[berkman] Dries Buytaert: Drupal and sustaining collaborative efforts

David Weinberger

Dries Buytaert [twitter: Dries ] , the founder of Drupal and co-founder of Acquia , is giving a Berkman lunch talk about building and sustaining online collaborations. NOTE: Live-blogging. Drupal is an open source content manager, Dries says. In the past twelve years, Drupal has “grown significantly”: 71 of the top 100 universities use it, 120 nations use it, the White House uses it, 2 of of the 3 top music companies use it, the King of Belgium uses it.

Writing with Bitly

Doc Searls

Much as I like and appreciate what WordPress and Drupal do, I’m not fond of either as writing systems, mostly because “content management” isn’t writing, and those are content management systems first, and writing systems second. Art Blogging Business Cluetrain Future JournalismMarkets are conversations , they say.

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Drupal for Education and E-Learning

Harold Jarche

Bill Fitzgerald has written a comprehensive technical guide for the Drupal open source content management system with a focus on its use in formal education. Drupal for Education and E-Learning , by Packt Publishing , walks you through the setup of a Drupal installation, step by step.

Blogs: Social Media’s Home Base

Harold Jarche

I’ve called my blog my persistent presence on the Web. As more social media applications come and go and we see value in some of them and maybe even use them more than our blogs, it becomes even more important to have a spot that doesn’t change too much.

A New Website, Part Two - Choosing Drupal

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But I run a large and complex site, one which would be impossible to maintain merely by creating and uploading HTML files (even simple blogging websites are too complicated to maintain this way - sure, you could learn how to do it pretty easily, but then you'd be doing a lot of extra work every time you created a new post). This means that I'm looking at a content management system (CMS) of some sort, and as the title suggests, I selected Drupal. Why Drupal? Why Drupal 5.0,

Thanks for the code

Harold Jarche

One of my earlier blog posts is still online, which I stumbled upon this week, much to my surprise. It was easier than trying to manage a blog by myself. My self-hosted blog started in 2004 using the Drupal CMS and I later switched to WordPress , which made it much easier to manage.

A New Website, Part Five - Basic Drupal Configuration

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If you were installing Drupal for just one site, you would have come to this point very quickly - in previous installations it has taken less than half an hour to download and install the Drupal software in my website directory, create the Drupal database, and run the installation routine. It took me a lot longer because my installation is quite a bit more complex - I am installing Drupal to manage several websites at once. The new Drupal 5.0 Drupal 5.0

What I’ve learned in my first week of a dual-layer MOOC (DALMOOC)

George Siemens

I’ve used a range of platforms, including Moodle, D2L, Canvas, Drupal, Downes’ gRSShopper, and others. In the process, I’ve used roughly any tool I can get my hands on, including Second Life, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Netvibes, blogs, Wikispaces, Diigo, and so on.

Drupal 114

ten years

Harold Jarche

It started as a single web page, later upgraded to a Drupal powered site and then changed over to its current WordPress configuration. When I started, the mainstream media were making fun of blogs. This blog has helped me connect with people all over the world.

Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

Upside Learning Blog , April 29, 2010 The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? eLearning Weekly , March 20, 2009 100+ More Wiki Tools and Resources , January 7, 2009 Joomla and Drupal – Open Source CMS Other Open Source LMS Solutions - eLearning 24-7 , April 14, 2010 Open Source E-Learning Development 10: Joomla! Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

[berkman] Dries Buytaert

David Weinberger

NOTE: Live-blogging. He begins by recounting his early days as the inventor of Drupal , in 2001. It currently has 750 people working on products and services for Drupal. Drupal is used by about 3% of the billion web sites in the world. When Drupal started, he felt he “could wrap his arms” around everything going on on the Web. Drupal was (and is) Open Source, a concept that most people didn’t understand.

January Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

Nancy White

Best of Mobile Learning January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2011 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

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[annotation][2b2k] Paolo Ciccarese on the Domeo annotation platform

David Weinberger

” NOTE: Live-blogging. including into the Neuroscience Information Framework and Drupal. Paolo Ciccarese begins by reminding us just how vast the scientific literature is. We can’t possibly read everything we should. But “science is social” so we rely on each other, and build on each other’s work. “Everything we do now is connected.” Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness.

Passwords on gRSShopper

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Last night with all the indignation of the morally righteous someone wrote to me and demanded that I do exactly what they say or they would blog about how awful gRSShopper was to the world. It turns out that this was not enough, and he demanded (yes, demanded , complete with bold-face commands littered thoughout his emails) a better password encryption system, one like the ones used by Drupal and Wordpress.

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. Is the Future of Education (Techlearning blog) 11. The Bamboo Project Blog: My Personal Learning Environment An example of a PLE 26. Learning and Networking with a Blog (Deleted Scenes) : eLearning Technology 46. Elgg, Drupal, and Moodle -- the components of an online learning environment | FunnyMonkey - Tools for Teachers 59. The Art of Building Virtual Communities (Techlearning blog) 63.

Tom Vander Wall Nails My Sharepoint Experience | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Recently Tom Vander Wall has posted a really thoughtful blog post that says what I have experienced. What I thought would be easy (from a Drupal perspective) was complicated or just not supported with MOSS. Drupal’s taxonomy module does.

Keep the Web unbroken, with Amber

David Weinberger

It’s a plugin for WordPress or Drupal that automatically takes a snapshot of whatever you’re linking to. The post Keep the Web unbroken, with Amber appeared first on Joho the Blog When sites go down, they don’t take the links to them with them. So, your posts now point to 404s. That’s not just an inconvenience. It’s Web entropy and over time it will render the Web less and less useful and even less intelligible. Amber fights Web entropy.

Selecting OS learning technology platforms

Harold Jarche

Dave discusses three platforms, all of which I have used - WordPress , Moodle , Drupal. Do you want to do a wordpress project, a moodle project or a drupal project. I used to use Drupal for this website but switched to WordPress a few years ago. Drupal is much too powerful to be running a simple blog like mine. Dave Cormier has written a great article on selecting a content management system (CMS).

Tool Set 2009

Tony Karrer

The information in this series has been something I've been presenting, writing, blogging about and more recently doing workshops around. Sue's description of a personal learning network is: Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are all about using web tools such as blogs, wiki, twitter, facebook to create connects with others which extend our learning, increases our reflection while enabling us to learn together as part of a global community.

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Learning Together

Harold Jarche

At that time, I was reading Jay’s blog and making comments. Jay and I finally met in Moncton about the same time that I ventured out on my own as free agent (and started my own blog) and since then we’ve collaborated on several projects.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Company Command itself began as one of thousands of Drupal applications. The core purpose of Drupal is to facilitate the creation and management of communities online (Drupal, 2009), including communities of practice of the sort that typify such cases as Company Command. Software to create social networks is the logical successor to content management systems such as Drupal, and in the field of learning, the most prominent such system is Elgg. About Drupal.

Still lacking in DIY ease of use

Doc Searls

First, I don’t think today’s tools, including blogging ones, are good enough. It partially fills a gap left open by Wordpress and Drupal. I want to give some linklove to Mike Warot , and point to his latest post, Indeterminant Intermediaries Imminent. Mike has been a stalwart contributor to the VRM conversation, and a thoughtful dude. A teaser quote: The future of the live web is in doubt, for good reasons.

A New Website, Part Eleven - Content Construction

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It is worth noting that the node counter in Drupal does not increment authomatically, which means that after a bunch of records are inserted you have to change the counter manually. First I had to find it - once again, Drupal's awful search made what should have been a one-minute job a ten minute exercise in frustration. I don't understand the thinking behind the module pages in Drupal. In Drupal, you can extend the user profile by adding any number of fields.

March Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

Nancy White

For Students Without Internet at Home - Cell Phones in Learning , March 16, 2010 A brief update on Augmented Reality - mLearning Blog , March 11, 2010 Other Sources The following are the top items based on social signals.

Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They've hooked it all together with a Drupal content management system, with Moodle, with Kaltura. This is where you store that stuff, where you store stuff that you create, your blog posts maybe, your finances perhaps.

A New Website, Part Seven - Converting The Data

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

My website is a pretty complex website and it doesn't really map easily to what Drupal (or any other CMS) does. Basically, the first thing to do is to get the content off the NRC servers and into Drupal. Then I'll configure Drupal to roughly emulate my existing functionality. Tricky, but not impossible, for as we have seen Drupal also has an RSS aggregator. As much as possible, I would like to map my content types into existing Drupal tables.

Sam Rose on the Social Media Classroom

Nancy White

This week we have a podcast with Sam Rose, one of the key developers of the Drupal based Social Media Classroom. How SMC thinks about forums as discussion starting places, blogs as individual reflection/note taking spaces and wikis as a place for crafting joint learning.

Test LMS

Clark Quinn

The eLearning software I saw was: ATutor Claroline Docebo suite Dokeos DrupalEd Interact Moodle SyndeoCMS It also has a bunch of content management systems, a CRM (SugarCRM) and others. Wikis: BoltWire DokuWiki MediaWiki PmWiki WikkaWiki Blogs: Dotclear Eggblog FlatPress Globber LifeType Loudblog Nucleus CMS Serendipity SimplePHPBlog Textpattern WikyBlog WordPress Zomplog I hope someone will play around a bit and let me know how this works out for them

Howard Rheingold on the Social Media Classroom

Nancy White

SMC is created on a Drupal base but customized to reflect what Howard thought would be useful for educators. As part of CPSquare’s “ Connected Futures &# workshop exploring the use of web technologies in the service of communities of practice, we (John Smith and I!)

Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

It is also simple to export from WordPress.com SaaS to your own open source hosted version, which is why I strongly advise clients to use WordPress for blogging. For large enterprise projects I have used Drupal as a community management platform and it works well, though it requires solid technical support. The Elgg community blog has more information. Supporting communities like Elgg and Drupal means that we can have more control over our use of web technologies.

Friday’s Finds #15

Harold Jarche

Web: Open Atrium is an OS (Drupal+) team portal starter package Open Atrium via @jaycross. Wikipedia’s greatest gift to humanity: proof that there are more pedants than vandals” – via @sebpaquet and found in @lemire’s blog comments. Once again, from the Twitter files this past week: Work: “And what I found out is that talent is much overrated. It is motivation and help that makes the difference.

Is There a Better Way to Social Learning?


While there are countless articles about the future of the LMS, it was arguably George’s blog post titled Future of learning: LMS or SNS ? Coaches, mentors, online buddies need to coexist within the wiki’s, blogs, discussion forums, webcam meetings, online presence, etc.

A Window Into The Org

Dan Pontefract

Organizations, these days, have multiple knowledge management systems, one or more learning management systems, an ERP to contend with, perfomance review system, along with the introduction of wiki, blog, podcast, vodcast, intranet, extranet, library, competency and sales performance tools. Think about Microsoft Sharepoint (particularly the 2010 release), Jive , Drupal , Blogtronix , Telligent , amongst many others as that window. Through the introduction of Web 2.0

Using a CMS to Make Your Website Social

Beth Kanter

But a good CMS can also facilitate constituent relationships in a number of other ways, including facilitating comments, blogs and social media. Note from Beth: Your web site is your home base is the heart and soul of your content strategy.

Howard Rheingold on the Social Media Classroom | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

SMC is created on a Drupal base but customized to reflect what Howard thought would be useful for educators.

So many thoughts, so little time

Jay Cross

Blog , January 26, 2009. Blog – How to Save Media - Technology Review Feed – Tech Review Top Stories , May 3, 2009. Blogs in Education - Half an Hour , April 13, 2009. Five Things I Do With Every Ubuntu Installation - Lockergnome Blog Network , June 10, 2009. Tales of data pirates: Opting out of Verizon’s open-ended sharing - Joho the Blog , March 7, 2009. aka, No, Kevin, this is not “socialism&# ) - Lessig Blog , May 28, 2009.

The social media I use

Nancy White

Chrome - because I can… Blogging. I hosted my own blog and had mountains of FTP problems, and from the forums, I was not alone. where I subscribe to and read blogs. Feedburner - to help manage the feeds FROM my blog.

The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The World Wide Web today contains millions, and maybe billions, of (what used to be called) presentations, ranging from blog posts to wiki entries to videos posted on YouTube to Flickr photographs to SlideShare slide shows. This system was followed in just a few years by blogging. Messages were sorted chronologically by author, instead of by subject, and each person managed his or her own blog.

Introduction to Social Networking

Harold Jarche

It also offers great functionality, including allowing members to write blogs and engage in forum discussions. For instance, this website is on WordPress , an open source blogging platform. With almost 2,000 posts on this blog, these data are becoming quite important to me as my knowledge base. The decision to use an OS system as well as an OS database gives me a certain amount of flexibility, evidenced by my switch from Drupal to WordPress this year.

What Not To Build

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There is a wide range of choices for people out there, everything from Drupal to Blackboard to SiteScape. And the blog-based social networking sites, like MyBlogLog, have already been commoditized. I get to play a government scientist on the internet.