Materials Research Society

Updating & Refining Web Properties for a Premier Scientific Society



TBG (The Berndt Group) worked with Materials Research Society (MRS) to update the organization's Web properties. The project involved refining MRS' Web strategy, online graphic identity and implementing the organization's website in the Ektron content management system (CMS).

Founded in 1973, MRS now consists of over 15,800 members from the United States, as well as nearly 70 other countries.  MRS is the premier scientific society dedicated to advancing materials research worldwide.

MRS sponsors two major annual meetings offering approximately 100 topical symposia. The Society recognizes professional and technical excellence, conducts symposium tutorials, and encourages technical interaction among college students through university chapters, and among materials professionals through regional sections.

MRS also promotes communication exchange through publication of symposium proceedings, MRS Bulletin, Journal of Materials Research, and other publications, databases and videotapes related to current research activities. Through its partnership with Cambridge University Press, MRS publications are now hosted on Cambridge's cutting edge online platform, Cambridge Journals Online (CJO).  TBG was instrumental in delivering cross-platform sign-on access and federated and faceted search between the new MRS website and CJO to enable a near-seamless user experience.

Live Site

What We Did

Technology Partners

A Successful Integration

A Successful Integration

TBG implemented the site in Ektron, with complex integration points with two other systems: ACGI's Association Management System, Association Anywhere, and the Cambridge University Press Online Publications Platform, offering users single sign-on to easily access content across systems. User self-service points of integration include event registration, view event programs and abstracts, purchase materials, membership activities like joining the Society and renewing membership. A Meetings and Exhibits subsection automates and creates multiple relationships between the different meeting types.

Federated & Faceted Search

Federated & Faceted Search

The MRS site also involved complex search. Federated and faceted search results on the site interface by utilizing the Lucene technology to integrate with the Cambridge platform, allowing users to perform a search on the site and pull back publications' results (housed in Cambridge's platform) in addition to website content. A robust filtering engine for both the website and publications content incorporates a complex taxonomic schema and programming. In addition, a News and Publications landing page offers users the ability to filter news by topic (via taxonomic categories).