In early April 2009, we launched Soapbox 2.0, a system that allows organizations to enjoy the power of Joomla! 1.5 without needing to worry about common open source hurdles, like installation, hosting, and full-service support. It also consists of some awesome new components that Joomla! lacks out-of-the-box, such as our Taxonomy 1.0.
Just 30 minutes ago, we officially launched Soapbox 2.0.4, which gave us an opportunity to improve some key functions within our Taxonomy extension. These improvements will make our Soapbox clients quite happy, and include key updates like the creation of hierarchical term (or tag) structure for your content with a slick implementation of RSS feeds per term. You can also change the view of the term to be like Joomla’s Category List Layout or Section Blog Layout.
What does all this mean? It means that you can now provide several ways for your audience to view an article/page without duplication, maintain a list of terms/tags without overcrowding your tag cloud, and better meet your audience’s hunger for specific tag-specific information.
Enjoy it! I know these folks will – Behind the Green.
At PICnet, we like working with the best of the non-profit technology community, from CRM providers to graphic designers. So when our friends strike gold, we’re ecstatic.
This morning, our PICnet DC neighbors, Free Range Studios, received front-page coverage from the New York Times on their video “Story of Stuff“, an acclaimed production with inspiration and direction from Annie Leonard.
From the NY Times’ lead:
Congratulations to the Free Range Studios team on this terrific achievement! Happy hour celebration in DC this week?
There’s few countries that have embraced the power and promise of open source software as much a Brazil, so I’m more than excited that I’ve been invited to speak at CMS Brasil and Fórum Internacional de Software Livre 10 (FISL), along with my Joomla! colleague Anthony Ferrara.
The CMS Brasil conference (June 20, 2009) will be a convening of about 550 open source CMS enthusiasts, with strong focus on the Joomla!, Drupal, and WordPress communities. While my Portuguese is only as good as my Spanish (not that great), you can check out the schedule as well as keep in touch with the event messaging on Twitter.
The FISL is kicking off on June 24, 2009, in the hip Porto Alegre. I’ll be speading the word about Joomla! and sharing insight into our growing community. Additionally, I’ll be sharing some insight from research and future thoughts on the Joomla! community from my Open Source Matters seat.
With more than 3,700 registered attendees, I’m sure it’s going to be an awe inspiring site of open source at work. You can follow the conference’s events on Twitter. Of course, with the co-founder of Pirate Bay and Richard Stallman in attendance, you can expect some interesting discussions on the conference floor.
Looking forward to seeing our Brazilian (and worldwide) Joomla! friends at these great events. Ping me if you’ll be there.
If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the Non-Profit Technology conference (NTC), or were too busy schmoozing in the hallways during the sessions, OneWorld’s got you covered. Roshani Kothari, a good friend of PICnet for many years, is leading a conference call this Thursday (May 7, 2009) at 4pm ET to share some key takeaways from the popular non-profit techie event.
I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the following topics:
My fellow panelists include:
The teleconference is free open to staff of OneWorld partners.
Each year, the Non-Profit Technology conference (NTC) provides vendors and consultants an opportunity to stand out and show their true colors. We tend to find ways to stand out a bit more than others, and thought we’d share a little behind the scenes look at our work.
Remember, your goal is to be memorable, so push yourself beyond your comfort zone.
Don’t make a booth, make an experience
You want your visitors to feel your booth. Literally, give them something to touch.
Shed the typical corporate schwag, focus on something fun
You can give away pens and buttons, but sometimes, going a little further is helpful. How about a 3 foot tall inflatable penguin that can make anyone a hero for their favorite kid?
Dress the part
If you’re going to show up with a penguins, you’re probably not going to be able to arrive in a button-down, embroidered company shirt. Take it to the next level, and shed the corporate duds.
Make an entrance that stands out
There’s no better way to complete the full science fair booth scene than to make a strong entrance to your booth.
So there you go, a little wrap-up of the making of the PICnet Science Fair booth. Looking forward to seeing your ideas in 2010!
In what was a terrific non-stop event, PICnetters from across the country descended on the 2009 Non-Profit Technology conference (NTC), April 26-28.
The events started with the Science Fair on Sunday, an opportunity to share with the community the offerings different companies and organizations have for the sector. We at PICnet have tended to avoid the typical corporate booth, and instead opted for a little spin on the event. Penguins, traveling more than 20,000 miles to make it to the NTC to remind folks the power of Joomla! and open source software!
It’s not an NTC with some help from our flightless friends from Antartica. Despite the recession and the macro economic woes in their way, the penguins pushed north to San Francisco for another year of hijinks. Nice to have Eben Moglen speaking to the NTC crowd the day of the penguin mass arrival.
With our focus on Joomla!, CMSes, and integrations, I wanted to make sure we had a chance to spread the word at a variety of sessions. While at the NTC, I spoke at the following sessions (more follow-up soon!):
We’ll be posting more of our feedback on the different sessions we attended and participated in shortly. The NTC 2009 was yet another example of the terrific work of the NTEN team and the great leadership of Holly Ross!