Giving Back to Drupal

Drupal Give

At OpenConcept, we use Drupal in all of our work, but we also contribute back to Drupal by writing modules, themes, participating in forums, lecturing in conferences, organizing Drupal events and anything else we can think of.
This page displays the highlights of our give-backs to the community. It is our part of the /drupalgive initiative.

Our organization is not only using Drupal, but also contributes back to the community and to the project by writing modules and themes, participating in forums, lecturing in conferences, organizing Drupal events and more.

This page is a tribute to the contributors. It displays the highlights of our give-backs to the community. It is our part of the /drupalgive initiative.

Drupal Camp Ottawa 2014 Sponsorship

mgifford
(Maintainer)

Once again we're happy to sponsor Drupal Camp Ottawa. We'll have more posts on this soon.  There are a number of sessions we're looking forward to presenting and as always look forward to meeting with others in the Drupal community to work together to strengthen the code that glues us together.

Clean Markup module contributions

Matt
(Co-Maintainer)

Clean Markup is a module that aims to clean up, enhance and facilitate the customization of markup for Drupal core and several popular contrib modules. Besides making HTML markup cleaner and easier to theme, it can also be used to increase the accessibility of pages.

OpenConcept regularly pays Matt, a co-maintainer of the module, to contribute bug-fixes and add features to Clean Markup.

Drupal WET on Windows Server 2008 R2 with IIS 7.5

mgifford
(Author)

We released a document for Drupal WET on Windows Server 2008 R2 with IIS 7.5 under an open government license and have been engaging with the community to see that it continues to improve.

Drupal Security Best Practices

mgifford
(Author)

We released a document for Drupal Security Best Practices for Government under an open government license and have been engaging with the community to see that it continues to improve.

BADCamp 2013 - Supporting Sponsor

mgifford
(Author)

We decided to become a Supporting Sponsor for The Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADCamp) 2013 since we were sending Cindy & Dylan.

Drupal Camp Ottawa 2013 - Platinum Sponsorship

We were proud to be involved in both organizing and sponsoring Ottawa's first DrupalCamp.  Having started the first Ottawa Drupal Groups meeting years ago, it's been truly amazing to be part of this thriving community of users and developers.

Drupal Camp Ottawa 2013 - Drupal 8 Accessibility Presentation

I was happy to present about the improvements in Drupal 8's accessibility. There's been some really amazing work done with deeper integration of jQuery, CKEditor & WAI-ARIA in Drupal Core.

Ottawa Drupal in Government Showcase

Organized a Drupal in Government showcase featuring Agriculture Canada, the Department of Defense, the Ottawa Public Library and CIPPIC. This was an important networking event for public servants who needed examples of other departments using Drupal.

OpenLayers Module

Mike has contributed a number of patches and overhauled the documentation for the Drupal 7 implementation of OpenLayers. In looking at ways to improve accessibility in OpenLayers, Mike also contributed back to the main Javascript library and blogged about the process.

Web Experience Toolkit (WET) Drupal Variant

Mike has been contributing to the Web Experience Toolkit of the Government of Canada.  Before StatsCan had taken leadership over the Drupal Distribution, OpenConcept had contributed a Zen based CLF 2.0 theme, but we're very happy to see the direction that the project has gone since it expanded to include workflow & Apps. 

Accessibility Appendix - Definitive Guide to Drupal 7

I was happy to contribute to the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 and support the community driven book to this great CMS.

A11yYOW Accessibility Unconference

Organized an accessibility conference using Drupal 7 to highlight/evaluate some of the accessibility enhancements that were brought into Drupal. Some of the sessions included work on Drupal for the Government of Canada's Web Experience Toolkit.

DrupalCamp Toronto

OpenConcept sponsored the 2008 DrupalCamp Toronto and also presented about Internationalization with Drupal.

 

Montreal Drupal 8 Accessibility Sprint

Working with local organizers in Montreal, Mike helped promote the event and helped facilitate the weekend code sprint.

Web Accessibility Presentation

We sponsored DrupalCamp Montreal and also presented about Drupal 7's accessibility. It was a good opportunity to talk through some of the accessibility enhancements that we built into Drupal 7.

2009 DrupalCon DC

OpenConcept was a bronze sponsor for DrupalCon DC.  It was a pleasure to bring our team down and be an official sponsor for a great conference.

Value of Open Source in Government Panel Discussion

Presented in a panel with Roger Burkhardt (Ingres), Jean Bernatchez (Enterprise Stewardship and Internal Services Strategies, Chief Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board of Canada), Dave McIlhagga (DM Solutions) & Donald Smith (Eclipse).

Respond to Government No Charge Licensed Software RFI

Mike wrote a response to the Government of Canada's Request for Information on No Charge Licensed Software. This attempted to clearly differentiate Open Source software from other models of No Charge Licensed Software. 

Drupal 7 Core Accessibility Enhancements

Mike contributed the majority of posts to the Drupal 7 issue queue on accessibility and managed Everett Zufelt in his time working on OpenConcept where he focused exclusively on Drupal 7 accessibility.

FLOSS Summer Camp Presentations

Presentation about Drupal at FLOSS Summer Camp.

Drupal Accessibility as an Example

Presenting Drupal's process with accessibility to a large, annual accessibility conference in Guelph.

Ottawa's Drupal User Group

Mike called the first few meetings of the Ottawa Drupal Users Group and has organized a number of events to promote the local user community.

Earth Hour

Ported the WordPress EarthHour module over to Drupal 6 and later to Drupal 7.

Chase Paymentech for Ubercart Module

Upgrading the Chase Paymentech for Ubercart module to Drupal 7.

Contribute to Accessibility Documentation

mgifford
(Maintainer)

Mike helped in writing Drupal's accessibility documentation and is still active in maintaining the main About Accessibility page as well as various handbook pages.