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Seven Tips for Safer Internet Day
The 11th Safer Internet Day will be celebrated worldwide today, February 11, 2014.
- The theme for the day is: "Let's create a better internet together"
- It is like any other Tuesday on your calendar, but should it be?
- Just how secure is YOUR website?
- Just how safe is the information you store about your customers, clients and users?
Sadly, when it comes to security, any system can ultimately be compromised. But there are numerous small steps you can take that make the pathway to your data just a bit more difficult. Each little barrier adds up, making the task of breaking into your site just inconvenient enough for a hacker to move on to the next site instead of spending more time on yours.
GSoC 2014 Kickoff
Greetings to my fellow Joomla Community:
Google Summer of Code is close and fast approaching! I’m proud to say that over the last two years Joomla has had a very successful GSoC program with a great success rate of projects that have become major Joomla features or essential developer tools in libraries.
I’m personally excited to be able to coordinate the program again this year. It’s a fact though, the only way that such a program is successful is because of the wonderful volunteer efforts that go into coordinating the program and mentoring the students.
There are a few key places that we could really use some volunteer help this year: Project Management, Student Mentors (Primary and Backup), and Testers.
Google requires we have two dedicated project managers, this role doesn’t necessarily require code level experience, but good communication skills and some availability in terms of time would definitely be essential!
For our mentors we like to have two mentors per project, this gives our students a few people to bounce ideas off of, and hopefully a good chance of getting someone’s advice quickly when they have questions. Mentors work closely with the students and have a lot of influence on the project’s direction, timeline, goals, and overall success.
New this year is an idea to have some community members available for testing. One thing that is always needed are some people interested in testing our student’s project code. I’m planning to have a project schedule so testing can be done on a planned basis. This position will require very little time from a volunteer, but has a huge positive impact for quality projects and code, as well as getting input on the project from a larger community of people.
We would greatly appreciate any help that this wonderful Joomla community can offer us. Please take a moment to use the form below to send us your contact info! And, if you have any questions about the program please feel free to ask by sending me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing Team Leadership Announcement
The Marketing Working Group (MWG) is pleased to announce the addition of new team members.
The primary focus of the Marketing Working Group (MWG) is to raise awareness of the Joomla Content Management System (CMS) and Framework within the international Joomla community, as well as the general open source community.
In December we announced that we were seeking nominations from the community for new members to join the Marketing Working Group. The original article can be accessed here: http://community.joomla.org/blogs/community/1786-call-for-marketing-working-group-members.html
We are pleased to announce that Jess Dunbar will be leading the Marketing Working Group, which is formed of the following members:
Joomla Event Team Meeting Minutes for December 15, 2013
The Joomla Events Team held a meeting on December 15, 2013. At this meeting the team discussed the goals for 2014 and also identified several areas that could be improved and potential solutions.
Attendees at this meeting were: Radek Suski, Mike Carson, Dianne Henning, Sigrid Suski, and Saurabh Shah
The new goals identified for 2014 are as follows:
- Event organizer downloadable resource area on events website
- Provide print ready documents, images, and banners for promoting Joomla at events
- Increase Joomla promotion at non-Joomla 3rd party events
- Increase number of Joomla!Day events in 2014
- Increase the financial support for JoomlaDay™ events
- Official Joomla Developer ConferencEvents.joomla.org website improvements
One important area identified to improve is the event submission process to make it easier for JoomlaDay organisers to get their events approved. The process itself should also be more automated to relieve the work of the volunteers approving those events. We identified that the current process is not ideal and needs to be updated. Vic Drover and his team have provided some updates on a development server for testing that is being reviewed. Radek Suski has submitted an alternative solution that uses SobiPro. Mike Carson and Saurabh Shah are going to evaluate the updated version of JCal Pro, and as an alternative, SobiPro. We would also like to upgrade the current Joomla! version to 3.2 and update the template to a more responsive and mobile friendly version.
We realise that it is extremely important to document the submission and approval process. Saurabh Shah is going to document the current process so new team members can use it to learn how to correctly execute this process.
It has been decided to review and update all articles on the Events site.
- The JoomlaDay™ logo usage guideline has to be revised and more clearly explained on the site.
- We plan to create a directory of potential Joomla! evangelists to help JoomlaDay organisers get in touch with good, international speakers.
- We would like to create a resources directory which would include different materials like flyer designs, banners, marketing materials and many other helpful items.
Another goal is to increase Joomla promotion at non-Joomla 3rd party events. It would include the implementation of a form for submission of attendance/representing of non-Joomla events.
We also discussed the possibility of increasing the financial support for JoomlaDay events. Follow up with the OSM Board for budget approval is our next step.
An official Joomla Developer Conference is being planned for the spring of 2014 (venue and dates to be announced). The developer conference will be a hands on workshop style learning event that will focus on the areas of design/template development, Joomla extension development, and the Joomla framework. We are working with members of the Joomla Production Leadership Team to plan a very successful event that could be easily duplicated around the world in the future. More information on this event will be announced soon.
We would like to thank all present members of the team for their efforts, input, and their ideas.
The current Joomla Event Team is comprised of the following members:
- Radek Suski
- Mike Carson
- Saurabh Shah
- Victor Drover
- Dianne Henning
- TJ Baker
- Sigrid Suski
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