Towns, cities, rural districts, and other municipalities could benefit greatly by migrating from frequently proprietary and outdated software services to world-class free software content management systems built for community involvement... such as Drupal. This group facilitates work on features for people's participation or to pushing governments to provide more information and allow greater involvement.
The County of San Mateo is going Drupal !...
Now, and before we get too existed and start repeating the same mistakes some of us have made, I was wondering if anybody was willing to reach out and share some of the pitfalls they encountered in the course of their migration.
I am not necessarily talking technical aspect but also how to evangelize an organization, establish workflows and maintain editorial and UX styles throughout a large government organization.
A couple of weeks ago we submitted a proposal to the Knight News Challenge (http://kng.ht/16Fw8w6) for free hosted open data portals for local government based on our DKAN Drupal Distro (http://drupal.org/project/DKAN). The submission made the front page of the contest based on "applause," and got some nice press coverage (http://bit.ly/10Gp7Zj), which has drawn enough interest to ignite a bit of a flame war about the merits, or lack thereof, of Drupal for government. Please do weigh in as you see fit! :)
Looking for any advice from any large city government drupal site admins that have figured out a good way to set user permissions in a way that is most effective. Do you have a smaller, nimble group of power users who update content and are good writers, but a much larger group of contributors who can write and submit but can't approve? Trying to figure this out as we move our city site to Drupal over the next year or so. thx.
We submitted to the Knight News Challenge today a proposal to deliver a free full open-source hosted data platform for local governments based on DKAN (http://drupal.org/project/dkan):Read more
This year, we are proposing two sessions for DrupalCon Portland. Please add your comments to our session proposals so that they can get stronger and be selected by the organizing committee!Read more
There's going to be a Drupal4Gov event in DC on February 21st.
Keynoting the event will be our virtual keynotes from Ottawa to discuss their work on the Web Experience Toolkit
Oh, yeah, and there's even more!Read more
This is ubber late notice.
Folks in DC, please join a small group of folks tonight at Chef Geoff for a Happy Hour.
We will be hosting a team from Canada tonight. They are the team behind the http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ws-nw/wa-aw/wet-boew/index-eng.asp and they're also working on http://drupal.org/project/panopoly
So, if you have time tonight, put on your drinking hat and join us!!
We sent this email out to a list of interested developers, but I thought there might be some additional interest in the g.d.o. pages too, especially here on D4G. So, here's the info:
Thank you for your interest in the Open Government Platform (OGPL), an open source capability for open data and open government around the world.Read more
The description in the paragraphs below is from the official opening, linked at the end of this post. I am a developer with the City of Olathe. The work environment is awesome, the co-workers are great and the boss is just amazing. This position is for you if you care about Drupal and about creating solutions that matter. A passion for learning and exploring new and innovative uses of technology, as well as a well-developed capacity for thinking outside the box, would be a HUGE plus.
Analyzes business application requirements for functional areas; writes code, tests/debugs software applications, recommends system changes/enhancements, documents software specifications, and trains users. Analyzes and amends software errors in a timely and accurate fashion and provides status reports where required. The position as intended and currently utilized, defines, develops, tests, analyzes, and maintains new software applications in support of the achievement of business requirements. This includes writing, coding, testing, and analyzing software programs and applications. Duties also include research, design, documentation, and modification of software specifications throughout the production life cycle. This position develops web applications in a Linux environment, supporting several web sites based upon the Drupal CMS and MySQL database, using languages that include PHP and Java.Read more
Thursday following the Drupal Government Summit at the Reagan Building, we will head over to the Commerce Department's library for a Drupal4Gov ladder event.
We have the space to break up into smaller groups and will do groups:
A Newer Drupalers
B Have some Drupal or php experience
C Coders/Developers with Drupal experience
Each group will do either an issue sprint or a learning sprint.Read more
We will be having by-monthly learn and issue sprints for the Drupal4Gov ladder.
Bring a laptop.
On September 13th, we will meet at Au bon pain at NOMA/New York avenue on the red line. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional instructions or questions.
Future meetings will be held at various DC government agencies.
I've added two new events.
The 1st is on the 14th and is open to the worldwide drupal4Gov community. We have 15 call in lines and seating for 15 at the event.
And what ever will we be doing? Framing a Drupal4Gov ladder. Yep, Drupal4Gov ladder. Bryan Hirsch will be leading us in this effort. Please email me at email@example.com to attend (phone or in person).
We are looking at all forms of government, so, state, provincial, international, school board, local, federal, etc... So, a nice assortment of folks will really make this a valuable lesson.Read more
Sessions for the OPM hosted Drupal4Gov event have just been announced.
Keep in mind the event is local to DC AND restricted to government employees. Contractors/vendors can attend by having the government agency they are attending the event with email firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of contractors/vendors that will be in attendance.
We'll have Open Source security sessions, reporting requirements for the Digital Strategy, APIs, Responsive Design, and even WordPress sessions!Read more
Last week, I attended the 2012 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference at the MIT Media Lab and had the opportunity to do a 5-minute "ignite talk" about the What's Up initiative that we are carrying in Wisconsin:
Built on VoIP Drupal (http://drupal.org/project/voipdrupal/), What's Up is a software platform designed to allow people in a small geographic community to share information, plan events and make decisions, using media that is as broadly inclusive as possible.Read more
Hi folks, for anyone who may be in NYC June 9+10 just before the 2012 Personal Democracy Forum, we're convening a civic hackathon at New York's General Assembly, and we could certainly use your Drupaly skillz! "PDF:Applied" is bringing developers, NGO leaders, and civil servants together to build new and extend existing civic solutions in the areas of election participation, community engagement and advocacy/activism. Serious sponsors, prizes, and on-stage demo opportunities at PDF for the winners.
Please do consider:Read more
Today the World Bank published a nice blog entry highlighting the use of VoIP Drupal to support good governance, social inclusion and citizen engagement:
That blog was the outcome of a presentation that I did on May 2, 2012 to representatives from the World Bank, IDB and other organizations who work in education, eGovernance and related areas. For slides and additional information about that talk, have a look at: http://go.worldbank.org/XM1D7VZE10
I wonder if anyone would like to partner with me to mentor GSoC projects that provide phone, SMS, and VoIP capabilities to Commerce, Open Atrium, Drupal Commons and/or CiviCRM.Read more
Thanks to everyone who attended the first VoIP Drupal session yesterday (3/20) at Drupal Con Denver!
If you are attending the event, I'd highly encourage you to join us for today's hands-on session at 2:15pm in room 212 (http://denver2012.drupal.org/bof/voip-drupal-hands-session)
As part of that session, we will have opportunity to answer specific questions and go deeper into different aspects of VoIP Drupal, including the main modules of the platform (click2call, phone recorder, voipnode, etc.) and the VoIP Script API.
If you have any comments or questions, please send me an email and let's try to find some time to talk while we're all in Denver. I'll be here until Thursday afternoon and will be very happy to learn more about your ideas!