At the Joomla! World Conference in November 2014, a team was tasked by the Leadership Summit with reviewing and updating the Joomla! Code of Conduct which is presently available at http://www.joomla.org/about-joomla/the-project/code-of-conduct.html.
The team has worked since that date to update and refine the Code of Conduct, taking into account the rise of social media and the need to update the policy in line with the size and diversity of our community.
Research has been carried out which includes drawing from how other Open Source projects manage volunteer and leadership conduct, identifying example policies, reviewing procedures for dealing with breaches of policies, and identifying what might be the most appropriate way of deciding and implementing sanctions at varying levels.
Following a two week period of feedback from the Leadership Teams, we now request feedback from the Joomla! community for a further period of two weeks, where we welcome comments on the base English language document and translated versions.
To access the base document, please visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mUCWA2TDJ90KxuL89-oh2s9ZL1R34SBJZJtJihfeaJ8/edit?usp=sharing - translated versions will be linked to from this document.
If you would like to help translate this document into your language, please join the translation room on Glip by visiting www.glip.com/joomla and signing up for an account, then join the room called ‘Translation Room’. The team will be able to support you in translating the document.
Community feedback will be open until Friday, 12th June 2015 at which point the final version of the Code of Conduct Policy will be presented to the Leadership Teams for formal adoption by vote. If you would like to make suggestions, please use the ‘comment’ feature on Google Docs. For further discussion please use this forum post: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=888947
When designing a website or web app, it’s essential to consider the screen of the person who is going to be using it – and nowadays that means it’s more likely to be a mobile screen. In 2014, 1.8 billion phones, 256 million tablets and 276 million PCs were shipped, meaning more phones were shipped in three months than there were PCs shipped all year. But mobile devices and PC’s don’t exist in their own worlds; users are increasingly switching between devices throughout the course of completing a task. A Google study on The New Multi-Screen World found that “90% [of users] use multiple screens sequentially to accomplish a task over time.”
The new reality is that your website or web app needs to be designed to look good on any device, no matter the screen size.
"We think we’re being more efficient, killing multiple birds with a single, digital stone, yet leading social science research on the topic shows that multitasking actually makes us less efficient. What’s more, when it comes to human interaction, we slowly become conditioned to being less present for the people with whom we interact."
- Kate Otto, "The Disconnectivity Paradox in the Modern Digital Age", Triple Pundit, May 26, 2015
The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce the addition of a new member. We welcome Marco Dings to the team. Marco will be managing and helping to document the workflows within the project, helping with the work on Joomla future releases and adding further frontend knowledge to the PLT.
The PLT is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla CMS and the Joomla Framework. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features, translating and creating documentation.
Companies can create consistent and integrated experiences across web and mobile channels
Liferay, Inc. announced the availability of Liferay Screens to help companies develop native apps for the iOS and Android platforms. Liferay is a leading provider of enterprise open source portal software products, servicing Fortune 500 companies worldwide. With Liferay Screens, organizations can easily extend the reach of their websites, portals, and intranets to mobile devices, and maintain a consistent experience for its users across all channels.
In recent years, Liferay has focused efforts of providing companies the ability to save time and money by making it easier for mobile apps to reuse core data and services. Liferay Screens is part of Liferay’s larger push to provide a mobile platform for companies developing several native apps across business units. The platform also ensures that users encounter consistent data and processes—such as registration, login, activity history, or documents—regardless of which interfaces they use to interact with the company.
The Marketing Team Needs Your Input!
J! and Beyond is coming closer, in less than one week time we’ll have our Make It Happen session in Prague. Marketing is planning on 4 projects to happen :
- Content & Sitemap of the Joomla websites
- Sponsorship Marketing
- Public Relations Team kick off
- Traffic generation
Last week the combined Joomla leadership teams (Community Leadership Team (CLT), the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM), and the Production Leadership Team (PLT)), voted to adopt the New Structure & Methodology proposal, by a vote of 19 to 9.
Starting in the fall, the proposal was put through several rounds of leadership, working group and community feedback, and underwent numerous revisions before the proposal was put to a vote.
The structure team that worked on the proposal was formed at JandBeyond 2014 one year ago under the motto of “Make it happen”, and is made up of three representatives from each of the three leadership teams. The team was given a mandate by the Joomla leadership at JAB to do this work, and that mandate was renewed at the joint leadership summit in Cancun in November, 2014. The work of the structure team built on and drew from discussions and research that started at a joint leadership summit in 2011, and from the Governance Working Group research and idea catalogue.
As can be expected in a community as diverse and passionate as Joomla’s, there has been a wide spectrum of reaction to the proposal and resulting vote. Since a two-thirds majority in favor of the proposal was required to carry the motion, the vote was very close and there are some strong dissenting voices.
As with most things, this new structure can be viewed from different angles and with different mindsets. Details might be subject to interpretation, and assumptions are quite often easily made. However, without ignoring those facts, and keeping in mind the lessons learned from them, it is important now to be focused on our future, and have faith in our common goals.
For the first time, this vote gives the Joomla project a unified plan for leadership to involve volunteers, plan, mentor and vote. One legal body to oversee and lead the project, guided by the voices of the teams doing the work. The goal of the proposal is to encourage contributors, bring together fragmented leadership teams and processes, involve more global communities, and to have a voting process where leaders are not appointed by leadership itself. It sets a road map for organized conflict resolution and a code of conduct.
Today we need to come together to continue the implementation of this document. The next step will be to form a transition team to provide the guidance and processes to transition into the new structure. In the coming week the structure team will put several options before the entire leadership for a vote on how this transition team could be formed. Once the transition team is formed, the work of the structure team will be over.
Some areas of the proposal still need more detail. The transition team will oversee the formation of teams to define those areas through a continued process of collaboration and feedback. The structure team strongly recommends that all leadership be actively involved in this process, and that the concerns of the PLT in particular, be addressed throughout.
The public leadership discussion and vote on the structure change is something unprecedented in Joomla history. There is a commitment to increased transparency. The vote was respectfully conducted. As the proposal adoption phase comes to a close, the structure team wishes to thank all of the community members, working group members, and members of leadership who shared their views and offered input on the document as it was being developed.
A new day is dawning for the Joomla project. The CMS scene is very different today from what it was 10 years ago when the project was new. Joomla has made its way, stood its ground, and established itself as one of the top Open Source CMS’s in a challenging environment. It is our sincere hope that this structure change, with the continued work and collaboration of the volunteer community, will form the solid basis to guide the Joomla project through the next 10 years, and beyond.
In the spirit of moving forward, we welcome your feedback in the forum:
It’s not easy to ignore the hype surrounding the cloud. Businesses all over the world are coming to realize that cloud computing offers numerous advantages, from more productivity and capabilities to lower costs. These benefits have lead to the growth of a wide variety of cloud providers, each offering its own unique take on services and products. The result has been a groundswell of support as organizations of all types look to the cloud for solutions to common and complex business problems. Research from Verizon shows that nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of all companies are using some form of the cloud, and that number is only increasing. But as more and more organizations adopt cloud computing, a stern reality is also settling in -- to fully utilize the cloud, one must give up a significant degree of control. With so many businesses now employing the cloud in various ways, have we reached the point where we are giving up too much control?
Anniversary Honors SDL's Support for Sustainable Development Projects Across 28 Countries
Wakefield, MA - May 19, 2015 - SDL (LSE: SDL) today announced the five-year anniversary of the SDL Foundation, which provides support for sustainable, structural development that improves the quality of life for disadvantaged communities around the globe. Honoring its five-years, SDL is recognizing the successful completion of 80 projects across 28 countries and the commitment of its employees across the globe in supporting SDL's Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.
“This release transforms the CMS into a data-driven intelligent marketing technology that measures real-time content performance against the online goals of the enterprise – attracting visitors, improving engagement and increasing conversion.”
Big Data continues to attract a passionate amount of attention among consumers, media, and businesses. It also attracts intense attention among analytics, digital channels, and cloud based technologies. All these are attributable to the current technology megatrends. Big Data has enabled managers to measure and know more about their businesses. It enables business owners to improve their decision-making and performance. Big Data has the potential of transforming both traditional and current businesses as well.
Big Data can significantly affect internet search results, finance markets, and business informatics. Yes, that is how powerful it is. For sure, Big data is the next big thing in the technology field. It will not only promote business growth, but it will also help companies to outperform each other.
Direct marketing has gone through a number of transformations over the years.
And while certain aspects have changed, strategically driven direct marketing is still as viable as ever in helping businesses attract today’s discriminating customers and meet their high demands.
With the advancement of technology---in particular the Internet, Social Media, smartphones and other mobile devices---direct marketing has taken on a digital component. As a result, marketers can focus less on appealing to the masses and more on modeling and optimizing advertising to target individual prospects and customers. Here’s a look at some of the ways that direct marketing has evolved with technology.
The Joomla User Group (JUG) team is a vital part of our community, ensuring that our passionate community members can connect with other people living near them and meet up in-person to share their love for Joomla!.
The JUG Team has been led by Liam Mandville for many years, showing enormous dedication to the creation and maintenance of the JUG Directory and encouraging the formation of new User Groups around the world. After many years of dedication, Liam is stepping down from his role as team lead due to work commitments, effective 30th April 2015.
Contrary to popular belief, the big data process isn’t a funnel. For whatever reason, we’ve come to think the more information we dump in from the top, the more actionable, quality insights will come out through the bottom. That just isn’t the case. We’re creating more data every day than any other point in history, but not all of this information is a golden opportunity. Most of it’s just noise. The real key to success is being able to navigate through the clutter and determine what pieces of information are pertinent.
SDL (LSE: SDL) today introduced the next generation of machine translation technology – XMT, a core component of the Language pillar within SDL’s Customer Experience Cloud.
Perforce Helix and Unity 5 Offer Indie Developers and Students Free Access to the Next-Generation Development Tool Combo
- P4Connect integrates Perforce Helix with Unity 5 for cross-platform version control and protection of game assets
- Updated P4Connect plugin brings performance enhancements, simplified setup and configuration, full 64-bit support and more
- Perforce Helix is free for up to 20 users and open-sourced P4Connect is available free of charge
Periscope™, a McKinsey Solution, focused on commercial performance optimization, including price, promotion, assortment and category optimization, today announced that it has been listed as a ‘Cool Vendor’ in Gartner’s “Cool Vendors in Consumer Goods Manufacturing, 2015” report.
SDL today introduced its Digital Experience Accelerator, a new component of SDL’s Customer Experience Cloud. SDL’s Digital Experience Accelerator is designed to reduce website implementation time from weeks to mere days, drastically reducing operating costs. Based on years of industry best practices, it can be used right out-of-the-box or customized to meet specific customer needs. Additionally, the open-source based Digital Experience Accelerator can be easily extended with other capabilities by both SDL partners, enabling organizations to deliver powerful customer experience solutions quicker than ever before.
Last week, Andrew Embler announced the availability of concrete5 5.7.4. In his announcement, Andrew stated that this is so far concrete5's biggest release in 2015 and also the biggest release since launching 5.7 last year. concrete5 is free and open source under the MIT software license.
Today 87 percent of business applications are web-based, yet only two percent of firms use web technology for document scanning , which begs the question, “why?”
“Web-based applications by nature are fast and inexpensive to deploy, and easy to manage compared to installing software on users’ desktop PCs. We are excited about bringing these same efficiencies to capture and most importantly, adding the ability to embed capture within business applications with the KODAK Info Input Solution,” said Tony Barbeau, Products & Services general manager and vice president, Information Management, Kodak Alaris.