By Mike Gifford

We've been strategizing, evaluating & deploying the Government of Canada's (GoC) Drupal 7 Web eXperience Toolkit (WxT) since it was first released over a year ago.  We've implemented this for government agencies inside & outside the GoC because it is clear that so many agencies need to meet the dual challenge of a site which is both bilingual & accessible. 

The Drupal Variant of the Web eXperience Toolkit is an open platform for web publishing which has a critical mass of public sector agencies collaborating with it publicly in GitHub.   It is also...

By Dylan Shields

Check out Part 1 of my adventures in California.

By Mike Gifford

Happy Holidays!

The team at OpenConcept would like to wish our clients, our suppliers, our partners and contributors all the best in 2013.  

By Jesse Payne

My first Drupal Camp Toronto experience is sadly over. There was a whole lot to absorb and although I found that I did learn a few new things, the most beneficial part of the conference for me was the inspiration I gained from others. I met many kindred spirits and future partners in crime. It was really interesting to learn about some of the initiatives that others are pushing forward. Overall I would say that Drupal Camp Toronto 2012 was a great event and really well organized.

By Dylan Shields

In mid-September 2012, we at OC heard about an upcoming Drupal event at the University of California at Berkeley called Bay Area Drupal Camp (or BADCamp). I'd been to the Bay Area the previous summer to attend the wedding of a long-time friend and my wife and I just fell in love with the area, so when the opportunity to travel back to that part of the world arose, I jumped at it. I quickly contacted my friends (who live right in the heart of San Francisco) and offered to buy them dinner.

By Mike Gifford

This a really exciting time to be working with government on open source projects.  Yesterday we saw the launch of The Open Source Alliance of Canada (OSACan)  is a Non-Profit established to encourage public sector IT managers, executives and their technology partners to explore, adopt and contribute to open source technologies. 

By Jesse Payne

What can I say? rules are a priceless asset when it comes to customizing the functionality of a Drupal site without having to actually code anything. If you embrace them, you will live happier and stress free. Okay, probably an impossible statement considering our field of work, but I have found that knowing how to take advantage of rules effectively inside and out gives me a huge advantage I didn't feel I had before.

By Mike Gifford

Drupal's first Accessibility Sprint was a great success with around 30 people participating either on site or remotely.  It was graciously hosted in the offices Evolving Web, where we were able to take advantage of their great location in the old port of Montreal.  It was organized by the Montreal Drupal Ass

By Mike Gifford

Following our work on analyzing federal sites with Ben Balter's Site Investor script, we surveyed over 111 Ontario Government domains using this tool and found some more interesting findings. The Government of Ontario isn't as large as the Federal government, but it is the most comparable level of government in Canada and also is the province where OpenConcept is based.

By Mike Gifford

It is pretty much expected that most organizations will go through the process of re-launching their website every few years. The process of deciding to abandon the old site, negotiating with a vendor to build it and finally deploying the new site can easily take a year. This is often a consuming process that leaves organizations happy to resume their day to day operations, and happy that they don't have to worry about the website for a while.

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