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The proceedings of the Padua free software convention are online

Relators and audience in Padua

The City of Padua and two ZEA Partners, RedTurtle Technology and Abstract Open Solutions, together with BioDec, organized the event, hosted in the prestigious city boardrooms.
22 november 2010 – The main site of the University of Bedfordshire has been awarded a Gold Award for “Best External Website” in the CIPR Pride Awards. The site is powered by Silva. Congratulations to the University and its team!
This is the way ZEA Partners work: releases of new Plone products keep flowing

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A new Plone product release from a ZEA Partners member is so common an event that it does not deserve a news. In this case, RedTurtle released three in a very short time lapse.
ZEA Partner members organize the Second Italian Plone for Research and University Day

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Naple's TIGEM will host on 26 November the second event in the "Plone for University and Research" series, promoted by two members of ZEA Partners, RedTurtle Technology and Abstract Open Solutions, and by BioDec.
Workshop for the exchange of PloneGov solutions in Modena

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On 3 November 2010, some PloneGov Italia Members meet for a technical discussion about the solutions adopted by each Public Organizations. The workshop has a very operational tone and aims at sharing the choices made at local level, and presenting products that are useful for reuse.
ZEA Partner's RedTurtle at the side of Emilia Romagna Region

The "Regione Digitale" Portal

In a big Organization such as Regione Emilia Romagna, the website rationalization process may count on the qualities of Plone and on our specific experience.
Plone Conference 2010 Registration Open

Plone Conference 2010, Bristol, UK

Plone Conference 2010 takes part in Bristol UK, from the 25th - 31st October. With training sessions, talks, and developer sprints talking place there is something for all levels of expertise.
ZEA Partner's RedTurtle Technology enters the Plone "core developers", with the online help system based on Amberjack.
14 September 2010 – Infrae is pleased to announce the release of Mobi 1.0, a set of libraries and WSGI components that interact between a webserver and applications which make mobile data available. Mobi detects the user agent header in web requests. If it’s a mobile phone ‘UA’ then Mobi categorizes it into one of three device types. The cellphone category is added to the request and the receiving application can decide how to present its content.
Syslab, one of Zea Partners members, is a small, hi-tech business which already has a quite a low impact on the environment. However, Syslab believes that real change must be driven by society and is keen to play its part.
Plone Cono Sur invites you to attend and show your Plone skills at the second edition of the Plone Symposium South America to be held in Cordoba, Argentina. Plone Symposium South America is a regional event created to gather Plone users from Government, Education, NGO and Private Sector. We also strengthen the Plone Community in South America, socially and technically, through training and sprints. Promote Plone locally through the half-day Success Stories session.
Risks and hazards at work can vary in different industries and company sizes. Here, companies need practical help that meet their requirements. The new portal Risk Assessment at (BAuA) takes corrective action. The database provides a capacious overview over available tools in Germany.
New database for DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH

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The new database of DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland is based on Plone 3 and is used as a project management tool for the development of air conditioning components.
PloneGov Italia: a very active spring is planned

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RedTurtle Technology is engaged in the organization of two PloneGov Italia events, and continues to support the Italian branch of PloneGov, whose vitality is paving the road to an increase in the number of organizations adopting the PloneGov collaborative model.
08 April 2010 – Infrae is pleased to announce the release of version 1.1.0 of the MOAI Server. MOAI is a platform that aggregates input from disparate sources and republishes it via the Open Archive Initiatives protocol for metadata harvesting. MOAI is built for institutional repositories that store relational metadata and asset files.
The Plone Foundation is pleased to announce that Mike Halm and Jens Vagelpohl have been awarded membership in the Plone Foundation.
The Plone open source software community will hold the 3rd annual World Plone Day (WPD) on April 28, 2010. WPD is an day of events held around the globe to spread awareness of Plone, a free and open source Internet publishing system that combines web content management, social software, collaboration and enterprise portal features.
FLOSSMetrics stands for Free/Libre Open Source Software Metrics. This project has been established because Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) is becoming increasingly important not only in the primary but also in the secondary software sector. The project has recently release a booklet providing reliable and comprehensive information on existing FLOSS projects and products. Thus, helping to find, evaluate and implement the right software for your needs.
UK public organizations in Kent and Medway collaborate in an innovative open source project. The Kent Connects Information Sharing Portal has been developed to create a flexible, virtual online space for any Kent Connects partner to share information via the internet in a secure way. This allows groups, communities, partnerships or individuals across these partner organisations to access documents, minutes, agendas etc from a central, secure store.
Once again, Plone will be exhibiting at the IMS 2009 Expo. IMS, together with the Online Information 2009 conference, takes place the 2nd - 4th December at Earls Court Olympia, London.
Open Forum Europe (OFE) has reacted strongly against a leaked draft of the revision to the European Interoperability Framework (EIF), expressing deep disappointment with the new wording and serious doubts about the transparency of the process that led to it. Letters have been sent to the responsible Commissioner Kallas and Director General Garcia-Moran, and to the CIOs of all Member States calling for a withdrawal of the document. It has also contrasted it to the statement made by the Swedish Presidency last week.
After three months of intensive nominations and voting, Packt Publishing is pleased to announce that Plone has won the Best Other Open Source CMS Category in the 2009 Open Source CMS Award.
This seminar, organized by the Region of Extremadura - Spain, will include a discussion concerning current trends and future perspectives of open source software in European regions. During the roundtable, Xavier Heymans, CEO of Zea Partners, will present the PloneGov initiative. The event will take place in Brussels at Committee of the Regions (CoR) which is the political assembly that provides the regional and local levels with a voice in EU policy development and EU legislation.
"Simplicity, Flexibility, Beauty!" is the theme for Kiwi PyCon 2009, a conference being held this Saturday and Sunday in Christchurch to promote the Python programming language in New Zealand.
The parallel sessions of friday 6 November afternoon will include a scientific workshop about PloneGov
PloneGov will be one of the case studies addressed by a panel of experts, discussing about open source in the frame of the e-gov 2012 Italian Government plan
PloneGov at the Technology Biz event in Naples on October 28

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The best practices of the Public Organizations using Plone will be illustrated in the first edition of an event focused on the central theme "more ICT, less crisis"
Xavier Heymans, CEO of Zea Partners, has been appointed to the Plone Foundation's advisory board.
What do Google, YouTube, Weta Digital and the New Zealand Government share in common? They all rely on the 2009 Programming Language of the Year[1] - Python, for their daily operations. To promote Python's use in New Zealand the NZ Python User Group (NZPUG) is holding the first Kiwi PyCon conference in Christchurch at the Canterbury Innovation Incubator on November 7th and 8th.
In a dynamic business environment that accommodates many competing organizations that co-operate in networks, and where knowledge has become vital, it is necessary to improve our understanding of how these organizations manage such co-opetitive relationships. A new book is dedicated to the state-of-the-art of coopetition strategy regarded as a compelling mindset to exploit entirely the potential of actors’ interdependencies. A chapter investigates Zea Partners organization model as an example of Coopetition in knowledge-intensive multiparty alliance.
The fourth edition of a guide to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt Open Source software has been published. This guide (developed in the context of the FLOSSMETRICS and OpenTTT projects) present a set of guidelines and suggestions for the adoption of open source software within SMEs, using a ladder model that will guide companies from the initial selection and adoption of FLOSS within the IT infrastructure up to the creation of suitable business models based on open source software.
The open source initiative PloneGov has been selected among the 52 best European e-Government projects, and is invited to present the project at the 5th Ministerial eGovernment Conference, - a joint event organised by the European Commission and the Swedish EU Presidency, which aims at monitoring progress in eGovernment, accelerating the adoption of eGovernment policies in Europe and identifying research priorities for the future.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is one of the Community Agencies of the European Union and is located in Bilbao, Spain. Its central role is to contribute to the improvement of working life in an enlarged European Union by developing, analysing and disseminating information on occupational safety and health (OSH). EU-OSHA disseminates information and collaborates with its network through a Plone-base CMS which is now shared being shared to anyone interested in creating or maintaining a website in different languages. EU-OSHA is an active member of PloneGov an international eGovernment open source initiative.
Demagora is a decision making system to improve direct democracy with people in your group, school, association, trade union or political party.
A Plone "Intelligent Intranet" suite of applications, integrating document and dossier management with ISO 9001:2000 - certified organization processes, used in a mid-sized Italian Public Organization, is going to be reused by other similar organizations of the Italian PloneGov subcommunity
Open eGov is an award winning project launched by the City of Newport News, Virginia - USA. The intent is to create a collaborative software ecosystem, where government organizations, non-profits and the private sector work together to share the cost of enhanced capabilities. The software and related documentation is available today for free download.
The Water Quality Management System (WQMS) for South African authorities on the open source application server Zope. The WQMS is in use by 160 South African local governments and can be used by Water Service Authorities (local government), provincial and national government to guide the tracking, reviewing and improving of water quality. The project, which bears the potential of being shared with neighboring nations, is a new example of open source software being an enabler for innovation and social progress.
The Dutch parliament and government intend to stimulate efficient electronic information exchange, and to do so, see an important role for innovations, particularly aiming at interoperability and competition in software markets. It has therefore proposed various measures to stimulate the adoption of open standards and open source software in the public and semi-public sectors.
CommunesPlone, a PloneGov SubCommunity, has released its first finished applications, such as a meeting management tool, PloneMeeting, and a module, Teleservices that allows citizens to file documents and submit requests online. By releasing these applications, the CommunesPlone collaborative has quickly attracted more municipalities to the group, which recently reached its 100 local government.
Times of economic crisis are an opportunity to review our societal models and take advantage of the latest innovation to foster the world economy. This article is an opportunity to remind that EU officials and United Nations share the same vision on the need to favor open source and open standard to foster economic growth and international collaboration.
PloneGov wants to grow. This project aims to reach more and more public organizations, and set up successful collaborations between them. It seeks to connect people who already have a strong base of Plone applications and are active in the sector. This article investigates the challenges between structuring a project and remaining flexible enough to maintain its attractiveness.
The 5th International Conference on Open Source Systems took place in Skövde, Sweden, from 3-6 June. During his keynote address, Brian Behlendorf, a founder of the not-for-profit Apache Software Foundation, talked about the social impact of Open Source development. Specific mention was given to PloneGov a collaborative software ecosystem, where government organizations, non-profits and the private sector work together to share the cost of enhanced capabilities.
The European Union should quantify the economic benefits of an open knowledge economy, said Luc Soete, a specialist in the economics of innovation. He is director of UNU-Merit, a joint project by the institute of the United Nations University and Maastricht University in The Netherlands.
Abstract Open Solutions organizes the European Plone Symposium 2009 from 11 to 17 May 2009. This symposium presenting new tools to fight the licensed software, and it will be the first Symposium to be held in Europe. A PloneGov event will complete the programme.
ONE/Northwest is a US non-profit supporting the environment and grass roots organizations through the use of technology. For over a decade, ONE/Northwest has helped over 800 environmental organizations fuse technology with new ways of doing their work. The organization relies intensively on open source software, for example, offering websites powered by the Content Management System Plone in order to help environmental NGOs make the leap to the Internet age.
The goal of the World Plone Day is to organize local events about Plone anywhere in the world. Pilot Systems welcomes the World Plone Day 2009 on April 22th in Paris.
The 2009 World Plone Day event in Malta took place at the end of March at The Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. The conference was one of many events held around the globe to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the Plone community and latest technological developments from the content management system.
OneWorld South Asia (OWSA), the south Asian centre of OneWorld International Foundation, works to facilitate human rights and sustainable development in the region by leveraging a range of media and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). For its IT projects, this international NGO, rely intensively on Plone, an open source Content Management System (CMS) and Zope an open source application server.
PloneGov applications are easily transferable to similar foreign authorities and their potentials for replication are enormous. This project open the way to international software collaboration. The development of such software sharing initiatives helps underpin the sustainability of public services and save public money.
The modification of the public procurement rules was announced at a press conference on April 2nd, Budapest. As a result, open source software gets green light in the Hungarian public sector.
Effective Web content management remains a painful problem for many institutions of higher education. Old methods and tools used in maintaining static web sites are costly and inefficient, and the quality of content is often poor. Content management systems (CMS) offer solutions, but do you buy or build? And how to get buy-in from independent-minded academic units? How are new systems and capabilities integrated with the CMS?
Free software has an important difference compared to privative models: their users are able to cross the line of being just consumers and become providers of technology. This fosters the development of a social environment in which users, developers and different organization join with the purpose to socialize, study, improve software, share knowledge and promote. Such spaces are known as Users Groups.
Choosing open standards is highly strategic to SMEs. Fostering SME participation is a worthy objective of the European Commission. Their benefits and positive impact on innovation are debated and seen at the highest decision making levels. Open standards built on the principles of openness, transparency and consensus lay the grounds for innovation and growth, for flexibility and choice, for global market success and fair competition. Open standards make SMEs competitive—as well as desirable partners. Who does not want that?
The Open Source Initiative (OSI), one of the principal advocacy organisations on open source software, has unanimously approved the European Union Public Licence (EUPL) version 1.1 as an open source licence.
eGovMoNet is a European thematic network dealing with measurement strategies for the impact and the perceived quality of eGovernment services. The workshop focused on eGovernment Impact Measurement. Participants in the network are leading organisations from eGovernment measurement including government, benchmarking practitioners, application developers, and users. As representative of the PloneGov project, an international open source software sharing initiative, Zea Partners got precociously involved in this network.
Making Europe the world leader in ICT is the goal of the new strategy proposed today by the European Commission. Today Europe represents 34% of the global information and communication technologies (ICT) market, and its value is growing by 4% per year. However, the value added produced by the EU's ICT sector amounts to only 23% of the total, because both Europe's market and research efforts are fragmented. energy efficiency.
ANCITEL, the institutional IT network and service provider for more than 7000 Italian Communes, expressed its interest in evaluating the implications of getting involved in the dissemination in Italy of CommunesPlone - presently being ported in an Italian language, Italian accessibility regulations-compliant version. Even though preliminary, this opening to an in-depth examination of CommunesPlone potential seems promising, as long as ANCITEL, under the direct control of ANCI, the association of more than 7000 of Italian Communes, serves 90% of the Italian population.
The UK government has said it will accelerate the use of open source software in public services.
The launch of the Plone EasternEurope user group reflects the growing interest for open source software worldwide. This user group will focus on the former East European block. It aims to regroup experts facing similar challenges and opportunities. By enabling cross-border collaboration it will foster the creation of innovative services and support the development of local economies.
Interconnectivity, commoditisation and increased reuse and recombination are key trends within the maturing information and communication technologies (ICT) industry that drive innovation and development. Harnessing this potential depends on a variety of factors, including open innovation models, such as free software.
The Brazilian government wants its public administrations to check an Open Source reference guide before launching new IT projects. This moves taken by the Government of the 5th world economy, confirms Brazilian leadership and long term commitment on open source software.
FLOSSMetrics is collecting data from the CVS/SVN repository, mailing lists and issue tracking systems of several thousands of FOSS projects, and collecting all of it into a database that is offered to researchers and others for data mining.
The Conference is the biggest annual Plone event gathering over 400 open source experts from all over the globe. For the first time the event will be organized outside Western Europe and United States, becoming the largest Open Source event ever taking place in Hungary.
The most recent version of Fedora would have cost a conventional software company USD 10.8bn to develop, according to the Linux Foundation. Taking Linux as an example, this article highlights the economic impact and benefit of Open Source Software development model.
The Italian PloneGov community has been growing at an impressive rate since the launch of its national branch in September. This article presents in details a number of Plone based open source projects developed by a number of Italian public administrations.
In a move to strengthen its action worldwide, the Plone Foundation has set up an advisory board and named its first members. Their role will be to provide advice to the Foundation Board and represents the Foundation in the USA and Latin America.
Common Belgium organizes a day dedicated to Open Source Applications on December 17 in Brussels. This day allows you to participate to several conferences to put theory into practice. The program includes talks about the Content Management Systems Plone.
Plone is emerging as the CMS of choice in the Asia Pacific region. To ensure this trend continues the AsiaPacific Plone user group invites all Plone developers from companies, Governments, non-profits and individuals to join and contribute.
The third edition of a guide to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt Open Source software has been published. Different types of software applications and businesses models are addressed, making this guide useful for most SMEs that wish to simply use FOSS or even build a FOSS-based business approach.
Software tenders by European public administration often may not comply with EU regulations, illegally favouring proprietary applications. "These tenders could be protested against, and if necessary the tendering organisations could be taken to court", said Karel De Vriendt, head of the IDABC unit responsible for the Open Source Software Observatory and Repository ( won the prestigious Swiss eGovernment Award 2008 at the annual eGovernment Symposium in Bern on Nov 18 2008. This price rewards for its innovative approach and becomes the 7th international recognition received by the PloneGov initiative and its members projects over the last 18 months.
An international conference will take place in Paris on December 1 and 2 in order to promote Open Source softwares and support the Open Source research and communities.
Python is a mature, flexible language that allows developers to concentrate on business solutions rather than technology problems, and has shown continual growth over the past decade.
The EUPL is the first European Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) license. It has been elaborated by the European Commission in respect of European law requirements and has official value in 22 languages. It can be used by anyone for software distribution.
A new European Commission funded document aims to explain the benefits of open source software and open standards to government agencies and aid them in compiling invitations to tender
As part of its research funding activities the European Commission has been funding research into Free, Libre and Open Source software (FOSS) for a number of years. Many projects make use of existing FOSS. Some focus on FOSS itself, seeking to improve the technologies used and to remove barriers for adoption and use.
From big business to government agencies to non-profit organizations, no one is escaping the financial crisis engulfing the world economy. Jobs are being lost and projects put on hold as spending is reduced. IT managers are being forced to look for innovative, cost-effective solutions which deliver quality results within budget.
Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), Oregon State University and the World Bank’s e-Development Thematic Group have partnered to deliver a live webcast of a joint videoconferenced Global Dialogue workshop on the role of open source software in government transformation.
Packt is delighted to exclusively reveal the first category winner of the 2008 Open Source CMS Award as Plone. Run on the Zope application server, Plone wins the Best Other Open Source CMS Award.
Under the supervision of Agder University’s Mikael Snaprud, the second meeting of eGovMoNet (the European network focusing on strategies to measure user satisfaction of e-Government solutions) took place in Copenhagen on October 24-25, 2008. Zea Partners is involved in this European thematic network as representative of the PloneGov project, an international open source software sharing initiative.
Open Source Content Management Solutions are generating more confidence as companies begin to realise the full potential of such software.
The World Plone Day is an international event which takes place all around the world to promote Plone, the award winning open source Content Management System.
Plone does one thing -- Web content management -- and does it with aplomb. That's why you'll find well-known U.S. and international organizations in most industries running their Web sites, internets, and extranets with Plone.
A global petition designed to raise awareness of software patents has been launched September 24 as part of the World Day against Software Patents. Currently in draft format, the petition includes information about how software patents can affect business, research and development.
On October 22, government and private industry experts will debate the issues and opportunities presented by collaborative software development models. The distinguished panelists have direct experience with successful public/private consortiums based on the open source software model in which developers as well as business and technical users collaborate to create new applications while sharing both the costs and the benefits.
The biennial ICT Event is the most important forum for discussing research and public policy in information and communication technologies at European level. ICT2008 will be an opportunity to meet open source experts and discuss Security and Quality issues for next generation OSS in a Business Context. The event will take place on Nov 25-27 in Lyon, France.
PloneGov is an innovative collaborative e-government initiative. The project is open to any collaboration from any country. After 1-year existence, it already reaches 20 countries in 4 continents. This article investigates why over 100 public organizations including towns, cities, regions and parliaments from as many countries are working together to share software and best practices.
The OSOR website will be launched in Malaga, at the Open Source World Conference. Xavier Heymans has been invited to present the PloneGov innitiative. PloneGov is a collaborative software ecosystem, where government organizations, non-profits and the private sector work together to share the cost of enhanced capabilities.
More than 30 members of the Plone Community in 22 countries on five continents are promoting Plone around the world on November 7th 2008. Learn how you can help and participate.
ComPa is maybe the most important Italian event for IT and technology in the Public Administration. Italian ZEA Partners have co-financed a PloneGov stand in this prestigious fair, and will manage the stand on behalf of PloneGov.
On September 16, the first edition of a nationwide event will mark the official launch of the PloneGov initiative in Italy. The Chamber of Commerce of Ferrara, the first Italian participant in PloneGov, will host the event and share its experience with other Italian and European Public Administrations.
Some content is priceless, but the systems that manage them can wind up a little too pricey. How do you set aside enough money to solve the initial ECM pain points and create a strategy for the future?
FLOSSMetrics is pleased to announce the Third International Workshop on Public Data about Software Development (WoPDaSD 2008). This workshop will be held September 10th 2008 in Milan (Italy) colocated with The 4th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS2008).
On its move to Open Source software, the city council of Modena, Italy, is replacing Microsoft Office with OpenOffice on all its 1600 PCs. It is also busy replacing its proprietary web site content management system (CMS) with the Open Source alternative Plone, running on top of Zope, an Open Source application server.
The EU Competition Commissioner, Neelie Kroes, publicly supported the use of open source software. She encouraged the public institutions to use open standards and suggested a much more active role of the European Commission in promoting open standards in eGovernment applications, by adopting an internal policy not to buy proprietary software.
The Open Source Business Organisations of Europe (OBOOE) and OpenForum Europe (OFE) have jointly written to Commissioner Viviane Reding, congratulating her on Commission progress in supporting the development of thinking and research into the use of Open Standards and Open Source Software, but encourage her to now move from ideas into specific action.
United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) experts urge parliamentarians to support open source software and information technologies as a way to let citizens participate meaningfully in the information society. They also emphasize that policy markers should consider information and communications technologies from a social rather than technical viewpoint.
EISCO conferences have become a major event for politicians and experts working at local and regional level to discuss e-Government and Information Society strategies. Representatives of the open source initiative PloneGov have been invited to share their experience in developing international collaboration and sharing open source software between public organizations worldwide.
During July 2008, members of the PloneGov project will visit and train different agencies of the government of Venezuela. PloneGov: an international project for cooperation between governments open to Latin America.
The National University of Cordoba (UNC), Argentina, recently launched its new institutional website built on Plone 3, the open source content management system. This project results from a close collaboration between the University development team with the support and assistance from menttes, a local Zea network member business.
Zea Partners invites you to promote the use of Plone, the open source content management system, organizing an introductory talk in your town and being part of the World Plone Day.
NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network, has just published the 2008 Content Management Systems Satisfaction Survey. It appears that non-profit organizations prefer open source solutions than proprietary one. These solutions maximize their resources allocation and give them the best of contemporary technologies. In complement to the survey findings, Zea Partners, a non-profit network of Open Source businesses, provides a number of cases studies analyzing large CMS deployments by non-profits worldwide.
The Chamber of Commerce of Ferrara, the first PloneGov Italian member, invites 100 representatives from the public sector and open source experts to participate to the official launch of PloneGov in Italy on September 16, 2008.
FLOSS is arguably one of the best examples of open, collaborative, internationally distributed production and development that exists today. With partners around the globe, the FLOSSInclude project will develop a roadmap for international cooperation to realise the potential of FLOSS as a tool for social and economic development.
The successful deployment of free and open source software (FOSS) in projects in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America are described in a publication entitled "Breaking Barriers" by UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme. In line with the book findings, Zea Partners, a non-profit network of Open Source businesses, provides additional cases studies outlining the positive impact of Open Source software as a tool for Social progress.
The European Commission will take a more pro-active approach to its own use of Open Source and Open Standards. Xavier Heymans highlights the importance of a real and mature collaboration with communities where IT providers share their developments and adopt an "open source" philosophy.
Plone, the sometimes enigmatic open source CMS, has been working hard and planning big changes. The recent wrap up of the 2008 Plone Strategic Planning Summit is proof positive that they are serious about competing in the big world of open source CMS and not getting lost in the mix that is growing rapidly as others pull ahead of the field. (Brown E., News from the 2008 Plone Strategic Planning Summit, in, May 29, 2008.)
Zea Partners recently joined eGovMoNet a new European thematic network aimed at measuring the user satisfaction of e-Government solutions. In a previous article we announced the kick-off meeting, the first in a series of eGovMoNet events bringing together some of the most authoritative experts on measurement strategies, focusing their skills on the specific challenge of measuring in a consistent yet easily applicable way the levels of satisfaction relative to a great diversity of services and user catchments areas.
Zea Partners is involved in a new European thematic network aiming to measure the user satisfaction of e-Government solutions. This network will be an opportunity to share experience with a number of European public organizations and providers involved in e-Government, and investigate the impact e-Government services.
UEAPME president presented University and SMEs next years challenges. Xavier Heymans, Zea Partners CEO, reacts and specifies his purpose about open source SMEs. At present, the open source economy represents already 565,000 jobs and €263 billion in annual revenues in the European Union.
Alan Berg from Free Software Magazine publishes a review of Martin Aspeli's new book. He introduces Plone and explains what the book is made for. In 300 pages, Aspeli systematically builds from scratch a viable example application based on Plone version 3.
The company more commonly known as OpenApp, was one of the first organisations in Ireland to parent the open source culture to its business and has received numerous accolades including An Taoiseach's 'Irish Public Service Excellence Award 2008' for their Health Atlas Ireland system, developed as part of the PloneGov project, an international e-government initiative.
Newport News, a 180.000 inhabitants city of Virginia (USA), is the leader of the Open e-Gov open source project, one of PloneGov subcommunities. Following Paris, Lisbon, Brussels and Dublin, this new award becomes the 5th nomination in less than a year for the PloneGov initiative and collaborating Public Organizations.
University of Bedfordshire’s SilvaCMS site wins Heist Award for ‘Best Website’

From l-t: Professor Les Ebdon, Vice Chancellor of UoB; Kris Collins, UoB Web and Digital Production Manager; Pablo Picasso, Artist (sitting); Andy Fryer, UCEA’s Communications Officer and HEIST judge; Pippa Debort, UoB Head of Marketing

The SilvaCMS-powered website of the University of Bedfordshire won a Bronze prize for ‘Best Website’ in the prestigious Heist Awards.
Open source communities delegates draw the attention of the Members of the European Parliament to the current situation where the institution’s ICT systems are locked into the products of one vendor, warns about the implications of this for participative democracy and for fair competition, and calls for action to promote Open Standards and Interoperability.
The new portal is addressed to the italian community of Plone users and developers: it aims to provide documentation about Plone in italian, visibility and aggregation for the italian community, and a channel to find and contribute localized material for the promotion of Plone.
Two EU-funded projects in the area of Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS), namely OpenTTT and FLOSSMETRICS, have recently published a F/OSS guide for SMEs. Different types of software applications and businesses are addressed, making this guide useful for most SMEs that wish to simply use F/OSS or even build a F/OSS-based business approach.
25 experts from across the world discussed in depth the relationship and importance of Open Standards to the Internet. They wrote a call upon the European Commission, National Governments, Standards Bodies, Industry, the Community and the Market about the future of the Internet. Zea Partners supports the Geneva Declaration on the Future of the Internet.
Grok is a web application framework for Python developers. It is aimed at both beginners and very experienced web developers. Grok is an easy and powerful project that has an emphasis on agile development.
Health Atlas Ireland is an open source application developed to bring health related datasets, statistical tools and GIS together in a web environment to add value to existing health data. The application is part of the PloneGov project, an international Plone based egovernment collaborative initiative.
Cities, regions and public agencies participating in the PloneGov initiative are developping cross collaboration. They help each other and form a large open source Community. Private sector is also involved, bringing technical expertize to the public sector developers. Every one is welcome to join the project and support the Community.
Participative democracy relies increasingly on the ability of citizens and stakeholders to access public information and to communicate with officials and elected politicians electronically. To highlight the impact of open standards on democracy, the Greens/European Free Alliance organized a half day event at the European Parliament in Brussels on April 17, 2008.
The Italian ZEA Partners members are planning a number of initiatives to launch the PloneGov branch in Italy: an italian PloneGov site, a stand at COMPA 2008, and the organization of special event dedicated to Public Administrations.
The Kent Connects 'Portal of Portals' project has been shortlisted in the final four in the category of Best Government to Government Project in this year's GC Awards for Innovation. A central part of the Kent Connects is built on the Plone content management system.
UNU-MERIT and RAND Europe organise an interactive workshop on how existing eGovernment solutions can better be shared for European eGovernment. This workshop will highlight the need, potential and benefits of international collaboration. Workshop attendance is free of charge.
Health Atlas Ireland is an open source Geographical Information System (GIS). The system enables to plan health services and health data analysis. The project, led by Irish Health Sector, is based on Zope3. OpenApp, a Zea member SME, was in charge of the technical development ensuring a smooth integration with the core technology.
The EU is sponsoring a new two year project called FLOSSInclude to explore the use of FOSS as a development tool. In particular, the aim of FLOSSInclude is to study what is needed to "increase the deployment, development and societal impact of FOSS in Africa, Asia and Latin America".
The goal of the Plinkit Collaborative is to provide pre-built, easy-to-use and easy-to-deploy websites for libraries using Plone. While Plinkit was initially focused on serving small and/or rural libraries, Plone has made it easy to meet the needs of other library types (e.g. museum, school, and community college libraries). Currently, the four founding states have deployed Plinkit to over 225 libraries.
PloneGov shows something that hackers of FLOSS in the public sector have long talked about: Public bodies only stand to gain from cooperating in software development and procurement. Though developing applications is obviously not the remit of most public bodies, free licenses provide a highly efficient tool to share development cost and mutualise risks.
According to the Tiobe Community Index - based on hits on major search engines - Python is now the seventh most popular programming language. Python had the largest increase in ratings of any language in 2007 and has become the de facto glue language at system level.
The Walloon Business Federation (UWE) is the official voice of industrial, commercial and service sector businesses in Wallonia, Belgium. In a move to improve communication and services to its 6000 member businesses, the Federation recently launched its new Plone portal.
PloneGov is an award winning eGovernment open source initiative. The European Commission recently released a detailed case study about this innovative collaborative project. In the weeks to come, we propose to publish excerpts as a serialized novel, this article being the first episode.
On February 8-10, a cross-section of the Plone Community that included users, integrators, industry experts and hardcore developers from around the world gathered at Google's headquarters in Mountain View for the first Plone Strategic Planning Summit (PSPS). Working under the California sun, the group ignored their laptops and used decidedly old-school technologies such as flip charts, dot stickers and multi-coloured markers — to brainstorm, talk and dream about the future of Plone in a way that rarely happens in open source.
Researchers investigating open source software quality invite Fosdem participants to a research room. The goal is to explore opportunities of exchange and collaboration between open source researchers and open source communities. This workshop will take place in Brussels on Feb 23-24, 2008
OBOOE is new umbrella Federation bringing together European business associations and organizations related to free, libre and open source software. The Federation goals are to encourage cross-border networking between national initiatives and to become a voice for the sector.
The European Commission, by means of the Framework Programme, is funding several research projects on libre software. In the sixth edition of this Programme, 25.13 million Euros has been dedicated to fund these research projects. Is this investment worthy? Can libre software help to development of Europe?
Plone is one of the best known Free Software Content Management Systems (CMS) in the market. Much of the importance of Plone lies in its power and flexibility, enabling it to be applied in a wide variety of contexts.
Plone Foundation finalizes the trademark transfer. The community, via the Plone Foundation, now "owns" the word Plone in nearly all areas of the world. This article outlines Plone Foundation role protecting collective interests. It also highlights Plone Community values, base of the development of a thriving ecosystem where developers, SME and users work together for the benefit of all.
The PloneGov team is proud to announce that their eGovernment open source initiative based on Plone has been awarded the “Good Practice label 2007”. PloneGov receives this prestigious label based on the recommendation from the 2007 European eGovernment Awards consortium.
The last few months have seen the emergence of a new sub-community sponsored and developed e-commerce framework for Plone. Its goal is to develop a tool enabling a variety of use cases for monetization of a Plone site from traditional e-commerce stores, to donation processing and subscription sites.
A research project examining the production of information and communication technologies by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the EU-25 has been concluded. One of the key findings of the study was to confirm the interlinkages between research, innovation and economic performance.
Plone Solutions announced at the Plone Conference 2007 that the company is changing its name to Jarn, and its corresponding web address to
A case study about CommunesPlone is published in PS-OSS, a well know report commissioned by the European Union. CommunesPlone is a project part of the PloneGov initiative and located in Belgium and France. Moreover, CommunesPlone is also cited in the last 'Hype Circle of Government Transformation 2007" of Gartner.
Rosario, an Argentinian city of 1 million inhabitants, joins the PloneGov initiative. This new member highlights PloneGov ability to reach major cities and different continents.
Public sector and Open Source Software (PS-OSS), a report commissioned by the EU Commission addresses the question : What would be the potential impact on the development of the Information Society if public organisations (administrations, research institutions, universities, agencies, public companies) were to release software fully owned by them under a Open Source licence? Is an amplification effect on the adoption and use of information society technologies to be expected?
Your vote for the “Most innovative good practice” award is a unique opportunity to reach politicians and decision makers. Winning this award will highlight the maturity achieved by the Free and Open Source collaborative model as a pragmatic way to tackle IT challenges in society. You may vote until Friday, September 7th.
Open eGov is a project launched by the City of Newport News, Virginia. The intent is to create a collaborative software ecosystem, where government organizations, non-profits and the private sector work together to share the cost of enhanced capabilities. The software and related documentation is available today for free download.
PloneGov has been selected amongst 53 finalists for the Third European e-Governement Awards. PloneGov's goal is to develop a set of generic tools matching the needs of local government and other public administrations. The initiative is open and aims to reach many more organizations. Each of you can vote for PloneGov in the "most innovative good practice" category and thus help, in concrete terms, this new e-Government open source initiative.
Plone is an open source content management system that is simple to set up, maintain, and modify. It is designed to be a corporate-ready content management system. It is ideal as an intranet and extranet server, as a document/Web publishing system, and as a groupware tool for collaboration between separately located entities.
During the conference "Jornadas Regionales de Software Libre", Roberto Allende the PloneGov contact in South America will give a talk for non technicals users about PloneGov.
PloneGov is selected among the 52 best European e-Government projects, and is invited to present the project at the fourth Ministerial eGovernment Conference held in Lisbon in September 2007. PloneGov projects relies on 2 renowned open source software : Plone and Zope. Its success results from a close collaboration between public organizations and Zea Partners, an international network of SME building Zope and Plone solutions.
Local and regional governments and SME from Europe, North and South America and Africa participate in the PloneGov project. The goals of this close collaboration is to develop in a cooperative manner, applications and websites suited for public organization for their own use as well as for their citizens’. In June, this innovative project was awarded the Lutèce d’Or 2007 Grand Prix du Jury. Philippe COURARD, Walloon minister of Homelands affairs, met the PloneGov Belgian Community to congratulate them for their exceptional implication.
Plone Cono Sur is the Plone User Group for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. During the conference "Jornadas Regionales de Software Libre" taking place in Argentina, Plone Cono Sur will organize it's first meeting with more than 10 talks, free courses and a sprint.
Bungeni is a Parliamentary and Legislative Information System for drafting, managing, consolidating and publishing legislative and other parliamentary documents. It is being developed within the context the "Africa i-Parliaments Action Plan" of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). It is meant to contribute to making Parliaments more open and accessible to citizens ... virtually allowing them "inside Parliament" or Bungeni -- the Kiswahili word for "inside Parliament". PloneGov and Bungeni decide to join efforts to share experience and their developments.
This article introduces the importance of organizing the Plone users within various vertical markets. It presents various “Plone for…” initiatives and sites named «Subcommunities» which are active in the fields of Libraries, Education, eLearning, eGovernment, Artists, eCommerce, Multimedia, …
We are proud to announce that the new Plone e-government initiative won the biggest French award for open source projects on June 13 during a ceremony held in the town hall of the city of Paris. This award, called "Grand prix du jury des Lutèce d'Or 2007", demonstrates PloneGov work quality and encourages us to continue on this way. is an initiative of 3 EU research projects : Qualoss, Flossmetrics and SQO-OSS. It demonstrate the strong collaboration between the actors of the 3 projects. The expected benefit is to ease the access to information by disseminating news by joint RSS feed.
Open source experts from the public sector, SME and open source community participated in the first Plone e-government international workshop. After two days of intense work the group decided to merge into 1 common project 3 e-government initiatives: CommunesPlone (Belgium, France), (Switzerland) and UdalPlone (Basque Country, Spain). The new project, based on the open source Content Management System Plone, will be named It now reaches over 40 local governments and 2 regions in 5 countries.
A growing number of local governments are choosing the open source Plone CMS for their web infrastructure. Doing so they provide new services to their citizens and improve internal administrative processes. Mutualization of resources opens the way to a new form of collaboration. The workshop goal is to bring together experts from several regions. The expected benefits of this transnational collaboration are to share applications, best practices and investments.
Researchers need a platform to support transnational scientific collaboration. Paul Henning Krogh explains how collaborative software as Plone brings outstanding benefits to EU research projects.
Based in Hong Kong, Global Hand is an NGO acting as a broker matching donations and needs to support NGO’s in their fight against poverty and disasters. It also provides branded Web sites for the United Nations Joint Logistics Center (UNJLC), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Rotary International. All these services are based on the open source softwares Plone and Zope. This article investigates Global Hand experience and criteria to select these technologies.
Sunil Abraham, manager of United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) International Open Source Network, is a staunch advocate of open standards. It is freely available, maximizes choice, has no royalty implication, and does not include any predatory practice, he asserts. Sunil is also director of Mahiti an Indian business expert in open source and member of Zea Partners network.
Ubuntu Linux backer Canonical has launched a beta version of its Launchpad service, part of an effort to make open-source programming methods a better match for Microsoft. Launchpad was founded to run the Ubuntu project, but it's now open to other projects. Three such projects — Zope, SilvaCMS and Jokosher — are hosted there now.
Public and private investment in information and communication technology (ICT) is bearing fruit, finds the Commission's annual progress report on i2010 – the digitally-led strategy for growth and jobs. Technology is fuelling innovation and productivity, and there are signs of fundamental change in markets and user behaviour, as Europe moves towards a knowledge-based economy.
The next Plone sprint will take place in Sorrento (Naples, Italy), from March 27 to April 2. With 64 participants from 14 countries it is probably the biggest Plone sprint ever to take place in Italy.
ONE/Northwest is a US non-profit supporting the environment and grass roots organizations through the use of technology. For over a decade, ONE/Northwest has helped over 800 environmental organizations fuse technology with new ways of doing their work. They offer websites powered by Plone in order to help environmental NGOs make the leap to the internet age.
CommunesPlone is a fast growing open source software mutualization project led by local governments. Open to international collaboration, the project outlines the benefits of open source and mutualization for the Public Sector. This case study presents CommunesPlone, analyzes best practices and challenges.
OneWorld South Asia developed on Plone, an open source Content Management System (CMS), a customized technology solution named Ek Duniya Web Services. Through Ek-Duniya, OWSA seeks to exploit the democratic potential of the internet, making it accessible and useful to the communities that need it the most. Ek Duniya is already reaching over 70 organizations in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This article outlines benefits open source software brings to society.
Roberto Allende from Menttes, an Argentinean Zea member, will be present 2 Plone talks at FISL "8º Fórum Internacional Software Livre". This conference will be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from 12th to 14th April 2007.
FLOSSmetrics, an european research project, will provide you detailed quantitative data about the development process, development actors, and developed artifacts of those projects. The project aims to ease the strategic decision of integrating adequate free and open source software (F/OSS) components into software systems. Zea positions itself as an pro-active partner in this research project.
Noze joins Zea - 2007-03-02
noze, a Tuscany based SME, joins the Zea network. With the addition of noze, Zea gains a second Italian partner.
Prior to his talk about Plone 3.0 at FOSDEM 2007, conference organizers interviewed Paul Everitt a leading figure of the Plone and Zope communities.
QUALOSS, an european research project, aims to enhance the competitive position of the software industry by providing methodologies and tools for improving their productivity and the quality of their software products. Zea positions itself as an pro-active actor and is responsible for results dissemination.
SERPRO, the main IT solution provider for the Brazilian Government, is actively using Plone and Zope as its primary Portal construction tool for Government Web Content Management Solutions. SERPRO counts on an impressive list of reference and will soon launch its 50th governmental portal.
Zea academic partner, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, organizes a research room at FOSDEM. The goal is to explore opportunities of exchange and collaboration between open source researchers and open source communities.
Paul Everitt is giving a speech at the Fosdem conference in Brussels, Belgium on February 25, 2006.
In the Flossimpact report, Zea Partners is presented as an innovative business model part of a thriving new economic ecosystem. It also includes a number of references about Plone and Zope, outlining the maturity reached by these technologies in term of technical achievement and community organization. The project CommunesPlone, lead by local governments, is presented as an ICT project unusual in terms of opportunity for innovation, standardization and economy of scale.
The European Commission has released a study about the economic impact of Open Source on the ICT sector. The Floss Impact report was led by academics at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT). Presenting the study abstract.
New user group looking for members! - Nuevo grupo de usuarios buscando miembros!
Experts representing the open source community, government, businesses, researchers and higher education institutes met in Buenos Aires to study argentinian and regional FLOSS impact.
The European Commission has commissioned a study to explore the potential impact if the Public Sector were to release its software open source. The project CommunesPlone, based on the renowned open source applications Plone/Zope, is investigated as a practical example of mutualisation between local governments.
At the last Plone Foundation meeting in Seattle, 2 interesting questions were raised. First the need to gather quantitative data on Plone and the development processes, second increase the visibility of Plone future in the next 5 to 10 years. Zea Partners goals includes tackling these issues. An example is Zea recent involvement Qualoss and Flossmetrics research projects.
A number of initiatives are taken worldwide to harness the economical potential of open source business activities. France is a leading example : the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry, Thierry Breton announced his intention to build a Center of excellence for Open Source Software development.
Zea network was presented as a good practice in the field of Libre Software at a Morfeo project workshop. The presentation was made by Eneko Astigarraga, manager of Codesyntax, a Basque business expert in Open Source Content Management.
Eben Moglen's keynote address "Software and Community in the Early 21st Century" is now available for your online viewing pleasure at YouTube and
Plone a winning technology: the 2 best IST projects websites are built on Plone. The jury outlined a number of Plone technical qualities: ease of navigation, good presentation and compliance with the W3C guidelines on web accessibility.
Packt Publishing announced the winners of the 2006 Open Source Content Management System Award. The winners include Plone.
The Belgian Plone community held its third annual meeting last November. The meeting was a success, attracting 100 persons from 10 countries and various backgrounds including Public Sector, Education SME and Open Source Community.
CommunesPlone in France


CommunesPlone is a project whose goal is to create a city-oriented version of Plone.
Menttes joins Zea - 2006-10-26
With the addition of Menttes, Zea makes a tep further in its strategy to extent internationally. Zea now counts 4 partners located outside the EU and US : Upfrontsystems (South Africa), Mahiti (India), Except and Menttes (Argentina).
25 members of Zea network were at the Plone Conference in Seattle, several partners presenting talks on Plone businesses and technology. This Conference is a unique opportunity to contact these experts and get to know better their activities.
With the addition of OpenApp, ZEA gains an Irish partner.
Members of Zea Partners bring a broad background of experience from many branches of IT. They constantly cooperate on various aspects of content management and related fields. For example, Topia Systems is working on a project to clarify the needs of larger organizations and local authorities with respect to Content Management.
Increasing the participation of small and medium-sized companies in EU-funded programmes was the topic of a SME stakeholder conference held in Brussels on October 11, 2006.
Topia Systems joins Zea Partners

Topia Systems

With the addition of Topia Systems, Zea gains a software consulting company based in Wales, UK.
Greenfinity LLC. is a young, dynamic company operating in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
It was time to launch a proper website for all video podcasts and tutorials about python, plone, zope, virtual worlds und web2.0.
Xavier Heymans was invited to comment the study findings based on Zea Partner network experience. This study analyses the positive economical impact of Open Source on EU and world economy, and the potential of economical growth. The final report will be made public this winter.
A new research on Zea business model will be presented at the 2nd workshop on coopetition strategy in Milan. The central question of the study is «how are organizations able to manage two logics of competition and cooperation simultaneously when they are in coopetitive relationship ?»
The "handbook for authors and editors", available in German and English, is an end-users manual written that provides current and future users of Plone with an introductory guide and a comprehensive reference.
CALIBRE has identified as a promising business model the approach used by ZEA Partners and its network of companies across Europe and beyond that shares customers, contacts and expertise to deliver software-related services.
With the addition of Except, Zea gains an Argentinean business with a long term commitment to open source, Plone and Zope.
EuroPython is the annual conference for the Python and Zope communities. It circulated between different sites in Europe; having started in Charleroi in Belgium and moved to Göteborg in Sweden, and then CERN in Swizerland. EuroPython will next take place in Vilnius, Lithuania in July 2007.
Based in India, Mahiti specializes in the areas of web, Intranet, kiosk, multimedia applications, consultancy and training.
Do you want to meet Zea experts? This new edition of Europython is a unique opportunity to meet a number of Zea Members and get to know their activities.
With the addition of Upfront Systems, ZEA gains a South African company with long-time Plone experience.
New award for a Plone website developed by Netsight, UK
Flossworld is a world impact study funded by the EU. Workshop participants will be experts representing the interests of the open source community, government, businesses, researchers and higher education institutes, as appropriate for the workshop questions.
Paul Everitt is giving a plenary speech at the OSSWatch conference in Oxford, England on April 12, 2006. Kit Blake from Zea Partner company Infrae is also speaking.
You knew us as ZEA, the Zope Europe Association. Now it's official. With a name change and a partner plan for 2006, Zea's results are showing.
The Open Source Academy (OSA) goes live with a new Zope-Plone based portal. Open Source Academy is a UK-funded initiative created to support OSS adoption in Local Authorities. Zea Partners was part of the team involved in the portal development.
Zea held its second partner meeting for reviewing the proposed 2006 plan. The meeting was held January 11-12, 2006, in London at the offices of Fry-IT.
The Royal Bank of Scotland has revealed that it is working on a large content management system based on the open source application server Zope.
The State Services Commission is championing an open source solution for content management needs in state agencies.
Zea added five new partners to the network during the fourth quarter of 2006: Amaze, CodeSyntax, Fry-IT, COM.lounge, and atReal.
The EU safety and health portal (OSHA) built on Plone receives the International Information Industry Award 2005
Zea had its first of two 2005 closeout partner meetings. The first meeting was held Dec 8-9 in Louvain-La-Neuve outside of Brussels.
Enfold Systems, a Zea network member, delivers value and enterprise scalability with the Plone Open Source Platform
The United Nations Joint Logistic Center (UNJLC) has adopted Plone for its new portal providing logistic data to humanitarian crisis. Zea Partners was chosen to provide support and services to the UNJLC team.
Danish Ministry of Science awards Plone company for exceptional web site.
Paul Everitt from Zea Partners gave a mini-keynote at O'Reilly's inaugural EuroOSCON conference, Oct 2005 in Amsterdam.
Plone is a CMS product atop a stack of open source framework technologies. Moving the product forward means moving the stack forward. However, this requires architectures working together, which requires architects working together.
Xavier Heymans, Zope Europe association CEO, give a talk at the First Holland Open Software conference (HOSC) held on May 2005 in Amsterdam
The fastest growing open source content management system releases new version
Netsight joins ZEA - 2005-03-08
ZEA gets its first partner in the UK.
Paul Everitt, founder and product leader of Zea Partners, identified by CMS Watch as one of the 20 people who could make a difference on the CMS landscape in 2005
ZEA has three new partners: Zest Software, gocept and Enfold Systems
ZEA At Lots - 2005-02-08
Silva and Kupu presented at the LOTS conference in Berne.
Oxfam International, an international confederation of non-governmental organisations (NGO) that are working to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice, opt for the free and powerful Plone CMS. Zea was awarded the contract to develop Oxfam new CMS. The project, in which 6 Zea members were involved, resulted in large contributions to Plone including Linguaplone, Versioning, Kupu and Multisite.
The Lisbon Trust is a conservatory of open software copyrights and legal services. It provides a 50-year pledge that Europe's competitive, knowledge-based society will be built atop a competitive IT marketplace. The mission and outcomes from the Trust are designed to reflect and fulfill European values and strengths.
eWeek identifies Plone as a CMS leader
What is the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a design research project? If we knew, we'd probably make more realistic budgets for things like co-ordination, and communication, that often don't get paid for, even though we do the work. Or else, if we knew the true time costs, but could not get them included in the budget, then maybe we wouldn't do the project.
CALIBRE, the european co-ordination action for libre software engineering, aims to coordinate the study of the characteristics of open source software projects, products and processes, distributed development, and agile methods.
The Plone Conference taking place in Vienna will be an opportunity to meet a number of Zope Europe Association members. 14 of them giving talks on Plone businesses and technology.
BubbleNet joins ZEA - 2004-07-22
BubbleNet, a long-time Zope company in Belgium headed by Godefroid Chapelle, is the newest member of Zope Europe.
Hosted by the Zope UK Association this one-day event will provide a platform for the promotion of Zope-based open source technologies within the UK.
World's leading open source content management software project turns to Law Center for Legal Services and Support
UK Web developers are throwing their weight behind Zope, an open source application server already popular in the US and Europe, but which has yet to crack Britain.
eWeek identifies Plone as "probably the best option in web publishing portals"
Plone 2.0 Released - 2004-03-17
The Plone Team announces the release of Plone 2.0, the next generation of its rapidly growing open source Content Management System.
The Plone development sprint took place in Schruns, Austria, between the 7th and 14th February 2004.
Zope Europe is pleased to announce its newest member, Plone Solutions from Norway, best known as the workplace of Alexander Limi, the co-creator of Plone.
ZEA gave a speech at SolutionsLinux 2004 in Paris Feb 5th. The trip included visits to the Plone booths, the presentation, and an integration day for our customer project.
Zope awarded as best entreprise application server
Padova Trip Report - 2003-06-05
Reflab organized a Plone sprint in Padova, Italy, at the conference, May 9-11.
Studious observers of the mailing list for Zope 3 CVS checkins might have observed a happening of potentially great importance this past week. Stephan Richter started checking in a Zwiki for Zope 3.
Godefroid Chapelle hosted a Zope 3 XML/i18n sprint at his BubbleNet office in Belgium, April 8-11. This is a brief trip report.
We had the first OSCOM sprint in Zurich Mar 20-21.
A press release for Zope 2.6.1, including translations into multiple languages, is available.
The year 2003 kicks off fast on for Zope in Europe. At the beginning of February (Feb 4-6), Zope Europe has organized a Zope pavilion at the SolutionsLinux exhibition in Paris, showing Zope and making it known to the public.
SL2003 UI Sprint - 2003-01-27
We're having a Zope 3 UI sprint as part of the Zope effort at SolutionsLinux 2003.
The Plone-designed website developed by Netsight for Las Vegas-based gaming products manufacturer and distributor Vendingdata is one of three finalists at the Third Annual Gaming Association Communications Awards for Best Website.
In a quick fit of cleanup, I uploaded 3 presentations from recent trips