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Open source vs. proprietary solutions for dot-gov websites

Federal web managers are facing enormous pressure to keep information technology and communications costs down, tighten their belts on bloated websites and improve citizen services.

These demands may lead agencies to reconsider their current web content management solution and browse other platforms that could better align with their current priorities.

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Military Software Developers Get Enhanced Social Network

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Military software developers are getting a social network that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) hopes will make them more productive and boost code sharing and reuse.

As we reported earlier this week, DISA is basing the Forge.mil Community on Acquia's version of Drupal Commons, a social networking extension of the open source Drupal Web content management platform.

By choosing a social environment based on Drupal, DISA was able to customize the open source software to achieve a seamless integration between the Forge.mil community and the software collaboration environment based on SourceForge. "I don't think we could have gotten any other product as integrated as we have" with the same level of time and effort, Gahafer said.

Gov embraces Drupal for web needs

More government departments and agencies - including WhiteHouse.gov - are using content management system Drupal to build a web presence that aligns with their mission goals.
When he took office, President Obama called for more openness and transparency in government; Drupal allows agencies to put information online and incorporate social functions like Twitter and Facebook integration, blogs and forums.

Take Your Website to the Cloud First

With the recent announcement from the US CIO, Vivek Kundra, to reform federal information technology management, government agencies are being asked to comply with the Cloud First policy and move three services to the cloud within the next 18 months. Over the last year many agencies - including whitehouse.gov - have successfully migrated their website to Drupal. Learn how you can meet this new directive by moving your website to the Cloud First with Drupal.

RestoreTheGulf.gov using Drupal in the cloud

Restore the gulf gov

The U.S. government recently launched a new Drupal website,
RestoreTheGulf.gov, to provide information about the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico from the oil spill earlier this year and announced plans to phase out the current disaster response.

Teach.gov using Drupal

Teach gov

The U.S. Department of Education just launched a new micro-site built on Drupal: teach.gov. At teach.gov you can learn what it's like to be a teacher and get the tools you need to launch your own career in education.

The site looks surprisingly crisp and modern for a government site, don't you think?

Depth and Breadth of Drupal customers

We recently completed an Acquia customer case study on the New York Senate. The New York Senate is a great example of a Government agency that's using Drupal to keep it's constituents engaged and involved in happenings at the State Senate. Open Government and transparency at its best with Drupal. They use Microsites for various members of the Senate with their own messaging.

Tom Erickson on Gov 2.0

Government: Of the People, By the People, For the People

Tom Erickson, Acquia's CEO provides context for his Gov 2.0 Expo session: Drupal and Social Publishing Strategies for Meeting the Open Government Directive.

Open Source Drupal for the New Open Government

Acquia launches new ‘Social Publishing for Open Government’ program to help agencies meet requirements of Open Government Directive
Company hires VP of Business Development to lead efforts

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