Association News team week notes #13

The D7 upgrade project is active again and we are back with our regular week notes! During the past couple of months we mostly kept quiet because drumm and I were busy with various related tasks, such as the DrupalCon websites,, etc. For the coming weeks the D7 upgrade is our top priority.

DrupalCon Session Recordings, Unite!

For the last few years, we've been recording each of the sessions from the DrupalCons, creating over 100 hours of recordings per event. We've also been uploading each of these recordings to the session listing on the DrupalCon site within a few hours. The result is an archive for each conference that's available to anyone, anytime.

What Does Drupal Mean to You?

Back in November, a group of folks at DrupalCamp NW decided to ask that question and see what happened. The result? Some prett great answers, and a wonderful video that really captures the community:

Restarting the Drupal 7 upgrade

In late April 2012 we kicked off a sprint to upgrade to Drupal 7. Over the next months a huge amount of work was done, resulting in about 300 closed issues (not counting bdd team issues). The Project module suite and many other parts of our site were erased of nearly ten years of technical debt brought on by numerous patchwork fixes over the years. In addition, many parts of the new were rebuilt to take advantage of the features and functionality of Drupal 7. A lot of work went into something completely new for - Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) testing infrastructure and suite of tests for the most important parts of, including Git & Project functionality, Solr search, and various sections like Marketplace and Case studies. All told, by the end of 2012 the upgrade was close to completion. But, at this point we exhausted our initial budget. The decision was made to suspend all activities until we could reassess the situation, define a solid path forward, and get budget for the finishing part of upgrade project approved.

Drupal Association Board Meeting: March 13, 2013

We had a big agenda for the board meeting this month, covering everything from completing the D7 upgrade to the DA Open Door Policy for staff.

Guest Blog: Hamburg Global Sprint Weekend Recap

A snowy day in HamburgGuest blogger John Heaven of comm-press shares his experiences and observations from March's Global Sprint Weekend. Thanks, John!

At comm-press in Hamburg, Germany, we opened up our office on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March to make our contribution to the code sprint taking place across the globe. It was unusually wintery weather for March - in the past few days we've seen up to 40cm of snow -- but, nevertheless, 15 people gathered to work down the issue queue, get help from other participants or simply get to know Drupal 8 for the first time.

Update from the Board Retreat: Funding the Future of

The mission of the Drupal Association is to foster and support the Drupal Project, the community, and its growth. Our very first task in accomplishing that mission?

1. Maintaining the hardware and software infrastructure of and other community sites. is the central nervous system for the Drupal Project. It's where you work, where you share, and where you socialize. Everything that happens in the community touches D.O at some point. That's why it's first on the list of ways we serve our mission.

Supporting Partners Support YOU!

Flickr Photo: nidhugLast year, The Drupal Association launched the Supporting Partner Program. The program was to function as a way to crowdsource funds for strategic community initiatives; namely creating a tech team to improve the community’s home We are so thankful to the 36 companies who stepped up to support this effort. 

It goes without saying that is a big site to manage and requires a lot of resources. Resources are needed not only to maintain the site, but yes...improve it! needs to be upgraded to D7. Developers want better collaboration tools. Site builders want to find the right modules for the job, faster. To tackle this brain-smacking project we needed a team, the D.O Tech Team. But how to fund it?

Update from the Board Retreat: The Future of DrupalCon

Flicker photo: Marcus ExnerGrowing Drupal around the world was the big theme of the Drupal Board of Directors Retreat in Boston on Thursday February 28 and Friday March 1.


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