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Drupal SplashAwards 2014

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On december 12 the Dutch Drupal Foundation will organise the first edition of the "SplashAwards". This award is to put outstanding projects in the spotlight, the best Drupal projects and community contributions from Belgium and The Netherlands.

Both Drupal agencies and individuals who have achieved extraordinary results get special recognition from inside and outside the Drupal community. The international jury selects winners out of hundreds of contestants in several categories including best government project and best Drupal theme.

The jury includes well known people in the broader PHP and Drupal community from all around the world: Joost de Valk (SEO WP fame) , Moshe Weitzman (contributor since 2001), Jeffrey "jam" McGuire (evangelist with a mo), Holly Ross (Executive Director DA) , Morten Birch Heide-Jorgensen (enfant terrible and good friend :-)), Stefan Koopmanschap (PHP / Symfony guru from the Netherlands) , Guido Jansen (magento fame) and Robert Douglass (SOLR fame and most of all around friendly chap) will select the ten winners who will walk home along the canals with a great award and a smiling face.

There are 10 awards to be given, from architecture and commerce to best governmental site and theme. The award self will be held for some 100 people, in an old cinema in the centre of Amsterdam. We are really looking forward to this event. And in fact, it will be the last event of the year for the Dutch and a great year it has been.

From a record breaking DrupalJam, via the social events around DrupalCon to 100's of students getting a free training on the Drupal Training Day and now the bowtie SplashAwards, showing of the Dutch Drupal community never was better.

Never trust data, no matter what the source is

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Drupal is becoming increasingly a backend CMS. For editers so they can easy manage their content while for example AngularJSis delivering the content. Or as a backend hup combining content from multiple sources, databases and systems.

Drupal evolved towards this from a blog alike system 10 years ago, a content type with user generated comments below. Back then everybody knew that you should filter User Generated Content and stripe the HTML if you cared about the site. Many other systems up to today however do not filter UGC good enough; user signups, search input and many other ways a user can give input ot the system.

Now Drupal is talking to other systems, combining data from multiple sources, devs still need to understand that one should ***never*** trust input data, no matter if the source is another database or a user.

Because, what could possibly go wrong with just displaying this data directly or injecting it in the database? Why should you "checkplain" the TXT fields in zone of a domain? Why?

Corporate Social Responsibility and using Open Source

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It may differ per country and continent, but for most of the regions I know of, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a standard within corporations as a way of buying, selling and producing goods and services. We all know that resources are scarce and hence should be used for the best possible use and more important, reused when possible.

By reusing resources to produce new goods or services, we make optimal use of that what is there. This is no longer a “left" or “green" political statement but is being executed by all parties in the political and economical arena, simply because it is in the interest of the person doing so as well as all other persons. It makes economical sense to reuse resources, be good for persons, the community and the environment. Even if it was just for the tragedy of the commons or from a prioner’s dilemma point of view. For those interested in how doing good or bad impacts the group, this academic PDF might be a good start. If you master Dutch this TED quality keynote during a DrupalJam conference of my friend Yoast on vimeo is truly something to watch.

Garden city of to-morrow

So it is my opinion that CSR has moved beyond empty platitudes and has become truly in the genes of people and companies. Many people think that CSR started as corporate philanthropy, a way of the rich to donate to the poor. I don't think this is true, in every revolution, there have been powers to do good for the environment, the people and the community. For example during the Industrial Revolution there was a very strong new socialism trend with taking care of the housing, commnities and villages of the workers, “The garden cities of to-morrow". Not because “the Rich" want to do good perse (“philanthropy"), but because it made sense economically; less death and diseases (less risk) and a richer and happier workforce (and new business models around this growth).

Urban gardening

Most of the definitions I have seen of CSR have in common that it is an integral vision towards sustainable business with social responsibility in business decisions to balance the social and economic impact of the decision. That by itself is an excellent definition and one that will be supported by anyone who is been doing business. The implementation most see however is to have a policy on carbon footprint in a company or to only buy agricultural products that are produced in a sustainable way, without pesticides. All fine.

But it seems that there is a very easy way to have implementation of CSR: by using a product that is produced to be be reused, made with the knowledge of thousands and with target audience of the world. The product that is not wasting a single second of the future and not wasting a drop of the paste. Indeed, I am talking about using open source software (OSS)!
OSS is by definition made with CSR in mind, it is being produced by different people all over the globe to be reused for you and your knowledge will be direct input for making the product better, iterate on the development and implementation.

And hence, a company that is using open source has a sustainable competitive advantage by using valuable rare resource in the most optima form. Therefor I dare any company that is using software to produce goods, to take using open source software into account and into its’ Corporate Social Responsibility policy. For by using open source software, we can truly make a better world by using more knowledge and less resources.

A very healthy situation for any company.

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PS: if you want more information on this vison, do visit the 12 Best Practices from Wunderkraut session at the DrupalCon Amsterdam. Or visit Wunderkraut at booth number 1 in the sponsor lounge, right by the coffee! We are part of the community that uses and make open source software. With passion.

Zen and the Art of Drupal, The DrupalJam 2014.


As a member of the Stichting Drupal Nederland I have been (co) organising our DrupalCamps called "DrupalJam" for some time now. Last year we hired a soccer stadium for the the DrupalJam and this year we are at a very relaxing location at the water: InnStyle

This year we are working hard to make sure we will have an even better conference than last year. So far, we are on track on making sure we will. :-)

The first keynote speaker is Ancillia Tilia, former fetish model now known in the Netherlands a advocate on digital rights. She has been active in BIts Of Freedom, the Dutch equivalent of the EFF and the "pirateparty" in Amsterdam. The second keynote is from Jan Willem Tulp who creates astonishing data visualisations. Take for example the work descibed on on this page and burn some CPU cycles while flying in WebGL over over Amsterdam.

The featured speakers include Jeroen Tjepkema on web performance, Vincent van Scherpenseel on UX, Iacobien Riezenbosh (State of the web) and Sander Spierenbug (Ethical hacker at KPN, the largest telco in the Netherlands). Apart from these there is a full program on the site and it includes a Question and Answer session via the internet with Dries Buytaert.

Always wanted to ask a question (even if you are not coming to the DrupalJam or are from the Netherlands?), but were afraid to ask? Now is your chance. Do send in your hair raising questions to Dries! If you are stuck in Drupal, we also have a gurubar where the best minds of the Dutch Drupal community will help you out on the spot.

We would like to thank the sponsors and if you are around in the Netherlands, be sure to buy your ticket for 29 euros (30 if you become a member of the Stichting Drupal Nederland). It includes coffee, tea, water, quality lunch, 20 plus sesions, a free e-book from O'Reilly, the option to win 1 out of 5 free PHP Storm licenses, first free drink in the bar and eternal peace. If you do, be sure to pick the pick a badge.

If you can't make it, you can follow the event at eventifier or @drupaljam


Last thing, friend Metin Seven made an artwork with Druplicon that we printed on a 1 meter high canvas. Attendees can bid on this artwork (new office? must have! :-) ) during the conference.

Organising these events is always a lot of work but with a great team it is neither "a lot" nor "work". Thanks team! Peace.

Drupal Predictions for 2014

x-posted from d.o:

"4877. That is where the tradition within the Drupal community of making predictions for the year ahead with regards to our software, our community and broader, the web, started. Node 4877, written at the end of the year 2003. We have come a long way since then.

This year we would like to know what you think the year ahead will bring for Drupal and, as a bonus, we would like to know what was the best prediction you found in the past. Where did we shine when it comes to vision or humor.

See older entries from 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Read them.

And now predict for 2014 and reflect the last decade in this thread."

Oh, and happy Bday Drupal :-)


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