govCMS is More Than Just a Distribution [16 April 2015]
The Drupal distribution that is used in govCMS is an important technical keystone for the many other elements of the full govCMS service. The original foundation for the govCMS distribution is aGov; the Drupal distribution created by PreviousNext to provide a core set of elements, functionality and features that can be used to develop government websites. While govCMS utilised the aGov code base as its foundation, it is clear their future paths will vary to meet the requirements of different customers. For this reason now is the ideal time to fork aGov and create a distinct distribution for the govCMS service.
The new govCMS distribution will evolve quickly to incorporate enhancements and improved functionality based on the changing needs of government and advancing technologies. The true innovation behind govCMS will be the ability to remain responsive to changing needs while providing a standard response to regulatory requirements, connecting government with users in a consistent way and delivering solutions that can scale to meet the demands of large government installations.
“The Drupal distribution for govCMS reflects the Government’s commitment to further invest in open source innovation, the results of which will be widely available to benefit federal, state and local agencies,” said Chris Harrop, Director for Asia Pacific and Japan, Acquia. We look forward to continuing our work with the govCMS team and helping the Government save costs as agencies reimagine how they deliver information and services.”
Upgrades to the distribution will be automatically rolled out as part of the govCMS service, allowing agencies and users to simultaneously reap the benefits of standardisation and innovation. As active members of the Drupal Open Source Community, the govCMS distribution and the aGovdistribution will continue to leverage from each other, as well as other contributors to the Community.
The govCMS distribution will be publicly available from the Drupal Open Source Community via drupal.org. Work is underway to provide an independent instance of the distribution, separate from the govCMS service. This will allow organisations to access and use the govCMSdistribution outside of the govCMS service.