White House Releases Open Source Drupal Code

Today, the White House announced that they were releasing their first set of Drupal modules to the Open Source community. Here is an extract from their announcement:

As part of our ongoing effort to develop an open platform for WhiteHouse.gov, we’re releasing some of the custom code we’ve developed. This code is available for anyone to review, use, or modify. We’re excited to see how developers across the world put our work to good use in their own applications.

By releasing some of our code, we get the benefit of more people reviewing and improving it. In fact, the majority of the code for WhiteHouse.gov is already open source as part of the Drupal project.

This is a great turn of events. They released 4 modules in total:

  • Context HTTP Headers – for site scaling by telling cache servers how long to hold onto data and when to serve fresh content
  • Akamai – integrates with the Akamai CDN
  • GovDelivery – sending dynamic emails tailored to users’ preferences
  • Node Embed – make sure all images on our site have the appropriate metadata to make them readable on by screen reading software.

This is a great effort and I look forward to more from the White House team as well as other governments doing similar things.

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  • Robert Jakobson

    All in all, when thinking of the impact politics has had via the internet these Drupal modules are probably one of the best specific technologies that have been provided to the global public at large by the United States Goverment.

    One could offer as a sketch of these three points as the history of modern communication:

    1. The internet itself as a medium of information exchange from the three decades of 1960´s to the 1980´s.
    2. 1990´s to the 2000´s, the two decades of building the web of documents on top of the layer of information – the initial formating and styling of data into design.
    3. 2010 – onwards, a change from a document centered approach into a message specific layer

    The message is becoming the medium.

    Robert Jakobson
    http://www.rarevisual.com
    robertjakobson@yahoo.com

  • Jenn

    Pretty cool. Its great to see open source support.

  • http://www.lunadesign.org awasson

    Wow, that is cool on a number of levels. Who would have thought that a government (any government) would take the time to think that someone else could benefit from their web R&D, especially at this particular time when there are so many distractions and urgencies.

    I think the Node Embed module looks promising. I was just thinking that I needed something like it to add to one of my projects and there it is. Too bad it depends on FCKEditor… I’ve used it but I’m a die-hard tinytinyMCE guy.

    The other modules look cool too, specifically Context HTTP Headers… Anything that improves performance is a bonus.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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