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  • 14 Apr 2014
    We’re back from another successful Drupal NYC Camp! A great event as always (thanks to Forest Mars and all the other volunteers and organizers that made the event possible), this year the event attracted more than 800 attendees and was held at a truly awesome venue: the United Nations. Forum One’s presence this year was bigger than ever! Five of us attended, four of whom spoke at five different sessions covering a variety of topics: Keenan Holloway talked to a packed room with...
  • 11 Apr 2014
      In late 2011 I was approached by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with an audacious proposition: would Forum One help the Foundation, HHS, the White House, the California HealthCare Foundation and others establish an independent nonprofit organization focused on health data? The Health Data Initiative, shepherded by US CTO Todd Park and others in the Administration, needed a home outside of government. But it takes time to establish a new nonprofit. In the meantime, they sought a firm...
  • 8 Apr 2014
    Just over a year ago, we released our secret recipe for responsive web design to Drupal chefs. Now, we are back with an updated cookbook in the form of a revised white paper and a blog post laden with even MORE cooking metaphors. As you probably know, responsive design has become the most popular way for whipping up websites that satisfy a variety of user appetites. Smartphone users will lick their lips when you reflow your content and restyle the navigation into serving sizes that fit their...
  • 31 Mar 2014
    Health. Poverty. Education. The environment. These are big important global challenges that many organizations are working tirelessly to improve. And increasingly, networks, are at the heart of their work - in both the real-world, and online. Last month Forum One, together with The American Red Cross and Acquia, convened a select group of program directors and communications specialists from research institutes, think tanks, foundations, and nonprofits in the DC area to discuss the future of...
  • 28 Mar 2014
    Almost every project we work on requires a method for capturing user information. In most cases we have a Contact form and in more general purposes the client requires additional forms for various reasons. In the past our go to for creating forms was the Webforms module. As requirements have changed, so has the need for a web form solution that is exportable using Features. In this series I will be walking you through an introduction to Entity Forms, including installing,...
  • 26 Mar 2014
    How healthy is your county? For the past four years, the folks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have helped answer that question through their eminently useful County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR). The site helps identify health disparities by illustrating which counties are healthier or less healthy in comparison to other counties in the same state. Forum One is proud to have led the technical development of this complex website since its...
  • 20 Mar 2014
    If you've been managing a site for years, you probably have a strong understanding of what’s working and what’s not...or do you? Having been a web manager at a major nonprofit for many years, I know firsthand how easy it is to get wrapped up in individual feedback and internal discussions. Put together, these things can start to skew our sense of how a site is actually performing. It can lead us to believe there are major issues when goals are actually being met, or give us the...
  • 18 Mar 2014
    A major driver of health reform is the more effective use of data. The White House has made “data liberation” a major priority, and federal, state and local governments are releasing more and more information. Forum One has been an enthusiastic participant in this process. We helped establish the Health Data Consortium, working with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, and others. We built County Health...
  • 12 Mar 2014
    We’re feeling lucky! Not because Saint Patrick's Day is around the corner, or because we found a McDonalds that sells the Shamrock Shake, or even because this DC winter might finally be ending. No, we are feeling incredibly lucky because NTEN's Nonprofit Technology Conference returns to DC this week, and that means a whole bunch of our favorite nonprofit friends are coming together to share, train, and collaborate on the latest and greatest ideas and trends in tech – right in...
  • 6 Mar 2014
    This past fall I undertook my first content migration effort. This was to migrate an existing site from Expression Engine to Drupal 7. I immediately began looking at the Migrate module to learn it's use and here are some lessons I learned along the way. First of all, be aware that migrate is a module for developers. It does have a user interface, but this is merely to run the import process. All the real action happens in the code, so you will need to be familiar with object oriented...