by kvantomme / 11 March, 2015

If we want to prevent a global climate disaster we have to act now! That is what Robin Chase, the cofounder and the first CEO of Zipcar, told us last year at NYCcamp. But she didn’t just give a speech about our impending doom, after pressing the urgency she went on to give a really inspiring talk about the power that we, the Drupal community have to do something about it: we have the tools and the people. Collectively we have proven over and over again that we care about more than just our own profit and Drupal is technologically also a great framework to make the tools that can catalyse global change.

Before I had never believed I could make a significant impact, but now I kept thinking about what I could do to make a difference. A few months after NYCCamp I met Joachim Jacob... Read more

by diana / 25 August, 2014

We have documented Drupal 7 core with an exhaustive set of Walkthroughs as a community effort. Documenting Drupal 8 core is ongoing, send an email to Kata, our community manager if you’d like to join the project.

The client: the Drupal community

Drupal is a free and open-source content management framework written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. It is used as a back-end framework for at least 2.1% of all Web sites worldwide, ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites including WhiteHouse.gov and data.gov.uk. It is also used for knowledge management and business collaboration. The Drupal community with more than 1 million members is the driving force behind the project.

The challenge: how to collaborate on... Read more
by kvantomme / 11 August, 2014

In open source, something magical happens when like-minded people meet. You find out somebody else is dealing with a similar problem, you combine ideas and before you know it an ad hoc working group has formed to fix the problem. It's a public secret that at Drupalcon the good stuff happens in the BOF sessions.

As the Drupal community has grown we've seen new community events spring up that catered to whole groups of people that before weren't able to meet and talk:

The Drupal Developer Days: a hack fest that has become more and more defined as one of the best opportunities to be part of an epic code sprint. The Drupal CXO days: a 2-day in depth peer-to-peer networking and knowledge exchange event where the owners and managers of Drupal consultancies share their experiences... Read more
by kvantomme / 24 June, 2014

In the Drupal community we excel at sharing code, but we are terrible at sharing documentation. I’ve been trying to rally the Drupal community around a standard for reusable documentation for a few years now. But to get people to collaborate we needed to invent a new tool that makes it easy to create, reuse and share documentation between sites and the Drupal project at large. We have built that tool, it’s called WalkHub.

WalkHub lets you host a new type of tutorials designed specifically for the Internet. It allows you to create Walkthroughs for web applications that record interactions and NOT the visuals of a process. So when your site changes they adapt: got a new picture on your frontpage? Your form has an extra field? The design of your site changed? No problem,... Read more

by mmaczel / 23 January, 2013

Szeged’s startup community has just started to blossom: new tech companies are popping up, and initiatives like SzegedBoost, SzegedTech or the startup event series are organized in the city's new cultural and technological center, the Informatorium. Mid-December 2012, I attended the 1st Startup Event, where I witnessed a handful of fresh ideas turn into reality, and startup kids become real entrepreneurs. 

The attendees all agreed that starting a tech company to make money from one's ideas is one of the riskiest steps, even if it's fueled by enthusiasm. Surprisingly, they seemed to be very much aware that they first have to survive the Death Valley before a steady stream of revenues is established. No wonder that they could only name 3 Hungarian startups (Prezi, LogMeIn, UStream... Read more

by kvantomme / 14 April, 2011

Last week I attended Content Management Strategies/DITA N-America, afaik the leading conference in the DITA community. The conference with 300 participants reminded me a lot of my first Drupalcon in Brussels, there are some obvious differences (e.g. most attendees are not programmers but technical writers, the food was as good as the food we got on the Drupal Gov Days) but if you look closer you'll see that the DITA community has a sharing culture much like our own. On Tuesday I attended an informal meetup where we could ask questions to the members of the DITA Oasis committee in which it was brought up that we need to get more people involved in the development of the DITA Open Toolkit. I suggested to organize a code sprint and it seems that already now some of the practices in our... Read more

by mmaczel / 25 January, 2011
The Drupal Developer Days Brussels 2011 (DDDB), held on 4-6 February 2011, aims to foster the Drupal software and its community, and provides a forum where developers can share knowledge and the cross-pollination of their ideas can initiate new innovative projects. The Drupal Developer Days is a community initiative, which in its current incarnation can be traced back to the ‘national representatives' meeting at Drupalcon CPH. In fact, critical organizational gusto had already been gathering in the Belgian Community, and in Copenhagen Roel De Meester and Kristof Van Tomme suggested that this energy could be directed into a European event: so the Drupal Developer Days was proposed to be held in Brussels (at Vrije Universiteit Brussel/VUB) in parallel with FOSDEM. The idea was realized by... Read more
by kvantomme / 14 November, 2010

In this video I explain how an organization can use a 3-step architecture to involve all the stakeholders of the production process in the development of DITA documentation. The architecture adds a community portal both upstream and downstream of the documentation team. The upstream and downstream portals can plug into the existing tools and processes of the documentation team through the use of DITA documentation topics and maps. As a result more people are involved in the process without having to buy additional licenses of (expensive) specialized XML editors and/or CMS's.