The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) initially engaged us in 2014 to create corebooks.org.uk. Replacing what for years had been a printed publication, the corebook list was a website centred around a searchable database of books, considered essential for primary school libraries. Using Solr search, it enabled users to search for books by keyword and then filter these results by key stage, age group, author, publisher and various other filters. Users were able to create a wishlist of their favourite books.
At the time of creating this new website CLPE already had three other standalone websites and one which was about to be commissioned. They asked us to explore the feasibility of bringing these altogether as a single site. After an extensive discovery period we proposed a solution to achieve this using the database we had built for corebooks as the central engine of this new application.
Launched in the autumn of 2015, the new CLPE site is a rich resource of books, poems and illustrations. There is a subscription model for schools to be able to access a huge amount of teaching resources. Teachers can also sign-up to courses and buy other book packs and publications.
One of the most complex part of this project was having to merge three separate user databases, each of which had a lot of identical users but with different data stored in each one, not all of which was up-to-date. When the site relaunched, each of these users had to be given a new updated account which maintained their existing subscription and wishlist preferences.