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Dome 100

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Drupal Version 
Brief Overview 

The Dome100 website celebrates 100 years since the construction of the State Library of Victoria's Domed Reading Room. This magnificent space was constructed in 1913, was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, and was preceded by the building of the British Library and also the Library of Congress. This website celebrates the architectural splendour as well as the joy and richness of the experiences of those people who work and inhabit this public space each day. The website enables visitors to discover the wide range of perceptions and understandings expressed by those who love this magnificent structure.

Launch or Publication Date 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Centenary of the State Library of Victoria's Domed Reading Room
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
Omega HTML 5 theme, Feed imports, Views, Themekey, Apachesolr, Node hierarchy, Context, Deep Zoom, JW Player, Pathauto.
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 
  • Feed imports:  used to display events, YouTube videos and Twitter information dynamically across the site via imported data.
  • Views: used extensively across the site with a more complex example in the blogs section and your stories sections, which applies filters for category, date and tags to simulate a standard blog.
  • Themekey: sed to simplify the submission of the story content type by changing the theme to be user friendly and site theme specific.
  • Apachesolr: used as core search and restricted within dome100 to items based on there theme in a multi site environment.
  • Node heirarchy: used with pathauto to define the structure of the site.
  • Context: used to place blocks dynamically across the site based on there alias.
  • Deep Zoom: providing zoom capability to high quality site images.
  • JW Player: providing HTML 5 and Flash player compatibility to site videos.
  • Pathauto: used for generating aliases for specific content items.
Owner's Name 
Library Board of Victoria
Development Company 
State Library of Victoria
The State Library of Victoria implemented its first Drupal website in June 2010. By 2011 Drupal delivered pages comprised 75% of the Library's website traffic. By 2012, the Library delivered seven of its websites via Drupal, including two wesbites in Drupal 7.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
This website was created by implementing a new theme onto an existing Drupal installation. This built on the organisation's existing Drupal capacity, and capitalised on the ability to deliver a new website within existing infrastructure.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

User Participation

This website aimed to capture the stories and experiences of the public users of the State Library of Victoria's Domed Reading Room.  This is achieved through a user contribution form that does not require authentication.  Messages posted are moderated after publication to encourage participation.  Dialogue is encouraged between participants through the use of comments on posted items.  This community contributed content adds engagement and life to the site.  Expert opinion from the members of the public and from staff is added as well, along with general updates from the site's content managers and editors.


Social media is integrated throughout the site through the use of AddThis functionality.  A filtered Twitter feed is published on the home page.  Content from the main organisation's central site is integrated via an RSS feed of events for a custom events listing page.  YouTube content is published via a multimedia page for specifically flagged videos.  Images from a dedicated Flickr group feature on the home page as well.

Single Installation - Two Sites

The implementation of a platform for publishing multiple themes from a single Drupal installation was achieved with the assistance of Realityloop Pty Ltd.  The first site was launched in early 2012: Love and Devotion.  This site is now the second to be delivered via this installation.  A wide range of measures were required to ensure that the theme, the site information architecture and menu structures, sitemaps, URL aliases were all managed to achieve the independent requirements of each site.


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