XML and Drupal Developer Needed | University of Minnesota - College of Biological Sciences

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Position: MS Word to XML/PDF Conversion for Drupal

Organization: College of Biological Sciences at U of M

Employment type: contract



The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota is currently working on a project to launch CourseSource, a Drupal website built as an online journal for biological education materials. The content for the website consists of peer-reviewed articles exported as Microsoft Word documents with associated XML metadata from eJournal Press (http://www.ejournalpress.com/). A Drupal development company was hired to create the CourseSource website in Drupal, as well as the tool/module within Drupal to import these articles. However, we have not been able to successfully and consistently convert documents from eJournalPress into the correct format for import into CourseSource. Currently, staff are manually copying and pasting content into the website, which is not sustainable or time-efficient.

Project Description

We are seeking a developer with in-depth knowledge of XML, Drupal, and Drupal associated technologies (e.g. PHP, MySQL, CSS, JavaScript), and preferably experience with online publishing, to create a tool to convert Word documents with XML metadata from eJournal Press into a single XML file with corresponding PDF to be imported to the CourseSource website. The Drupal importer uses the XML file to display the article on the website with a downloadable copy via the PDF. The Drupal developers behind CourseSource have communicated that no particular schema or format is needed for these documents to be imported, as long as the output format is consistent for every single conversion. If every document is converted to the same XML format, the importing tool can be adjusted by the Drupal developers to work. While it is preferred that the solution can automatically pull articles from eJournal Press, it is not a requirement. Infrastructure for the final solution will be provided by CBS, subject to availability of current hosting solutions. We would like this completed as soon as possible, so we are anticipating a timeline of two to three weeks from start to finish. Please submit proposals by October 24th, 2014. A sufficient budget is allocated for this project.


Interested parties please email riem0053@umn.edu with a rough quote based on the information provided as well as a brief description of how you would approach project. We will reach out based on these for meetings/further information. Please submit quote and brief description by November 5th, 2014.

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