[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. 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. Drupal is not going to do that.

Drupal Documentation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The problem is (a) that the Drupal website is very badly organized, and (b) searches for Drupal help are generally futile, and (c) help that is located is often obsolete or wrong In other words, the solution is out of our hands. We do not control, and cannot change, the Drupal website. They are not helped at all by the Drupal website. Links that confuse (such as 'There are many other places to configure Drupal.')

Trending Sources

Whitehouse goes Drupal

David Weinberger

From Personal Democracy Forum : WhiteHouse.gov has gone Drupal. After months of planning, says an Obama Administration source, the White House has ditched the proprietary content management system that had been in place since the days of the Bush Administration in favor of the latest version of the open-source Drupal software , as the AP alluded to in its reporting several minutes ago.

Frustrated With Drupal

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

OK, I admit it, I am very frustrated with Drupal right now. I have spent days trying to do something that should be very simple - to set up Drupal with a system that allows me to send out my email newsletters. In the interin, I tried a bunch of things with Drupal. I got to explore, for example, the Drupal Actions and Workflow modules. Drupal really really has to fix this. More burrowing through the Drupal site.

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Drupal & Hosted Drupal Newspapers Running on Drupal This is a demo site showcasing newspapers running on Drupal, a popular open source content management system. These are sites set up using Drupal and then expanded with various modules.

A New Website, Part Eight - Drupal Reloaded

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

First thing, I went to Google looking for information on how to install new modules in Drupal 5.0. There can be (but doesn't have to be) a directory with that same name, 'drupal/modules/foo'. Drupal, when it lists the modules that can be installed, checks the 'modules' directory and any subdirectories for a file called '.module'. But more to the point: it was very possible that Drupal couldn't find the list of modules because the current version of PHP didn't support it.

A New Website, Part Six - Drupal Modules

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Ever since I installed Drupal, it has been showing me a list of things I need to to to get set up on the front page of my website. In earlier versions of Drupal, this was defined as a content block, which I could just delete. These programs interact with the main Drupal program and add blocks, content types, and any number of things. A number of optional modules come installed with the original Drupal download. Drupal has a crontab which should be run every hour.

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

A New Website, Part Four - Drupal Multisite Configuration

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In Part Two , I discuss the reasons I chose Drupal and begin the preparations for installing Drupal 5.0 As I mentioned, I will be running several sites off the same installation of Drupal. In Drupal, you'll hardly ever see the end of a PHP statement, because the page is made up entirely of PHP coding. Then I see my first line of PHP code: $db_url = 'mysql://xxxx:yyyy@localhost/drupal'; I have replaced the actual values. And 'drupal' is the name of the database.

Thanks for the code

Harold Jarche

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

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. This last week we launched our open course on Data, Analytics, and Learning on edX.

Drupal 114

[berkman] Dries Buytaert

David Weinberger

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.

Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

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! CMS - The E-Learning Curve , November 3, 2009 Open Source E-Learning Development 9: Drupal CMS - The E-Learning Curve , November 2, 2009 The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Vendor-neutral

Harold Jarche

In 2005, social learning online was a fringe activity that we had to test using open source platforms like Drupal. Tweet Yes, I have called software vendors snake oil sellers.

Harold Jarche » Community Platforms

Harold Jarche

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. On 21 April 2003, jarche.com went online.

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. Markets are conversations , they say. So yesterday I had one with mroth , head of product for Bitly , the company whose service changes the other day caused a roar of negative buzz , including some from me , here.

Internet Time Blog » EtherPad

Jay Cross

Harold Jarche » Deki Wiki

Harold Jarche

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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Passwords on gRSShopper

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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. 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. Let me beat him to the punch: gRSShopper is awful.

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

David Weinberger

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.” ” NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness.

EtherPad

Jay Cross

My programming skills are so lame, I just locked myself out of my personal Drupal environment and can’t find the back door to get in. Hence, I’m turning my attention to something simpler: EtherPad. Give it a shot

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).

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. 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.

Blogs: Social Media’s Home Base

Harold Jarche

The look has changed over the years, as has the underlying system (from Drupal to WordPress). I’ve called my blog my persistent presence on the Web. It’s the one place that hasn’t changed over the years; it’s just got a bit bigger.

2012 in Words and Pictures

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As a secondary project (since the primary Drupal site is so unsatisfying) I'm setting up gRSShopper as a news media aggregation service, which I'll roll out in 2013.

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

Elgg, Drupal, and Moodle -- the components of an online learning environment | FunnyMonkey - Tools for Teachers 59. My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. just reached 100. Thought I'd share. No particular order to these. Creating Passionate Users: Crash course in learning theory 2. Keeping Up with the Pace of Change Informal learning will help employees survive in the future workplace 3. Understanding E-Learning 2.0

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.

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.

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.

Tool Set 2009

Tony Karrer

In fact, the top results such as Drupal and Blackboard are likely there because people are discussing how they don't really support PLEs. I thought I'd kick off this year by posting a series of posts on topics related to tools and methods for work and learning. I'm hoping to address questions such as: How do you create a personal tool set or Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for yourself? What should be in your tool set?

March Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

Nancy White

Best of Mobile Learning March 1-31, 2010 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Our iPhone for Moodle web application aks for your feedback - Ignatia Webs , March 19, 2010 The Back-Channel Effect: Are Educators Ready for Real-Time Feedback? -

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.

A New Website, Part Nine - Mailing List Follies

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The first and third are standard Drupal tables, and the second was created when I created the content type. My next step, therefore, is to look at each of these three tables and create a crosswalk -- that is, a mapping from my table to the Drupal table. Then I created a script that would access this new table and copy it into the Drupal table. OK, maybe Drupal supports mailing lists. This then is probably another one of those abandoned Drupal modules.

Learning Together

Harold Jarche

My work with Drupal , as an early adopter, introduced me to Bill who is now providing our platform of choice for TogetherLearn. The Drupal community is large and dynamic and as an open source advocate , I could not be happier than to support its development.

Moodle Course Conversion

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Unlike Drupal or ELGG, Moodle enables you to set up courses and learning environments without any programming skills… as long as you have a step-by-step guidebook like this one. Moodle is an open source course management system with a wide following.

Still lacking in DIY ease of use

Doc Searls

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. I would like to add some things that may bring us into overlapping or new territory.

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!)

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. Last week I shared a podcast with Howard Rheingold on the Social Media Classroom as part of CPSquare’s “ Connected Futures ” workshop.