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.

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[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.

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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.')

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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.

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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.

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A New Website, Part Three - Installing Drupal

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I have downloaded the Drupal archive from the Drupal website to my home computer. Then, using gftp, I have uploaded the drupal archive from my home computer to the www/drupal directory. I then (using the Linux change director command, 'cd') move to the www/drupal directory. So I now have a file structure that looks like this: /www/drupal/drupal-5.0-beta1/files. Like this: mv drupal-x.x.x/* drupal-x.x.x/.htaccess The 'drupal-x.x.x'

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A New Website, Part Two - Choosing Drupal

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This means that I'm looking at a content management system (CMS) of some sort, and as the title suggests, I selected Drupal. To be precise, the beta version of Drupal 5.0, Why Drupal? Really, when it came down to it, the only CMS I was going to choose was Drupal. It has a large development community, and Drupal in particular has a large development community. The Drupal modules. So I chose Drupal. Why Drupal 5.0, Also, Drupal 5.0

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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.

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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

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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.

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Harold Jarche » Community Platforms

Harold Jarche

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Internet Time Blog » EtherPad

Jay Cross

Harold Jarche » Deki Wiki

Harold Jarche

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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.

On Linux Journal

Doc Searls

While I have no hope that Linux Journal can be rescued as a subscriber-based digital magazine, I do have hope that the LinuxJournal.com domain, its (Drupal-based) website and its archives will survive.

[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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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. In the past, I've had a few posts around how you can test your courses under an LMS: SCORM Test Test SCORM Courses with an LMS One of the problems cited was the lack of available LMS test environments.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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[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.

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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? -

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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.

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Is There a Better Way to Social Learning?

Xyleme

In my own practice, I’ve done more Drupal installations (in visionaries quadrant) for learning projects than I have with any pure elearning platforms. Drupal is called “community plumbing&# for a reason. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.

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.

Drupal 100

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.

Drupal 200

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!)

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Jay Cross - Untitled Article

Jay Cross

The Ultimate Business Time-Saver. Gene Marks , 04.02.09, 02:45 PM EDT. It’s called collaboration software, and you should be using it. If this article had appeared in Forbes just one day earlier, I would have thought it was a crafty April Fool’s joke.

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.

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Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

For large enterprise projects I have used Drupal as a community management platform and it works well, though it requires solid technical support. Supporting communities like Elgg and Drupal means that we can have more control over our use of web technologies. This weekend I noticed a tweet from Alec Couros about some issues with the Ning social networking platform.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Primary needs for political tools

Doc Searls

In addition to the Drupal sites of the last two links, there is a Facebook app as well. For years I’ve been watching my old pal Britt Blaser work to improve the means by which citizens manage their elected politicians, and otherwise improve governance in our democracy.

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Beta, data and more

Harold Jarche

romiranck “A hosted version of Drupal, Drupalgardens , is in beta now. Here’s what I learned on Twitter this past week: @literacyadviser “The only truly effective web filter is an educated mind.&# via @ jonhusband. dweinberger “The only way I know to solve big problems anymore is to do it in public.&#. — “ Training for future use of a skill is pretty much pointless. &# by @JaneBozarth.

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Friday’s Finds #15

Harold Jarche

Web: Open Atrium is an OS (Drupal+) team portal starter package Open Atrium via @jaycross. 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. They [HR] talk about ´talent´ as if it is a thing that actually exists, apart from effort, motivation and experience.&# @MireilleJansma.

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The Learning Layer – Review

Harold Jarche

Even without a full product comparison, I would say that several other platforms, including open source Elgg or Drupal can do much of this.

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