Is Open Source Software The Answer to Oregon’s IT Problems? Interview with Deborah Bryant, former Deputy Chief Information Officer for Oregon.
Corporate Open Source Anti-Patterns: Doing It Wrong. “If you don’t let forks happen, then you run into a really nasty problem I like to call governance orgy.”
The Genericons Icon Font Story. A slick GPL-licensed icon font produced by the ever awesome Joen, Sheri, and Takashi.
Since I’ve been involved in the news industry, I’ve been a huge proponent of open source software. In particular, this selling point: open source makes for much easier cross-institution collaboration. Open source software provides a legal framework for companies to pool development resources, and build mutually-beneficial products. However, as I learned the hard way, news organizations need to get to the point where they’re comfortable managing their own open source software before any collaboration can ever happen. We’ve made some strides, but we still have a ways to go.
Today, I was honored to speak about WordPress in the newsroom to the AAN Digital Conference. The alt-weeklies industry is in a situation very similar to what I saw in college media a few years back: one proprietary CMS dominates, editorial workflow is MS Word to InDesign to web, and most of the focus is on print. It was a bit of déjà vu. Fortunately, everyone is also super enthusiastic about the web — no curmudgeons in the audience.
The WordPress-powered sites I highlighted: Quartz, Metro, CBS New York, Rolling Stones, Online News Association, and DigBoston. Quartz is near and dear to my heart because I think they’re really at the forefront of innovation with an app-like product and responsive design. I can’t wait until they roll out their commenting system.
Features and plugins I pointed out include: distraction-free writing, drag and drop media uploader, Edit Flow and WP Frontend Uploader. If you’re looking for more publishing-related plugins, we’re slowly profiling our recommendations in the VIP Plugins Directory.
One parting note: this conference was the first time I’ve heard “dry humping” as a recommended way to show your appreciation to the organizers. Keep on rockin’, alt-weeklies.
Editorial Flow Update, 1/24. Making progress, and I’m pretty happy with what we decided to focus on. Looking to hear more use cases on functionality to edit already published content.
Project Reclaim update. I love that Boone is doing this. Now that I’ve fully switched from iTunes to Rdio, I’m tempted to try out a Linux machine. Most of the software I use is cross-platform or web-based anyway.
Not Getting GitHub Notifications? This makes my week. Many, many apologies to those who have opened issues I haven’t responded to.