Acquia Joins Open Source for America in Advocating Open Source in the U.S. Federal Government

Drupal Social Publishing System Increasing Transparency and Collaboration on Web between Federal Agencies and their Audiences

Andover, MA -- July 22, 2009-- Acquia, the enterprise guide to the Drupal Social Publishing System, today announced that it has joined Open Source for America, a broad cross-section of more than 50 companies, academic institutions, communities, related groups and individuals that serve as a unified voice for the promotion of open source in the U.S. Federal government sector. Open Source for America strives to effect change in government to encourage broader support of open source technologies and the open source development community.

“We've received great response from companies, organizations and individuals interested in joining together to advocate for greater use of open source software in the U.S. federal government,” said David Thomas, principal at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti and spokesman for the Open Source for America campaign. “We are very pleased to welcome Acquia in joining our cause and look forward to their active involvement in articulating the true value open source delivers to the U.S. government.”

Drupal doesn’t just change the way a website looks; it changes the way users interact with the web and one another. The combination of Drupal and Acquia Network subscriptions give government organizations the power and confidence to embrace social publishing and integrate a variety of Web 2.0 applications such as blogs, wikis, community networks and profiles into their web properties. As a result, agencies can better engage citizens, actively participate in public conversations and provide those communities with a forum for collaboration—all necessary elements now needed to keep constituents engaged in policies and public debate. Drupal, with Acquia’s enterprise-class services and support, allows all levels of government to use the Web for rapid application development to promote open, transparent communication and serve as a resource for easily searchable public information, records and data.

“The intersection of traditional Web content management and social publishing has resulted in a lot of excitement throughout all levels of government,” said Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia. “The opportunity for open source and Drupal in the federal government has never been greater to promote transparency and engagement with committed citizens.”

Drupal registers over 250,000 downloads per month, and is one of the most active open source projects on the Web. The Drupal platform has already played an integral role in the new administration’s commitment to open source software. The Obama administration recently excited the open source world by choosing to launch the Federal IT Dashboard http://it.usaspending.gov/ on Drupal. Their choice of a free, open source platform over a proprietary system is one example of federal and state government’s embrace of new and more open software technology.

As a member of Open Source for America, Acquia has pledged to support the organization's mission and its founding principles. This includes the belief that the U.S. federal government can and should become more transparent, participatory, secure and efficient by leveraging the advantages of open source software; the open source community can drive collaborative innovation for government; and the decision to use software should be driven solely by the requirements of the user.

To learn more about Open Source for America, please visit http://opensourceforamerica.org.

About Open Source for America:
Open Source for America is a coalition of industry leaders, associations, non-government groups and academic/research institutions organized to serve as a centralized advocate, to encourage broader U.S. Federal Government support of and participation in Free and Open Source projects and technologies. Membership in Open Source for America is open to any individual or entity signing the campaign's mission pledge. Learn more at http://opensourceforamerica.org. You can also follow Open Source for America on Twitter at https://twitter.com/OpenSourceGov.

About Acquia
Acquia helps organizations of all sizes build social publishing websites quickly, easily and with a lower total cost of ownership by leveraging Drupal, the open source social publishing platform that blends content and community. Our products, services and support enable companies to leverage the power, technical innovation and economic value of Drupal while simplifying the experience, removing the complexity and minimizing the risk. Please visit: http://acquia.com. Download Acquia Drupal, the completely free Drupal distribution, at http://acquia.com/downloads.

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