STIP is an acronym for the Scientific and Technical Information Program. The program has membership across the DOE complex and requires lots of operational communications. The STIP site itself has lots of definitions, terms, and detailed information to convey.
The construction of the STIP site used to be file based. Most of the content was generated and / or styled using MS Frontpage. There were two clear use cases for Drupal for the STIP site.
One, the amount of text that had accumulated was very significant. The ability to cut and paste text into a managed system with a themed template was useful. There was some immediate benefit, but even greater value may come from future re-designs where the need to migrate text will have been eliminated. In the future all the text blocks can be manipulated directly and themes can be applied across the whole site or separately for tagged content and according to functionality.
Two, accessibility, privacy, and web technology continue to generate moving targets for web content policy. Having moved the STIP site content into Drupal, we are one step closer to having a single point of control and benefitting from a reusable solutions. We can apply site-wide scripting solutions through Drupal's theme template system. Drupal's content filters system can also be used as a control point. Drupal captures administrative metadata such as last update which can be applied retroactively. Lastly, because Drupal stores the text in a SQL databases we have total control and access to manipulate and add data in bulk.