Mapping Innovation at the World Bank with Open Atrium


2 min read

Open Atrium is being used as a base platform for collaboration at the World Bank because of its feature flexibility. Last week the World Bank launched a new Open Atrium site called “Innovate,” which is being used to support an organization-wide initiative to better share information about successful projects and approaches to solving problems.

The core of the site is built around helping World Bank staff discover relevant “innovations” happening around the world and providing a space to discuss them with colleagues in topical discussion groups. To facilitate this workflow we built a custom map-based browser feature that combines custom maps with faceted search, letting users quickly find interesting content. The screenshots below from a staging site with a partial database show what this feature looks like.

e99245aee315  0aDQrcfYvP9phDHdQ

As users apply new facets to their searches, the map results update to reveal global coverage for innovations that meet the search criteria.

e99245aee315  0s fBIwH2 oSFuuxF

Once users have found an innovation they want to discuss, they can see if any related discussions exist or choose to start a new conversation in any group, right from the innovation’s page. This simple workflow for finding innovations and starting new conversations is essential for helping the potentially thousands of users who may join the site engage with each other to discuss new ideas.

e99245aee315  0KImkF8cDPEubVfL9

Leveraging our recent work with the World Bank on their “Communicate” intranet, we were able to quickly set up a similar new site, complete with Siteminder integration that seamlessly creates new user accounts and allows single sign-on for World Bank staff. This past investment let the World Bank get into specific customizations for the map feature quickly, building with Drupal’s faceted search module and clean, simple custom maps generated by our alpha version MapBox AMI. In the end, the benefits of open source tools let us launch another new custom Open Atrium site for the World Bank in a fraction of the time required for the last site and for a completely different internal audience.

What we're doing.