As part of our commitment to supporting the Drupal Community, we sponsored a Drupal London community event on Monday evening, exploring how several UK government departments have been implementing open source software in their projects.
The agenda coming directly from Number 10 is to adopt open source software to deliver best value and Drupal is emerging as a clear favourite. The event was brilliantly attended by a wide range of Drupal agencies, Government Departments, public sector bodies and general Drupal enthusiasts.
We were treated to a rich and varied selection of presentations, including insights into the Government Open Source Action Plan from the Home Office; Running a Perfect Government Project delivered by Ofstead and a run down of how Data.gov.uk, one of the most famous Drupal projects was deployed from the Cabinet Office. Ixis have been working within this field for years and are currently putting the finishing touches to our latest work with the British Council digital project team.
We have recently implemented a Drupal content management system for the British Council, as well as managing the hosting and support for the website infrastructure. The project will house the entire web infrastructure of the British Council international websites. Here at Ixis, we are excited by the future of open source within Government, particularly following our recent appointment onto the G-Cloud procurement framework. The presentations will be available shortly so you can share the learning from the event, so watch this space. The first set of introductory videos can be viewed here.
What was most interesting for me was how the Drupal community is committed to sharing best practise and collaboration on projects to work with Government and the Public Sector. Our objectives and passion are shared – to deliver excellent open source projects whilst sharing the code and learning from each other. In what other community does this happen in? The evening was topped off with the usual prizes for the best tweets and a social at the local pub after the presentations – well, it'd be rude not to!