Jun 29 2015
Jun 29

drupalgovcon logoWe’re excited for Drupal GovCon hosted in the DC area July 22nd through the 24th! We can’t wait to spend time with the Drupal4Gov community and meet fellow Drupalers from all over! Forum One will be presenting sessions in all four tracks: Site Building, Business and Strategy, Code & DevOps, and Front-end, User Experience and Design! Check out our sessions to learn more about Drupal 8 and other topics!

Here our are sessions at a glance…

Nervous about providing support for a new Drupal site? A comprehensive audit will prepare you to take on Drupal sites that weren’t built by you. Join this session and learn from Forum One’s John Brandenburg as he reviews the audit checklist the our team uses before we take over support work for any Drupal site.

Drupal 8’s getting close to launching – do you feel like you need a crash course in what this means? Join Forum One’s Chaz Chumley as he demystifies Drupal 8 for you and teaches you all that you need to know about the world of developers.

If you’re wondering how to prepare your organization for upgrading your sites to Drupal 8, join WETA’s Jess Snyder, along with Forum One’s Andrew Cohen and Chaz Chumley as they answer questions about the available talent, budgets, goals, and more in regards to Drupal 8.

The building blocks of Drupal have changed and now’s the unique time to rethink how to build themes in Drupal 8. Join Chaz Chumley as he dissects a theme and exposes the best practices that we should all be adopting for Drupal 8.

Drupal 8’s first class REST interface opens up a world of opportunities to build interactive applications. Come learn how to connect a Node application to Drupal to create dynamic updates from Forum One’s William Hurley as he demonstrates the capabilities of both JavaScript and Node.js using Drupal, AngularJS, and Sails.js!

Are you excited to launch your new website, but getting held down by all the steps it takes for your code to make it online? On top of that, each change requires the same long process all over again… what a nail biting experience! Join William Hurley as he demonstrates the power of Jenkins and Capistrano for managing continuous integration and deployment using your git repository.

If you’re a beginner who has found the Views module confusing, come check out this session and learn important features of this popular module from Leanne Duca and Forum One’s Onaje Johnston. They’ll also highlight some additional modules that extend the power of Views.

Have you ever felt that Panels, Panelizer and Panopoly were a bit overwhelming? Well, come to our session from Forum One’s Keenan Holloway. He will go over the best features of each one and how they are invaluable tools. Keenan will also give out a handy cheat sheet to remember it all, so make sure to stop by!

Data visualization is the go to right now! Maps, charts, interactive presentations – what tools do you use to build your visual data story? We feel that D3.js is the best tool, so come listen to Keenan Holloway explain why you should be using D3, how to use D3’s visualization techniques, and more.

Implementing modular design early on in any Drupal project will improve your team’s workflow and efficiency! Attend our session to learn from our very own Daniel Ferro on how to use styleguide/prototyping tools like Pattern Lab to increase collaboration between designers, themers, developers, and your organization on Drupal projects.

Are you hoping to mentor new contributors? Check out this session where Forum One’s Kalpana Goel and Cathy Theys from BlackMesh will talk about how to integrate mentoring into all the layers of an open source project and how to develop mentoring into a habit. They’ll be using the Drupal community as an example!

If you’re a beginner looking to set up an image gallery, attend this session! Leanne Duca and Onaje Johnston will guide you in how to set up a gallery in Drupal 8 and how to overcome any challenges you may encounter!

Attend this session and learn how to design and theme Drupal sites using Atomic Design and the Drupal 8 CSS architecture guidelines from our very own Dan Mouyard! He’ll go over our Gesso theme and our version of Pattern Lab and how they allow us to quickly design and prototype reusable design components, layouts, and pages.

Can’t make it to all of the sessions? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to catch us outside of our scheduled sessions! If you want to connect, stop by our table or check us out on Twitter (@ForumOne). We can’t wait to see you at DrupalGovCon!

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May 09 2014
May 09

We have launched FINclusion Lab Beta

a new Drupal 7 site by MIX (Microfinance Information Exchange)

FINclusion Lab provides visual analytic tools to interpret the "proliferation of data in the field of financial inclusion" by aggregating data in Tableau dashboards and Mapbox maps.

The platform "provides financial service providers, policy makers, regulators, and other development professionals the opportunity to identify problems and devise solutions for increasing financial inclusion in their countries through interactive data tools and visualizations."

The FINclusion Lab team has worked over the past two years to gather data on supply and demand for financial services at the sub-national level for a growing number of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

FINclusion Lab Beta

We are using the Drupal Tableau module, sponsored by MIX, to display Tableau data visualization dashboards via Drupal Views.

Other MIX sites with free and premium data about microfinance:

MIX Market and MIX Market Reports

coming soon: translations in French, Spanish and Russian using the Drupal i18n  module for localization.

Jun 30 2010
Jun 30

The push for open data from government has been gaining momentum over the last few years. This has taken concrete shape in the form of data being released in more usable formats, including websites that are especially designed to release general data and educational data at the federal level. Some local governments are following suit.

As more datasets become accessible - and this includes comparable datasets released over multiple years - we're interested in helping these datasets bridge the chasm between data and information. It's one thing to be able to map crime incidents in a specific area between two dates. It's another thing to be able to look at some performance indicators of schools within these same areas. It's still another to be able to look at a low performing school and high performing school, and compare student to teacher ratios, the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, the number of crime reports in the neighborhood, the median income, the number of liquor licenses, and the percentage of owners to renters. By leveraging open datasets, we will enable more precise questions about how people learn, and the factors that affect learning.

In the upcoming days, weeks, and months, we will begin to document and release the beginnings of a toolkit designed to simplify building and maintaining web sites that use and display open data as it relates to education and learning. Drupal already has much of the functionality in place to support using open data, and the Drupal community can play a leading role in pushing the use of open data.

Our initial three targets include:

  • Datasets: we will identify existing datasets, and document any needed steps required to prepare them for more widespread use.
  • Map tiles: much of this data can be represented geographically, at the country level, the state level, or the local level. We will identify existing map data that can be used when developing location-based visualizations, and document the process of creating new map tiles. Any new map tiles we create will be released out under a Creative Commons license.
  • Search and Visualization techniques: As we develop tools to import and manipulate datasets, we will need to search and filter this information, and make it comprehensible. This will likely result in new code that integrates various pre-existing open source visualization tools with the Views module. Any new code we develop will be released back onto Drupal.org

We hope that the process of looking at information related to learning will help people more effectively discover, understand, and explain the connections between student learning, school performance, the role of the teacher, and the relationship between all of these factors and the socioeconomic milieu in which they occur.

We also want more people to get involved. Toward that end, we have created a working group to discuss strategies and approaches for using open data - if you want to get started working in the space, join the group. Many hands make light work, and much of this work requires research and familiarity with how educational data is structured, as opposed to any hardcore coding or site building expertise.

Within the next few days, I'll have another post out that defines what we see as a starting point for the toolkit, and identify some of the tools that already exist that move us toward that point.

About Drupal Sun

Drupal Sun is an Evolving Web project. It allows you to:

  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

See the blog post at Evolving Web

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