Drupal – Powering UK Government Websites With Open Source
From Student House to the White House
In 2009 when the White House was looking for a more flexible system to power their website, a wide range of applications were evaluated and the decision was made to use Drupal, a popular Open Source licensed content management system (CMS).
The system that was picked to power the website of the U.S. President started life a decade earlier in a student’s residence in Antwerp University, as a bulletin board for students to post personal news and discuss where to meet for diner and drinks.
It’s creator, Dries Buytaert, continued developing it further to experiment with newly emerging Internet technologies, and when he released it under an Open Source license, other developers from around the world joined in with their own experiments. Drupal quickly developed into a cutting edge application that was powering major websites.
10 Years Of Growth
The success of Drupal can be attributed largely to it’s very modular framework, which enables new features to be added cleanly and easily by installing discreet modules, and there is an impressive library of over 10,000 modules now available.
The modularity of the system has also led to the growth of a huge community of individuals and organisations contributing to Drupal and providing a range of support services. The drupal.org website currently has 800,000 registered users and almost 5,000 people attend yearly Drupal annual conferences.
Drupal For Government
In the UK Drupal is popular with local councils, and national government is increasingly adopting it also as part of it’s commitment to use open source software “where it delivers best value for money”, most notably on high profile projects such as data.gov.uk, Cabinet Office, and Royal Mail.
The London Drupal Community is therefore organizing –
Drupal For Government
Drupal For Government is an event showcasing the Drupal work of several government departments with an evening of presentations and discussion organised by the London Drupal Community in association with Capgemini.
Entrance is free, please register here to attend.
Monday, April 16, 2012 at 6:00 PM
Capgemini, 40 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1N 2PB