content post go-live.

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UAT & Testing

We ensured that the site meets AA Accessibility compliance and that it works on the latest version of all modern browsers.

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Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funds research in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) which promotes and assists the development and competitiveness of industry, enterprise and employment in Ireland.

SFI also promotes and supports the study of, education in and engagement with, STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and in particular to the growth of the economy.

Visit the SFI website

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