Knight Drupal Initiative: Two new proposals

Posted on August 8, 2008 by agentrickard

At yesterday's open review meeting -- read the transcript -- two proposals were approved and sent on to the Knight Foundation for potential funding.

Combined, these proposals could bring $90,000 (USD) to Drupal development, and introduce new student developers to the Drupal platform.

We now have one open proposal, NewsCloud Newsroom Module, which is being redrafted based on feedback from the community.

Exciting times, to be certain, but we still need more community involvement. If you can take a half hour per month to review the active proposals, we could really start to see some progress. If you are going to a local user meetup, present some of the promotional material or print and distribute the program flyer.

On to Szeged

Posted on August 4, 2008 by agentrickard


I know it is three weeks away (so soon, so soon!) but I am starting to get excited about DrupalCON Szeged. I have my travel booked -- taking a week of vacation in Hungary as well -- and now, well, I am on the program. For reals.

Moshe and I will be doing Using Node Access as a hands-on tutorial and preparation for a BoF session on improving Node Access in Drupal 7.

I will also be doing an intro and Q&A about the Knight Drupal Initiative grant program. (You have all prepared for the review session on Thursday, right?)

A minor horde of Palantiri will be in attendance, so be sure to look for us.

Knight Drupal Initiative: Call for Reviews!

Posted on July 24, 2008 by agentrickard

These notes are based largely on our last IRC meeting and community input for the KDI review process.

Our next review meeting will be August 7th in #drupal-dojo at 19:00 UTC. We have three proposals up for review this round.


Participants are asked to review these proposals before the meeting. For more information, see KDI on

During the last review meeting, Local Publishing Platform and Regional Aggregation Hub was passed to Knight for funding review. Potentially bringing $70,000 (USD) for Drupal development.


We are always looking for new proposals -- see the program information for more details.

Raise the roof

Posted on July 23, 2008 by agentrickard

Well, alright. Just under two weeks later, we have a roof over our heads again. Big thanks to Matt at First General and to Jay and Red (and crew) from Premier Construction.

Last night we almost got hit by another thunderstorm -- hail and 60 mph winds were reported in the county. But it never rained at the house, which is good, since the roof wasn't fully shingled yet.




The construction started before 6:00 each of the last three days. Until today. the high in Augusta was over 102°, so they wanted to get working before it became too hot.

Storm Video

Posted on July 12, 2008 by agentrickard

News12 in Augusta has some storm damage video now. Most of the cleanup footage was shot at our house, and the first video includes shots from the inside before we did any cleanup.

Try: this first night footage and the cleanup video

These links may change as the video is archived.

News12, by the way, was very respectful and we especially thank Melissa Tune and her cameraman (whose name I did not get) for their sensitivity on Thursday night.


Posted on July 11, 2008 by agentrickard

I will be offline for quite a bit over the next few weeks. We suffered some severe storm damage yesterday. Everyone is ok, but we have lots of work to do to get our house back in shape.




See Day one Flickr set for more or the Morning after set.

A big thanks, by the way, to all the guys from Stallion and First General for their work last night.

After the cleanup, we have this:


First Knight Drupal Initiative qualifier announced

Posted on July 10, 2008 by agentrickard

During a community vote on #drupal-dojo yesterday, the KDI proposal by Bill Fitzgerald and Marc Poris of was approved to be passed to Knight Foundation for final review. If accepted, the proposal could bring more than $70,000 USD for active Drupal development.

This is a very exciting step for the KDI project, and in the coming week,s look for more information about the program -- and more ways that you can get involved.

Below is an edited version of the announcement sent to Bill and Marc.

Congratulations! The Drupal community has voted to approve your proposal for the Knight Drupal Inititative titled "Local Publishing Platform and Regional Aggregation Hub".

Your project has been filed in the official project list at:

The next step is to introduce you to Knight Foundation. They can help you through the next stage of the application process.

If you have any questions about the process or need assistance with your application, please add a comment to the issue:

Again, congratulations on behalf of the Knight Drupal Initiative.

- Ken Rickard
Lead volunteer
Knight Drupal Initiative

For more information about the KDI, or to submit your project, visit

The home office

Posted on June 13, 2008 by agentrickard

A few pics of the home office setup I have now.

For good measure, a few dog pics as well, since they hang out in here all day.






Knight Drupal Initiative -- voting

Posted on June 6, 2008 by agentrickard

We currently have two good proposals in the queue for the Knight Drupal Initiative. These both need comment and review so they can be passed on for final approval.

It may be that we need a more formal schedule for review -- maybe a monthly deadline. Otherwise, will you, Drupal Planet reader, remember to go review the applications?

If you have ideas for how the review might be improved, comment on the review guide.

Knight Drupal Initiative launch

Posted on May 28, 2008 by agentrickard

Announcing the Knight Drupal Initiative

KDI logo

The Knight Drupal Initiative is now accepting grant applications. Anyone may apply at

Application is a two-stage process. First, an open community review will select proposals for submission to Knight Foundation. After submission, Knight Foundation will have final approval over grant funding. More information is available at

There are no deadlines for submission. The program establishes an ongoing grant review process. New proposals will be reviewed monthly by the Knight Foundation.

About the program

Together, Drupal and the Knight Foundation are working to improve communities by providing a freely distributed, open source digital publishing platform. We are looking to fund proposals that achieve our mutual goals.

Drupal and the Knight Foundation agree that open source digital publishing can enable powerful agents of transformation in their respective communities.

Together, we are working to improve communities by providing an open democratic platform in the digital age.

We provide funding for grant proposals that achieve our mutual goals by using and improving the Drupal platform.

More information can be found on the KDI Frequently Asked Questions page at

Proposal guidelines

A good proposal should improve or leverage Drupal in order to meet the stated goals of the program. When writing your proposal:

  • Be clear and concise when answering the questions.
  • Be sure that both novices and experts will understand what you propose.
  • Be honest and positive when describing your proposal

For more tips, see

Introductory meeting

With the launch of the Knight Drupal Initiative, many people have questions.

Jose Zamora of the Knight Foundation and I will host a live IRC chat on Monday, June 2nd, starting at 15:00 EDT [UTC - 4:00].

The chat will be held in #drupal-dojo on freenode.

For information about IRC, see

For more on the KDI, see

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