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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-26-09 03:28 PM
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A Change Obama Has Made
http://crooksandliars.com/jamie/whitehousegov-finds-fam...

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If you have gone to whitehouse.gov since Saturday you may not have noticed any real changes. On the outside this is true, but underneath the hood they just replaced the entire engine and drive train.

When President Obama took over at 1600 Pennsylvania one of the first things he did was order the people who manage the White House website to investigate new software. The outcome was a move from expensive and clunky proprietary software to a very familiar open source system Drupal.

Now I dont expect all our readers to know what Drupal is, but actually it should be very familiar. Drupal is the same software that powers Crooks and Liars. The software is extremely robust and can be extended beyond you imagination through contributed modules. In the coming months you will see more examples of this as we start rolling out our latest updated that includes countless new features to better engage you the C&L community.

So what does this change at whitehouse.gov mean for all of us? Well its the first big step towards a more robust whitehouse.gov website. A perfect explanation comes from the founder of Drupal, Dries Buytaert:

First of all, I think Drupal is a perfect match for President Barack Obama's push for an open and transparent government -- Drupal provides a great mix of traditional web content management features and social features that enable open communication and participation. This combination is what we refer to as social publishing and is why so many people use Drupal. Furthermore, I think Drupal is a great fit in terms of President Barack Obama's desire to reduce cost and to act quickly. Drupal's flexibility and modularity enables organizations to build sites quickly at lower cost than most other systems. In other words, Drupal is a great match for the U.S. government.

Imagine a new way to communicate with the White House that is as simple as sending a message on Facebook? That possibility will be very simple with the power of Drupal behind them.

This change also signifies what happens when we have a tech-savvy President sitting in the Oval Office. As matter of fact President Obama was the one who personally directed the powers to be to make the change:

The move from the old proprietary CMS which has been used by WhiteHouse.gov since the Bush Administration was a result of several months of planning as instructed by none other than Pres. Obama himself. It was a much needed switch as the Obama administration gears up for a more socially relevant and interactive government through the use of online social media tools.

Instead of paying a single company major dollars to develop software, the White House has made a move towards major savings and being able to use that money to give its citizens better tools to find out exactly what is happening.

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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-26-09 04:31 PM
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WonderGrunion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-26-09 04:35 PM
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2. This is really cool.
I wish more people would respond to and rec news threads.

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