The Politics of Science
"Though changing the back-end processes while creating the new site was a real time challenge," admits Ed Stevenson, Really Strategies' senior content engineer, "The site's new data feed is much smoother than in the past. The CQ Researcher team is now equipped to feed both print and Web outputs in a streamlined, automated fashion which is ideal for a weekly publication."
Like the majority of Congressional Quarterly's political stake, the CQ Researcher site provides coverage of Congress, federal, state and local government, as well as national and international politics—all of which require up-to-the-minute reporting. Because CQ's readership includes 95 percent of the members of Congress, academic libraries, media outlets, corporations and agencies, delivering immediate content online enhances the experience for a variety of the subscribers. Similarly, XML format allows users to access a complete archive of materials by subscription. Ryan says that this is particularly important if a user is interested in tracing legislation or even researching individual voting records.
Stevenson adds, "It all really came down to the two critical last weeks in which we needed to ensure that we kept the weekly content moving to the new Web site, while changing the back-end production processes, converting old content, migrating user account information into a new access control system and developing the new site with a different delivery method for the data feed."
Due to its success, Ryan says that the content management providers services are retained for future migration of print content to the Web, including a plan to implement new content management and production processes housing CQ's political pantheon.
-Natalie Hope McDonald