European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Ease the contributors experience and manage content rapidly 



It is important for our institute’s website to reflect the excellence of science that is carried out here and thus increase the attractivity of our offer to scientists all over the world. The modularity of the DX software and the possibility to implement templates that are very close to the original design have ensured that our website rises to this challenge.
Marie Robichon, Web CMS Manager



The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) is a joint research facility situated in Grenoble, France, and supported by 22 countries (13 member countries: France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and 9 associate countries: Austria, Portugal, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, India and South Africa). Some 8,000 scientists visit this particle accelerator each year, conducting upwards of 2,000 experiments and producing around 1,800 scientific publications.



  • A solution to manage its content at a large scale as it has many authors, technical and scientific staff contributing to its pages on the intranet and extranet.
  • The capacity to reuse content across their sites
  • Automated maintenance tasks
  • LDAP integration
  • The possibility to extend with reliable/ supported modules
  • Separate live/staging workspaces
  • Multilingual capabilities



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content authors and editors





  • A modernized website which attracts more users and collaborators and improves the experience for the facility’s industrial clients (30k unique visitors/month).
  • An extranet that provides a significant amount of important information to all scientists: Adaptation and compatibility to their technical environment, web content organization (numerous contributors with varied skills, large number of pages) and interoperability with other systems (3k unique visitors/month).
  • Implementation of a new design and the development of new components for their extranet.
  • The 50+ authors can work on the platform easily.
  • The possibility to create new content types rapidly and expose their content via different views. It allows the sites to evolve easily and thus respond to the authors’ requirements: “In such a content-dense CMS with a deep tree structure, the ease with which content can be moved around without breaking references is highly appreciated. The possibility to query the JCR Repository and carry out batch script operations via the Tools is extremely useful and facilitates content maintenance operations immensely.”