UNESCO Institute for Statistics

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is the official and trusted source of internationally-comparable data on education, science, culture and communication. As the official statistical agency of UNESCO, the UIS produces a wide range of indicators in UNESCO’s fields of action by working with national statistical offices, line ministries and other statistical organizations.

The UIS produces the data to fuel the policies and investments needed to transform lives and propel the world towards its development goals.

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) wished to upgrade its web presence in order to deliver content that is engaging and interactive to meet today’s user experience.


  • Non-profit, Agency of the United Nations (UN)


  • Lobbyist Registry Application


  • Drupal Development
  • Drupal Theming
  • Drupal Consulting
  • System Integration
  • Project Management
  • Usability
  • Testing
  • WCAG Accessibility



Client requirements

The client required an extremely short delivery timeline, with many different working parts still to be discovered and integrated.

This presented a wonderful challenge with respect to gathering business requirements as well as overcoming technical uncertainties at the onset of the project. We were able to work with UNESCO to define many of the as-of-yet defined interfaces, recommend industry-best-practices when it comes to deploying on Azure, and collaborating with an extended team of professionals delivering many of the underlying data API that needed integration into Drupal. The final deliverable was provided on schedule and on budget, despite the high number of challenges and risks.

  • Internally manage and support the development of the website
  • Allow content managers and providers to create, publish and manage content through user workflows and permissions
  • Emphasis on users experience to deliver a responsive, multilingual, accessible, easy to navigate yet interactive and engaging experience
  • Integrated with current systems and infrastructure and new 3rd party systems using various APIs
  • Created sophisticated taxonomy-driven content that automatically creates pages based on terms and their relationships to other content
  • Hosting on Microsoft Azure

OpenPlus Services

OpenPlus’ team has collaborated with various UNESCO UIS internal teams and other vendors to consult, integrate and develop a website using Drupal WxT that meets the business and user requirements.

Drupal WxT


Drupal consulting, content architecture and development



Search consulting and recommendation for integration of various content sources


Visualizations & Data APIs

Technology consulting and recommendations for integrating web visualizations and complex Data APIs

3rd party Integrations

3rd party Integrations

Drupal integration with current infrastructure and 3rd party systems using open standards and technologies

Microsoft Azure cloud hosting

Microsoft Azure

Cloud adoption, configuration and consultation for security and performance best practices



Multilingual website that started with English, French and Spanish

Search facets

Search Facets

Improved search experience and search results with relevant search facets and filters based on content, audience, topic, date and so on



Mobile friendly and responsive website with custom behaviors for mobile devices to even further simplify the user experience

Complex APIs

Data APIs

Drupal integration of interactive web components using JavaScript APIs to delivery a seamless and interactive user experience

Drupal training

Drupal Training

Drupal training for content providers to manage the content of the website

Quality Assurance Report

Quality Assurance Report

Quality Assurance Report on cross-browser testing, mobile testing, W3C compatibly, and accessibility (WCAG 2.0 AA)



Agile Project management, part of weekly status updates