SMUS was given an opportunity to make an investment in Alumni engagement. They asked TM to propose a solution that would make use of the school’s substantial archival materials and build interest among Alumni in their school’s history.
We proposed an online archive site that would house the many photographic, video and print based archive materials. The site would be searchable and include feature topics, artifacts and blog posts, along with a school timeline and the capability to allow users to create ‘mash-up’ like assemblies from the archival materials. We also proposed the preparation of a series of short professional videos on key high-value topic of interest to a wide range of the greater school community.
- A customized CMS-based site using Drupal.
- An expandable database that will eventually hold all archival assets from the schools beginning up to the current day.
- A key-word search against meta-data associated with each asset.
- A ‘Name-that-Photo’ feature to engage alumni in their history while completing missing records for the archive.
- A place where alumni can contribute content to the site and to the archives.
- A initial set of three short custom videos about key events in the school’s past.