Berzin Archives e.V.

Berzin Archives e.V., as a free information provider, is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of academic teaching and reference material, in written, audio and video formats, produced by Dr. Alexander Berzin to preserve the cultural and religious traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Jun 1, 2015

Berzin Archives Trimonthly Report: March through May 2015

New website planning session 1
New website planning session 1

On May 20, 2015, we launched the first release of our new website, next.berzinarchives.com. As the minimal viable product (MVP), this first version contains 89 English articles – either newly written or re-edited from the old website, as well as guided meditations hosted on SoundCloud. With the essential functionality features in place, it now serves as the framework for the multi-step, iterative development of the site to its full size.

For this first version, the award-winning Berlin based IT studio, Edenspiekermann AG, has created a unique visual style for the website, a new information architecture and content structure, a user interface modeled on main user journeys and extensive user testing, a responsive layout tested to display properly on the most common mobile devices, and a content strategy for working with search engines and social media. In addition, they have developed a new content management system for constructing the website, moved the site to a new hosting, set up and implemented a new mail server, and prepared Google Analytic testing tools to evaluate the new site. Work has already begun on the next phase of development, which will include creation of internal search mechanics and development of a new glossary tool.

During these three months, we have focused our efforts on the new website. We have not neglected, however, work on expanding the content of the old site. We have added 173 new articles and translations, 16 new audio files and 7 new video. The old site received 0.55 million visits during this period.

Many new exciting content and features are on the way with the new site. Thank you for your ongoing support, help in making it all possible.

New website panning session 2
New website panning session 2
Next Berzin Archives website homepage
Next Berzin Archives website homepage

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Mar 3, 2015

Berzin Archives Trimonthly Report: December 2014 through February 2015

With H.H. the Dalai Lama in Frankfurt Germany
With H.H. the Dalai Lama in Frankfurt Germany

During the last three months, we have continued expanding the content of the Berzin Archives website. During this period, we completed preparation and put newly online 151 articles, 16 audio files and 6 video files in our 21 language sections, and the website received over 0.5 million visits. We have also completed construction and released online an open source multilingual glossary of Buddhist technical terms used in Berzin Archives. You may explore it through the link given below.

Together with our IT assistant, our project developer and data analyst have continued development of the next release of our internal tools to include invoice management and a task management tool for each language team.

We have contracted the renowned Berlin IT studio Edenspiekermann AG to construct the next version of the website. In the initial workshop with one of their directors, the designer and front-end/back-end programmer who will be responsible for the project, our project developer and data analyst described the requirements for the first sprint. Based on the results of our data analysis of the current version of the website, they analyzed a first solution to its shortcomings. Together, they specified six typical users and defined their goals, chose the technologies to be used in the project and prioritized the main functions that need to be implemented in the first beta version release. The first two-week sprint begins March 3 and the first release is anticipated at the conclusion of four sprints.

For this first release of a minimal viable product (MVP), we have developed a content strategy of 50 key articles in English and have gathered and optimized all key parts for producing it on the new website. We have also started work on a prototype of the first course for the planned Berzin Academy division of the new website. The academy will provide interactive progressive courses for training in emotional intelligence and other key topics drawn from the resources of the archives.

We are very excited about these new developments. Thank you for your continuing support that is helping to make all this possible.

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Dec 2, 2014

Berzin Archives Trimonthly Report: Septmeber through November 2014

From my desk in Berlin
From my desk in Berlin

During the last three months, in addition to continuing to expand the content of the Berzin Archives website, we have started to focus more attention and resources on technical development. Therefore, we have hired an experienced data analyst to assist our project manager with the planning and development of the new intranet system for our teams and the next version of the website. Together, they have made an in-depth data analysis of the usage of the present internal resources of the website. This has included the present multi-lingual team glossary and the communication mechanism currently used within and among the language teams. Based on their analysis of the behavioral patterns of the team members, they have drawn up the requirements and started development of the new version of the team glossary and are testing a new work-flow management system and a mechanism for automating invoices and payments. Our technical assistant is concurrently developing a new database for the storage of all the stages of the workflow of the language sections.

In addition, our data analyst and project manager have made an in-depth analysis of the reader usage of the content of the website. This is needed in order to optimize the organization and presentation of the content for the different language groups in the new version of the website. They have then started to gather the requirements for this new version.

Exciting developments lay ahead. Thank you for your continuing support that is helping to make all this possible. You can see the progress we have made in expanding our language sections in the attached file.

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