Methanenet - NERC & The Open University
A jointly funded project between the NERC and The Open University, at it's core Methanenet is a Drupal built social networking site. It gives an opportunity for academics worldwide to exchange, discuss and share information on topics relevant to the community. The site implements a number of Drupal's key features. Forums, blogs, news and events are becoming more and more flexible and powerful on Drupal sites.
In addition to this the incredible Organic Groups module is implemented to allow the community to sub-section itself into research specific groups. Google maps allow users to mark their own locations on a map and also any areas of interest or field work. The site automatically notifies users of new posts, messages, jobs and events to keep the community engaged and active.