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“Use Drupal to Empower Your OSS Project Community”

March 12th, 2008 Benjamin Horst

Jorge G. Mare writes “Use Drupal to Empower Your OSS Project Community” for

It’s an overview of some of the tools Drupal can provide to support an online community not just of users, but of participants. As an open source application itself, and with such a strong toolbox, Drupal makes a great platform for the online presence of other open source projects.

In fact, Drupal has been used since 2004 to power the Spread Firefox community site, which has been a resounding success for the growth of Firefox and open source overall. It’s also used to power Ubuntu’s website, and many, many more.

Drupalcon Boston’s “State of the Union”

March 4th, 2008 Benjamin Horst

Today is day two of Drupalcon Boston, at the new Boston Convention and Expo Center in South Boston. Sessions are just getting started today, but yesterday had a really great keynote by Dries Buytaert about the Drupal “State of the Union.”

Drupal 7 will be developed over the course of 2008, and will focus on making Drupal fit into the semantic web in a very natural way. In fact, Drupal’s embrace of semantic web principles could really help to accelerate the emergence of the semantic web itself, especially as “taking Drupal mainstream” is another goal of the Drupal 7 release.

According to Dries’ interpretation of Tim Berners-Lee, the WWW is evolving into the “GGG,” the Giant Global Graph. The GGG is like the social graph Google, Facebook and others are working on, but instead of connecting people to each other, it connects people and everything else (data and so much more), using semantic web concepts and tools like RDF, FOAF and others.