December 9, 2011

SPARC is the Crown Entity responsible for sport and physical recreation in New Zealand. SPARC provides leadership in research and the development and implementation of policies that recognise the importance of sport and physical recreation to New Zealand.

SPARC required a Knowledge Library website, allowing researchers around New Zealand to publish research projects, ideas, and research reports and publications.

We built the site on the WordPress content management system. Researchers can use the website’s forms to add or edit projects, ideas, and research reports and publications. These are known as ‘Research Ideas’ , ‘Research Underway’, and ‘Research Completed’.

Researchers can register with the website, update their profile, and log in to add new content via the forms, and edit their own content.

The system sends registered users a daily email summary of activity on the site (new and updated content).

We orginally planned to use a Google search to enable easy and effective searching of the Knowledge Base, but it became apparent that we would need to develop an advanced custom search, so we did.

SPARC staff have full control over users’  profiles and the content of the site, including the ability to edit or delete any user or item of content.

Grant Mclean, Principal Advisor at SPARC, says:

“We hired Mogul to build a user-friendly research knowledge portal for SPARC that could engage a wide range of audiences from researchers to sport and recreation sector practitioners.

Mogul have delivered an easy to use resource that is functional, practical and stable.

There is a general sense of excitement about getting this new resource up and running from both inside and outside the organisation. It is a real step forward in bringing New Zealand sport and recreation research directly to our sector.

Mogul has been great to work with. They really listened to our needs and set about designing a user-based resource that is simple to use. We have really appreciated the flexibility Mogul demonstrated throughout the development process through to launch. Thanks!”