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The Australian Government and I tell you: “Why Drupal”

I had the privilege of being one of two keynote speakers alongside the Australian Government CTO, John Sheridan, at the 2014 Drupal Gov Day in the Australian capital, Canberra. The Australian Government has announced it is building its “GovCMS” and centering on a single technology: Drupal implemented on a standardized, public-cloud-based platform. Drupal in the guise of GovCMS will be the recommended and supported web technology for Australian government websites and applications.

The conference delegates at the National Museum of Australia on August 22, 2014, were about evenly split between Drupal service providers and government employees from a vast range of departments. There was a distinct note of pride among the Drupalists present that our technology has been chosen to be the government's officially recommended web technology. An equally clear sense of eager curiosity prevailed among the government delegates who filled every session of the day. I sensed everyone there was collectively rolling up their sleeves to get to work on best using our open source technology for the benefit of all Australians.

Watch our keynotes, get a sense for what we’re talking about and watch this space: I will be writing and interviewing people about all this in the coming months to dissect how Drupal and open source software help government and make all this possible.

One tool for all – Drupal and GovCMS

Keynote: John Sheridan, Australian Government CTO

John Sheridan, CTO of the Australian government, is a visionary trying to change what his government can achieve with technology, but his approach is utterly pragmatic: saving costs while empowering government bodies to act on their own, supporting faster innovation, and relying on a technology proven in governments around the world.

John Sheridan explains in his Drupal Gov Day Canberra 2014 keynote (video and slide deck below) why one solution – Drupal – can master all the enormous complexity inherent in government and fulfill his government’s missions successfully.

John's slides are posted here. Here is the Australian Government Department of Finance and Deregulation's 2012 CMS Review Report, which led to the choice of Drupal to be the base of the Australian government’s GovCMS; a sort of "Why Drupal?" from the Australian government's perspective.

"One tool for all – Drupal and GovCMS"

Code for a better world: Open source Drupal + Government

Keynote: Jeffrey A. “jam” McGuire, Acquia Open Source Evangelist

I agree with John that open source technologies are the only ones that provide effective (in terms of results) and sensible (in terms of cost, scalability, and flexibility) solutions for governments. Open source software is code for better digital government – more collaborative, transparent, participatory, innovative – and hopefully a better world. Drupal is the winner here because its fundamental design decision is empowerment, and that has led to massive adoption by developers and end users. Drupal is being used effectively by even the largest of governments to fulfill the criteria necessary for good digital government.

"Code for a better world: Open source Drupal + Government"

My slides are posted here.

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