OpenScholar is a full-featured solution for university systems, powering thousands of Harvard University websites. Its strength is in its ability to allow departments, faculty, students, and projects to spin up websites with the click of a button, and with enforceable standards, look and feel, and sensible defaults.
Gizra is an integral part of the core development team for OpenScholar stemming from our intimate knowledge of the Drupal-contributed Organic Groups module on top of which OpenScholar is built. In addition, Gizra developed the entire automatic test suite, which is now the largest of any Drupal distributions.
The European Commission selected Gizra to create a project tool to manage billions of Euros invested in developing world projects. Gizra helped define the tool and was responsible for design, implementation, and deployment. The challenge was to provide a simple and clean interface to vast amounts of data in a large multilingual organization. Our success led to the complementary Capacity4Dev project, where Gizra is in charge of the UX, consulting, and development of the new version.
Gizra was one of several agencies contracted to build and maintain 160 websites, including the organization’s main website. Gizra was specifically selected for expertise in Drupal, continuous integration, and high-level quality assurance. Gizra helped plan the architecture and performed the code review for all sites, as well as setting up a new hosting environment that reduced cost and considerably boosted performance. In ongoing development, complex Drupal tasks are handed over to our developers.
The National Library of Israel commissioned Gizra to create a virtual exhibition for Madrid’s Casa del Lector museum. Visitors were given tablets to navigate the exhibition content via an interactive map-like interface, providing access to video, audio, and text-based media. The visitor could tap a node and instantaneously highlight its connections within the network of content. A second tap took the user to the node content which contained various options to interact with material. This sleek design and innovative approach was a refreshing alternative to usual museum tours.
Gizra developed and implemented the new responsive design for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Admissions Department. Faced with the need to convey its well-established brand, and speak to a multitude of potential applicants, the University sought Gizra for a solution. Together, we transformed the existing traditional site into a user-friendly, but content-rich, fully-accessible interface, geared to the demanding needs of its user community.
Birthright Israel, the largest Jewish Educational project in the world, needed to develop a recruitment, registration, and online-learning platform for its U.S.-based experiential educators. Through this platform, the initiative trains 200 educators a year.
Gizra helped to develop a streamlined user experience that allowed applicants to learn about the program, register, and participate in three learning modules that prepared participants in key concepts in experiential education and best practices in program planning for an educational experience in Israel. In addition, Gizra developed a resources exchange which allows fellows to document program design and share and reflect with other cohort members.
The iCenter sought out Gizra for their third project together based on the successes and learnings from the workflow on previous projects.
When the iCenter looked to redesign their website, they had an aggressive timetable in order to launch before their biennial international conference. By applying The Gizra Way with clear and constant communication through online task tracking and regular face-to-face (video conferenced) scrum meetings, the project was completed within the time frame and the anticipated budget, without the need to divert precious human resources away from other important projects.
The IBLI project questioned the logic of the status quo of insurance access to pastoral farmers in Kenya. The client needed a way to demonstrate that they could compile existing data, process it with known algorithms, and produce logical, readable maps so that farmers in Africa could be insured on the open market.
With Gizra’s help, ILRI was able to focus on the things that they were good at: providing high-level research and working with local farmers to adopt to change. Gizra was able to work on the technological mechanism to help make that change.
Built in collaboration with Commerce Guys, Commerce Kickstart is high performance and easy to use eCommerce-focused Drupal distribution, used by McDonald’s, LUSH and other leading brands. The project allows retail operations to leverage the strengths of Drupal's complex content management and permissions, while providing a full-suite of tools necessary for e-commerce.
Gizra presents a new approach in live and online auction trade - exposing and positioning traditional Judaica objects and manuscripts, in this case, in an in-house online platform especially developed to simplify the procedure of public auctions. Bidding is made easy and accessible at any time online, simplifying the process for both the seller and purchaser, thereby increasing the number of transactions.