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New Project: Relaunch of the gender knowledge platform of the GIZ

12.09.2019

www.genderingermandevelopment.net is the web portal on which the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) provides information and presents projects and initiatives for more gender equality. 

Within the framework of a public tender, cosmoblonde was awarded the contract for the relaunch and subsequent support of the portal, as well as the related expert database.


Live: New website for the center of advanced european studies and research (caesar)

12.06.2019

The caesar research centre is associated with the renowned Max Planck Society and conducts basic research in the field of neuroethology.

Since June 2019 caesar has a new website. Modular in the spirit of the Atomic design approach and implemented with the Open Source CMS MODX.
Get a lively impression of the research institute and its activities, learn what neuroethology exactly means and experience MODX in action.

To the new caesar website >


New Project: Relaunch of the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences

17.05.2019

Within a public tender cosmoblonde was awarded the contract to relaunch the TYPO3-based website of the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences. We are very happy about this exciting task and another customer from the education sector!


Live: The new Theodor Fontane Archive

07.03.2019

Right for the beginning of the Fonatane anniversary year, the Theodor Fontane Archive comes up with a completely new online presence based on TYPO3.
Appearing in a lightweight design that combines author, house and scientific standards, the Literature Archive invites to be discovered. 

New: the digital manuscript collection as well as the Fontane Bibliography are now directly accessible online for Fontane lovers and researchers worldwide.

In addition to a wealth of information about Theodor Fontane and the archive, the website focusses on making current research projects on Theodor Fontane, his life and his works accessible. Surprising data visualization projects that encourage visitors to rethink and explore Fontane.

Visit the Theodor Fontane Archive online >


New Project: Maintenance & improvement of the websites of "Haus der kleinen Forscher".

27.11.2018

"Haus der kleinen Forscher" (House Of The Little Researchers) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to good early education in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology. Together with its partners, it offers the largest educational program in Germany to support pedagogical specialists and teachers in order to provide qualified support for children of kindergarten and primary school age in their discovery, research and learning.

In its public tender, the foundation was looking for an agency partner to maintain and develop various TYPO3 websites.

We are delighted to have been chosen and to accompany another great project in the field of education!


Relaunch: New website for the European Climate Protection Initiative

23.11.2018

The website of the European Climate Protection Initiative (EUKI) was completely relaunched in just three months. User-friendly introductory offers, optimised structure and a new design derived from the logo colours of the initiative characterise the informative and inviting WordPress website.

Discover some of EUKIs Projects and initiatives 


New Project: Further development of the website & ticket shop of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation

15.11.2018

The Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG) (Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg) looks after important testimonies from four centuries of art, cultural and architectural history in Berlin, Potsdam and Brandenburg. It is the task of the SPSG to maintain and preserve this heritage, to research, present and communicate it to the public in a variety of ways.

In autumn 2018, the SPSG invited tenders to find an agency partner to advise and support it in this task.

Technology, design, function and user experience of the website, as well as of the connected ticket shop, are to be successively modernized and optimized according to modern requirements.

We are very pleased about the award and the opportunity to accompany the SPSG on its way to becoming a modern cultural foundation!


New Project: Online communication consulting for the future - environment - society

30.10.2018

Founded at the end of 2017, Zukunft - Umwelt - Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH supports the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in implementing its funding programmes in the field of environmental, nature and climate protection.

The ZUG is currently being set up. It is currently in charge of the International Climate Protection Initiative, and will be joined in 2019 by further national and international BMU funding programmes.

In its call for proposals, ZUG was looking for a consultant who, in close coordination and a flexible process, would work with it to develop the basis for the second step of the call for proposals for its website.

We are pleased to be able to support the ZUG's exciting development process in an advisory capacity.


New Project: Re-design of the website of the caesar research centre

13.08.2018

caesar is a neuroscientific institute associated with the Max Planck Society. Interdisciplinary basic research focuses on cellular signal processing and the neuronal basis of behavior.

Within the framework of a public tender, an agency was sought to develop and implement a target group-oriented redesign of the website. Important: the existing backend in ModX must continue to be usable.

By the end of the year, the new website should be implemented and go live - a nice task that we are happy to tackle.


New Project: Relaunch and operation of the website of the European Climate Protection Initiative

20.07.2018

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) is a financing instrument of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and aims to promote cross-border climate protection cooperation in the European Union in order to jointly promote the implementation of the Paris Convention.

In an invitation to tender, the EUKI was looking for an agency that would revise the current Wordpress website, add new functions and provide long-term support. The aim is to create a user-friendly, visually appealing and up-to-date website.

cosmoblonde has been awarded the contract for this relaunch. We are very much looking forward to a good and productive cooperation with the European Climate Protection Initiative and another customer from the field of environmental and climate protection.


New Project: A new website for the Wadden Sea National Park

18.07.2018

The Wadden Sea National Park is a unique natural landscape in northern Germany and neighbouring countries. The federal states Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and Lower Saxony have each designated their shares of the German Wadden Sea as national parks and biosphere reserves and present their offers on the joint website nationalpark-wattenmeer.de.  

The website is now to be relaunched.

An agency was looked for, which can conceive, arrange and on basis of Wordpress convert an informative and responding Website. The aim is a site that represents the Wadden Sea National Park as a whole, highlights the special features of the individual regions and actively responds to the quite different user groups and their needs.

The Wadden Sea National Park has chosen cosmoblonde and entrusted us with this interesting task. We look forward to tackling them!


New Project: Theodor Fontane Archive website relaunch was awarded a contract

20.06.2018

The Theodor Fontane Archive is a literary archive, research institute and place of memory all in one. Since 2014 it has been an academic institution of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Potsdam and dedicates its public collecting and mediation activities to Theodor Fontane, his time, his contemporaries as well as his history of influence and reception.

In its invitation to tender, the archive wanted a newly developed, contemporary TYPO3-based web presence as part of the construction and expansion of a digital archive. In future, it will serve as an interface for the presentation of the archive and its holdings, as well as an information and communication platform for research and the public interested in literature. 

This is an exciting goal that we would like to achieve together with the Theodor Fontane Archive and to which we would like to contribute our experience with cultural science-centered websites and database interfaces.


Online: The new website of the University of Kassel

13.06.2018

The University of Kassel researches and teaches in an very  diverse and - where possible - interdisciplinary way. Its focus is on the environment, climate and energy, as well as educational research and art.

On its website, the university provides comprehensive information about its courses of study and faculties, its research, life in Kassel and much more. The users, their demands and needs are - typical for the university - extremely diverse.

In the previous design, it was not always easy to find the relevant content. In addition, the website could not be optimally used on mobile devices. Now the new website is online and solves these problems:

  • The responsive, bootstrap-4-based design picks up proven design elements - such as the white background and the fine lines - and combines them with colored areas to highlight important information. Large, authentic-looking pictures from everyday student life make the Uni-Kassel atmosphere perceptible.
  • The user guidance has been significantly optimised; you can quickly find what you are looking for and easily see where to find further content.
  • A scalable navigation architecture makes it easy to switch between the roof side of the university and the connected sub-websites - such as the departments - which will gradually adopt the new design in the coming months.
  • Specially developed TYPO3 extensions support the future maintenance of the website by the IT department of the University of Kassel. A deployment process implemented by us simplifies technical updates and the addition of new sub-websites.

Within the framework of training courses, we supported the Uni-Kassel team in the basics of user- and SEO-compatible revision of content, sensitised editors to the behaviour and needs of young target groups on the Internet and to user- and search-engine-optimised texts.

Watch live at www.uni-kassel.de

Background & details in the case study


New Project: SMART Capital Region 2.0 - Extension of the interactive map application for BTU Cottbus

06.06.2018

For BTU Cottbus, we implemented an interactive map application on the subject of energy flow in 2016 as part of the "SMART Capital Region" project: For the Berlin-Brandenburg region, it shows energy generation and consumption, the strength and direction of the electricity flow as well as the network utilization. The change in values can even be observed over a selected period of time as a time-lapse animation. Various filter settings and a data display as a progress diagram complete the application. This enables, among other things, connections between meteorological conditions and power generation to be presented in a generally understandable way.

As part of the "SMART Capital Region 2.0" project, the effects of a growing share of regenerative producers and storage facilities for electricity, heat, gas and electric mobility on the so-called residual load are to be investigated. To put it simply, the residual load is the fluctuating difference between generated and consumed energy and thus an important parameter for the optimization of intelligent power grids.

cosmoblonde was commissioned in the course of this expansion to expand the existing map application: In order to show the spatial and temporal distribution of the regenerative power generation and the residual load in the whole northeast of Germany, the region Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is included in the map. With a wind energy share of already more than 40 percent, the federal state on the Baltic coast is becoming increasingly important for shaping the energy turnaround.

In addition, the electricity and heat supplier envia THERM will in future supply data on the generation capacities of selected wind farms and biomass plants; these will also be shown on the map.

For the implementation of the extension, we continue to rely on D3.js, a JavaScript library for the visualization and animation of data-based documents. Unfortunately, the map application is not publicly accessible, but is used in the context of professional presentations at the BTU Cottbus. In our screencast you can still see the map (in its first version) in action:  https://youtu.be/CNcJndnP0r4


New Project: Award for the maintenance and further development of the TYPO3 website of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

01.06.2018

The Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) is one of the largest publicly funded cultural foundations in Europe. A particular focus of its work is the promotion of innovative projects in an international context.

On its TYPO3 website (currently being relaunched), the Foundation presents, among other things, its projects and funding programmes as well as current events.

A reliable and TYPO3-experienced partner has been sought for the ongoing support and further development of the website. On the one hand, the partner will technically administer and update the website, on the other hand, he will also provide advice, editorial and graphic support. The German Federal Cultural Foundation has chosen cosmoblonde.

We are looking forward to looking after another cultural customer in the future!


Update: Updated Sketch Submission Procedure for the International Climate Initiative

14.05.2018

For the International Climate Protection Initiative (ICPI), we already implemented a web-based sketch process at the end of 2017, in the context of which applicants can submit their climate-protection-relevant project ideas to the ICPI.

We have now implemented corresponding updates, as the selection procedure for country-specific project outlines for Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines has begun. Project outlines can be submitted directly via the IKI website until 27.9.2018.


eval-U - Evaluate IT know-how with an online test

09.03.2018

The company Cisco Systems is not only the global market leader for network hardware but with its Networking Academy also very committed to topics of IT education and training. With the new web application eval-U, cosmoblonde has developed a tool for the Cisco Networking Academy with which people can test and document their IT know-how online. Originally designed to give predominantly refugees a practical opportunity to prove their IT skills, the flexible tool is also highly interesting for general career or study guidance.

In the self-test, users can determine their IT competence level by answering 20 IT questions from an extensive pool with a dynamically adapted level of difficulty during the test and then receive proof of knowledge as a PDF document as well as suitable, free course offerings from the Cisco NetAcademy program.

In addition to German and English, the questionnaire will also be available in Arabic and Farsi in a next step, in order to validate the IT skills of refugees in particular, so that they can receive tailor-made job and training offers.

Eval-U was developed by cosmoblonde as a fully client-capable system based on TYPO3. Thus, the NetAcademy can also make this offer available to other educational partners.

  • The various partners each receive their own administration interface in which they can flexibly adapt and administer their test system.
  • The design of the test and administration interface can be easily adapted to the cooperation partner's CD via the style sheets.
  • A special test mode allows testing under controlled conditions and thus targeted consulting and the issuing of IT competence certificates.

At  https://eval-u.de  you can get an impression of eval-U - and find out what your own IT knowledge is like.

More backgrounds & details in the case study


Relaunch: A new website for the German Society for Child and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ)

08.03.2018

The DGKJ presents medical communication competence on its new website. Members of the society - but also parents, journalists and politicians - will find competent information and contacts here; embedded in a clear and lively design.

The well-being and health of children and young people is at the heart of all DGKJ activities. In this spirit, the Society supports its members with information and services; also via its website www.dgkj.de.  The previous website was somewhat old and no longer reflected the DGKJ's topics and goals in an optimal way. A relaunch was to change that.

On the new TYPO3 website, the DGKJ now presents itself in a clear design that radiates openness and professional competence. At the same time, the more than 125 years of experience of the company resonate - for example through the typographic design, which takes up the style of classic medical journals. Strong colours, surrounded by generous white space, direct the eye to important things. In the visual language, the focus is on "Children and Youth".

The website provides the various user groups with suitable navigation offers that are geared more strongly than before to the different needs.

On the homepage and the overview pages, the TYPO3 extension "Newswall", developed by us, enables a dynamic and easily controllable presentation of current content.

In the spirit of continuous design, we are delighted to be able to continue to provide technical support and further develop the website in the future. With the DGKJ, we are pleased to be able to look after a client from the medical sector - a topic that fits in well with our previous fields of activity.

To the case study

To the website


Live! Moving and moving pictures on the new TYPO3 website of the Film University Babelsberg

09.01.2018

Successful relaunch of the website of the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

It was a declared goal of the relaunch of the website www.filmuniversität.de to better meet the demands of young and professional target groups for a relevant media university. Because instead of pictures, texts dominated the appearance of the previous website; little of the dynamics of the medium film could be felt. Now everything is new: better structured, appealing and contemporary, responsive and up-to-date.

The new website, based on TYPO3 8.7, focuses on the (moving) image:

  • The clear page structure with plenty of white space allows motifs and colours to take effect.
  • The various navigation options are geared to the different user groups and their needs.
  • The dynamic homepage focuses on current content, events and films; the spectrum of effects of the film university can be optimally presented.

For the maintenance of the new TYPO3 site, a construction kit consisting of different page types and diverse design elements is available. Themes and content can be presented in a particularly varied manner - a spectrum of expression that does justice to the personality of the film university.

After the launch, we will continue to develop the website; the next step will be to link the university's own film database to the new website.

We are pleased to be able to support another important educational institution in its online communication with the Film University - in addition to the University of Kassel.

To the case study

To the website of the Film University


New Project: Award for further development and maintenance of the "Green Cooling Initiative"

02.08.2017

The Green Cooling Initiative (GCI) is a project of the German Society for International Cooperation which aims to improve the conditions for the transfer of climate-friendly technologies to developing countries.

The initiative's TYPO3-based website presents the contents of the project, provides information on global developments in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sectors and lays the foundations for technology partnerships.

Within the framework of a public invitation to tender, an agency partner was sought who would revise the English-language TYPO3 site in terms of user-friendliness, target group appeal and design, further develop its content and functions and support it.

We are delighted to have been awarded this tender and our second project for the German Society for International Cooperation!