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OpenPublic - European Release


The OpenPublic project builds upon the experiences of government web sites such as the White House and the New York State Senate which have successfully used Drupal to build open gov oriented sites.


OpenPublic is a distribution serving the needs of government platforms in any country, at every level. A community-wide endeavor, OpenPublic continues to grow with pluggable features being contributed from around the world. The OpenPublic project builds upon the experiences of government web sites in the United States, such as the White House and the House of Representatives, which successfully used Drupal as an enterprise platform. Previous Drupal projects demonstrated that a “government 2.0” platform is possible, but building the sites required a high level of commitment and expertise. OpenPublic is the first major initiative in the Drupal community toward an extensible, powerful platform to meet the varying needs to properly power government sites. This is done while maintaining the rigorous standards and security measures necessary and serving citizens with open and accessible information. As the first open source CMS distribution for government, OpenPublic enables government and constituents to collaborate within a software ecosystem in which systems and code are collectively built and shared. This opens new opportunities to build, share, report on, and make use of government information online.


Intended audience:

This session will be of great interest to evaluators, developers, implementers and adopters of Drupal in a public sector environment. This session will also serve as a great introduction to both the world of Drupal distributions and the emerging role of Drupal in government.

Questions answered by this session

  • Question 1: What do government sites need from Drupal or a CMS?
  • Question 2: How does a distribution like OpenPublic work and how is it put together?
  • Question 3: What does OpenPublic do out of the box? How can it be customized or extended to specific needs?
  • Question 4: What use cases can OpenPublic solve for an organization?
  • Question 5: How can I extend or contribute to OpenPublic?
Session Details
Thursday 07.04.2011
45-50 minutes
Jeff Walpole (Phase2 Technology)
Ivo Radulovski (trio-interactive)
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