Monthly Archives: November 2007

CivicSpace is a Drupal based CMS for civic groups

CivicSpace is a Drupal based CMS for civic groups

Empower even the smallest civic groups to effectively deploy sophisticated fundraising, communication and advocacy technologies.

CivicSpace On Demand is the easy way to bring individuals and groups together on the Internet.

  • Promote your cause and communicate with supporters via your website and e-newsletters.
  • Create and update your website content with no programing skills required.
  • Offer opportunities to support your cause by making online donations, volunteering or attending an event.
  • Enable people to interact, with powerful community-building tools like blogs, discussion forums, voting and petitions.
  • Keep track of all your contacts and your interactions with them in a powerful, integrated central database.


Modules and Features

Civicspace Demo

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PCLinuxOS – the distro-hopper-stopper

Songbird Open Source Media Player

Songbird is a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web. Songbird is committed to playing the music you want, from the sites you want, on the devices you want, challenging the conventions of discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the Internet.

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Drupal Open Source CMS

Why Open Source ?


The open source software movement is probably the single most significant development to the software industry ever. Open source software is free. "Freely distributed", "Freely accessible" and "Freely modifiable" – and it is this freedom that makes it so valuable.

The lure of open source software is that it is free—anyone can use it or modify it without license fees, and no vendor can lock users in for fixes and enhancements.

Australian Government (AGIMO)
A review of the implementation showed that it met each of the business objectives specified for the project. Additional functionality was subsequently incorporated into the product by AGIMO, and other Matrix users. This has increased the capabilities of the product and is expected to lead to reduced cost and development times for future functionality, as more and more code is available for re-use.

Oxford University
Aside from being easy to implement, MySource Matrix also proved to be the most cost-effective site publishing solution for Oxford’s library network.  Because the CMS is open source, it’s free to use and own, meaning that OULS  & SERS have been able to control its development and support spend in a far more effective way than would be possible with alternative commercial systems.

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LDAP Directory Servers and LDAP Browsers

Open Source Intranet CMS’s

I've been looking for an Open Source Intranet CMS (which must support creation and administration of an internal company directory) and have created the following shortlist:

If you have any other suggestions or can personally recommend one of the above please let us know – obviously there wont be any sites we can look at because they'll be other companies internal corporate intranets !

I've just found a few more (via

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Apache Velocity Project

Apache Velocity Project About Velocity

Velocity is a Java-based template engine. It permits anyone to use a simple yet powerful template language to reference objects defined in Java code.

When Velocity is used for web development, Web designers can work in parallel with Java programmers to develop web sites according to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) model, meaning that web page designers can focus solely on creating a site that looks good, and programmers can focus solely on writing top-notch code. Velocity separates Java code from the web pages, making the web site more maintainable over its lifespan and providing a viable alternative to Java Server Pages (JSPs) or PHP.

See also

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IBM Rational Software Architect and IBM Rational Systems Developer