Mar 25 2020
Mar 25

Update: Project founder Dries Buytaert has put out his call for your support, as well.

I want to thank you for your patience as the Drupal Association continues to manage the shifting landscape for nonprofits in light of COVID-19. In my last update, I explained that our ability to pivot our plans for DrupalCon depends on governmental intervention, which has not yet occurred for the time period in which DrupalCon Minneapolis is scheduled. Unfortunately this means we're still in a holding pattern as I write this.

That said, we're not spending this time idly. Many hours are being spent with our contracted providers and modeling financial outcomes for the Association and the project.  Through all of this, it has become clear that, regardless of what happens next, we have to deal with the hard reality that DrupalCon revenue is a substantial part of what keeps the Drupal Association vital.   We estimate the revenue loss to range anywhere from $400,000 to $1.1 million.

I’m now reaching out to you to help us close this gap so we may continue to support Drupal, thrive and serve you.

As an organization, join our Supporting Partner Program or join our DrupalCon sponsor pledge to commit your funds regardless of the outcome of the current crisis.

Join as a Supporter

Join the Sponsor Pledge

As an individual, join our membership program, or if you're already a member, consider making an additional donation and/or upgrading your membership level.

Join as a Member

Both individuals and organizations can also simply make a charitable donation.

Make a Donation

Well before this crisis hit, the board and our team have focused on decreasing our dependence on event-based revenue by launching new initiatives such as Drupal Steward, increasing our focus on digital partnerships, and revamping current programs including individual and organizational memberships.  In addition, the board’s strategic planning includes continued diversification of revenue with an eye toward programs requested by our community like organizational certification and more visibility of those contributing to Drupal with time, talent, and treasure.  A pipeline of products and services are in development, but they simply aren’t ready to launch yet. 

Quite frankly, I’m heartbroken because the Drupal Association was on track to achieve many of our strategic goals, leading the organization down a more solid financial path while also expanding our capacity to meet our mission and serve our community.    Only a few months ago, I found great energy and inspiration from the vision of presenting our strategic plans and reporting on our progress to you, in person, at DrupalCon. Absent the effects of COVID-19, I would have more good news to share with you about what we are accomplishing together. 

Instead, we, like most of the world around us, are facing an unprecedented challenge that will only be solved with an unprecedented community effort.

Despite the difficulty of this news and understanding that these are uncertain times for everyone, we continue to cherish our amazing community. As I ask for your support, I want to thank those organizations who have stepped up to confirm their financial commitment: Acquia, Amazee Group, Centarro, Contegix, FFW, Lullabot, Palantir, Srijan and Third and Grove

I hope that you will join them.

Heather Rocker
Executive Director, Drupal Association

Mar 11 2020
Mar 11

Today, we're launching a membership drive. You can help by sharing our message and showing your support.

Help grow membership by visiting our campaign page and sharing with your network. We're supporting the global Drupal project and community with your help!  Together, we make the open source community stronger.

Get your 2020 Membership Certificate

Active members can download a personalized certificate now, and one way to contribute to this membership drive is to print out your certificate (or display it on a screen) and share your selfie with us. Tag with #joinDrupalAssoc #OpenSource, #supportOpenSource to show you care.

Our heartfelt thanks to you—members and supporters—for contributing and participating as individuals and organizations.

Ready to help? Share a post like this or craft your own. 

Feb 24 2020
Feb 24

How do we encourage those capable of giving back to Drupal to start doing so and once they are contributing how do we encourage them to do more? Dries highlighted this conundrum during his keynote at DrupalCon Amsterdam 2019.

Promoting Makers

Whilst various mechanisms exist to recognise contributions in Drupal, if we are to cultivate and grow contribution culture we need to move beyond the current status quo. At DrupalCon the Contribution Recognition Committee was proposed and self nomination invited.

“The purpose of this committee is to recommend solutions for how we recognize contributions to the Drupal project made by both individual and organizational contributors, and to advise the Drupal Association on how to weight each type of contribution relative to the others.” Tim Lehnen, Chief Technology Officer Drupal Association.

What have we achieved so far?

For several months now, newly appointed committee members have been researching and discussing contribution culture within Drupal and open source. To ensure recommendations are truly representative of organisation and individual contributions we are keen to canvas opinions and perspectives from far and wide.

Share your opinions, ideas and perspectives

An online survey is available now for those using or contributing to Drupal so they can provide insights which will be considered in our recommendations as a committee. I encourage you to participate and help us to reach members of the Drupal community in your local area.

We especially encourage non-code contributors to respond, as these viewpoints have been historically under-represented.

Complete the survey today

Jan 29 2020
Jan 29

There’s much to reflect on from 2019 as the Drupal Association (DA) accomplished many organizational goals while also welcoming big leadership changes and supporting the evolution of Drupal as a product and project. 

We draw our strength from a global community of Drupal enthusiasts and are proud of the progress, innovation and momentum that encompassed 2019.

“We are grateful to have a wide variety of Drupal Association members and advocates — government, nonprofit, education, corporate, and individuals — who support our mission, and in turn the Drupal project,” says Heather Rocker, Executive Director of the Drupal Association. “We spent a great deal of time in 2019 focused on how we can best collaborate with current and potential stakeholders. Partnerships and collaborations create an atmosphere where Drupal is growing and better recognized, which is a win-win situation.”

Last year, the DA continued to support the global Drupal ecosystem via special events, marketing and outreach, engineering, technical and corporate partnerships, and open source advocacy.

This is an overview of these bodies of work, as well as a glimpse of the roadmap for the continuation of projects, goals, outreach and involvement. 

High-level accomplishments 

Much of our time and resources were allocated to producing multiple DrupalCons. First, in an unprecedented fashion, we announced the next four years of DrupalCon North America locations and dates.  

all attendees at DrupalCon Seattle
DrupalCon Seattle 2019. Photo by Rob Shea. 

In April, we hosted DrupalCon Seattle, which included tailored experiences for Content & Digital Marketers, Agency Leaders and Drupal End Users. High attendance reflected the interest in this approach of uniting those who use Drupal in different capacities. We awarded 10 scholarships and 12 grants — more than ever before — in order to have a cross-section of contributors in attendance, from nearly every continent. In conjunction with DrupalCon Seattle and DrupalCon Amsterdam was the International Splash Awards, recognizing the best uses of Drupal. The Splash Awards were spearheaded by a steering committee out of Europe. This Committee continues to share thought leadership and expand the reach of Splash Awards to local events and camps throughout the world.

The DA, to better support the international community, established a partnership with the European firm Kuoni Congress and together — with a powerhouse team of volunteers — hosted DrupalCon Europe in Amsterdam, with 1,500 attendees October 29-31, 2019. The DA team was onsite attending sessions, connecting with the community, and signing up new members! Following the success of the event, the partnership with Kuoni was renewed. 2020 will feature DrupalCon Europe in Barcelona, September 14-17.

Before looking to September, mark your calendars and buy tickets for DrupalCon Minneapolis, May 18-22, 2020. It’s a robust event in the making, with record-setting scholarship applications and awards; more than 750 session proposal submissions, more than 90 volunteers assisting with program development, industry summits, trainings to assist with migrations, and access to content not often found at local camps. Register before the rate increase on March 31, 2020.   

DrupalCon is one of the more visible activities the Drupal Association champions each year, but it is far from the only. Another key responsibility is to maintain the home of the community: Drupal.org — and to keep it thriving. 

We achieved a major 2019 milestone in our partnership with GitLab, migrating all of the backend git repository and code viewing tools. We know the community has been waiting on merge requests, a feature which should be coming in the first half of 2020. 

To serve our community, we have to have insight and understanding, which is why we undertook several initiatives to improve our data and visualization. At DrupalCon Seattle we shared demographic information about our community, which we use to track our success on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. We also updated the project usage visualizations on Drupal.org to provide more insight about versions of Drupal core and contrib modules.

At the DA, we can't forget that the vast majority of users we serve are the anonymous visitors to Drupal.org who aren't yet fully engaged with our community, and might be learning about and evaluating Drupal for the first time. As such, we spent some time refreshing the tools for Drupal case studies, and created new Drupal Feature pages to tell the best stories of Drupal's successes. All this content, and the tremendous content created by the community participants in the Promote Drupal initiative, helps evaluators understand how Drupal can solve their unique business needs, and grows our community.

Drupal.org Case Study page

Throughout 2019, we worked with the Drupal core maintainers. Each month we meet to collaborate on infrastructural needs and key initiatives, and to support outreach for programs like the Minor Release Beta Testing program. As Drupal itself becomes more tightly integrated with cloud services that the Drupal Association maintains — like the updates system, the translation service, and Composer endpoints — our collaboration with the Drupal core team has been closer than ever. This culminated in the completion of the Composer Initiative, improving Composer-readiness for all users of Drupal in version 8.8 and above.

In fact, it's not just collaboration with Core, but with the whole Drupal community and beyond that drives our work. 

With the contributions of the community we were able to make small but powerful enhancements to the tools the community uses every day: from automatically generating a table of contents on each Documentation Page to allowing users to specify their pronouns, primary language, and location next to their issue comments — promoting greater empathy and understanding. That gave us something to be proud of, when the Drupal Association celebrated Pride Month with a rainbow logo, blog post and social media posts.

Drupal Association rainbow pride month logo

In collaboration with the Security Working Group and the Drupal Security Team, we continued to build out the structure of the new Drupal Steward program, an initiative we hope to see come to fruition in 2020. 

Perhaps our most significant collaboration of the year was with the European Commission. Because the EC is a major user of Drupal to serve the member states of the European Union, and a strong contributor to the Drupal project already, we were thrilled they chose to sponsor the Automatic Updates Initiative for Drupal. Phase one of that initiative was completed in December, and we're excited to see who we can collaborate with on the next phase in 2020.

Drupal has always been a community-driven project, and the work above illustrates how Drupal Association initiatives are no different. That's partly why we ended 2019 by announcing the formation of a Contribution Recognition Committee; to help us improve the ways we recognize both individual and organizational contributions to the project. 

Changes to Drupal Association Leadership

In 2019 the Board of Directors took the important step of appointing a new DA Executive Director, Heather Rocker, who began in May. The annual community election resulted in appointment of Leslie Glynn as at-large member of the board, and four additional board members were appointed: Grace Francisco, Lo Li, Owen Lansbury, and Ryan Szrama
“We’re excited to have these individuals join us in our efforts to broaden our reach into diverse communities and to grow Drupal adoption. They bring a range of experiences and expertise to the Association that will enhance our opportunities to reach new audiences, support the Drupal community, and elevate the Drupal project around the world,” said Adam Goodman, DA Board Chair.  We also thank board members completing their board service in 2019, including Jacob Redding, Mike Lamb, and Annie Miller. 

Achievements and “Firsts” 

Community outreach is a cornerstone of the DA. In 2019, the DA supported creation of the Event Organizers’ Working Group, with the mission of supporting community-led teams to grow Drupal through local events.  Local Drupal Associations around the world formed, including: Colombia, Burkina Faso, India and the beginnings of one in the United Kingdom. DA staff led meetings at Drupal events to unite volunteer groups, such as the resulting Drupal Pitch Deck team.
The DA also awarded member-funded grants to facilitate events, including the inaugural Flyover Camp 2019 and DrupalCamp Goa.

tweet about flyover camp with group photo

Drupal Association staff members were featured speakers at multiple events, including: Rachel Lawson at DrupalCamp Goa - India, hosting the keynote panel at Drupal Mountain Camp in Switzerland, and Heart of Clojure in Belgium; Neil Drumm at DrupalSouth in Australia; and Heather Rocker at DrupalCamp Atlanta. Staff also engaged with attendees at GovCon and OSCON.

The Drupal Association expanded its network of Supporting Partners, adding 15 new organizations and renewing 110 annual supporting organizations. As Supporting Partners, organizations that benefit from Drupal have the opportunity to financially support the ongoing maintenance and acceleration of the project. Not only do they fund the work mentioned above, they receive exclusive benefits that increase their visibility and support their bottom line.  Benefits include: DrupalCon discounts, featured content on Drupal.org, access to exclusive roundtables/summits, and positioning as trusted thought leaders and good citizens of the Drupal community. In 2019, Drupal Association Supporting Partners stayed up to date on important project news and collaborated with the DA and peers through quarterly informative webcasts, as well as roundtable meetings at DrupalCons.

2019 also saw a refreshed focus on Individual Membership in the Association—and pride in membership, as seen in the interactive campaign:

multiple drupal association members with photos and quotes

Drupal Jobs is the official jobs site of the Drupal Project and Drupal.org. In 2019, the DA added more value for employers looking to hire Drupal Talent; in addition to the listing on the Drupal Jobs site, we began maximizing visibility with job posts across our social media channels — a combined audience of 100,000+ followers. 
There were several DA promotional “firsts” as well: 

  • First participation in National Digital Inclusion Week Social Media campaign
  • First ‘Giving Tuesday’ participation & custom trivia challenge
  • First Educational Opportunities newsletter delivered quarterly

Looking ahead

The journey continues with much of the DA’s focus in 2020 on the release of Drupal 9. Now that Drupal itself is 19 years old(!), we are uniquely positioned to celebrate this release as a significant step forward in the CMS landscape for Drupal.  

The last 5 years of Drupal 8 have been transformative to the project, and the risks taken and the changes made in how Drupal is built have all culminated in what is shaping up to be an incredible Drupal 9 release. 

With Drupal 8, the project switched to semantic versioning and a rapid, six-month cycle of new feature releases. Our new guidelines around backwards compatibility and code deprecations have made Drupal continually relevant, yet ensured that it remains stable and well-supported. And best of all, these changes together mean that the upgrade to Drupal 9 will be a simple one. 

That's the story we’re telling in 2020; the best way to get ready for Drupal 9 is simply to keep up with the latest releases of Drupal 8. This next major release will be easier for every stakeholder — and for site owners, upgrading to Drupal 9 will require far less effort than upgrading to Drupal 8, which is the true celebration!

There are other engineering initiatives underway in 2020 as well. We want to enable merge requests for Drupal code repositories. We're also hoping to continue the work we did on the Automatic Updates Initiative, and are seeking new partners to help move that forward. And we're always collaborating with the community, making small tweaks and usability improvements. 

In 2020 the DA is striving to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a focus in our work. Staff will participate in an internal equity assessment of our systems and programs resulting in a DE+I workplan, as well as ongoing education on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, DA’s leadership team will begin to develop external programs with the goal of welcoming more people from underrepresented groups into the Drupalsphere.

stickers promoting Drupal 9
Let's publicize Drupal 9 together! Please share your ideas about promoting Drupal 9

Thanks to so many individuals & organizations

We extend a hearty thanks worldwide to all the volunteers who work with us in so many capacities, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who make it possible for us to work on all the aforementioned projects and plans. We are grateful to have a community centered around education, collaboration, and action.

Thank you all for being an essential part of our collective journey! Dries recently said this about the DA, and we believe it extends to our members:

“I've been impressed with how the Drupal Association keeps growing in its role and its impact on the Drupal project. You're working on so many important projects at the same time, and you do it with such passion, commitment and a big heart.” 

Jan 21 2020
Jan 21

Drupal is often spoken about as far more than an open source project, because our global community is vibrant and passionate; a model for other projects to learn from and emulate. There are many ways to be a Drupal ambassador: by mentoring others, by helping people answer why they should use Drupal, and why they should contribute. In addition, I have a few ideas on ways you could be an ambassador for Drupal by sharing about yourself with the global community. By participating, you help put a story behind the people of Drupal, and you show the broader community why the Drupal Association needs support. We'd love to have you involved!

Give a testimonial


".... because of it's wonderful community which has such inspiring contributors spread around the world. Being a member fills me with immense positive energy :)" — Surabhi Gokte (surabhi-gokte)

Get inspiration from the testimonials and share your own.

Be featured on Drupal.org

We're running the banner ad on Drupal.org - visible only to users who don't have an active membership. You may see these banners throughout the year (usually for a week-long run) if you visit without being logged in. To participate, email me or chat on Slack (lizzjoy). 

We rely on Drupal. Our team feels responsible to contribute back to the project and participate in its growth. - Baddy Breidert, Drupal Association Board and Co-Founder of 1xINTERNET.
Drupal.org banner featuring Baddý Breidert (baddysonja).

Thanks to DrupalCon for a boost in motivation. I joined the Drupal Association because being a member in the first place fosters contribution in other areas of the community, too. - Christian Schnabl, Founder & Developer, 42robots.
Drupal.org banner featuring Christian Schnabl (snable).

MemberMondays

Monica S. Flores is organizing DrupalCamp Hawaii 2020 and is learning and sharing more ways to foster inclusion in technology with @drupaldiversity. She's been a pianist since childhood, and is interested in learning how to do music composition. Say hi to her at DrupalCon! #MemberMondays
From this month's #MemberMondays.

This month, we've launched social posts about a different member each week. We're calling it #MemberMondays. You can share about yourself in this questionnaire.

I hope you participate— it would be wonderful to share about you with the global community. If you are interested, but feel you don’t have time or are hesitating, let us know.

Jan 09 2020
Jan 09

At DrupalCon Amsterdam we announced the formation of a Contribution Recognition Committee. The purpose of this committee is to recommend solutions for how we recognize contributions to the Drupal project made by both individual and organizational contributors, and to advise the Drupal Association on how to weight each type of contribution relative to the others.

We kicked off the process with this call to action, seeking volunteers to participate on the committee who represented a variety of personas within the Drupal community: 

We saw a tremendous response to this call to action, and the committee has now been assembled. The members are: 

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Mike LambCommittee Chair: Mike Lamb

Mike Lamb has just completed his second term on the Drupal Association board. He has been a member of the Drupal community for 8 years and is the Vice President of Global Digital Platforms at Pfizer. He brings his perspective as a former board member, a leader of digital teams, and a representative of a large end-user of Drupal to the table. His particular interest is in finding ways to incentivize other end-user organizations to make contribution history part of their vendor selection process.

Tiffany FarrissCommittee Member: Tiffany Farriss

Tiffany Farriss has a long history of leadership and service in the Drupal community, and is the CEO and co-owner of Palantir.net. She served on the Drupal Association board for 9 years, most of those as Treasurer; chaired the organizing committee for DrupalCon Chicago in 2011; and has served in many other ways, most recently on the executive search committee for the new Drupal Association Executive Director. Tiffany has personal experience across many kinds of contribution, as well as leading Palantir to be a top contributing organization.

Ryan SzramaCommittee Member: Ryan Szrama

Ryan Szrama is well known for his work on Drupal Commerce and for co-founding Centarro (formerly Commerce Guys) in 2009. He's been a member of the Drupal community for nearly 14 years, was elected by the community to serve on the Drupal Association Board of Directors in 2017, and has just been appointed to another 3-year term. He lends his perspective as a Drupal business leader and D.A. board member to committee discussions and is interested to see how the data we gather about contributions can be used in ways beyond just crediting contributors.

Stella PowerCommittee Member: Stella Power

Stella Power is a respected leader in the Drupal community in Ireland and is the Managing Director of Annertech. In her almost 14-year journey with Drupal, she's done everything from contributing code to volunteering at and organizing local events, consistently serving as a volunteer organizer of DrupalCon and Trivia Night quiz master. She provides the committee with her extensive experience in all of these areas - and as someone with connections to contributors around the world.

Jaocb RocowitzCommittee Member: Jacob Rockowitz

Jacob Rockowitz maintains the Webform module for Drupal 8, as an independent Drupal consultant. Jacob has extensive experience collaborating with dozens if not hundreds of developers because of the wide usage of Webform, and he has pioneered a number of efforts to improve the sustainability of open source. He brings a unique perspective as a sole proprietor, as well as the knowledge gained from these sustainability experiments. One aspect of this project that is of particular importance to Jake is ensuring that the system incentivizes the quality of contributions, not just their quantity.

Rakhi MandhaniaCommittee Member: Rakhi Mandhania

Rakhi Mandhania is a Project Manager Colab Cooperative and co-founder of the DrupalCampus Ambassador Program. For more than six years in the Drupal community Rakhi has been a frequent attendee at local events in India, as well as international events like DrupalCon in Asia, North America, and Europe. Rakhi brings the perspective of Drupal users in the higher education space, as well as her experience as a project manager.

Paul JohnsonCommittee Member: Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson has been working with Drupal since 2006 and is the Drupal Director at CTI Digital. Much of his client work is focused on the nonprofit world, and he brings that experience as well as knowledge of how to encourage for-profit, closed organizations to become more open. Among his many contributions to the project, Paul has focused on international social media efforts, including promotion from the @Drupal Twitter handle, and initiatives like #CelebrateDrupal8. His more recent experience includes work on the Promote Drupal initiative, and specifically the Drupal pitch deck. His passion lies in helping the Drupal project to realise the potential of its scale, ensuring contributions of all forms and scale are recognised and valued in particular beyond code.

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These committee members are by no means the only community members who will be involved in the process. Seven people are not enough to represent the breadth of diversity in our community. This is why the committee, both collectively and individually, will be seeking out feedback from every corner of our community to feed this process.

They'll also be working closely with the Drupal Association itself, particularly myself (Tim Lehnen) as CTO and maintainer of the system, and Rachel Lawson as our community liaison who already has tremendous insight from the community feedback she's gathered on this subject to date.

The committee will be meeting regularly over the next several months, with the goal of reporting significant progress and first recommendations at DrupalCon Minneapolis in May of 2020. 

Jan 09 2020
Jan 09

Code of Conduct sign standing up at DrupalCon

Over the last two years, we have managed to make some significant improvements to the DrupalCon Code of Conduct (CoC) so that it:

  1. Is more clear what is and is not acceptable behavior
  2. Details ways to raise issues through to the CoC Team for action
  3. Lists exactly who on the CoC Team handles issues
  4. Requires leaders — such as speakers, sponsors, etc. — to be held to the highest standards of all
  5. Explains the consequences of unacceptable behavior.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved, both staff and community members, for their work.

We have also taken the opportunity to train members of Drupal Association staff in CoC management through the course provided by Sage Sharp at OtterTech, organised by the Drupal Community Working Group. If you organise events, we highly recommend attending this online course in 2020.

No Code of Conduct can ever be considered “final”, however, and the Drupal Association have a process of making a release of a new DrupalCon Code of Conduct in the first quarter of each year, including any approved updates collected during they previous year.

It is that time again to call upon the Drupal Community to propose any refinements they see beneficial, by creating issues in the project issue queue. Anyone with a Drupal.org user account can create an issue and you do not need technical expertise to do so.

You will notice that I have already raised one issue, related to adding caste as a protected characteristic alongside others such as gender and race.

I look forward to reviewing your proposed refinements and continuing to build and maintain a world class Code of Conduct for our world class tech conference.

Nov 27 2019
Nov 27

Giving Tuesday icon logo globe with heartGiving Tuesday (known online as #GivingTuesday) is the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, held on December 3, 2019. What began in the States has grown over the years into an international day dedicated to charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season, whereby hundreds of millions of people give, collaborate and celebrate generosity.

Coincidentally, givingTuesday.org is built using Drupal! 

At the Drupal Association, we’ve decided to participate for the first time this year. Knowing the Drupal Community likes to have fun and delve into challenges — such as the ever-popular Trivia Night held during DrupalCons — our staff collaborated to create a trivia challenge never before seen, with Drupal project and product questions, Association facts and more. 

We challenge you to take the quiz on #GivingTuesday December 3rd, and to share with friends to see who can crack this code! Note: Not a literal code! Visit Drupal.org/giving-tuesday-2019 on Tuesday for the link.

We’ll update the leaderboard and congratulate players throughout the day on December 3! 

Thanks in advance for playing, and we encourage you to post your trivia score on social media; this may be our most challenging trivia game yet! 

We hope you'll take a minute to support the Drupal Association and join/renew membership or donate on this international day of giving. At the end of Giving Tuesday, we’ll announce three leaderboard winners: who has won the trivia, who donated the most, and who referred the most new members. The top 10 winners shown on each leaderboard will be entered to win a handcrafted Drupal prize (hint: it might be pictured in this photo)! 

#GivingTuesday

Opening reception with dasjo and lizzjoy in DrupalCon Seattle. photo by hussainweb
photo from DrupalCon Seattle opening reception by Hussain Abbas (hussainweb)

Nov 20 2019
Nov 20

This blog has been re-posted and edited with permission from OneShoe's blog. The following are results from the 2019 Drupal Business Survey conducted by One Shoe and Exove, in partnership with the Drupal Association.

The annual Drupal Business Survey is an initiative of Drupal agencies One Shoe and Exove, and was published in 2016 for the first time. The survey aims to gather valuable insights from Drupal business leaders to identify opportunities and challenges for the Drupal market. This year, the survey asked Drupal business leaders from all over the world about their experiences with selling Drupal projects, their vision on community contributions and their expectations toward Drupal 9.

In total, 118 C-level Drupal agency leaders participated in the 2019 edition of the Drupal Business Survey. These leaders have a total of 118 offices, of which the majority (72 offices) are located in Europe and 36 in the United States.

World map showing locations of survey respondents with green and red dots

43% of the respondents are CEOs and 35.6% of the respondents are founders of Drupal businesses, mostly working at mid-size Drupal agencies with between 11 and 50 employees (33.9%). The majority of the companies have been in business for more than four years (89.8%).

How is Drupal business doing?

The news is positive for business – the Drupal project pipeline has grown or stayed at the same level as the previous year whilst the average deal size has increased. Drupal project win rates have stayed roughly at the same level and future of Drupal project pipeline is predicted steady based on this year’s responses.

Each year the respondents are asked about their Drupal project pipeline, average deal size and project win rate, as well as their expectations for next year. Half of the respondents said that their Drupal project pipeline grew and when compared to last years results, even more than expected. One third of the business leaders responded that their pipeline has stayed approximately the same and only 16.9% stated that their project pipeline shrank.

Average deal size has also grown, according to majority of the respondents (65%), and only about 7% answered that their deal size shrunk in 2018.

Drupal Project Pipeline pie chart - 17% shrank, 33% stayed the same, 50% grew

Popular industries for Drupal projects

Drupal is used for endless types of digital solutions: from easy-to-manage sites to large-scale portals and platforms. As a result, you can find Drupal projects in all kinds of industries. Each year the respondents of the Drupal Business Survey are asked about the type of projects they completed in the past year, and industries in which they use Drupal to create digital experiences.

Interestingly, this year the category 'Education' is added for the first time after respondents in the previous edition indicated they missed this category. Education is the most popular industry in which Drupal projects are implemented this year.

Top 5 industries in which Drupal clients operate - 66,1% education, 65,3% charities & non-profit, 54,2% government & public administration, 49,2% healthcare & medicine, 47,5% arts & culture

We asked this question also in previous years and when comparing results, we see some differences. Travel & Tourism became a more popular industry in Drupal project implementation with 330% growth when compared to the 2018 Drupal Business Survey results. Furthermore, Telecom, Sports and Logistics & Support grew their popularity whilst Consumer Electronics, Consultancy and Construction decreased popularity in Drupal projects implementation according to the survey data.

Top 3 industries which became more popular compared to 2018:

  • Travel & Tourism (+330%)
  • Telecom (+77.78%)
  • Sports (+77.78%)
  • Logistics & Support (+72.73%)

Top 3 industries with fewer Drupal projects compared to 2018:

  • Consumer Electronics (-59.09%)
  • Consultancy (-37.74%)
  • Construction (-37.50%)

‘Contributing to Drupal should be a no-brainer’

One of the distinguishing factors and forces behind Drupal's success is the large and active community. For a long time, the slogan for Drupal has been "Come for the software, stay for the community.” Dries Buytaert each year publishes the ‘Who sponsors Drupal development?’ report. According to the 2018–2019 edition, small-to-medium-sized Drupal businesses (fewer than 100 employees) contribute frequently, while larger full-service agencies are not actively contributing to Drupal.

According to the Drupal Business Survey, 111 out of the 118 businesses contribute to Drupal and only 7 businesses don’t. What’s the vision of Drupal’s agency leaders about the subject of contributing to Drupal? How do they contribute, and why (not)?

 93 - development (contributing modules, patches, documentation or file bug reports), 64 - sponsoring events, 62 - organising events, 55 - marketing (helping get the word out about Drupal), 54 - user support (sharing what you know with other users), 48 - donations, 35 - improivng Drupal's documentation, 26 - translations, 21 - testing, 17 - design & usability (contributing feedback to Drupal's usability), 10 - themes

The Drupal businesses from the survey contribute in many different ways. It varies from non-technical contributions, like sponsoring events and organising events such as MeetUps and DrupalCamps, to improving Drupal’s documentation or development (contributing modules and patches). Reasons for contributing are, among others, because it feels like ‘the right thing to do’, because of branding and marketing reasons, or in order to give the developers a sense of the community:

“Drupal has given a lot to our company, so it is only fair to give back. Also, we see that the Drupal business community is not that well served, so it is an easy choice for us to contribute to (besides technical stuff).”

“Without contributions, the Drupal project wouldn't exist. It should be a no-brainer.”,

“ I wouldn't have made a career in Drupal if others wouldn't have contributed before; it's a give and take and everyone should do so.”

I believe in supporting the community that supports me and provides the basis for my income. Also, there are side-benefits to contributing. My contributions have helped me win clients.”

Limited time and resources

Even though the vast majority of agencies are aware of the importance of contributing to Drupal, they also face difficulties combining the pro-bono contributions with their day-to-day business. The analysis shows that those who don’t contribute are either sole entrepreneurs or are working at a Drupal company with more than 100 employees. Almost all respondents saying that their business doesn’t contribute, explain that the reason is that they don’t have the time and resources to do so: “In a resource limited business, contribution is difficult to balance with the bottom line. We do what we can. However, the teams are all encouraged to be vocal advocates of Drupal on all Social Media platforms, challenging misconceptions wherever they occur.” Someone else suggests: “Maybe introduce paid development for updating, testing and maintaining core and most used contributed modules.”

Does size matter?

When we compare the size of the Drupal companies with the kind of Drupal contributions, we see that:

  • The larger the Drupal business is in terms of employees, the more often they financially support the Drupal project by – for example – sponsoring an event and/or making donations.
  • Also, larger Drupal businesses tend to contribute to developing (contributing modules, patches, documentation or bug reports) more than smaller ones.
  • The smaller the business, the more often they share knowledge with other users (User Support).
  • Except that, there is no significant difference between the size of the Drupal companies and other types of contributions they make to the Drupal project. All different sizes of organisations contribute in the form of translations, marketing, testing, and contributing to design & usability.

Line chart with how companies contribute by company size.

Businesses expect easier Drupal upgrades starting with D9

Drupal 9 is targeted for release in June 2020. We asked the Drupal business leaders what their expectations are toward Drupal 9. The general trend among companies is ‘Finally no hard upgrade path anymore!’ One respondent says: ‘We hope the upgrade path will be smooth, and it will be easier to justify the investment of upgrading.’

“[I expect] it will become easier to do the operation things, as update core, modules etc. Better media handling and user interface, that it doesn't have this large jumps on functionality changes from one version to another - so the upgrades from 8 to 9, 9 to 10 and so on can go much much smoother than before.”

“[I expect] that we don’t have to reimplement all our customers solutions the way we had to from earlier solutions. I expect that when we have upgraded all our solutions to the latest version of Drupal 8.X, the upgrade to Drupal 9 needs to be smooth and without any major rewriting of code. When upgrading our ecommerce solutions from D6 -> D7 and D7 -> D8, it almost killed our business. We had to basically reimplement the solutions (not upgrade them) and the clients were not willing to pay the actual cost. So we had to invest a lot of money into those upgraded. We are not willing to do the same for D8 -> D9.”

Business leaders also express their desire for a better interface and a UX enhancements: ‘I hope that D8 will provide a better admin UI and UX, and an improved preview mode.’ Another one says: ‘I hope for focus on the end user experience.’

The Drupal community has noted the user experience needs and there is a specific Admin UI modernisation strategic initiative going on – for more information, see https://www.drupal.org/about/strategic-initiatives/admin-ui-js

 32% easier upgrades, 12% better UX/UI, 10% no expectations, 9% other, 8% neutral/negative, 6% more/better functionalities, 4% good business opportunities, 4% increase in popularity, 4% better integrations, 2% losing business, 2% increased stability, 2% ignorance of the market, 2% headless opportunities, 2% just excited

However, a number of owners also express their doubts. One respondent states:

“Many clients are still on Drupal 7 without a plan (or desire) for Drupal 8, there is some surprise that Drupal 9 is already on the way. Some may be waiting for Drupal 9 before moving anyway. The D7-D8 move is seen as such a big one that projects may come to a natural end or move away from Drupal before clients ever get to D8 or D9.”

“We think it will be hard to convince people to migrate from Drupal7 to Drupal9. On the other hand we think that project size will continue to grow.”

The comments about Drupal 7 show that the system is still in wide use and there is a threshold for the clients to upgrade to later versions. The updates have been laborious projects in the past, and now businesses expect this issue will be mitigated with the new release cycle and the release of Drupal 9.

More ease of use of Drupal

We asked the Drupal business leaders what developments they hope to see in the coming years regarding Drupal in general.

 26% improved dev/editor/user experience, 10% more/better features, 9% other, 7% ease of updates, 7% more visibility of Drupal, 6% easier development, 6% integration with other services, 5% increased stability, 4% I am happy, 4% suitable for small/mid-budget projects, 4% personalization, 2% easier to contribute, 2% growing the community, 2% headless opportunities, 2% marketing automation capabilities, 2% e-commerce capabilities

The answers given by the respondents were varied, ranging from making Drupal development easier to making Drupal more suitable (again) for small and mid-size projects. However, most of the answers were about the user-friendliness of Drupal: 26% of all the answers had to do with Drupal’s user experience for developers as well as administrators, editors, content managers and end users. Or, as one respondent stated it: “Continued ease-of-use for both semi-technicals/semi-professionals as well as professional developers and UX and UI designers.”

“A better out-of-the box user experience (in terms of design, media handling & editing, for example). Improved admin experience - e.g. react-based admin interface.”

“I hope that Drupal is going to have a better and more modern UI/UX for the clients, ease to integrate Drupal as API first/headless, from a DX perspective continue to use OOP and modern methods. Ease to do functional tests. Ease to update modules/core with automatic process.”

The Drupal Business Survey results indicate that businesses are eagerly waiting for the first versions with a radically improved admin user interface. This is something that has already been taken into account; see the Drupal community’s strategic initiative.

The second thing that the respondents mention is that they hope the features and capabilities of Drupal will continue to improve or expand (10% of the answers):

“Continue to develop more content-friendly toolkits/features, expand upon configuration management processes/workflows”

“We see more out of the box features in the platform and more tools suited for enterprises.”

“Closer to a microservices CMS, allowing me to pick the bits I need/want.”

Conclusion

The survey shows that Drupal business is doing well, with slight growth in project pipeline and more substantial growth in average deal size. Drupal is used for various types of digital solutions. However the most popular industry for Drupal project implementation is Education based on this year’s survey results. Other top industries include Charities & Non-profit and Government & Public Administration. The fastest growing industry in terms of the number of Drupal implementations this year is Travel & Tourism, with a growth of 330%, followed by Telecom (+77,78%), Sports (+77,78%) and Logistics & Support (+72,73%).

Contributions to Drupal have remained active, as 111 out of the 118 businesses taking part in the survey report that they contribute to Drupal. The most common ways of contributing include development as well as sponsoring and organising events. The report shows that those who cannot contribute to Drupal are either sole entrepreneurs or are working at a company with over 100 employees, facing challenges in combining pro bono work with day-to-day business.

Drupal business leaders share various hopes on the development of Drupal. The most common ones include improved dev/editor/user experience, more/better features and ease of updates. Expectations towards the upgrade to Drupal 9 are mostly optimistic, the only thing that businesses shared was their concerns that customers may want to move away from Drupal because of the difficult upgrade from 7 to 8.

As one of the business leaders states: “Agency leaders play a key role in growing the Drupal community. This survey provides a great way for us to start working together. Next, we need to take the results and come up with strategies for growth!” The findings of this survey – and possible strategies for growth – were discussed at the Drupal CEO Dinner during DrupalCon Amsterdam 2019, where more than 60 Drupal Business leaders from all over the world came together.

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See the 2018 survey results.

For more information, please contact Janne Kalliola (jannekalliola) or Michel van Velde (michel-van-velde).

About Exove

Exove delivers digital growth. We help our clients to grow their digital business by designing and building solutions with agile manner, service design methodologies, and open technologies. Our clients include Sanoma, Fiskars, Neste, Informa, Trimble, and Finnlines. We serve also start-up companies, unions and public sector. Exove has offices in Helsinki, Oulu and Tampere, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; and London, United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.exove.com.

About One Shoe

One Shoe is an integrated advertising and digital agency with more than 10 years experience in Drupal. With more than 40 specialists, One Shoe combines strategy, UX, design, advertising, web and mobile development to deliver unique results for international clients like DHL, Shell, Sanofi, LeasePlan, MedaPharma and many more. For more information, please visit www.oneshoe.com.

About the Drupal Association

The Drupal Association is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering and supporting the Drupal project, the community and its growth. The Drupal Association helps the global Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution and online collaboration at Drupal.org. For more information, please visit drupal.org/association.

Oct 25 2019
Oct 25

Delona at Drupal Association table at GovCon 2019

Our staff will be at Booth 3 ready to talk with you about the Drupal community, how you can get more involved as a contributor, and to hear about your needs. 

Make sure you....

✓ pick up some Drupal stickers

✓ show your support by signing up for membership or partner programs

DrupalCon sticker - be inspiredSession highlights

  • Tuesday at 16h15, in G107, attend the Drupal Association Townhall with our Executive Director Heather Rocker (hrocker), CTO Tim Lehnen (hestenet), and our Board Chair Adam Goodman (adamgoodman). We'll be taking questions and diving into topics important to the community.
  • Wednesday at 11h30, in G107, we're holding our public board meeting. All are welcome to attend!
     
  • Also on Wednesday, if you're curious about what the Drupal.org Engineering Team is working on, come to the Drupal.org Infrastructure Update session in G103 at 17h15.

See you soon!

Oct 18 2019
Oct 18

The Promote Drupal team invites you to take part in a 15 minute 1:1 interview contributing to growing our understanding of your needs during the evaluation process. 
 
We have made great strides with the Promote Drupal initiative to provide product and project information resources that highlight the value of Drupal in helping enterprises and agencies leverage an open source CMS platform for their businesses. We want to learn from you in order to continue to deliver a project that offers significant value and that meets organizations’ needs.  

Calling all members of the Drupal Community

The Promote Drupal team invites you to also take part in a 15 minute 1:1 interview contributing to growing our understanding of your marketing needs. From agencies to developers, we value your insight as we work to advance the Promote Drupal initiative. We have made great strides with this initiative, including:

 
Come with your ideas, thoughts on the initiative and where you think our focus should be for the next 12 months!

Oct 10 2019
Oct 10

As announced in December 2018, the Drupal Association assists the Drupal project by coordinating a beta testing program for minor releases of Drupal core.

Agencies and other organizations who are supporting ambitious Drupal 8 sites are invited to be part of the beta testing program. This means that, when a beta release is about to be made, we can help core maintainers work with organizations on the Beta Testing Program to install the beta core release on real-world examples of Drupal websites, in their staging environments. The beta testers can then feedback to the core maintainers any issues they see running the beta core release in a structured way.

Being part of the Beta Testing Program is a key contribution to the Drupal project and also helps organizations to be very aware of any changes relevant to their supported websites.

Would your organization, and the Drupal project, benefit from participating in the Beta Testing Program? You can apply to join:

Apply to participate in the program

Who should apply?

Agencies and site owners who maintain large and complex Drupal 8 production sites. In particular, sites that use a wide range of contributed and custom modules or have large volumes of content.

Oct 08 2019
Oct 08

Drupal Association of Colombia logo

The Drupal project is global. There are people using, implementing, and contributing to the Drupal project in nearly every country of the world.

Being able to encourage and support our global community to promote and grow the project must also be a global operation, and we are delighted to read that the Drupal Association of Colombia (ADC) has now been officially formed.

This local association will help to promote and stimulate the use of Drupal in Colombia and act as a focus to propel the Colombia community’s efforts and initiatives in accordance with the Drupal values and principles.

The founding members of the local association are partners and executives of two experienced Drupal Agencies in Colombia: Jairo Pinzón, Aldibier Morales, and William Vera from Seed EM and Jorge Alexander Salcedo and Carolina Poveda from Bits Americas; a senior Drupal developer and very active community member, Iván Chaquea; a marketer and very active Drupal adopter Jonathan Osorio from Grupo Éxito; and from the academic side, Socrates Rojas, dean of the faculty of computer science from the Instituto Técnico Central of Bogota, a prestigious public technical school.

Membership is now open to organizations and individuals who wish to join the Drupal Association of Colombia and who share the same interest. By joining, members will have access to all the local activities, training, official Drupal events, and the opportunity to contribute in a more cohesive way. More information will soon be available at www.asociaciondrupal.org​.

The ADC is now preparing for its first official event — Drupal Camp Medellin on June 5-6, 2020.

Please join us in congratulating all involved and wishing them a successful future!

Oct 03 2019
Oct 03

The Drupal Association collaborated on Automatic Updates, one of the Drupal Core Strategic Initiatives that was funded by the European Commission. We are excited to partner with MTech, Tag1 Consulting, and the European Commission FOSSA program on this new initiative and share information with you about its features.

Automatic Updates has three components.

Public safety messaging

This feature pulls a feed of alerts from Drupal.org directly into Drupal's administrative interface. This helps ensure that critical Public service announcements (PSA) or Security Advisories (SA) from the Drupal security team will be seen directly by site owners. 

  • This provides yet another communication mechanism before an update so site owners can verify they are ready for an upcoming update, before it lands.

  • The feed of alerts comes directly from the feed of PSAs and SAs that the security team and release managers are already producing. 

  • This will vastly increase the ability of the Drupal project to get the word out about critical and highly critical updates - ensuring the community can respond fast. 

Readiness checks, or “Pre-flight” checks

These automated and extensible readiness checks are built into the Automatic Updates system to verify that a site doesn't have any blockers that would prevent it from being updated.

  • These checks are slated to run at least every 6 hours on a site via Drupal Cron and will inform site owners if they are ready to auto update their site.

  • Examples of the readiness checks include:

    • Is the site is running on a read-only file system?

    • Have any files included in the update been modified from what they should be? 

    • Does the site still need to run database updates, etc.? 

There’s about 8 or 9 of these readiness checks and some are warnings (Cron isn’t running frequently enough to automatically update the site in a timely manner) and some are errors (the file system is read-only). Warnings won’t stop automatic updates, but errors will.

In place updates

Finally, the key pillar of the automatic updates feature is the update itself. Drupal.org generates a signed and secure package of files which can be overlaid atop the existing site files in order to apply the update. 

  • This update package is downloaded as a signed zip file from Drupal.org. The automatic updates module on the site then compares the signature of the zip file using drupal/php-signify, which is based on BSD’s Signify and libsodium to verify the package.

  • It then proceeds to backup the files about to be updated and updates the site.

  • If all goes well, the site is upgraded. If something fails, the backup is restored.

  • Many workflows are supported and you can customize how the updates are performed. Updates can flow through your CI/CD system, be staged for review and approval, and or automatically go live.

In the past few weeks, the Drupal Association has been invited to participate in TagTeamTalks, a new recorded talk series about various tech projects supporting the Drupal project. This bi-weekly format provides real-time shared collaboration and informative discussions. 

TagTeamTalk launched its webinar focused on Automatic Updates this week. The group dives deep into the nuts and bolts of Drupal's groundbreaking Automatic Updates feature, and the strategic initiative sponsored by the Drupal Association, MTech, Tag1 Consulting, and the European Commission. Guests include Preston So (prestonso), Contributing Editor at Tag1 and Moderator of the TagTeamTalks; Michael Meyers (michalemeyers), Managing Director of Tag1; Lucas Hedding (heddn), Senior Architect and Data and Application Migration Expert at Tag1; Fabian Franz (Fabianx), Senior Technical Architect and Performance Lead at Tag1; and Tim Lehnen (hestenet) CTO at the Drupal Association. Read the TagTeamTalks blog.

“Content marketing is one of the most effective ways to promote your brand and capabilities - it has been a really powerful approach for the organizations that I’ve worked for,” said Michael. “The goal is to give our team an opportunity to talk about the cool things they’re working on and excited about and to share it with people. It helps get the word out about the latest developments in the open source communities we contribute to, and it promotes Tag1’s expertise - it helps us recruit new hires, and drives new business.” 

Meyers is the Managing Director of Tag1, and has been involved with the Drupal community for over 15 years. He was Founder and CTO of the first venture backed drupal based startup, CTO of the first Top 100 website on Drupal, and VP of Developer Relations at Acquia before joining Tag1.  “The great thing about TagTeamTalks is that it doesn’t take a tremendous amount of effort or energy. Our engineers are subject matter experts. We decide on a topic for the week, spend 15 minutes brainstorming a rough outline as a guide, and then record the talk. We don’t want to be rehearsed. The conversation is what makes it dynamic and enjoyable for us to do, and for people to listen to. And, the team loves it because they want to talk about what they are working on, and this format doesn’t take a lot of time away from what they enjoy doing most - writing code.” 

Hedding is one of the top 20 most active contributors to Drupal 8, and is also the Drupal Core Migrate Sub-system Maintainer, a core contribution mentor, and a D.O. project application reviewer. “Auto Updates has long been one of the most requested Drupal features, it is a capability the platform really needs that will help everyone using Drupal. Now that the alpha is available, we need to early adopters to start using it, we need feedback so we can continue to improve it. We also need to get more people involved in development, and we need to raise more money from organizations to support the project - it might sound like a simple feature, but it is actually really complex and requires a lot of effort. TagTeamTalks are a great way to get the word out and to enlist support from the Drupal community.”

Lucas added, “The European Commission provided generous funding for this initiative. The focus has been exclusively or largely around the European Commission’s features and functionality. The funding is running out very soon. There is a need for other people to help continue to build Automatic Updates by adding the features they need with their developers or by providing funding.”  

“It is critical for us to spread the message and make that call to action; that this is a community-driven effort and that without continued community support, it is not going to be as successful or as robust in the timeframe that we would like,” said Meyers.

The first year of funding from the European Commission provided for readiness checking, delivery of update 'quasi-patches,’ and a robust package signing system. The focus of this first phase of the Automatic Updates initiative has been on support for security updates in particular. 

In the second phase, as yet unfunded, we hope to extend this foundational work in the following ways:

  • Provide more robust composer support. The first phase of the automatic updates project should be compatible with composer-ready sites, but as the site’s composer.json file and vendor directory of a site change from the default, then more controls and though need to be implemented. 

  • Create an A/B front-end controller for the site being updated to further increase our confidence in the success of the update, allow for additional post-update testing and provide an easy mechanism to roll-back the update. This is also when updates will be able to move into Drupal core from the contrib project.

  • Expand to more types of updates (particularly further support for contrib updates), and also handle multiple updates in a row, for sites that are several versions behind. 

To accomplish all of this, we will continue to seek more funding and more partners. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes now that we have the first release out, ” said Hedding. “ There’s a larger community needed to get this initiative completed.”

The initial alpha version of the Automatic Updates module can be tested by the community right now. The plan is to: demonstrate Automatic Updates at DrupalCon Amsterdam this month, complete the scope of the funded work by the European Commission by the end of this year, and stabilize Automatic Updates by DrupalCon Minneapolis in May 2020. 

“The Automatic Updates initiative is designed to reduce the friction in keeping a Drupal site secure and up-to-date. The team behind the initiative is architecting a robust system, secure by design, and building components that can be shared with the broader PHP community,” said Tim Lehnen.

Many thanks to MTech, Tag1 Consulting, and the European Commission FOSSA program for funding this initiative. The Drupal Association is proud to be a part of this initiative.

Oct 03 2019
Oct 03

The Drupal Association collaborated on Automatic Updates, one of the Drupal Core Strategic Initiatives that was funded by the European Commission. We are excited to partner with MTech, Tag1 Consulting, and the European Commission FOSSA program on this new initiative and share information with you about its features.

Automatic Updates has three components.

Public safety messaging

This feature pulls a feed of alerts from Drupal.org directly into Drupal's administrative interface. This helps ensure that critical Public service announcements (PSA) or Security Advisories (SA) from the Drupal security team will be seen directly by site owners. 

  • This provides yet another communication mechanism before an update so site owners can verify they are ready for an upcoming update, before it lands.

  • The feed of alerts comes directly from the feed of PSAs and SAs that the security team and release managers are already producing. 

  • This will vastly increase the ability of the Drupal project to get the word out about critical and highly critical updates - ensuring the community can respond fast. 

Readiness checks, or “Pre-flight” checks

These automated and extensible readiness checks are built into the Automatic Updates system to verify that a site doesn't have any blockers that would prevent it from being updated.

  • These checks are slated to run at least every 6 hours on a site via Drupal Cron and will inform site owners if they are ready to auto update their site.

  • Examples of the readiness checks include:

    • Is the site is running on a read-only file system?

    • Have any files included in the update been modified from what they should be? 

    • Does the site still need to run database updates, etc.? 

There’s about 8 or 9 of these readiness checks and some are warnings (Cron isn’t running frequently enough to automatically update the site in a timely manner) and some are errors (the file system is read-only). Warnings won’t stop automatic updates, but errors will.

In place updates

Finally, the key pillar of the automatic updates feature is the update itself. Drupal.org generates a signed and secure package of files which can be overlaid atop the existing site files in order to apply the update. 

  • This update package is downloaded as a signed zip file from Drupal.org. The automatic updates module on the site then compares the signature of the zip file using drupal/php-signify, which is based on BSD’s Signify and libsodium to verify the package.

  • It then proceeds to backup the files about to be updated and updates the site.

  • If all goes well, the site is upgraded. If something fails, the backup is restored.

  • Many workflows are supported and you can customize how the updates are performed. Updates can flow through your CI/CD system, be staged for review and approval, and or automatically go live.

In the past few weeks, the Drupal Association has been invited to participate in TagTeamTalks, a new recorded talk series about various tech projects supporting the Drupal project. This bi-weekly format provides real-time shared collaboration and informative discussions. 

TagTeamTalk launched its webinar focused on Automatic Updates this week. The group dives deep into the nuts and bolts of Drupal's groundbreaking Automatic Updates feature, and the strategic initiative sponsored by the Drupal Association, MTech, Tag1 Consulting, and the European Commission. Guests include Preston So (prestonso), Contributing Editor at Tag1 and Moderator of the TagTeamTalks; Michael Meyers (michalemeyers), Managing Director of Tag1; Lucas Hedding (heddn), Senior Architect and Data and Application Migration Expert at Tag1; Fabian Franz (Fabianx), Senior Technical Architect and Performance Lead at Tag1; and Tim Lehnen (hestenet) CTO at the Drupal Association. Read the TagTeamTalks blog.

“Content marketing is one of the most effective ways to promote your brand and capabilities - it has been a really powerful approach for the organizations that I’ve worked for,” said Michael. “The goal is to give our team an opportunity to talk about the cool things they’re working on and excited about and to share it with people. It helps get the word out about the latest developments in the open source communities we contribute to, and it promotes Tag1’s expertise - it helps us recruit new hires, and drives new business.” 

Meyers is the Managing Director of Tag1, and has been involved with the Drupal community for over 15 years. He was Founder and CTO of the first venture backed drupal based startup, CTO of the first Top 100 website on Drupal, and VP of Developer Relations at Acquia before joining Tag1.  “The great thing about TagTeamTalks is that it doesn’t take a tremendous amount of effort or energy. Our engineers are subject matter experts. We decide on a topic for the week, spend 15 minutes brainstorming a rough outline as a guide, and then record the talk. We don’t want to be rehearsed. The conversation is what makes it dynamic and enjoyable for us to do, and for people to listen to. And, the team loves it because they want to talk about what they are working on, and this format doesn’t take a lot of time away from what they enjoy doing most - writing code.” 

Hedding is one of the top 20 most active contributors to Drupal 8, and is also the Drupal Core Migrate Sub-system Maintainer, a core contribution mentor, and a D.O. project application reviewer. “Auto Updates has long been one of the most requested Drupal features, it is a capability the platform really needs that will help everyone using Drupal. Now that the alpha is available, we need to early adopters to start using it, we need feedback so we can continue to improve it. We also need to get more people involved in development, and we need to raise more money from organizations to support the project - it might sound like a simple feature, but it is actually really complex and requires a lot of effort. TagTeamTalks are a great way to get the word out and to enlist support from the Drupal community.”

Lucas added, “The European Commission provided generous funding for this initiative. The focus has been exclusively or largely around the European Commission’s features and functionality. The funding is running out very soon. There is a need for other people to help continue to build Automatic Updates by adding the features they need with their developers or by providing funding.”  

“It is critical for us to spread the message and make that call to action; that this is a community-driven effort and that without continued community support, it is not going to be as successful or as robust in the timeframe that we would like,” said Meyers.

The first year of funding from the European Commission provided for readiness checking, delivery of update 'quasi-patches,’ and a robust package signing system. The focus of this first phase of the Automatic Updates initiative has been on support for security updates in particular. 

In the second phase, as yet unfunded, we hope to extend this foundational work in the following ways:

  • Provide more robust composer support. The first phase of the automatic updates project should be compatible with composer-ready sites, but as the site’s composer.json file and vendor directory of a site change from the default, then more controls and though need to be implemented. 

  • Create an A/B front-end controller for the site being updated to further increase our confidence in the success of the update, allow for additional post-update testing and provide an easy mechanism to roll-back the update. This is also when updates will be able to move into Drupal core from the contrib project.

  • Expand to more types of updates (particularly further support for contrib updates), and also handle multiple updates in a row, for sites that are several versions behind. 

To accomplish all of this, we will continue to seek more funding and more partners. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes now that we have the first release out, ” said Hedding. “ There’s a larger community needed to get this initiative completed.”

The initial alpha version of the Automatic Updates module can be tested by the community right now. The plan is to: demonstrate Automatic Updates at DrupalCon Amsterdam this month, complete the scope of the funded work by the European Commission by the end of this year, and stabilize Automatic Updates by DrupalCon Minneapolis in May 2020. 

“The Automatic Updates initiative is designed to reduce the friction in keeping a Drupal site secure and up-to-date. The team behind the initiative is architecting a robust system, secure by design, and building components that can be shared with the broader PHP community,” said Tim Lehnen.

Many thanks to MTech, Tag1 Consulting, and the European Commission FOSSA program for funding this initiative. The Drupal Association is proud to be a part of this initiative.

Sep 19 2019
Sep 19

You will notice that, along with thousands of websites around the world, Drupal.org posted a banner message this week declaring we are opting in to a global Digital Climate Strike on 20th September.

Will @drupal website add the #DigitalClimateStrike banner? @baluertl requested it and mocked up a visual... https://t.co/XcIj9Gf173 pic.twitter.com/Zl0ctyc7G6

— ClimateAction.tech (@climateActTech) September 18, 2019

Of course, because Drupal.org is an essential service to over a million websites around the world, we have to be sure that we still allow them all to continue to access resources here. As such, the full page banner that will appear on websites on the 20th September will be configured to allow visitors to cancel it, should they need to.

Fundamentally, the Drupal Association wants to be a good steward of the environment and recognizes the impact that technology has on environmental issues. We are committed to exploring ways for the Drupal project to reduce its carbon footprint and to become a more eco-friendly platform. Today, we stand with others in the technology industry to educate and inform the general public about some of the ways that the tech industry can support environmental causes.

If the environmental sustainability of Drupal websites is a subject as close to your hearts as it is to ours, you might like to know that recently a #sustainable Slack channel was created for discussion on the topic.

Sep 18 2019
Sep 18

Many thanks to Kaleem Clarkson (kclarkson) and his team for organizing a great DrupalCamp Atlanta. I had a time of learning, connecting and being inspired!

Doug Vann, Carole Bernard, and Rudy Dodier in a selfie

I started my day at DrupalCamp Atlanta by participating in the workshop “Introduction to Drupal,” led by longtime Drupal community member Doug Vann (dougvann). Joining me was Rudy Dodier, from Platform.sh. Doug covered everything from the history of Drupal, to setting up a basic website to how the word “system” in Content Management System can be an acronym for: Saves You Some Time Energy Money.

I took copious notes, as I continue to connect the dots to the power of the Drupal project - to how it is leading a digital transformation across industries. I absorbed it all, and was eager to learn more. I met other developers and individuals who contribute so much to the Drupal project and to the Drupal community. From my conversations with Ray Saltini (rgs) and Mike Anello (ultimike) to Suzanne Dergacheva (pixelite), I was struck by the level of commitment demonstrated by the community. You'll get a sense for this in Suzanne's slides for her Growing the Drupal Community talk.

Suzanne Dergacheva, Heather Rocker, and Carole Bernard standing together

Heather Rocker (hrocker) also attended and presented at the Career Fair. She spoke about the importance of the Association’s initiative on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the benefits that come from actively recruiting and welcoming new individuals (especially those from underrepresented communities) to lend their skills to the project.

I realize the extensive number of stories that are within this vast and passionate community, and I am excited to promote and talk about them. I am looking forward to being a communications and marketing advocate for the Drupal community, the Drupal project and the Drupal Association. From the specific needs of developers, to the importance of broadening our audience, to the necessity of career fairs to bring students on the Drupal train, and to the need for marketing to grow Drupal adoption, I heard and learned so much in a short visit to Atlanta. But, what impressed me as much as the day was the contagious enthusiasm for what the community is doing and for what it can accomplish!

Slide showing faces of the 8 Atlanta Camp Leaders - ATL Board Members - Kaleem Clarkson, Brandon Firfer, Sarah Golden, Adam Kirby, Trish Smith, Nikki Smith, Dominic Thomas, and Advisor Dave Terry
The DrupalCamp Atlanta Leadership Team, without whom the event wouldn't have been possible!

ATL team onsite together doing a power pose.

Thanks to everyone who came out for #DCATL this year! We loved meeting y'all. Let's continue to grow and support the @drupal community! pic.twitter.com/q9IgHjVRkA

— DrupalCamp Atlanta (@DrupalCamp_ATL) September 14, 2019

Sep 09 2019
Sep 09

The staff and board of the Drupal Association would like to congratulate our newest At-Large board member:

Leslie Glynn

Leslie Glynn portrait photoLeslie has more than 30 years of experience in the tech field as a software developer and project manager. She has been a freelance Drupal Project Manager and Site Builder since 2012. Glynn is very active in the Drupal community as an event organizer (Design 4 Drupal, Boston and NEDCamp), sprint organizer, mentor, trainer and volunteer. She is the winner of the 2019 Aaron Winborn Award. This annual award recognizes an individual who demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal community.

Being a volunteer at numerous Drupal camps and DrupalCons has given me the opportunity to meet and learn from many diverse members of the Drupal community. I hope to bring that knowledge and experience to my work on Drupal Association initiatives. One of the things I would like to help with is growing Drupal adoption through new initiatives that reach out to under-represented and diverse groups through an increased presence at secondary schools and universities and to groups such as "Girls Who Code" and other groups in the tech space.

We are all looking forward to working with you, Leslie.

Thank you to all our candidates

On behalf of all the staff and board of the Drupal Association, and I’m sure the rest of the Drupal community, I would like to thank all of those people who stood for election this year. It truly is a big commitment to contribution and one to be applauded. We wish you well for 2019 and hope to see you back in 2020!

About the Elections Methodology: Instant Run-off Voting (IRV)

Elections for the Community-at-large positions on the Drupal Association Board are conducted through Instant Run-off Voting. This means that voters can rank candidates according to their preference. When tabulating ballots, the voters' top-ranked choices are considered first. If no candidate has more than 50% of the vote, the candidate with the lowest votes is eliminated. Then the ballots are tabulated again, with all the ballots that had the eliminated candidate as their first rank now recalculated with their second rank choices. This process is repeated until only two candidates remain and a clear winner can be determined. This voting method helps to ensure that the candidate who is most preferred by the most number of voters is ultimately elected. You can learn more about IRV (also known as Alternative Vote) in this video.

Detailed Voting Results

There were 12 candidates in contention for the single vacancy among the two community-at-large seats on the Board. 1,050 voters cast their ballots out of a pool of 49,498 eligible voters (2.2%).

The full results output is below. The system allows for candidates to keep their name hidden, if they choose, so we replaced the names of those who did with a candidate number:

The number of voters is 1050 and there were 998 valid votes
and 52 empty votes. Removed withdrawn candidate Tushar Thatikonda from 
the ballots.

Counting votes using Instant Runoff Voting.

 R|Candi|Candi|Imre |Brian|Candi|Shada|Ahmad|Candi|Alann|Manji|Lesli|Exhau
  |date |date |Gmeli| Gilb|date |b Ash| Khal|date |a Bur|t Sin|e Gly|sted 
  |4    |3    |g Mei|ert  |2    |raf  |il   |1    |ke   |gh   |nn   |     
  |     |     |jling|     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     
==========================================================================
 1|   71|   74|  166|  119|   36|   45|    7|  115|   67|  116|  182|    0
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count of first choices.
==========================================================================
 2|   71|   75|  167|  120|   36|   46|     |  116|   67|  117|  183|    0
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Ahmad Khalil and transferring votes.
==========================================================================
 3|   72|   76|  177|  124|     |   47|     |  118|   68|  117|  185|   14
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Candidate 2  and transferring votes.
==========================================================================
 4|   74|   76|  178|  125|     |     |     |  132|   70|  130|  186|   27
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Shadab Ashraf and transferring votes.
==========================================================================
 5|   89|   77|  183|  133|     |     |     |  142|     |  131|  211|   32
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Alanna Burke and transferring votes.
==========================================================================
 6|   93|     |  192|  134|     |     |     |  151|     |  134|  217|   77
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Candidate 3 and transferring votes.
==========================================================================
 7|     |     |  199|  149|     |     |     |  177|     |  136|  248|   89
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Candidate 4 and transferring votes.
==========================================================================
 8|     |     |  208|  163|     |     |     |  228|     |     |  254|  145
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Manjit Singh and transferring votes.
==========================================================================
 9|     |     |  239|     |     |     |     |  247|     |     |  296|  216
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Brian Gilbert and transferring votes.
==========================================================================
10|     |     |     |     |     |     |     |  288|     |     |  359|  351
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------
  | Count after eliminating Imre Gmelig Meijling and transferring votes.
  | Final round is between Candidate 1 and Leslie Glynn.
  | Candidate Leslie Glynn is elected.

Winner is Leslie Glynn.
Aug 27 2019
Aug 27

Carole Bernard's Drupal.org user profile photoThe Drupal Association (DA) is pleased to announce the recent hire of Carole Bernard as the Director of Marketing and Outreach. She and her team will focus on increasing visibility for the Drupal Association and opportunities for Drupal adoption through marketing, community engagement, volunteer management and public relations activities.

With extensive nonprofit and public sector experience, Bernard has served in senior leadership roles for more than 15 years at local, regional and national organizations.  

Bernard, a Boston native, began her career as a speechwriter for the Mayor of Boston. She then worked as the Director of Public Information for the largest human service agency in New England, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. She started her own consulting business in 2015, providing strategic communications, fundraising and executive management services to nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC area. She recently served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. She also has worked for Paralyzed Veterans of America, National Center for Women and Children and the National Minority AIDS Council as their Director of Communication.

“I am so excited to be a part of the dynamic team at the Drupal Association,” says Bernard. “I am blown away by the passion and commitment of the Drupal community, and I look forward to working with everyone to tell the DA story, to showcase the Drupal project, to broaden the organization’s reach to new audiences and to increase opportunities for Drupal adoption around the world through strategic communications and outreach efforts.”

“We want to continue to position Drupal as the leading open-source CMS for ambitious digital experiences that reach audiences across multiple channels around the world,” says Heather Rocker, DA Executive Director. “We also want to expand our efforts to bring new entities and individuals to the table to participate in our global community. We are excited to have Carole join us and to help us lay out and execute a plan that leverages all of the DA assets for growth, inclusion, awareness and participation.”

Bernard received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Framingham State College and her master’s degree in Journalism from Boston University.

Aug 13 2019
Aug 13

MWDS 2019 door sign with arrow pointing up to the rightIt's always wonderful to have Drupal community members gather in my hometown. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA hosts the Midwest Drupal Summit (MWDS) every year in August since 2016. Previous MWDS events were held in Chicago, IL, Minneapolis, MN, and Madison, WI. This summit is three days of Drupal contribution, collaboration, and fun. The event is small but mighty. As with any contribution-focused Drupal event, MWDS is important because some of the most active community teams of the Drupal project dedicate time to work through challenges and celebrate what makes open source special.

I overheard several topics discussed over the three days.

  • Drupal.org infrastructure - its current state and ideas for improvements

  • Coordination between the Composer Initiative and core maintainers

  • The Automatic Updates initiative sprinting on package signing

  • Ideas for Contribution Credit system enhancements, to expand recognition beyond activity that takes place on Drupal.org

  • Drupal core contributors and the Drupal Association engineering team collaborating on critical Drupal 9 release blockers

  • The Security Team talking through ongoing work

  • Gitlab merge requests workflow and UI

  • Connecting the work that contributors are doing across various projects

  • Fun social events

Group of Drupalers enjoy lunch together
Group lunch in Ann Arbor.

This opportunity to listen and overhear the thought and care that go into Drupal is one I appreciate. It was fantastic to hear a community member tell the Drupal Association team that they are "impressed with the gitlab work. I created a sandbox and the URL worked." It's one thing to see public feedback on the work done for the community, it's a whole other thing to hear it in person.

Contributors around a table and standing, having a discussion.
Contribution in several forms - talking through ideas, blockers, giving feedback and opinions are just a few ways to participate.

Local midwesterners who take the time to attend MWDS get an opportunity to dive in to contribution on a variety of topics. There are always mentors and subject-matter experts ready to help. My own Drupal core commit happened at a past MWDS - where I gave feedback on an issue from the perspective of a content editor. This year, Wilson S. had a first-time commit on issue #3008029 and usually there's at least one first-time commit. A memorable one being the time Megan (megansanicki) had her first commit, which was also a live commit by Angie Byron (webchick).

Here's what a few participants had to say about their experience:

"I feel inspired as I watch the local community and visitors organically interact and participate with the discussions held around them." ~ Matthew Radcliffe (mradcliffe)

“This was my first Drupal Code Sprint event. Meeting all the great people from near and afar in person was awesome. Matthew Radcliffe helped me overcome my apprehension of contributing to Drupal Core. I look forward to continuing contributing and connecting with the community.” ~ Phill Tran (philltran

"As a recent re-transplant back to Michigan, I wanted to get back in touch with my local Drupal community. Being a FE dev, sometimes it's hard to find things to contribute via core or porting of modules. Some of the content analysis and accessibility testing was really interesting to me. As someone who has not contributed in the past @mradcliff was an excellent teacher on how to get the sprint environment up and running and how to get started on issues." ~ Chris Sands (chrissands)

"As part of the Drupal Association staff, I find MWDS is always a wonderful opportunity to connect with some key community members and create more alignment between DA initiatives and community-driven work. It's also a wonderful time to catch up with Drupal family." ~ Tim Lehnen (hestenet)

"Always the best event of the year." ~ xjm

“I am glad to have met everyone. I had a one-on-one mentoring session with Matthew Radcliffe. It’s priceless!” ~ Wilson Suprapto (wilsonsp)

Did I mention that Chris also became a Drupal Association member during this event?! Thanks Chris!

The Drupal Association engineering team members are in daily contact with the community online. However, in-person events are serendipitous. The insight from community members who have expertise to help Drupal.org improve for everyone is right here in the room. New contributors need only consider that the first step is any move you make to participate. I think this timely tweet I saw over the weekend sums it up:

The great thing about open source is you can often just contribute. Jump in and help - there's tons of documentation help needed, but open issues, bugs, etc. Start small but why not start today?

— Nick Ruffilo (@NickRuffilo) August 10, 2019

Special thanks to Michael Hess for organizing this event and Neha & Danny from University of Michigan for making sure everyone had a fantastic time.

Tim does the Treeline zipline
Tim at the Treeline, on a zipline!

For reference, here are the issues that moved forward during the event.

Aug 07 2019
Aug 07

Today is the start of our membership campaign which runs through August 31. This month, we've asked members to share why they are part of the Association. We hope you find some inspiration from your fellow community and that you'll join and share:

Join membership

Share the campaign

Jiang Zhan's photo holding sign saying why they are a member
"I believe in Drupal's future and I love the opportunity that Drupal provides to people around the world." ~ Jiang Zhan

Leslie's photo holding sign saying why they are a member
"The Drupal Association helps to support the Drupal community.

The Drupal community is the reason most folks start using Drupal and never leave.
Attend a local Drupal camp, meetup, or contribution day to experience how welcoming + helpful the community is." ~ Leslie Glynn

Wil's photo with sign saying why they are a member
"I love developing for…
Working with…
Problem solving with…
Enhancing…
Drupal!" ~ Wil Roboly

Erica's photo with sign saying why they are a member
"I support the people, time, and commitments made by those who build and grow Drupal." ~ Erica Reed

Imre holding siqn with why they are a member
"I believe in socially sustainable ecosystems and Drupal is just that. It's very powerful to have local communities supporting Drupal, with the Drupal Association empowering global communication and a unified message. This must endure!" ~ Imre Gmelig Meijling

Jaideep's photo holding sign saying why they are a member
"I feel this will help others the way Drupal has helped me pursue my career and open up possibilities of learning and exploring.

This is another way of giving back to Drupal." Jaideep Singh Kandari

Help grow our membership by joining to support the global Drupal Association or by sharing this campaign. We're here because we love Drupal and the opportunities that come from being part of this open source project. Thanks for being here and for all that you contribute!

Aug 07 2019
Aug 07

We now know the list of candidates that form the election for the next At-Large Drupal Association Board member. Voting is now open until 16 August, 2019 and everyone who has used their Drupal.org account in the last year is eligible to vote. You do not need to have a Drupal Association Membership.

Cast your vote

Ryan speaking to Drupal Camp London about prioritizing giving back in Drupal. - photo Paul Johnson
Ryan speaking to Drupal Camp London about prioritizing giving back in Drupal. - photo Paul Johnson

To help everyone understand how an At-Large Director serves the Drupal community, we asked Ryan Szrama, currently serving as one of two community-elected board members, to share about his experience in the role.

I was elected to the board in 2017. While it would be my first time serving on a non-profit board, my personal and professional goals were closely aligned with the mission of the Drupal Association. I was happy to serve in whatever capacity would best advance that mission: uniting a global open source community to build, secure, and promote Drupal.

You'd been a contributor to the project for over 10 years by that point. How do you think your experience in the community shaped your time on the board?

Indeed! I'd been developing Ubercart since 2006 and Drupal Commerce since 2010. I had more Drupal development experience than most folks, helping me understand just how important the Association's leadership of DrupalCon and Drupal.org are to our development efforts. The year before joining the board, I also transitioned into a business leadership role, acquiring Commerce Guys in its split from Platform.sh. This exposed me to a whole new set of concerns related to financial management, marketing, sponsorship, etc. that Drupal company owners encounter in their business with the Association.

While the Association is led day-to-day by an Executive Director (Megan Sanicki when I joined, now Heather Rocker), the board is responsible for setting the strategic vision of the organization and managing its affairs through various committees. Most of our board meetings involve reports on things like finances, business performance, staff and recruitment, etc., but we often have strategic topics to discuss - especially at our two annual retreats. My experience as a long-time contributor turned business owner gave me confidence to speak to such topics as Drupal.org improvements, DrupalCon programming, community governance, and more.

What's the Association up to lately? Are there any key initiatives you expect an incoming board member may be able to join?

There's so much going on that it's hard to know where to focus my answer!

The Drupal Association has seen a lot of changes recently impact the business of the business itself. We welcomed a new Executive Director and are beginning to see the impact of her leadership. We've revised our financial reporting, allowing us to more clearly monitor our financial health, and we've streamlined sales, immediately helping us sell sponsorships for DrupalCon Minneapolis more effectively. Additionally, we've launched and continue to develop the Drupal Steward product in partnership with the Security team. This is part of a very important initiative to diversify our revenue for the sake of the Drupal Association's long term health.

From a community growth standpoint, we continue to follow-up on various governance related tasks and initiatives. We're working with Drupal leaders around the world to help launch and support more local Drupal associations. We continue to refine the DrupalCon program and planning process to attract a more diverse audience and create opportunities for a more diverse group of contributors and speakers. The retooling of Drupal.org to integrate GitLab for project is moving forward, lowering the barrier to entry for new project contributors.

Any one of these activities would benefit from additional consideration, insight, and participation by our new board member.

What’s the best part about being on the board?

One of the best things for me is getting to see firsthand just how much the staff at the Drupal Association do to help the community, maintaining the infrastructure that enables our daily, international collaboration. I've long known folks on the development team like Neil Drumm, but I didn't realize just how much time he and other team members have devoted to empowering the entire community until I got a closer look.

I'm also continually inspired by the other board members. Our interactions have helped expand my understanding of Drupal's impact and potential. I've obviously been a fan of the project for many years now, but my time on the board has given me even greater motivation to keep contributing and ensure more people can for years to come.

Thank you, Ryan! Hopefully folks reading this are similarly inspired to keep contributing to Drupal. Our current election is one way everyone can play a part, so I'd encourage you to head over to the nominations page, read up on the motivations and interests of our nominees, ask questions while you can, and…

Cast your vote!

Aug 01 2019
Aug 01

Time to Vote graphic

Voting is now open for the 2019 At-Large Board positions for the Drupal Association! If you haven't yet, check out the candidate’s profiles. Get to know your candidates, and then go vote.

Cast Your Vote!

Voting is open to all individuals who had a Drupal.org account by the time nominations opened and who have logged in at least once in the past year. While a Drupal Association membership is not currently required, it is strongly encouraged.

To vote, you will rank candidates in order of your preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). The results will be calculated using an "instant runoff" method. For an accessible explanation of how instant runoff vote tabulation works, see videos linked in this discussion.

Election voting is from 1 August, 2019 through 16 August, 2019. During this period, you can continue to review and comment on the candidate profiles.

Have questions? Please contact me: Rachel Lawson.

Jul 22 2019
Jul 22

Did you know you have a say in who is on the Drupal Association Board? Each year, the Drupal community votes in a member who serves two years on the board. It’s your chance to decide which community voice you want to represent you in discussions that set the strategic direction for the Drupal Association. Go here for more details.

Voting takes place from 1 August - 16 August. Anyone who has a Drupal.org profile page and has logged in to their account in the last year is eligible to vote. This year, there are many candidates from around the world. Now it’s time for you to meet them.

Meet The Candidates

We just concluded the phase where 12 candidates nominated themselves for the board seat. From now through 1 August we encourage you to check out each person’s candidate profile, where they explain which board discussion topics they are most passionate about and what perspectives they will bring to the board.

We asked candidates to include a short video - a statement of candidacy - that summarizes why you should vote for them. Be sure to check them out. Videos are found in the candidate’s profile as well as here:

You are encouraged to ask questions, by viewing their candidate profile and adding a question at the bottom of the page. I have posed one question to each candidate already!

What To Consider

When reviewing the candidates, it is helpful to know what the board is focusing on over the next year or two, so you can decide who can best represent you.

Here are the key topics the board will focus on.

  • Strengthening Drupal Association’s sustainability. The board discusses how the Association can improve its financial health while expanding its mission work.
  • Understanding what the Project needs to move forward and determine how the Association can help meet those needs through Drupal.org and DrupalCon.
  • Growing Drupal adoption through our own channels and partner channels.
  • Developing the strategic direction for DrupalCon and Drupal.org.

There are certain duties that a candidate must be able to perform as a board member. The three legal obligations are duty of care, duty of loyalty, and duty of obedience. In addition to these legal obligations, there is a lot of practical work that the board undertakes. These generally fall under the fiduciary responsibilities and include:

  • overseeing Financial Performance
  • setting Strategy
  • setting and Reviewing Legal Policies
  • fundraising
  • managing the Executive Director

Hopefully providing this context gives you a helpful way to assess the candidates as you decide how to vote From 1 August - 16 August.

We encourage you to ask the candidates questions. Use comments to leave a question on their candidate profile page.

Jul 11 2019
Jul 11

Drupal creates growth of local communities when training events inspire new Drupalers to grow their skills and get involved in the project. This June, events occurred in Sydney, Brisbane, Tokyo, New York City, Nuevo León, and online. Here's the summary from a few of the host trainers:

Kazu Hodota (kazu.hodota), in Tokyo:

Kazu Hodota's Drupal.org profile image"We had Drupal Global Training Day Tokyo on June 29, 2019 and this is a short report. 10 people registered, and 8 people with 1 Skype user joined GTD Tokyo. One person is a Drupal end user, seven are Web business SI, which included three first time Drupalers. Two were evaluating Drupal API functions, for example importing JSON data to Drupal content types, IoT system of digital signage applications with JavaScript Server side applications with Drupal.

I think API application user will be growing near future!"

Drupal global training day Tokyo 2019 June 29 start now @cmslabo #drupal #drupalGTD #learningdrupal pic.twitter.com/4fLqoB678L

Students seated at two tables during Tokyo GTD event.

— cmslabo (@cmslabo) June 29, 2019

Angel GHR (angel.garza), in Monterrey:

"The Drupal Global Training Days event in Monterrey, Mexico was hosted inside UANL FIME for two days. On June 28, we had conferences starting with Drupal Introduction and all the way to Reacting Drupal, receiving a little over 30 people in the conference and 15 presenters.

Lecture hall with attendees in seats during Drupal presentation.
Learning Drupal in Monterrey. Photo by Angel Garza.

On June 29, we had two concurrent workshops, the basic one where we presented Drupal from the basic installation, configuration and walkthrough the platform, this workshop had 7 people in it and 6 presenters and the advanced one where we presented Progressively Decoupled Drupal 8 with React and Gatsby and had 6 people in the workshop and 6 presenters.We got a really positive feedback by both the participants and the school in which we hosted the event, getting people interested in future events and open to learn more about Drupal."

David Needham (davidneedham), online training for Pantheon:

David's Drupal.org profile image"We had a great turnout at the Getting Started with Drupal 8 workshop Pantheon ran on June 28th of Global Training Day with around 200 students attending at once. We recorded the training last time we ran it and published it (feel free to run through it yourself or pass it along to others). This is material that we regularly run in-person at camps and online for GTD. Want to run it at your next event in your own community? Reach out to me directly for more information or fill out the form at https://pantheon.io/trainers."

Interested in helping in the Global Training Days initiative?

We are looking for more volunteers across the Drupal community to organize more GTD events and more local training events. Do reach out to the GTD group / Slack and join a community of passionate training organizers across the world. You would find resources and other people who can help you with organizing your training event. You can also reach out to Anoop John (anoopjohn) if you have questions.

To get involved in Global Training Days, visit the group's event list and add your event.

Jul 11 2019
Jul 11

This is the fourth time that the Drupal business Survey has been launched and every year it provides a wealth of information about the use of Drupal. With the survey, the organisers hope to gain more insight into key issues that agency leaders all over the world encounter. The responses will be used to generate anonymized, aggregate report about the state of the Drupal business ecosystem. The results and insights of this survey will be officially published on Drupal.org and presented on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at the annual Drupal CEO Dinner during DrupalCon Amsterdam.

Focus on Drupal landscape and Drupal 9

The 2019 edition of the survey focuses, among other things, on the development of the Drupal landscape. What are the expectations towards Drupal 9? But it also focuses on what developments you hope to see with regard to Drupal in the coming years.

Contribute to the Drupal project by participating in this Drupal Business Survey

By completing the survey, you contribute to Drupal. Your input is therefore of great value!

Take the Drupal Business Survey here: http://bit.ly/DrupalBusinessSurvey2019

Jul 10 2019
Jul 10

If you want to attract a diverse group of contributors, you have to first show there is a path for a diverse group of people to become leaders -- and providing financial support is a key part of that path.

At the Drupal Association, we believe one of the most positive ways to elevate community members to leadership is through the Drupal Association Board. Board members have an extraordinary opportunity to drive forward the mission and vision of the Drupal Association, and our programs which support the Drupal project, and to ensure that we consider our community in all its diversity.

The board has always had a policy of providing financial support to those members (community elected or otherwise) who cannot afford the cost of travel to board events - or who need financial assistance of some other kind (perhaps to provide translation services or childcare). At the same time, we do ask that those board members who do have the ability to support themselves to do so, particularly if they have a sponsoring organization in the Drupal ecosystem. However, we've realized that this policy is not well documented. This has meant that some excellent candidates may have previously held back from self-nomination for financial reasons. Today, we change that.

To everyone considering running for the community elected board position please don't let finances be a barrier to your self-nomination for the board. We'd love to have you join us and we're committed to making it achievable for you regardless of your financial situation.

Jun 14 2019
Jun 14

O'Reilly OSCON Open Source Convention logo in red black whiteDrupal will be represented again at this year's O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, OR in July. We'll have table P8 in the exhibit hall. If you're attending, make sure to visit our table on Wednesday / Thursday.

Community volunteers and local Drupal Association staff members will be at OSCON to talk about Drupal with attendees. We're looking forward to spreading the Drupal love!

If you'd like to help out, please contact me.

Dates: July 15-18

Location: Oregon Convention Center

Register here and use code USRG to save 25% off most registration types.

Jun 14 2019
Jun 14

In April 2018 at DrupalCon Nashville, Dries and then-Executive Director of the Drupal Association Megan Sanicki announced the launch of an initiative to help promote Drupal in the marketplace. This initiative was designed for agencies worldwide, offering marketing and sales support that unifies the Drupal brand and provides standardized materials that can be customized to each user's needs.

The fundraising goal for this initiative was $100,000, and we committed to starting work once we hit the $75,000 mark. In summer 2018 we reached $76,000 in funding and outlined the first phases of work we would complete with these funds. That funding was utilized and those first phases completed in Spring of 2019. We’ll talk about what was accomplished here, and what comes next for the Promote Drupal program.

Purpose (as stated in previous posts)

One of the Drupal Association goals is to grow adoption of Drupal. The audience for Drupal is broad and varied, as are the decision-makers choosing to adopt Drupal, as well as the people and agencies selling Drupal services.

Our enterprise market competition has deep pockets for product marketing and heavy sales support. Even our mid-market open source competition’s marketing is heavily backed by corporate funding.

So how can the Drupal Association help grow adoption of the product, across such a diverse market, with our limited budget? It won’t be easy, and it won’t be perfect for everyone, but an ideal outcome will create a source for standardized Drupal materials and stories that the worldwide community can use in their own regions to promote Drupal to new audiences and grow adoption.

To that end, this initiative is focused on creating materials targeted to the decision-makers who choose to adopt Drupal for business; specifically, for marketing decision-makers—the audience most underserved in current materials. 

What we've accomplished

The Promote Drupal Initiative was designed in four phases:

  • Phase 1: Update Drupal's brand and strategic messaging to connect with new decision-makers and influencers
  • Phase 2: Provide sales and marketing materials that everyone can use (and translate!)
  • Phase 3: Coordinate PR campaigns
  • Phase 4: Create "marketing campaigns in a box" to support localized ad and industry event marketing

This fundraising campaign supported Phase 1 & 2.

In the past 10 months, we've moved forward on the following deliverables:

Phase I

Create Drupal brand book

Complete Found here Building an open source marketing infrastructure for collaborative projects - and governance to guide its use. Complete You can join here  Create a "Why Drupal?" Video for widespread use Complete Video here

Distributing press releases as they come up - sharing finished releases with international regional associations for translating and sharing in their own communities

Complete Found here Create Drupal Pitch Deck: More about it—and how you can use it Complete  Found here

Redesigning the submission process and template for case studies and how they are selected as Drupal business case studies—and using these for general Drupal brand collateral

Near completion This is in final development and will be launched in August.

Phase II 

Set a roadmap for the most-needed marketing and sales materials in the community Complete  Work found here

Begin implementing that roadmap through the online community interface

Complete  Work found here Redesign home page of drupal.org to be persona-focused Complete https://www.drupal.org/home

Continue pushing press releases and media recognition

Complete Found here Have "Why Drupal" Video available in different languages  German translation complete Here Complete a Competitive Comparison Chart  In Progress  Work found here Drupal in the Enterprise: Integration with other Digital tools/solutions In Progress Work found here Infographic(s): Number of sites using Drupal, other stats about Drupal usage In Progress Work found here Drupal and Future Technologies: Drupal integration with AI, data science, etc. Not yet launched Idea found here Video interviews of companies using Drupal Not yet launched  Idea found here

This work is important

We see this initiative as an important way to support agencies in building new business, and creating a unified brand for Drupal worldwide. By understanding Drupal and its capabilities - particularly as the shift to Drupal 9 will be happening in 2020 - we aim to educate the curious regarding the vast ecosystem of Drupal's digital marketing technology and other business applications. 

Funding & moving forward

The idea of the initiative was to be a combination of self-sustaining community contribution - much like the code developed for Drupal - and partially an ongoing program supported by the Drupal Association, assuming funding to pay staff to support the work. 

Now that the initial funding is done, the Association plans to continue hosting Promote Drupal meetings, and to help guide the process for those participating until a plan is in place for future funding of this work. 

Promote Drupal needs your support

In order for the work to continue we are asking for community support. 

If you own an agency, please consider allocating some of your marketing team's time toward the Promote Drupal Initiative to move it forward. You do not need to reach out to Drupal Association staff directly for this to happen - you can simply have your team members join the meetings and participate in the work. We invite you to view projects in progress and see where you can lend your expertise and time. 

One element of work that would be particularly useful is to have the "Try Drupal" video translated into languages beyond English and German. Likewise, the additional materials listed above would have further reach worldwide if translated. 

Another opportunity is to add your materials to the Promote Drupal Pitch Deck (a.k.a. "Drupal in the Wild"); see the process here.

Thank you!

On behalf of the Drupal Association, we extend a big thanks to the original sponsors of the Promote Drupal Project—more than 50 agencies, as seen here. We also have a shout out to individual contributors; thanks to all 54 Team Members.

It is our hope that the community engages in this initiative in a way that helps sustain its momentum and continue producing meaningful content for the Drupal community. 

Jun 13 2019
Jun 13

With Drupal 9 approaching rapidly, it is an exciting time to be on the Drupal Association Board. The Association must continue to evolve alongside the project so we can continue providing the right kind of support. And, it is the Drupal Association Board who develops the Association’s strategic direction by engaging in discussions around a number of strategic topics throughout their term. As a community member, you can be a part of this important process by becoming an At-large Board Member.

We have two At-large positions on the Association Board of Directors. These positions are self-nominated and then elected by the community. Simply put, each At-large Director position is designed to ensure there is community representation on the Drupal Association Board.

Inclusion

2018

Map of 2018 candidates

In 2018, we made a special effort to encourage geographic inclusion through the people who were candidates for election and we were delighted that candidates stood in six continents all across the World — thank you!

2019

Drupal Association logo, Pride version

Now, in 2019, and recognising we are in the middle of Pride Month, we want to particularly encourage nominations from candidates from underrepresented or marginalised groups in our community. As referenced later in this blog post, anyone is eligible to nominate themselves, and voters can vote for whichever candidate they choose, but we want to encourage this opportunity to amplify the voices of underrepresented groups with representation on the Association Board. And as we meet the candidates, whether they are allies or members of these groups themselves, we hope to center issues of importance to these communities - in addition to the duties of care for the management of the Association that are always central to a board role.

As always, any individual can stand for election to the board, but by centering these important issues we are determined to encourage a board made of diverse members as that gives them the best ability to represent our diverse community.

If you are interested in helping shape the future of the Drupal Association, we encourage you to read this post and nominate yourself between 29 Jun, 2019 and 19 July 2019.

What are the Important Dates?

Self nominations: 29 Jun, 2019 to 19 July, 2019

Meet the candidates: 22 July, 2019 to 26 July, 2019

Voting: 1 August, 2019 to 16 August, 2019

Votes ratified, Winner announced: 3 September, 2019

How do nominations and elections work?

Specifics of the election mechanics were decided through a community-based process in 2012 with participation by dozens of Drupal community members. More details can be found in the proposal that was approved by the Drupal Association Board in 2012 and adapted for use this year.

What does the Drupal Association Board do?

The Board of Directors of the Drupal Association are responsible for financial oversight and setting the strategic direction for serving the Drupal Association’s mission, which we achieve through Drupal.org and DrupalCon. Our mission is: “Drupal powers the best of the Web.  The Drupal Association unites a global open source community to build and promote Drupal.”

New board members will contribute to steer the strategic direction of the Drupal Association. Board members are advised of, but not responsible for, matters related to the day-to-day operations of the Drupal Association including program execution, staffing, etc.

Directors are expected to contribute around five hours per month and attend three in-person meetings per year (financial assistance is available if required).

Association board members, like all board members for US-based organizations, have three legal obligations: duty of care, duty of loyalty, and duty of obedience. In addition to these legal obligations, there is a lot of practical work that the board undertakes. These generally fall under the fiduciary responsibilities and include:

  • Overseeing Financial Performance

  • Setting Strategy

  • Setting and Reviewing Legal Policies

  • Fundraising

  • Managing the Executive Director

To accomplish all this, the board comes together three times a year during two-day retreats. These usually coincide with the North American and major European Drupal Conferences, as well as one February meeting. As a board member, you should expect to spend a minimum of five hours a month on board activities.

Some of the topics that will be discussed over the next year or two are:

  • Strengthen sustainability

  • Grow Drupal adoption through our channels and partner channels

  • Evolve drupal.org and DrupalCon goals and strategies.

Who can run?

There are no restrictions on who can run, and only self-nominations are accepted.

Before self-nominating, we want candidates to understand what is expected of board members and what types of topics they will discuss during their term. That is why we now require candidates to:

What will I need to do during the elections?

During the elections, members of the Drupal community will ask questions of candidates. You can post comments on candidate profiles here on assoc.drupal.org.

In the past, we held group “meet the candidate” interviews. With many candidates the last few years, group videos didn’t allow each candidate to properly express themselves. We replaced the group interview and allow candidates to create their own 3-minute video and add it to their candidate profile page. These videos must be posted by 19 July, 2019, and the Association will promote the videos to the community from 22 July, 2019. Hint: Great candidates would be those that exemplify the Drupal Values & Principles. That might provide structure for a candidate video? You are also encouraged to especially consider diversity and inclusion.

How do I run?

From 29 June, 2019, go here to nominate yourself.  If you are considering running, please read the entirety of this post, and then be prepared to complete the self-nomination form. This form will be open on 29 June, 2019 through 19 July, 2019 at midnight UTC. You'll be asked for some information about yourself and your interest in the Drupal Association Board. When the nominations close, your candidate profile will be published and available for Drupal community members to browse. Comments will be enabled, so please monitor your candidate profile so you can respond to questions from community members. We will announce the new board member via our blog and social channels on 3 September, 2019.

Reminder, you must review the following materials before completing your candidate profile:

Who can vote?

Voting is open to all individuals who have a Drupal.org account by the time nominations open and who have logged in at least once in the past year. If you meet this criteria, your account will be added to the voters list on association.drupal.org and you will have access to the voting.

To vote, you will rank candidates in order of your preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). You do not need to enter a vote on every candidate. The results will be calculated using an "instant runoff" method. For an accessible explanation of how instant runoff vote tabulation works, see videos linked in this discussion.

Elections process

Voting will be held from 1 August, 2019. During this period, you can review and comment on candidate profiles on assoc.drupal.org.

Finally, the Drupal Association Board will ratify the election and announce the winner on 3 September, 2019.

Have questions? Please contact Drupal Association Community Liaison, Rachel Lawson.

Finally, many thanks to nedjo for pioneering this process and documenting it so well!

Update to elected board member responsibilities

As detailed in a previous blog post, the elected members of the Drupal Association Board now have a further responsibility that makes their understanding of issues related to diversity & inclusion even more important; they provide a review panel for our Community Working Group. This is a huge important role in our global community.

A note from the nomination committee

While this blog post is primarily directed at the community elections process for the board - the Nomination Committee of the Drupal Association wants to affirm that diversity is a top priority during the Drupal Association Board of Directors nomination process for the appointed positions as well. We will work to identify the best way to provide more insight regarding how the committee evaluates candidates.

May 31 2019
May 31

An adapted Pride-themed Drupal Association logo

In June last year, we changed our Drupal Association logo on social media platforms to add a little color for Pride Month and I am really happy to say we will be doing the same again this year.

Since last year, we have introduced better tools for understanding the demographic groups in Drupal and I asked for a report on that. Quite rightly, I don’t have access myself - it is very much locked down. I was interested to see that, of those confirmed users who have filled something into the field (including “none” or “prefer not to answer”), 15.8% have indicated they identify as LGBTQIA. That’s far more than I expected!

We would love to continue to improve our statistics; we're asking everyone to complete the data in the demographics field, even if that is to click “none” - it’s a totally valid and useful response. Go to your user profile, click edit, and find it in the “Personal information” tab.

Finally, whilst the Drupal Association is an educational non-profit and does not advocate policy, I have been personally reminded this week of the extraordinary bravery, friendship, and sheer commitment to overcome challenges by people in the LGBTQIA community and I wanted to help celebrate that in any way we can.

You are strong and you are beautiful. Thank you for being you.

May 20 2019
May 20

The Drupal Community Working Group (CWG) consists of volunteers who help promote the health of the Drupal community; maintain and uphold the Drupal Code of Conduct; and act as an escalation point to help mediate conflict between community members.

In December of 2018, following extensive input and feedback from the community, the CWG proposed a new charter to Dries and the board of the Drupal Association. This new charter changed the oversight of the group from the project lead (Dries) to a three-person Review Panel consisting of the two community-elected members of the Drupal Association Board along with an independent representative from a different open source project who is appointed by the full Association Board. The new charter also included an expanded mandate to focus on proactive measures for community health. Dries supported these changes as did the Association Board.

An important next step following these changes was to fully appoint the CWG Review Committee. The Drupal Association worked in the first part of 2019 to identify candidates for the third party seat of this panel.

At DrupalCon Seattle we were pleased to announce that the Review Panel is fully staffed. The current members are now:

Suzanne Dergacheva

Member of the Drupal Association Board. Elected by the community to a two-year term in 2018, Suzanne is a community leader and co-founder of Evolving Web.

Ryan Szrama

Member of the Drupal Association Board. Elected by the community to a two-year term in 2017, Ryan is a longtime community member and contributor to Drupal, as well as the founder and CEO of Centarro.

Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon is an experienced community strategist, speaker, author, and podcaster —and has consulted with a number of proprietary and open source organizations on community strategy and culture. The third seat of the panel has a term set by the board of the Drupal Association upon appointment, typically lasting 2 years.

What is the role of the Review Panel?

The Review Panel's mandate includes approving the appointment of new members of the CWG and acting as the escalation point for Community Working Group issues. The CWG Review Panel serves as the final escalation point for CWG matters, though in exceptional cases where an issue may represent a significant concern to the whole project, the panel may escalate an issue to the full Drupal Association Board.

The Review Panel’s mandate only extends to issues that are appealed to it if one of the involved parties feels a decision of the CWG is unreasonable. The Review Panel is not responsible for reviewing decisions that take place outside of the CWG process (such as Drupal.org terms of service violations, DrupalCon Code of Conduct violations resolved directly by Association staff, or other issues that have been escalated to the full board of the Drupal Association). Requests to review those decisions must be referred to the party that made the decision.

The Review Panel is not involved in the CWG’s day-to-day activities; only matters that are brought to it as part of the appeals process, or at the discretion of the CWG. The Review Panel may, however, consult with the members of the Community Working Group to help them develop programs for proactively supporting community health.

How do the Drupal Association and the CWG work together?

Under its new charter, the CWG is able to draw upon the resources of the Drupal Association, including legal advice and protection. It is also better equipped to proactively address the needs of the Drupal community.

For example, at DrupalCon Seattle the CWG presented a workshop on developing strategies for effective and inclusive group communication with the help of funding from the Drupal Association. The CWG is also currently soliciting feedback from the community as it prepares to review and update the Drupal Code of Conduct.

These are among the first of what we hope will be many initiatives to promote the health and well-being of the Drupal community, and to enhance volunteer leadership skills and sustainability as we continue to help make the Drupal community one of the most compassionate, inclusive, and intentional communities in open source.

May 07 2019
May 07

We're excited about a feature built by a member of our community and recently deployed on Drupal.org: to give more human context to discussions in the Drupal issue queue, you can now choose to display your primary language, pronoun, and location.

Update your profile now

This is an opportunity to bolster human context within an online medium where tone and posture can be difficult to read. Providing this level of detail allows for visibility into the global composition of our community — such as when a person's primary language is not English or when a person resides in a distant time zone.

It is important to recognize what being global means and drawing attention to the details that remind us about the people behind the project helps us all to have a greater understanding of one another.

@rachel_norfolk and @baddysonja sharing screenshots with this new Drupal.org feature in action.

Thanks to @justafish for working on and requesting this feature. Thanks also to everyone who participated in the issue!

Screenshot of comment submitted by justafish with patch for this feature. Shows the feature in action with pronoun, location, language details.

You can enable this new feature by editing your user account and adding pronouns to the personal information tab, and location language on the Language/location tab. Finally, you can opt into what you would like shown inline in comments under the "comments" tab.

May 03 2019
May 03

Be part of Drupal's future. drupal.org/join and drops falling into clear water making round ripples

This month, we're running a membership campaign to grow our base of support and connect with more of the Drupal ecosystem. We're challenging you to take one step this month to brighten Drupal's future: invite your colleagues and clients to join the Association for Drupal's future.

By building a broader membership base, we're securing a financial future for supporting the Drupal community. A large, global base of members who contribute to sustain the Association are a force! Every member who participates is making an impact and a statement that Drupal is here to stay.

Thank you for taking the time to share this campaign.

The campaign page is full of information on our work toward current goals that help fulfill our mission. If you are using Drupal or contributing to the project, there's some part of what we do that helps you and the community at large.

May 01 2019
May 01

Every year at DrupalCon, we aim to bring together people with a common interest who need to move a potential initiative forward or work together in other ways to help grow Drupal.

In Seattle, we brought together a room full of event organizers. This is the story of two hours locked in a room, deep in the heart of the Seattle Convention Center…

Invitees

Thomas Scola, Michael Miles, Karthik Kalimuthu, Jessica Dearie, April Sides, Aimee Decker, Aimee Degnan, Michael Hess, Kaleem Clarkson, Jesse Hofmann-Smith, Jared Stoneberg, Rick Hawkins, Michael Anello, Leslie Glynn, Dan Moriarty, Kevin Thull, Jeremy Rasmussen, Quincy Austin , Brian Gilbert, Dori Kelner, Suzanne Dergacheva, Gábor Hojtsy, Steven Hughes, Raul Solano, Owen Lansbury, Dane Rossenrode, Juan Pablo Novillo Requena, Stephanie Lüpold, Kazu Hodota, Baddy Sonja Breidert, Nick Switzer, Elli Ludwigson, Matthew Saunders, Kelly Albrecht, Narcisse Mbunzama, Shawn Duncan, Pat Gilbert, Oyekan Abiodun, Mark Casias, Darren Oh, Gregg Marshall, Anson Han, Raed Al-khurayji, Gaurav Mishra, Shadab Ashraf,, Hussain Abbas, Jordana Fung, Josef Dabernig, Tushar Thatikonda, and myself - Rachel Lawson.

If I have missed any of your names, I apologise. Please let me know and I will update. Thank you to all who attended and especially to Avi Schwab who volunteered to take notes.

Process

Some weeks before DrupalCon Seattle, I consulted with a number of people and devised a series of questions to pose to the room, to get the conversations started. I then divided the audience into groups and assigned each one of the questions, asking them to get together and prepare a five-minute “presentation” without recourse to audiovisual aids like a screen. I want to hear what they have to say, not look at fancy slides. There then followed 15 minutes of discussion including the whole room.

Once the round table began, we initially did a quick voting exercise to ensure we worked on the topics in priority order, plus some custom ordering to take into account not everyone can be in the room for the whole two hours. It is DrupalCon after all!

Topics

More topics were initially set than were discussed. We took a group decision to spend more time on each topic, so lower priority items fell off the bottom until another day.

The following represent notes taken during the day and some reflection on the general flow of the discussion.

Event Organizers as an “Official” Group?

We discussed whether we should look to form an “official” group, with a charter etc, that looks to help events coordinate and collaborate.

  • Fostering the next generation of Drupalists
  • Surfacing smaller events on Drupal.org
  • Marketing camps to students and young people
  • More case studies and paired sessions “How Disney/WWE/J&J made their website”
  • Get agencies to engage clients. Win (camp) win (agency) win (client).
  • How do we create value?
  • We already have revenue, discussed below how we might turn that into value?
  • Regional financial entities
  • But maybe higher level organization to help create them
  • Example: National Endowment for the Arts - national grants
  • Regional, local all their own organizations
  • Group representation:
  • Globally diverse
  • Diverse among camp sizes
  • Intentionally contracting to do work and solve our problems
  • Two separate things
  • Global “Just enough” organization to support events
  • Fiscal sponsorship & financial
  • Who should this organization report to?
  • Dries? DA?
  • The DA is listening now. They’re good at doing events.
  • Dries is only one Human Being
  • Fewer and fewer working groups are reporting to him
  • Global working group as CONNECTORS between groups. Some groups need very little, some need help being lifted up. How do we pool our resources together to solve event org problems?

There was certainly the will to create an official group and to put the necessary work into making it representative of the global event community. I’m highly encouraged by this and looking forward to this happening.

What can we (Dries + DA) do to help you get your event to the next level?

We wanted to understand how the Drupal Association especially could provide the right support to events.

Summary:

  • Form for organizers to fill out before and after the event
  • Drupal Association could help organize resource library for organizers
  • Events would like to have some consistent opening slides that describe and promote the Drupal Association
  • DA to promote Ticket sales
  • Events want to be able to register as Drupal Association Supporting Partners under a new level just for them.

Discussion:

  • DATA is worth its weight in gold - we all benefit by collecting data about each event in terms of numbers of attendees, sponsorship revenues, speakers, etc.
  • Data could go into standardized letter for requesting sponsorship
  • Templates for requesting sponsorships, also for saying thank you.
  • Educate potential sponsors the value of these events
  • Should a standardized CoC be required for DA support? What happens if someone doesn’t check the “We have a CoC” checkbox? Is it just required?
  • Could we enforce participation through enforcement of the trademark?
  • That might make more work for Dries in defending it
  • Put other value behind agreement
  • Could tie into CWG initiative to train CoC people
  • Create a Speaker Directory for diverse speakers
  • Incentivizing getting into the “Speaker Directory” could be a great honor
  • Add to form: where did we find the speaker?
  • Speaker Selection Panels
  • D.o profile list speaking engagements
  • Site distro for camps/starter kits/COD
  • Drupal Europe is out there
  • We have the resources in $$$, could gather resources and hire someone to do it
  • Separation of Tasks from the Drupal Association

It seems that the greatest input the Drupal Association can have right now for event management is related to data and, especially, on Drupal.org. We should look to create a plan that takes input from this discussion, Suzanne Dergacheva (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QZppszEs_7J5P4gzXnCjHSfDoCZD0TfCDntXyGyhgzM/edit#) and Rachel Lawson’s (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Su5spAtDg_viKsCqxcaWg9DZ-T08DNot9MAOJRUCVek ) discussion documents on what that data should be. 

We should look to represent data on Drupal.org wherever possible, rather than Google docs.

Define a mission statement for why we organize events and how to measure success

One of the key factors to success of the project is coordination across all the places people interact with it. Having a common agreed-upon description of what in-person events are attempting to achieve would help. We wanted to know what would be involved in reaching such a common understanding through a mission statement.

  • Taxonomy?
  • Set up focus group to define a common taxonomy.
  • What kind of sessions does a camp want?
  • Is the event mission-based or just regional
  • Grow the community, awareness thereof, and lead collaboration across open source communities
  • Scaling only happens when there’s demand
  • Focus on the higher-level goals will pull up the lower ones
  • We’re not doing any benefit to ourselves if we just keep talking to the same group of people
  • How do we implement the data collection?
  • Define & measure our KPI’s.
  • Cross-pollinate camp participation
  • Dashboard to improve visibility and encourage participation
  • “Help people exploit and promote drupal”
  • Improve skills
  • Improve the product
  • Connect people to resources, clients to solutions, providers to clients, etc
  • How do we measure success?
  • D.o signups for the event (groups.d.o is… not super)
  • Add Drupal Ladder status to profile pages (and track how that coincides with event attendance)
  • How do you use Drupal? (and check change over time)
  • Reporting how many people participate in contribution
  • Social media mentions
  • Connect to a tag 

A good discussion on exactly why we run events and defining what we want to achieve with them. Great to hear people saying that it is not enough to simply keep talking to the same people - part of an event’s mission should normally be attractive to people new to Drupal so we continue to grow.

The room agreed that a good mission statement for events would be “Help people exploit and promote drupal”

Focussed Output

Dries had a very powerful slide in his Driesnote that set the focus for the upcoming year, for the whole project.

 1 Improve Diversity & Inclusion in our community, 2 Start removing the use of deprecated code now, 3 Refocus on the automated upgrade problem
Slide from the Driesnote, photo by Rachel Lawson 

I was keen to walk out of the room with an agreed focus for the group and we settled on the following, in order:

  1. Let’s do what’s needed to make the group official
  2. Let’s work on the ecosystem - how do we provide things like fiscal sponsorship across events of all sizes in US?
  3. We need to start collecting data from events in a single place.

Next Steps

Sticking to the focus above, the group who attended and others will be looking into the requirements for an official group to be formed, with a charter etc. Activities here should be updated as blog posts in www.drupal.org/community/event-organizers

Lessons Learned

My own lesson out of the exercise is that everyone has a very full timetable at DrupalCon and to make the invites much earlier before the event, to give people lots of preparation time. This also needs to be more clear of the facilities available in the room!

I will also look into adding the round tables into the official program, still as invite-only events but at least people can see them more easily and plan their days.

I Want to Hear from You

I want to continue to hold round tables in the future on this and other topics of interest in the community. 

What community initiatives should we be getting people together to look at the future? Let me know in the comments!

Apr 30 2019
Apr 30

Heather Rocker will lead the Association in supporting the global Drupal community.

Washington DC, April 30, 2019 - The Board of Directors of the Drupal Association has voted unanimously to appoint Heather Rocker as Executive Director to lead the Drupal Association.

Adam Goodman, chair of the Drupal Association Board, said, "Drupal is for ambitious digital experiences. Heather’s experience matches this ambition as we seek to increase adoption, diversify and invest in our community, and grow opportunities for builders, agencies, content creators and marketing decision makers. Heather brings seriousness of purpose, character consistent with our values and principles, and lively good humor — just what the Board and I were seeking out for our next leader."

The Drupal Association's mission is to unite a global community to build, promote, and secure the open source Drupal software. Since 2008, the organization has supported a global network of open source contributors; a robust business ecosystem; and has hosted events across 4 continents and more than 20 countries.

Heather Rocker said, "It’s an incredible honor to serve the Drupal Association in this capacity.  This opportunity is not only in alignment with my skills and experience but also with my core belief that outstanding things can be achieved through a dedicated and diverse community of volunteers and partners.  I look forward to building on the solid foundation and collaborative spirit that exists today. "

Heather will begin her work with the Association at the beginning of June.

Heather Rocker

About Heather

Heather Rocker joins the Drupal Association with a strong history of leadership in technology and the nonprofit world. She was the first executive director of the Women in Technology Foundation, as well as the CEO of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta. Most recently she acted as the Managing Principal of Systems Evolution, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. She also serves as Immediate Past-President of the Board of Directors of Georgia FIRST Robotics.

Dries Buytaert, founder of the Drupal project, said, "I’m confident that Heather will move the Drupal Association into its next chapter. Her skills and experience at building relationships in both the non-profit and technology spaces will be a tremendous asset.  I also believe she’ll be a great partner with me to move forward the Drupal project as a whole."

About Drupal

Drupal is content management software. It is used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day. Drupal has great standard features, easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. What sets it apart is its flexibility; modularity is one of its core principles. Its tools help you build the versatile, structured content that ambitious web experiences need.

About the Drupal Association

The Drupal Association is dedicated to fostering and supporting the Drupal project, the community and its growth. The Drupal Association helps the Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution and online collaboration at Drupal.org.

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Mar 15 2019
Mar 15

As Community Liaison, I find it important to liaise face-to-face whenever I can, and an opportunity presented itself to visit a community I have not been able to spend time with until now; that in India.

This was going to not only be the first time I’ve worked with the community in India but also my first time in India. I couldn’t help but wonder, “Will I see any elephants?”

Think Indian!

I found myself sat on a motorbike at the side of a road in Goa, India and about to plunge into the traffic for the first time. At home, I’m an experienced motorcyclist but here, everything is different. I have to learn fast…

Waiting for a gap in the stream of vehicles that will never come, I shout at myself, “Come on Rachel, think Indian!” I just need to adjust how I think and accept that the traffic conditions here are not better or worse, just different, and to “go with the flow”. I take the plunge and catch up with Surabhi Gokte and Manjit Singh (the extremely generous community member who loaned me his beautiful Royal Enfield, pictured here) on their scooter and we disappear into the night.

Manjit's beautiful Royal Enfield Classic 350
Manjit's beautiful Royal Enfield Classic 350 - quite a change from my own BMW...

I learned a lot about India riding Manjit’s motorbike over the next couple of days (yes, sorry Manjit - I may have added another 250Km to the clock!) and at the marvellous Drupal Camp Goa that I had flown out to join.

Drupal Camp Goa was a great place to meet the Drupal community in India and I was determined to find out as much as I could about what was going on there. What I learned was that the community is hugely vibrant and doing amazing things —at a scale I simply never grasped before.

I was invited to do an opening talk at the beginning of the weekend and I chose to speak about community, as is my want, and how we can ensure that the whole World is aware of the community here. It is well documented in Dries’ blog posts that the contributions to the project from India are significant; they are, after all, the second most prolific country in code contributions after the USA, and then only by a small margin.

Graph showing the most active countiries contributing code to Drupal
Code contributions to Drupal, by country. Taken from https://dri.es/who-sponsors-drupal-development-2018 

What struck me, though, was that I didn’t know the amazing individuals here and I don’t see them featured enough in the global Drupal conversation. I talked about how we recognise the contributions made but we all have a responsibility to ensure that we facilitate people outside of places like the USA and Europe moving into “positions of influence” in our global community; places like the track chairs of global Drupal conferences, our many working groups and so on. I would very much like every lead of every Drupal working group to be asking themselves, “If 13% of our code contributions come from India, do we have at least 13% of our group’s leadership represented by Indians and, if not, why not?”

I was particularly struck at the quality of the sessions that I attended, and the scope of the things they were discussing.

Two sessions stuck out in my mind: The first was one on machine learning and its applications in Drupal, by Akanksha Singh. She not only described much of the history behind machine learning and explained how it may be used for many applications, she described a Drupal module she is finishing developing (on drupal.org/projects very soon!) that will allow sentiment analysis of content via tools like IBM Watson. I can think of a thousand uses for this!!

I very much enjoyed a session on “college leaver” education in Drupal by Sharmila Kumaran. It seems that she has developed a system by which they spend time exposing a lot of students to Drupal and then identify those who they think have potential to move into Drupal careers. Pretty standard stuff but then they mentioned the scale of the operation and I sat up: In 2019, they are expecting to have exposed over 6,000 (yes, six thousand) college-aged people to Drupal and how it works. Is there anyone else, anywhere in the World, educating people in Drupal at this scale??

The whole camp was full of people doing amazing things. The organisers were doing a fantastic job, the food was awesome, and I left with an overwhelming feeling that region including India will power the growth of Drupal for a long time.

Shout out to all the Volunteers and Speakers of @DrupalcampGoa 2019 - We are happy to give you credits on https://t.co/Ip1TSC0VnA as you have contributed to #DCG19. Here is the link - https://t.co/hhXnXEB5Xx, please add comments to justify your contribution :) pic.twitter.com/tlCApvXhQJ

— DrupalCamp Goa (@DrupalcampGoa) March 12, 2019

In the Mountains

We all highly appreciate the contributions Drupal community members make by becoming individual members of the Drupal Association, especially as it directly finances my ability to see people face to face at camps and meetups. I make every possible effort to spend that contribution wisely. So, on the return from India, I called off at Drupal Mountain Camp in Switzerland, where I had been invited to moderate a keynote panel on “The Future of Communities”, also involving Nick Veenhof, Imre Gmelig Meijling, Yauhen Zenko and Vincent Maucorps.

A recurring theme of the panel discussion was one of collaboration between the local associations, their members and each other. At the Drupal Association, we are working to aid that collaboration as much as possible and I was hugely impressed by the panel conversations. I learned more about how the local associations in Europe work with their members and each other to promote Drupal and facilitate growth. Truly a model to emulate across our global community.

One other thing - I very much appreciate that the event, thinking about its location, supplied a wonderful woolly hat rather than the usual t-shirt as a freebie. I know I'm not the only one who is aggrieved every time she is told "Oh, we only have straight fit t-shirts". Thanks Drupal Mountain Camp!

Drupal Mountain Camp woolly hat

But what about the elephants?

I never did manage to find any elephants whilst exploring India, or even in Switzerland. I did learn about a two “elephants in the room”, though:

  1. The Drupal community in India is extraordinary, doing great things, and I wasn’t aware enough of this. That is my fault and I intend to change that. I think we should all be looking to how we can learn more, too. It is very obvious that Drupal is in a state of growth in India and we should be cultivating that - I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the next webchick or xjm is already in India. We all gain by helping her grow.

  2. The Drupal communities in Europe are organising themselves in some really professional ways; using their established local associations to promote the project and members through tools like press releases, hosting local Splash Awards etc. These local associations in Europe are shining examples to other countries around the World.

Feb 13 2019
Feb 13

The events that every year bring us together all over the World are the lifeblood of our vibrant and diverse community. From BADCamp in California, USA, through Global Training Days in Omsk, Russia to Contribution Weekends in Leeds, UK, we have a combined wealth of knowledge and experiences but also challenges and opportunities.

At the Drupal Association, we value highly the commitment made by those who volunteer their time to make these events happen. If I wasn’t British, and therefore terribly understated, at this point I would probably say “You rock!”

As an event organiser, I wanted to take the opportunity to bring to your attention a few things happening in the community that we hope will help you in your efforts.

The Event Organizers’ Group

We were very pleased to see the creation of a growing group of event organizers forming and beginning to have regular meetings to share experiences and resources. One of its founders, Kaleem Clarkson, has blogged about this and their plans for the future.

To help with their formation, we helped them become one of the first groups to create one of the new Community Group Sections at Drupal.org/community/event-organizers.

One thing that is super important, though, is that this group has representation by event organizers from all around the World. Wherever you live, do join this group, make your voice heard and ensure that it meets in a way that works for you.

The Event Organizers’ Round Table with Dries Buytaert

One of the requests we had from the group was to be able to spend more time discussing their aims with the Project founder, Dries Buytaert.

Dries agreed that spending quality time with representatives of such a key part of our community was highly valuable, so we have created a round table at DrupalCon Seattle 2019 to which event organizers will be invited to attend and participate.

The invites will be sent to the mailing segment introduced below - make sure you read on!

Dries taking notes at a previous round table
Image of Dries taking notes from a previous Round Table, courtesy Baddý Sonja Breidert

A mailing list segment especially for event organizers

To ensure that we can alert event organizers to activities like the above, we have created a special segment in our mailing list system that allows us to send updates to only those that want to hear about them.

If you are an Event Organizer, or looking to become one in the future, I highly recommend you visit your user profile on Drupal.org and check the box “Contact me regarding local organizing (camps, groups, etc.)”

For the above mentioned Round Table with Dries Buytaert, we will be sending invites to member of this mailing list so make sure you are on it!

screenshot of user account settings

Feb 01 2019
Feb 01

/Community

As mentioned previously, we have been collaborating across the Drupal community on updating and, expanding Drupal.org/community and that work is ongoing. There are still wrinkles to resolve, such as how to make the menus on that page more obvious, but we are getting there:

A screenshot of the community section on Drupal.org

Next step - community group sections

One of the things I was especially keen to do was to make areas for the groups of people that make our community work available under /community and give them the tools and space to tell the World about:

  1. Who they are
  2. What they do
  3. How they work
  4. What their latest updates are
  5. How you can get involved.

Well, the framework to do this looks good and the first couple of sections are now available. You can see the following community groups already:

  1. Event Organizers’ Group
  2. Core Mentoring Group
  3. Agency marketing Group (the Promote Drupal initiative)

Each section will have a “standard” home page content, detailing the info above, as many content pages as the group can muster and a blog that will go onto Drupal Planet.

a screenshot of the event organizers section

Of course, a group will likely have content across many different parts of the Drupal.org website. I’m especially keen for all members of our community to be able to see what groups there are and how they work in one easy to consume place. Our project values challenge us all to clearly define how our community functions: "We foster a learning environment, prefer collaborative decision-making, encourage others to get involved and to help lead our community."

What about the community group you are a member of?

If you represent a community group and would like to join the growing list of those with sections under /community, please get in contact

I’m looking at globally-relevant groups right now - maybe in the future, we will look at what we can do to support local groups.

Imagine what could be possible when new members of our community come to /community and find right where they belong! I'm excited to see what's next.

Jan 30 2019
Jan 30

Community Together

Towards the end of last year, the Governance Task Force concluded their six-month process and developed a list of thirteen recommendations for evolving Drupal's governance. This followed almost a year of efforts that engaged many stakeholders in the community to share thoughts on Drupal's governance model. Those recommendations were published in a blog, promoted by Dries, and made available in individual issues for community feedback.

We want to thank everyone for their participation in this process.

In particular we'd like to thank David, Ela, Stella, Lyndsey, Rachel, Hussain, and Adam as the leaders of the Governance Task Force.

I would also like to thank the many other community members who have been highly engaged in this process from start to finish. More than a hundred community members  attended community governance roundtables—both virtually and in person—or participated in one-on-one interviews, from across the globe.

Still more members of our community shared their voices in the issue queues, chat rooms, or discussions on these and other blog updates.

Finally, I want to thank all of the existing community bodies who have been crucial in bringing Drupal to this point, and will continue to be a fundamental part of our evolving governance. Groups like the CWG, the Core Maintainer Team, DD&I, the mentorship and contribution team, and a number of others play a critical role in our governance.

It reflects the tremendous care that everyone involved has for this community and a strong commitment to ensuring that this project continues to be a leader, not just in open source technology but also in open source community governance.

The next step is to put those recommendations into action. The Drupal Association is only one part of the community, and only one stakeholder in this effort, but there are a number of things we feel we can do to help move these recommendations forward.

In accordance with our values and principles, when evaluating potential actions, our goal is to identify immediate feasibility and prioritize impact. A number of the task force's recommendations are topics we can tackle very quickly, whereas others, like ones that require fundraising, may have a longer time horizon. Understand, this is not a commentary on the *importance* of any individual recommendation, but rather on which items can be executed quickly and which will take a more extended effort.

Part 1 of this series will focus on the immediate next steps that the Drupal Association can take to help support these recommendations. Part 2 will address the recommendations that will be an ongoing effort over the medium and long term.

Immediate next steps

Grow the Community Working Group (CWG) to offer more support

There is already progress on the recommendation to "Grow the Community Working Group (CWG) to offer more support." Serendipitously, at the same time as the Governance Task Force recommendations were released, the Community Working Group submitted a proposal for a revised charter to Dries and the Drupal Association Board.

The revised charter included complementary changes in-line with the recommendations of the Governance Task Force. Perhaps most powerfully, the proposed changes included two key new elements:

  1. The CWG would switch from reporting to Dries himself to a subcommittee of the Drupal Association Board that consists of a three-member review panel: the two community elected board members and a third person external to the community. This leverages expertise from another open source project and offers a different perspective outside of Drupal.
  2. Providing support and resources for proactive initiatives to enable community health and support efforts. The CWG has long wanted to increase its ability to improve health and equity in our community and the DA can now support these activities.

This change also ensures that the Community Working Group has the appropriate legal and insurance support for its activities, clarifies the membership process, provides term limits for membership, and provides financial support for CWG activities.

The Board was pleased to receive this proposal from the Community Working Group, and voted to adopt the proposed changes in the Dec 5, 2018 board meeting. For more details, review the original proposal from the CWG here, as well as the official charter page which reflects the new updated charter.

Build a new community website to centralize communication and promote new opportunities

Another recommendation of the Governance Task Force that we are able to immediately act on is the recommendation to centralize communication and promote new opportunities for all aspects of the Drupal community. In particular this recommendation focuses on centralizing information about events across the globe, multilingual support, an improved home for regional groups and local associations, and community governance and support.

This recommendation aligns with one of the Drupal Association 2019 goals, which is to "Help the community follow the same path, by amplifying the voices of those who define that path." (For a little more context on our 2019 goals, check out our recent newsletter).

The task force specifically recommended a new dedicated community website, with functionality in many ways similar to an updated Groups.Drupal.org, as well as multilingual support and a strategy for coordinating community messaging and efforts. I'm pleased to report that this is an area in which the Drupal Association has already begun work. While our technical implementation will remain on Drupal.org, rather than as a separate sub-site, the proposed recommendations align closely with initiatives Association staff are working on right now.

Community Liaison Rachel Lawson has already worked with members of the community to create a new Drupal.org/Community portal. This initial change is just the first step: providing a pathway for various personas to find their way to the right part of the community to meet their interest and needs. As this is being written, we are also working on enhancements in line with the Governance Task Force recommendation: support for dedicated sections for key community bodies and providing collaboration tools similar to those that were first put in place for groups.drupal.org many years ago, but enhanced for our current needs.

Expect to hear more about these changes soon.

In the meantime, if you belong to a working group or similar, Rachel Lawson would like to speak with you about making space for your use on Drupal.org/community.

A glossary of key community terms, in clear, translatable language

The Drupal community has a long history as one of the largest and most closely knit communities in open source. On the whole, this has been tremendously positive, and is something for us to take great pride in, but the Governance Task Force rightly recognized a key concern that this creates: it does not scale. A lot of the language we use to describe our community, our leadership, and our governance is undefined or taken for granted. Even for longtime very engaged members there is no guarantee that our personal understandings of key community terms are shared.

Fortunately, we should be able to improve our collective understanding of what these critical terms mean. By assembling an engaged group of community members, DA staff, and existing project leaders we should be able to create an initial glossary of this key community language, and with the help of regional leaders in our global community, ensure that the language is clear and easily translatable.

If you would like to participate in this effort, you can do so in this issue.

Improving collaboration/understanding between the Drupal Association and community

This is another of the Governance Task Force recommendations that can both receive immediate action, but will also always be an ongoing process of iteration and improvement. The recommendation to improve the ways that the Drupal Association collaborates with the community, and in turn to improve the community's understanding of the Drupal Association's work, is a critical one. As the interim Executive Director at the Association and 13-year community member, this is also work very close to my heart.  

There are many steps we can take to move this recommendation forward, but a few of the ones we've taken in the last months or are planning to take in the new year include:

Lastly, here at the Association we can and should continue to strive toward communicating the existing ways we serve the community, many of which could help to support recommendations of the Governance Task Force. For example, when Kevin Thull recently announced the unofficial Drupal recording initiative, it had not occurred to him to consider applying for the Community Cultivation Grant program. This was eye-opening for us, because if it does not occur to even a highly engaged community member like Kevin to apply for a grant, how can we expect others to be aware of the opportunity?

By publicizing Kevin's story, and those of others who have participated in these programs, we encourage others to apply for these opportunities. The pool of funding for these programs is not unlimited, but we certainly encourage community members to apply.

Just the beginning

Acting on these first recommendations is only the beginning. In part 2 we'll address the additional recommendations of the Governance Task Force, and in particular how the Drupal Association can support these more medium and long term efforts. The work of evolving Drupal's governance will be a continuous process, and the Drupal Association is only one stakeholder in the outcome, but by working together with the community we believe we can take significant strides in this direction.

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