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Drupal 8, Semantic Web, Linked Data and Security: upcoming events

With the first beta version of Drupal 8 around the corner, now is a good time to get excited about Drupal 8’s new features and APIs. The feature I’m the most excited about is the integration of schema.org mappings into Drupal entities and fields, allowing search engines to better understand the content on your site. When it comes to security, the Twig framework with its auto-escape feature is undeniably the #1 change that will increase security by dramatically reducing the risk of Cross-site scripting vulnerabilities. Those are just a couple of new features among many others: HTML5 for better experience on mobile devices, new configuration management for easier deployments, and simplified theming with Twig. Download this infographic to learn more.

One of the great things about working at Acquia and being plugged in the community is that you occasionally get to travel to various events and present on the topics that you’ve been working on. In case you are in the bay area or in North Carolina next week and want to hear more about Drupal, Linked Data or Security, you might want to stop by one of the following events.

My first stop will be in San Jose for the Semantic Technology & Business conference from Tuesday 19th until Thursday 21st. I’ve been to SemTechBiz quite a few times and always look forward to going again whenever I get the chance. At last years event, I got to meet some of the people behind Google Knowledge graph and schema.org. This year will include representatives from Google, Yahoo!, IBM and Best Buy among many others. I’m looking forward to finally meeting Manu Sporny, which has been spearheading the latest version of RDFa 1.1 and RDFa Lite, and aligning it with Microdata and schema.org. If you’re into web search with a high dose of semantics, you shouldn’t miss this year’s event. Geoff Bock and I will also present what Drupal 8 brings to the table for leveraging schema.org for site building and SEO. It will include for the first time a demo of the user interface for schema.org in Drupal 8 which was built during this year’s Google Summer of Code.

As soon as SemTechBiz ends I’ll hop on a flight to Asheville, North Carolina to attend the DrupalCamp Asheville 2014 on August 22-23. I’ll participate in the code sprint on Friday provided I’m not too jet lagged. Saturday is full of sessions. I’m due to present Using schema.org to improve SEO, which will cover similar grounds as what I’ll talk about at SemTech. I'll also do a session on security: Securing Your Drupal Site: advice for site builders and coders. I’m not too sure what to expect in Asheville, but what I can say is that I only heard good things about it, so needless to say I’m looking forward to visiting North Carolina for the first time.

If you are at any of the events, make sure to come and say hi!

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