Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) will be using Drupal

Yesterday I attended an "Open Cofee" at the premises of De Tweede kamer, the Dutch house of Representatives. There the news was brought that de (as well as their intranet and some subsites) will be migrating towards Drupal.

This is a major turning point for Open Source and Drupal in the Low Lands, think of the impact of moving towards Drupal and now project this on a very small scale in a very small country. Okay, but for us in the Netherlands it is still a marker.

I have been presenting in de Tweede Kamer some month ago as a member of the Dutch Drupal community about the pro's (and con's) of using Drupal. Their selection proces was from "All CMS-es" towards Drupal via a long funnel. The first long list contained Drupal, Hippo (originally Dutch Java based CMS), Typo3 (Popular amongst Dutch manucipalities) and Plone. And while none of the criteria for de Tweede kamer contained a preference towards open source, all CMS-es on the long list are open source. By itself that is telling, if you select a new CMS in 2011, you have to have a good story to select a proprietary CMS.

Drupal and Hippo were the shortlist and after an intense process, de Tweede Kamer selected Drupal. As a long term member of the Drupal community (hee, my 10th D-Day coming up :-)) one can imagine how happy I am with this decision; a Big Win for open source in general and specific Drupal!

Now all we have to do is change the Hofvijfer (the water around parts of the Tweede kamer) towards a Druplicon.

NB: here a small video that was part of the presentation I gave for the Tweede Kamer

(RSS readers, visit youtube)

Heatmap of my foursquare checkins around Santpoort


This is a heatmap of part of my FourSquare checkins around Santpoort-Noord. I really like this kind of data visualisation. Make your own at

Linkedin data of Bert Boerland on portrait of ... Bert

My linkedin profile mapped in a wordcloud on my portrait, see flickr posting. The orignal can be seen on flickr as well.

Druplicon rules Rotterdam (and the Rest of the World :-)

As an update to a recent post on this site about a huge Druplicon animation and in regard to this issue:

It has happened! A nearly 100 meters high Druplicon watched over Rotterdam to celebrate the launch of D7. The video is out on youtube

See the site! If you have pictures or footage of the Druplicon on the KPN building, be sure to tag them with "D7RA" (Drupal 7 Release Animation).

Thanks SqyD, thanks KPN and thanks VDMi for making the video.

Now lets party!

Leuk verjaardags kado, typo domain, van DOP collega Sebastiaan Meijer

Jarig zijn anno 2010 (vandaag, dank :-)). Dat betekent 100+ tweets, 30 mail, 20 facebooks, 5 telefoontjes (mama, zussen, schoonouders) en .... en echt typo domain!

Jawel, via twitter om 00:00h van Sebastiaan een echt heus stoer typo domain; En natuurlijk het juiste domain naar het typo domain, :-). Inclusief zeer 2010 spel ... :-) (met uitslag naar twitter). Dank!

Hadden jullie niet moeten doen... Nee .. Echt! :-)

BTW: paar dagen hiervoor logde ik in op IRC met een nieuwe client en was mijn nick inderdaad echt bertboerladn

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