Drupal for European Universities

Andrea Pescetti
8 Oct 2021
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Andrea Pescetti
8 Oct 2021
3 Comments
Andrea Pescetti, 8 Oct 2021 - 3 Comments

Drupal for European Universities

Data-based perspectives from our DrupalCon 2021 session

Thank you for a great DrupalCon! Here are a few key findings and PDF slides from our Thursday talk, Drupal for European Universities: Data-based perspectives.

Drupal is not leading (and not even the runner-up)

Wordpress is the most popular CMS for European Universities (restricted to EEA Countries; data retrieved last week from all the the 1830 HEIs from those 30 countries). Surprise, Drupal is not the runner-up either: Typo3 beats it by a few installations.

But many countries still love Drupal

Wordpress (green in this map) leads in 15 countries, Drupal (blue) in 12, Typo3 in 2 (Germany, Austria), Joomla in Slovakia. This is a good sign for the expansion potential: Typo3's success is based on a couple countries only. The most Drupalized countries are Estonia (44% of HEIs sites are Drupal sites), Iceland (43%), Finland (34%), Italy (33%), Belgium (33%).

European Universities like Drupal 7

Drupal 7 (red in this map) is still the most common Drupal version for University sites in 16 countries. In 9 countries the most common version is Drupal 8 (yellow), only in 2 countries it's Drupal 9 (green); other EEA countries are omitted due to non-significant data.

Overall, Drupal 9 sites account for only about 10% of the total, with Drupal 6 (yes, 6!) still beating Drupal 9 in four countries. 45% of the Drupal websites used by European Universities are running on a version that will be unsupported in one month.

And the future?

Drupal 9 has a lot of solid selling points for Universities, see the slides below for a summary and a case study. But it needs to be marketed well to people who are still on Drupal 7, and still facing problems the Drupal community solved years ago.

It will be interesting to re-run the analysis in one month, perhaps in an extended version including the non-EEA countries that were left out of this initial survey, like the UK and Switzerland. Stay tuned!

Drupal-for-Universities-DrupalCon-Europe-2021.pdf (2.48 MB)Download

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bert boerland
10 Oct 2021

Hi

Thanks for this work, is the source data public available? Would love to work with it.

Hi

Thanks for this work, is the source data public available? Would love to work with it.

bert boerland, 10 Oct 2021

Hi

Thanks for this work, is the source data public available? Would love to work with it.

bert boerland, 10 Oct 2021
Andrea Pescetti
10 Oct 2021
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Hello Bert!

The starting point, as explained in the slides, is the Unirank database (available at 4icu.org); there we got the list of HEIs per country and the main website URL for each HEI. I honestly expected I would find public databases for this (hence the choice of EEA countries) but I could only find outdated lists and at a country-level only. Examples are in the talk recording.

Then, based on those URLs, we determined the CMS (and, in case of Drupal, the Drupal version too) via Python scripts and got a JSON file that serves as source for figures and visualizations. I haven't published it, but it is surely available upon request; I gave you access to it and other people who are interested can contact me via drupal.org.

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Hello Bert!

The starting point, as explained in the slides, is the Unirank database (available at 4icu.org); there we got the list of HEIs per country and the main website URL for each HEI. I honestly expected I would find public databases for this (hence the choice of EEA countries) but I could only find outdated lists and at a country-level only. Examples are in the talk recording.

Then, based on those URLs, we determined the CMS (and, in case of Drupal, the Drupal version too) via Python scripts and got a JSON file that serves as source for figures and visualizations. I haven't published it, but it is surely available upon request; I gave you access to it and other people who are interested can contact me via drupal.org.

Andrea Pescetti, 10 Oct 2021
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Hello Bert!

The starting point, as explained in the slides, is the Unirank database (available at 4icu.org); there we got the list of HEIs per country and the main website URL for each HEI. I honestly expected I would find public databases for this (hence the choice of EEA countries) but I could only find outdated lists and at a country-level only. Examples are in the talk recording.

Then, based on those URLs, we determined the CMS (and, in case of Drupal, the Drupal version too) via Python scripts and got a JSON file that serves as source for figures and visualizations. I haven't published it, but it is surely available upon request; I gave you access to it and other people who are interested can contact me via drupal.org.

Andrea Pescetti, 10 Oct 2021
Andrea Pescetti
13 Oct 2021
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Comments on this post are closed. For accessing raw data or any other discussions feel free to contact Andrea through his drupal.org profile.

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Comments on this post are closed. For accessing raw data or any other discussions feel free to contact Andrea through his drupal.org profile.

Andrea Pescetti, 13 Oct 2021
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Comments on this post are closed. For accessing raw data or any other discussions feel free to contact Andrea through his drupal.org profile.

Andrea Pescetti, 13 Oct 2021

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