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cities, rural districts, and other municipalities could benefit greatly by migrating from frequently proprietary and outdated software services to world-class free software content management systems built for community involvement...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.
At the Drupal and SharePoint Can Coexist webinar, Jessica Dearie had noted the awesomeness of the keynote and session from Jayson Peltzer. So, we reached out to him, and back by popular demand we have Jayson Peltzer formerly of Government Canada.Read more
Drupal4Gov has been hosting webinars this past year and you too can join in the fun. Next up is a session on The Road to Intranet Collaboration with Jayson Peltzer.
Links to our previous sessions' recordings are at the bottom of the eventbrite page. As we do new webinars, I'll be updating this list with the new links for the previous webinars.
Jayson's session is scheduled for 3/12/14 at 10am Eastern Standard Time.
We recently wrote a security best practices document for a government client. We wanted to distribute this more widely because security is a complex issue, that so many organizations seem to get wrong. In government this is often because they are working in isolation and haven't been able to keep up with the rapid changes in IT security.Read more
Wondering if anyone has bypassed using any Drupal forms creation solutions like WebForms or Forms Builder and used a third party solution they could recommend. Like wufoo for instance? We are looking for a forms building solution that is VERY easy for the enduser to use, our content team for our city. thx.
Can anyone send me site examples or tools they have used to display documents/forms on your sites for the public that make it easy to view, search, sort. PDF files, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, etc. We are moving our city site to Drupal early next year and want something that will allow our authors to post files easily and the public to find them easily in one system. thx!
Session Submissions CLOSE TODAY, August 2nd!!!!!!!!!!
Drupal4Gov and Mil-OSS will be co-hosting Drupal Government Days 2013 (just outside of Washington DC) at the Natcher Conference Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesday, MD.
This is the 3rd Drupal Gov Days, the first was held in 2011 in Brussels and the 2nd in Washington DC at the Department of CommerceRead more
Maybe this will inspire some of the cities out there -
Using the Views module, we created a searchable chart for our city parks where people could sort by different types of amenities.
Additionally, we added individual pages for the parks. Eventually, we're going to have maps on the parks as well, but the project had reached the point where it could go live.
Join people from all over the world June 1 and 2, 2013 for a national Hack for Change event.
Click Here to signup for regular updates! http://bit.ly/help4ok_challenge
In conjunction with RHOK Boston - http://hackforchange.org/rhok-boston
and the National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH) http://hackforchange.org/, a team of passionate team members will come together and Hack for Good! Join us!
History and Goals
Connect people who need help with people who can give help.
This year, there will be two Drupal government days. One in Europe (yet to be announced) and one in North America, DC to be specific.
The North American conference will be held at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The event is a joint conference with Mil-OSS and will have multiple tracks this year and span 2 days. More information is available on our splash page http://drupal4gov.drupalgardens.com/Read more
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