A consortium of open source CMS vendors are making progress in their efforts to create more ethical web experience management.

Earlier this year, Jahia, together with other vendors, launched initiatives to address the rapid growth of digital experience and the data it generates.

"As it seems pretty obvious that digital marketing is now part of our lives, we, together with others, felt the need to come up with solutions, ideas and initiatives that would allow for a respectful way to access content, while maintaining users’ privacy," the Jahia team noted in a statement.

The first step was to propose a standardization process within the OASIS consortium to define a standard to enable cross-application and multi-technology personalized web and digital experiences.

In March, Jahia issued a call for participation, which allowed the following OASIS members to join the project: Liferay, Hippo, Typo3, Telerik, Enonic and an independent contributor. The current comprehensive roster is available here.

The second step was to contribute Unomi, the reference implementation developed for the OASIS CXS TC, to the Apache Foundation.

Officially an incubating project at the Apache Foundation since October, Unomi aims at a transparent and ethical way of gathering and treating data collected from visitors on websites.

The latest milestone is the import of the code source on Nov. 23. A mirror on Github is also available.

The project is getting close to a first release at Apache and gaining more attention. The participants invite all interested parties — vendors, communities and individuals — to join and help spread the word.

You can get more information about Apache Unomi through:

Composite

The Composite and Orckestra integration is in its final stages of completion. Composite C1, as a result, picked up the pace as if it “just got on steroids,” said Oskar Lauritzen, general manager for Orckestra, Europe.

In addition to the stand-alone open source product, the company is integrating Composite C1 into the Commerce Orchestration Cloud, which is designed to make the customer journey a unified experience. Lauritzen said Commerce Orchestration Cloud consists of Commerce, Order management system, PIM, Mobile Pick and Pack and now also a CMS, "bridging the divide between content and commerce."

The user interface of the fifth version and the Composite website now have a new identity. In addition, new Composite C1 logos are available for download on the Press Kit page.

In addition to the new UI, the fifth version has fully integrated the browser view that matches relevant content nodes. Users can test how HTML pages render on an array of devices, assess their performance and validate the markup using its modes. Tabs in the admin panel adapt to the user’s immediate task, removing unnecessary navigation elements from the work area.

It's also possible to link to data items and tree elements associated with a URL provider, preview them in the C1 browser and browse to them to edit in the admin panel.

The team has also improved the MVC support, enabled users to control the ID field and define the default data URL pattern for dynamic data types. Using MVC functions, developers can run an MVC application on top of Composite C1 or in a pure MVC scenario. You can visit the Composite blog to learn more about the release.

Oh — and one more thing: Composite is hiring more people in its Copenhagen office.

dotCMS

There's a new release from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based dotCMS.

dotCMS Enterprise Cloud is a fully customizable cloud-based platform capable of deploying web sites, intranets, extranets, portals, apps and other content-driven web applications.

According to dotCMS, it's built on performance-tuned Amazon Web Services, and can be rolled out as a single- or multi-instance.

The system is fully customizable, which allows businesses to choose the most cost effective and optimal deployment model.

eZ Systems

eZ is working full steam ahead on the end-of-year releases of its next generation solutions eZ Platform and eZ Studio. eZ Platform 15.11, the eighth beta, was released on Nov. 20. The release notes are available here.

The winners of the 2015 eZ Awards were announced Nov. 5 at the end this year’s eZ Content and Technology Conference in Brooklyn, N.Y.

After a successful 2015 eZ Conference, eZ hit the road for a series of events in Oslo, Paris and Cologne. At each event eZ leaders shared a sneak peek at eZ Platform and eZ Studio, and discussed the roadmap ahead for eZ’s new content management stack. View the full agenda here.

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Hippo

Following the success of Hippo Connect Boston in October, Hippo hosted its biggest event yet at Hippo Connect Amsterdam in November at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

Featuring a keynote address from Jeroen van Rotterdam, CTO of EMC’s Enterprise Content Division, and digital stories from some of Europe’s biggest brands, the event hosted over 450 attendees — developers, architects, digital marketers and content strategists.

Hippo Connect Amsterdam also coincided with the release of Hippo CMS 10.1 featuring improvements in trend analytics and goal management building on feedback on the (well received) content performance capabilities of Hippo CMS 10.

Hippo also opened up an office in Germany with Sven Lehmkuhl joining as Regional VP of sales. Before joining Hippo, Lehmkuhl built CMS Vendor Sitecore’s presence in the region from the ground up and previously worked as Director of Sales DACH at RedDot/OpenText, and held sales leadership positions at Vendita, acrolinx and amango DMS.

Along with regional expansion, Hippo's partner network is growing. And it is seeing more content created by its community on Hippo labs. The most recent one from Kanban Solutions focuses on integrating Hippo CMS with online video management platforms. Dev9 also hosted a webinar on continuous delivery with Hippo CMS.

Following the EMC partnership and its position as the only open source Java CMS in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, 2015 continues to be a significant year for Hippo, which was also nominated for best software company alongside heavyweights such as IBM, Red Hat, Google and Microsoft.

Magnolia

Magnolia 5.4.3 was released. You can read all about the key fixes and enhancements. For example, the Resource Files app now displays all resource files, and the new version resolves 22 issues in the travel demo. 

Senior Front-end Developer Tomas Gregovsky showed the audience how to create modern, responsive sites with Magnolia. The recording is now available. Look for the recording from another webinar soon, in which Gregovsky and CIO Jan Haderka cover features that might have gone unnoticed, tricks to achieve key tasks faster, and the pitfalls of doing certain operations in seemingly obvious ways.

Magnolia announced its entry into Rackspace’s partner network and also ran its annual Partner Day for the first time, in our new HQ in Basel.

In addition, it's still hiring, and looking for technical writers, support engineers, developers. Check out the job listings, apply and/or forward to someone you think will be a good fit. 

This month’s CMSWire article by Magnolia CVO Boris Kraft was about why digital transformation has to be more than just skin-deep

Umbraco

In the past three months, Umbraco has crossed its largest milestone yet with the launch of Umbraco-as-a-Service (UaaS). Two years in the making, UaaS was designed for anyone who builds Umbraco solutions and "wants to focus on crafting delightful experiences rather than working on installing, upgrading and deploying," the team explained.

With automated upgrades, unlimited hosting and smooth deployments, it's "the smarter and more productive way to build websites," supporters said.

Because it is cloud based, your site will always run the latest and most secure version of Umbraco. In addition, everything in your project — from code to content — is version controlled "making deployment as simple as clicking a button," the team told CMSWire.

The UaaS interface also manages teams and allows collaboration.

The team has also been optimizing and refining the Umbraco Core releasing version 7.3.1. It plans to release a community edition soon, incorporating fixes and improvements from its open-source community.

This month, Ubraco will release v7.4, continue on-boarding new clients to UaaS and gather feedback to make the solution as robust as possible. "We are constantly working on our documentation suite, Umbraco TV video tutorials and support collateral. Work will be underway for Umbraco v8 (see the Roadmap here) and our annual event, Codegarden, June 15 to 17 in Odense, Denmark and our annual North American Event, uWestFest in San Diego on March 4," the team noted.

XOOPS

XOOPS is busy working on the next version, XOOPS 2.6.0, that will have many cool features, the community boasted. You can read about them here and here and here. Readers can also test the new version and learn more about some of the modules being developed for it.