Managing the Chaos of a Thousand Voices - How the Drupal community is scaling up its collaborative vision.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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Technology Review - Published by MIT

Whitehouse.gov, along with millions of other sites on the Web, is based on Drupal—free, open-source software, built by a global community of volunteers, that enables users to build websites even if they have little to no programming skill. The project has grown steadily since Dries Buytaert founded it in 2001, and more than a thousand people participated in creating Drupal 7, which was released in January. As the community gears up for work on Drupal 8, it is working to preserve an environment that will remain friendly to collaboration now that the project has outgrown the informal systems that have served it to date.