Karin used to write code for musculoskeletal computer models/simulations at The University of Calgary and at Arizona State University as well as in a corporate research environment. It was great fun to laser digitize and reconstruct Australopithecus Afarensis in computer code to make 'Lucy' walk and to help design and evaluate the performance of high-end soccer boots using computer models. Then one day a (now) dear friend came over for coffee. Those who know Karin well - know this is a great way to start talking to her...
Karin's friend who worked full time supervising kids at a school - served in 'her spare time' as Board Chair of a National Canadian Charitable Organization - supporting young mothers/families across Canada. Karin and her husband themselves had very much enjoyed this organization's support when their 3 kids were young.
Karin "you know about computers - can you please help us out?". They had hired a company to build them a website w/...Read more
- July: Open development. Major initiatives may still be accepted for 4.7 if significant implementation work has been done.
- August: Feature freeze. Existing 4.7 initiatives should be mostly done, but there may still be some work on development/maturation/gaps/loose-ends. Bug fixes encouraged. New (minor) enhancements may be accepted, but this will grow stricter as the month progresses.
- September: Stabilization. 2 or 3 alphas. Mostly bug fixes. Split off 4.7 from master.
CiviCRM is community open-source, heavily influenced by the participation of partners and users. Twice each year, we gather for week long sprints to plan and develop. The April sprint in Colorado produced a number of great initiatives, and a major factor was the alignment with the release: 4.6.0 was out; the roadmap for 4.7 was as clear as...Read more
Don't miss out on Amy Sample Ward's keynote speech at this year's CiviCRM User Summit to be held Sept 24-25 in Washington, DC.
Amy, #nptech guru, CEO of NTEN, will lead an interactive presentation titled: "Latest Trends in Nonprofit Tech: From Digital Inclusion to Digital Strategy". Regardless of our mission, the size of our budget, the number of staff, or the location of our organization, technology is critical to our effectiveness and efficiency in making real impact. At NTEN, we see this every day in organizations from all over the U.S. and beyond - whether in technology training and investments or in online services and campaigns. This interactive session covers some of the latest trends in nonprofit technology, and helps you identify whether your organization may be ahead of the curve or ready for action.
- In order to encourage a greater number of speakers who are end users, we are pleased to announce that end users will receive a free registration if their proposed session is approved.
- As an added bonus, end users who submit a session that is not approved will receive the early bird rate, regardless of when they register.
Last week we celebrated the first CiviCon for the South of Europe in Madrid. It was a great day that provided the opportunity to bring together users, developers and implementers from the local growing community in Spain. We had close to 40 people interested on CiviCRM.
For those of you in the New York City area, 16-19 July 2015 is NYC Drupal Camp (pronounced "nice camp"), an annual grassroots non-profit conference run by volunteers. The event covers a broad range of topics related to Drupal. As part of the camp, the developers of the Aegir hosting system have organised the first Aegir Summit, 16-17 July.
For those not familiar with Aegir: it is a control panel based on Drupal and Drush to help automate the installation of Drupal, typically in a multi-site architecture (1 code base, many independant sites). With the provision_civicrm module, Aegir can also automate the installation of CiviCRM. This means that with a few clicks, you can create a new database, install Drupal and CiviCRM, configure the web server and optionally manage the SSL certificate. It also helps...Read more
https://civicrm.stackexchange.com/ is launched in beta and thriving as a place to ask and answer questions about CiviCRM. The benefit of the Q&A format is that good questions and good answers can get voted up, and better serve as an expert repository of our community's experience. Search rankings will soon be able to find good relevant answers to everyone's beginner and expert support and development questions.
Already we're averaging 10.9 questions per day, which is more than the 9.9 new topics started per day in http://forum.civicrm.org during the first quarter of 2015. 267 people have asked questions with a score of 1 or more, and 123 people have posted an answer that earned a +1 score or above. More than 90 percent of questions are answered, which is a healthy beta. There are over 550 users after two months, and 40 have asked or answered enough questions to get...Read more
CiviCRM sits in the middle -- exchanging data with your CMS, payment processor, email service, SMS service, spreadsheets, ad nauseum. CiviCRM is also extremely flexible -- supporting multiple CMSs, multiple payment processors, multiple email providers, multiple SMS providers, ad nauseum. These are great power features, but they also come with a cost -- complexity. The on-boarding process for a new organization requires evaluating and configuring a plethora of integration options, and the configuration is not always easy. I'd like to talk a bit about this problem and a nascent project to solve it.
The cron service is a good example of an integration. Every site running Civi needs a set of cron jobs to keep the system moving -- to deliver mail blasts, to update membership statuses, to send scheduled reminders. Cron is actually a fairly simple service, but there are a lot of small variations (which are almost trivial... but...Read more
For core team member Coleman Watts, it all started while working for an environmental & peace education center that needed a database. Trying out CiviCRM, he soon discovered its power to unite different facets of the organization into a coherent whole. Using a holistic database transformed a weakness (running many programs meant piles of spreadsheets and disorganization) into a strength (a person's engagement with multiple aspects of the organization could now be tracked, facilitating collaboration between departments).
After attending a CiviCRM developer training, Coleman began extending the system and adding custom features for his organization. Inspired by the open source community he reworked his custom form code into...Read more