- Date Awarded
- Grant Period
- 03/01/09 to 12/31/11
- Focus Area
- Journalism & Media Innovation
- San Francisco, CA
To expand the users of Drupal by creating clear, easier to use operating instructions. Part of Knight Drupal Initiative.
This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative, a contest that tapped into a community of software developers to help the foundation make better technology grants. Drupal is an open source software package that allows anyone to start a news and information site. The software developers who improve it on a volunteer basis number more than 300,000. Millions download and use the software. Many of those users do not have extensive backgrounds in Web technology. Having clear, concise, up-to-date documentation is essential for the technically inexperienced who want to get a Web site implemented. Lack of good, accessible documentation leaves an extremely useful tool out of reach for many people.
This grant will make the Drupal software easier to use by allowing more than two million current users to take full advantage of its capabilities, and by enabling more people with little or no technical knowledge to begin using it. We expect that by using Drupal, more people will be able to exchange ideas, news and information and increase the number of annual Drupal downloads.