Alert: What's Coming for Open Source CMS in May 2009

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Welcome to the first installment of our new end-of-the-month look at what you can expect from open source CMS projects in the next 30 days. We're just getting started and are counting on you, our community members to help us gather the key facts.

Here's what you can expect in May 2009. To avoid playing favorites, the projects are presented in alphabetical order.

Apache, CMIS and Chemistry

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) -- with Alfresco, Nuxeo, Day Software and OpenSense as original committers -- has recently kicked off a CMIS incubator project called Chemistry (see details). Yesterday in Basel, Switzerland day one of the Day Software-organized CMIS plugfest got rolling with open source CMS representation there from Alfresco, Nuxeo and services provider SourceSense.

Expect May to bring more interesting CMIS developments as Chemistry gains momentum.


Addison Berry says that for the Drupal (news, link) docs, she has two major objectives for May. For one, she intends to release a document on what needs to be done so Drupal docs "kick ass."

The other involves kicking off working groups in key areas such as information architecture and internationalization.

Jackalope -- Get at Your JCR from PHP

This is a new project that looks like it's picking up some steam. Christian Stocker of Liip has been putting elbow grease into building up a PHP client that can talk to Java Content Repository (JCR) repositories.  Check out the details here and look for more news on that in the coming month.


Amy Stephen says that there are four Joomla! (news, link) Day events in May:

  • Joomla! Day Brisbane on May 1 - 2
  • Joomla! Day Sweden in Stockholm on May 15 - 16
  • Joomla! Day France in Paris on May 24
  • Joomla! Day New England in Brattleboro, Vermont, on May 30

Each of these events offers different tutorials and other activities, so be sure to check out the one close to you for more information.

Also for may, Andrew Eddie is holding a series of The Art of Joomla! webinars to get the students participating in the Joomla! 2009 Google Summer of Code projects up to speed on programming with Joomla!

Learning Opportunities

Given that the students and mentors are from 18 different countries on six continents, scheduling will no doubt take a bit of doing.

Stephen also points out that they expect many new websites to be added to the Joomla! Community Showcase in May as well, as this section is relatively new to Joomla.org.


Steve McMahon says that there are two large regional Plone (news, link) events coming that begin with a couple of days of training, followed by a formal conference and then a couple of days of sprints at the end:

  • The European Plone Symposium is coming to Sorrento, Italy, on May 11 - 17
  • The Plone Symposium Easy is coming to Penn State on May 26 - 31

He also expects to see Plone 3.3 reach final release status. The biggest new feature, he says, has the "innocuous name" of "Standardizing our use of INavigationRoot."

In fact, this feature is "a minor architectural change that will have a big effect: it makes it much easier to deploy sub-sites within a larger Plone site and have them use their own search, navigation, bread crumbs and other information architecture features."

Want to be Included?

If you feel your open source CMS project (or your part of the project) should be included at the end of May, drop us an email at [email protected] with a pointer to who at your project our intrepid reporter should contact.