The Joomla! project is proud to announce the Joomla Event Travel Programme (JET), an initiative created to support active project volunteers and community members who have dedicated time and energy to make Joomla better, and who would like to attend larger Joomla events. The recipients of the first JET Programme recognition will have the cost of admission covered to the upcoming J and Beyond Conference on May 30 – June 1, 2014 in Königstein Germany, and will receive assistance with travel and lodging.
We invite anyone to apply who has actively contributed to Joomla through involvement in the community (by contributing code, participating in a translation team or a JUG, organising local events...) and requires financial assistance to attend the J and Beyond event.
Anyone who has contributed to the Joomla project in any way (www.joomla.org/about-joomla/contribute-to-joomla.html) during the past year is eligible to apply to the JET Programme.
Each application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will be judged on its own merit. Because the number of recognitions, and the amount of money in the JET fund is limited, we will take into account criteria like the current involvement in the Joomla community (either locally or globally), the potential benefit to the Joomla project, or the overall participation in the Joomla! community.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and all applicants will be notified by Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Applications must be completed by the interested person at http://events.joomla.org/jet-jab-2014.
Important Note: We are seeking volunteers in the Joomla! community to become part of the JET Committee team. The selected volunteers will review the applications for J and Beyond. If you have at least three hours per week to contribute to the Joomla project in the next two months, and you are interested in joining the team, please contact us at email@example.com.
As of Q4, 2013, more mobile smart devices are being purchased around the world than desktop and laptop computers. Surprised? Well, you shouldn't be. After all, how many times per day do you see someone pull out a pad or smartphone to while away a few minutes or to quickly check a fact? The simple truth is that the sale and use of mobile devices has absolutely skyrocketed in the past few years, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. As such, marketers are making sure to take advantage of this new medium. Unfortunately, amidst all of this enthusiasm for mobile marketing, many businesses are making mistakes that could potentially end up costing them significant amounts of money and could even damage their relationships with customers. But don't worry; a smart person learns from their own mistakes, but a genius learns from everyone else’s. Here are five common mobile marketing mistakes to be familiar with, so that you won't ever have to suffer for them.
Last December, International Data Corporation presented a top ten list of technology predictions for 2014. Among those predictions, IDC claims that enterprise spending on Big Data analytics services in 2014 will increase by 21 percent over 2013, to exceed $4.5 Billion. Obviously companies are starting to recognize that their vast pools of data hold immense potential.
But spending money on Big Data and extracting real value from it are two different things. According to research by Gartner published in a 2011 article on ComputerWeekly.com, between 70 and 80 percent of corporate business intelligence projects flat out fail.
At Gartner’s 2013 Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit, a panel of vendors agreed that more than 70 percent of analytics projects failed to meet expectations. What is the main reason for that kind of failure?
While flash is not the only new form of memory storage, it is by far the best choice. Some people are working on other systems including phase change memory, carbon nanotubes, spin torque transfer, and memristors. None of these are close to being ready for use in enterprise and only time will tell if they will ever become a viable option.
Of course, flash storage is not without its problems. Among the biggest causes of hesitancy for enterprise has been the higher costs and other technical memory problems. Fortunately, some large scale flash providers have been able to eliminate these disadvantages.
Evoq Social’s group capabilities have been enhanced. Now called Group Spaces, this feature provides more tools for group owners, community managers and administrators to help members discover new groups, along with ways to invite new members via notifications or email. A new Group Directory allows groups to be searched, created, tagged and moderated similar to other Evoq Social features and is tightly integrated with Evoq Social’s gaming mechanics engine.
You're rebuilding your website and you don't want to make the same mistakes as the last one. This time around it needs to be different. This time you realize that building a website is a lot easier than maintaining a website. You're in luck. The second annual Now What? Conference — the conference that gives you the know-how to manage your website post-launch — has finalized its lineup and looks to expand upon last year's successful event with bigger names and a full day of workshops.
If Sioux Falls, SD is less than a day's drive, I encourage you to go to this conference. The conference and various workshops will be held on April 23rd and April 24th. Created by Blend Interactive, the conference promises to bring together web and marketing professionals from across the region. Something that rarely happens in our region, you will hear some of today’s leaders come together and cover post-launch web maintenance, web analytics, content strategy, and talk shop with colleagues and speakers.
Now What? Conference 2014 packs two days full of smart talks and workshops from smart people. Workshops will focus on real-world tasks and governance methods, while the main conference will give you the tools and the inspiration to fuel change and progress within your organization.
In August of 2013, the Joomla Extensions Directory (JED) Team put out a Request for Proposals looking for developers interested in designing a new Joomla 3.x component to manage JED listings. The JED Team also released a list of JED 3.x Requirements outlining the required functionality needed for the component.
Nine proposals were submitted and the JED Team narrowed the list down to three submissions based on scope, viability and the timeframe to complete the project. The final three candidates were interviewed by members of the JED Team who determined that Fabrikar had the best solution.
On behalf of The JED Team, we’d like to thank all of the developers who submitted proposals. I’m pleased to announce that the contract between OSM and Fabrikar has been negotiated and signed by both parties.
Development will begin starting today with a target completion date for the second quarter of 2014. After a period of testing we will begin to roll out the new system, provide thorough documentation on how to use the new JED, and replace the existing website.
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If you have some free time this Thursday then you might want to tune into the CMS Connected's live webcast. As a periodic guest, I will be reviewing the Magnolia CMS platform in the show's Vendor Spotlight segment. Magnolia is an open source java-based content management system that is used in more than 100 countries across the world, by governments and leading FORTUNE 500 enterprise.
Showtime is set for Thursday, February 27th at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT. If you plan on watching the webcast live, be sure and register for show at CMS-Connected.com.
The primary focus of the show will be on something we've been covering here at CMS Report a lot lately, the shift to "Big Data". As part of our discussion on Big Data they will welcoming Seth Earley into the studio. Seth is a 25 year veteran of the technology industry and currently heads a consulting firm of which is is the founder and CEO.
Also, joining the show will be regular co-hosts, Scott Liewehr and Butch Stearns. A first, I think, DCG Principal Analyst Jill Finger Gibson will also weighing in on some of our big news stories of the show.
Today, we received an announcement from the folks at Joomla! which we couldn't pass up. The Joomla CMS has been downloaded more than 50 million times. Just as impressive, Joomla is currently being download at 1 million downloads a month.
Joomla is used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. A few other milestones to note is that Joomla is also currently the world’s second most utilized CMS behind WordPress and ahead of Drupal. If you do the math, that translates to 3.1% of all the world’s Web properties now run on the Joomla platform. Joomla! is also claiming that about 630,000 people have had input into the CMS since its launch in 2005.
I am pleased to announce the launch of our localisation project for Joomla! documentation. Using an extension designed specifically for translation of pages, our documentation can now be translated. In fact, the translation will be close to the original content of a current documentation page. Once translated, a page will be tracked and when needed, it can be updated easily if the content changes.
For a long time, our international community has desired Joomla! documentation in their native language. One of the major hurdles was deciding how and what tools to use for translating our documentation. This not only included how to translate, but how to track documentation changes while keeping the translated pages up-to-date with the original source pages. You can see an example of a translated page in our sandbox.
Besides tracking the original content of the page, if the original content ever changes, the translation can be updated easily. What is radically different from traditional translations, it will be unnecessary to translate the entire page again. Translators will only have to re-translate the section of a page with changes.Organised Workflow
As the Documentation Working Group launches this project, please keep in mind we must be organised and use an appropriate workflow. Joomla already translates strings for the language packs available for our CMS's core with a specific workflow. Our translation of documentation will take a similar approach. Our workflow will be mainly set by the extension we are using for translations. Below is a brief summary of our documentation translation workflow.
- Our current documentation is en-GB. The English version of a page will be the source language. Simply, there must be an English version of a page for translation.
- A page must be marked (tagged) for translation. The page will automatically be sectioned into smaller translation units called 'message groups' when the page is saved. The message groups are used to track changes but more importantly, they break a page into smaller sections for translation.
- A marked page must then be approved for translation by a Translation Administrator. The role of a Translation Administrator will be to determine if a page should be translated and verify if the page’s message groups are manageable.
- Once a page is marked and approved, it can be freely translated into any language. A translator will not have to translate the entire page all at once and may work at their own speed translating a few message groups at a time. The fallback language is always the source language.
- Any user with translator permission can help translate pages and any translator will be able to review other translator’s translations. For some languages, the translator and translation reviewer may be one and the same.
- Translations are available for viewing immediately upon a successful translation save completion.
- If the source content of a page is changed, a Translation Administrator marks the changes so the translators know there have been changes. Step 5 will start again with the exception that only the changes to affected message groups need to be translated again. For example, if a page has been sectioned into 15 message groups and the changes only affect 1 message group, then only 1 message group will need to be re-translated.
There are tools built into the extension to assist volunteer translators. One of the most useful ones is machine translation to assist in preparing some text for manual translation. Most translators know machine translations are inaccurate because they lack the finite knowledge of a language, but they can be useful in helping build a text block quickly which can be manually improved by an actual human translator. Translators can choose to use this feature or completely ignore it.
Translators may sign up to be notified about new pages which need translation. These notifications can be by email, a user talk page post or both. Settings include instant notifications to a weekly or monthly digest. Translation Administrators will be able to send out these notices for page translations or re-translations to a page.
Another built-in tool allows for exporting a file of translation units or ‘message groups’ in need of translation. The exported file can be for a single page or multiple pages. Translators can then use a local translation tool such as Poedit. Once translations are complete locally, you can then import the file, review the individual changes and commit the changes. Even a partially translated file of message groups can be imported. Only changes to the message groups being imported will be processed.
There are reports to track translated page statistics, such as percentages of completion, and notifications of a page’s base language change. Actually there is a dual purpose for these percentages. A documentation reader will know a page’s percentage of translation when they view it. The viewer will also know if changes to the source language have occurred and the translation they are reading is not in sync with the source content.A Call for Volunteers
Even though we are in the early stages of the documentation translation project, there are already volunteers interested in Spanish and Dutch translations. I hope everyone is excited and can’t wait to sign up as a translator for your language. The international community has really desired localisation of documentation, but it will take willing volunteers and the dedication of interested community members to make this project a success.
Here are some key pages to help translators understand translation of our documentation.
This is a large project and there will be decisions to make as it progresses. One thing I would like to discuss further, will there be a need to use a channel specifically for translator help and feedback. If so, what should we use? The Documentation Mail List? The #joomla irc channel? I also recently discovered a #joomla-docs irc channel, should we use this instead? Those with an interest should be able to come and go as needed.
Please provide feedback and comments on http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=836702
Last October, Facebook announced that 49 percent of advertising revenue comes from its mobile platform. The percentage was up from zero just 18 months before. How did the company manage that? With big data, of course. The social media site used data analysis to determine how many ads should be featured, and how a user would react to a particular ad before placing it in the news feed.
Facebook is just one example of how big data and the rise of mobile technology are influencing each other. Mobile data is a big source of the rising volume of data known as big data that companies can use to understand their customers better. At the same time, mobile developers use big data to help them develop their product and cater to their audience, and sometimes data is the product mobile developers are offering to their consumers. Let’s look at this partnership in action.
Early last year, the Joomla Production Leadership Team (PLT) conducted a survey within the developer community about how they felt about relicensing the Joomla Framework from the GPL to the LGPL.
Here are some links to published results of that survey:
Following the completion of that survey, the PLT requested that Open Source Matters (OSM) research legal issues regarding this potential change:
Since that time, OSM has had multiple internal discussions about this request, and has also been in contact with the Software Freedom Law Center to receive guidance about legal issues. Discussions are still ongoing, but at this point making this potential license change does appear feasible from a legal standpoint.
OSM recognizes that this potential license change is an important issue, and so we want to take two weeks to invite more feedback from the community. Please share your questions and comments in this public forum thread:
Beginning March 7, 2014, OSM will move forward to address any remaining unanswered legal questions, and then there will be a final OSM discussion and vote on this issue. OSM will make a public announcement of the results of that vote.
Shortly after being selected to serve as Treasurer of Open Source Matters, I presented my vision for managing the financial interests of the Joomla project. This short presentation (PDF) was delivered at the 2013 Leadership Summit in November in Boston.
The main point of the presentation was to solicit feedback from all the leadership teams regarding things that were working well when it came to the project’s accounting practices, and of course things that needed improvement. The main takeaways from this part of the summit were as follows:
- The financial health of the project remains strong
- Financial reporting per leadership team is not currently possible
- The Chart of Accounts is not intuitive
- Financial status reports need simplification
To address these issues, it became clear that a complete restructure of the project’s Chart of Accounts was required. Critically, the new Chart of Accounts would need to be implemented at the same time as the 2014 budget.
This was further complicated by the timing of the Christmas holidays and the busy season that often follows.
Coincidentally, a colleague who has experience in such things recommended the Unified Chart of Accounts (UCOA) for nonprofit organizations.
After some research and conversations with our accountants, I decided this was a good choice for the Joomla project.
However, this did not solve our issues with reporting on a per-team basis.
The Joomla project uses Quickbooks as our accounting software. In addition to supporting a Chart of Accounts to organize transactions into the common financial categories (i.e. income, expenses, payables, receivables, etc…), Quickbooks “Classes” can be used to organize transactions into any categories you want. Importantly, we have full control over what those categories are.
To solve the reporting problem, I decided to use Leadership Teams as classes: CLT, PLT, OSM and INF (for Infrastructure, or expenses shared among the teams), as well as some other common classes like Events.
The JED Team will be closing down the Joomla 1.5 Extensions Archive on March 1, 2014.
The archive was created in February of 2013, following community feedback, to allow users an additional year to find Joomla 1.5 extensions. It also has aided developers to transition their extensions and in some cases fork abandoned extensions to 2.5 and 3.x.The JED's 1.5 Timeline
- April 1, 2012: we stopped accepting Joomla 1.5 extension submissions.
- February 15, 2013: the Joomla 1.5 compatibility icon was disabled for new submissions.
- February 15, 2013: the Joomla 1.5 Extension Archive site was deployed on http://archive.extensions.joomla.org.
- March 1, 2013: We removed listings that were marked as Joomla 1.5 only and removed the 1.5 icons.
- March 15, 2013: all non-compatible listings were purged from the system.
- March 1, 2014: the Joomla 1.5 Extension Archive site will be closed.
A copy of the site will be packed and put into storage. At this time, we have no intentions of distributing or sharing any portions of the archive outside of the Joomla Project.
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New 6.2 release of the LMS Cloud Solution improves delivery and supports Enterprise Learning from end-to-end
Docebo, the global e-learning solutions provider, announces today the release of Docebo LMS 6.2 version which is now available for up to 20,000 users. The e-learning platform has been enhanced with a number of new features and a pricing plan tailored for large enterprises making it a cost-effective investment that leverages the benefits and flexibility of a pure SaaS.
The shifting boundaries between work and home life mean staff at many small businesses are unwittingly putting their employers at risk of cyber-attack. 82% of small business employees use work time for personal matters, over a third of them for more than two hours a day, according to a survey carried out by TalkTalkBusiness.
TalkTalk Business surveyed 1,000 small business employees, of whom over 70% admit taking work home on evenings and weekends, clocking up an average of 1.7 hours each day. With business commitments creeping into personal time, the vast majority of employees (82%) are redressing the balance themselves by also catering to personal needs at work. Given that less than half of respondents feel they can spot obvious scams, this blurring of work and personal life has the potential to cause security headaches.
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