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Active Living Research

Award Category 
Drupal Version 
Brief Overview 

Active Living Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, needed a refreshed website to promulgate their stellar research into childhood obesity. The build included an upgrade from Drupal 4.x to 6 and the migration of their considerable research database. The site received the 2012 IMA Outstanding Achievement Award in the nonprofit category.

Launch or Publication Date 
Monday, April 16, 2012
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
Modules: ApacheSolr + ApacheSolrPanels and ApacheSolrSort, Panels, Memcache Theme: Zen Distribution: NA
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 


ApacheSolr + ApacheSolrPanels and ApacheSolrSort: The Apache modules allowed for a complex faceted search of research documents with a completely custom look.


Panels: Panels were essential to the organization of data into a limited amount of space.


Memcache: Memcache was a required module to scale for performance under heavy loads.


Zen Theme: Zen is a simple and stripped-down starter theme great for full customization.

Owner's Name 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Development Company 
Common Media, Inc.
Common Media is a web development and consulting firm headquartered in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. We specialize in open-source and custom-built content management solutions for startups, schools, universities, foundations, media and publishing companies. Our finest work is performed in conjunction with best-in-class design and branding partners, and we take special pride in matching our partner’s level of execution with intuitive and dependable back-end solutions.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
The original site was built in Drupal 4. This revamp took it up to version 6.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

The project required an upgrade from Drupal 4 with the migration of a considerably sized database system. The process of upgrading also included a redesign to improve usability and flow.

Type of Nomination 
Additional developers