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Friday, April 15, 2011
Andrew Hoppin has been involved with the Drupal Community since 2004 when he got involved in CivicSpace, which was the first Drupal “distribution” that was focused on bringing Drupal to government campaigns and non-profits. CivicSpace was technically a fork of Drupal, and they put a lot of work into making the install profile system work a lot better with Drupal. Ultimately the vision of spreading Drupal to governments was never fully actualized with CivicSpace, but it did plant a seed with the install profile systems and the concept of a Drupal distribution that has come full circle with the OpenPublic distribution just put out by Phase2 Technology.
Hoppin was a keynote speaker last year at DrupalCon when he was still the CIO of the New York State Senate. He talks about his accomplishments with bringing open source to government, but his larger vision of spreading Drupal throughout all other different types of state legislatures and local governments was not actualized due to a lack of ease of replicability of the work that the New York State Senate released last year at DrupalCon, which is described here by Sheldon Rampton.