On Tuesday, April 27th the April meeting of the Drupal on Rye usergroup was held.   There were 16 representatives from CWS, Web Communications, Extension, College of Ag, Sea Grant, CN, Center for Humanities, Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, Natural Resources Institute, and the College of Forestry.


  • New OSU Homepage Update – David Barner, Web Communications
  • Quick Bibliography Module Overview – Sher Fenn, CWS
  • DrupalCon Update (exact topic TBD) – CWS
  • Non-Drupal Topic – OSU Events Calendar (http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/)
  • Discussion
    • Drupal Training Policies – Attendance/Registration minimums
    • Known Issue (e.g. Drupal is Down) – How should CWS notify the community?
    • Open Forum

OSU Homepage

David Barner provided an overview of the new OSU Homepage that will be launching.  He spoke some about the backend that controls the content utilizing Drupal to author content and an interface built by CWS to publish the content to the website.  While Drupal will power the content of the new homepage, we are generating static files for display for performance reasons.  There is some information on how the structure works in the Homepage update on the Webcomm blog.

Bibliography Module

Sher provided an overview of the Bibliography module.  There are some manual steps to enable the permissions for this module if it is something you would like to use on your OSU Drupal website.  The instructions are detailed on the CWS website.  Bibliography Module has a significant number of configuration and setup options.  CWS is offering a course on just the Biblography Module’s use and configuration.


Sher provided a quick overview of the DrupalCon event.  Videos from most sessions are available at the DrupalCon session page.  If you’re looking for information on Drupal 7, Sher recommends watching the video from the Drupal 7, What you need to know session.

OSU Events Calendar

CWS is looking to plan a replacement to the OSU Events Calendar hosted at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu.  As part of that process, we have put together a high-level list of features for the new calendar.  This list is based upon current calendar functionality, requests from the community for the calendar over the past year or two, and some features that we think the calendar could use.

We will be visiting several key user groups of the calendar to discuss the feature list in detail, but we welcome feedback from anyone on campus regarding the calendar.  The list of requirements provided in hardcopy at the meeting is available from this post as PDF file.  CWS welcomes feedback on this directly to us at our contact page, as a comment on this blog, or as an email to one of the project managers.  CWS is requesting feedback by the end of May.

CWS Training Policy

Central Web Services has been providing Drupal training courses to campus at no cost.  However, we’ve seen some significant decrease in attendance at some our classes.  CWS will be focusing on providing classes to a minimum of 5 registered attendees.  When there are fewer than 5 students per class, CWS plans to cancel classes.


Meeting Video

Part 1 – Introduction and Agenda

Part 2 – OSU Homepage Update

Part 3 – Bibliography Module and DrupalCon Update

Part 4 – OSU Events Calendar and Open Discussion

We finally have the video from the March 2010 Drupal on Rye uploaded and encoded into OSU Media Manager.  We did our best to give everyone speaking a microphone, but some commenters were faster than we could keep up with.  For the April meeting, we’re trying a different location which should help with the audio recording.

Part 1 – Employee CCK discussion

Part 2 – New Drupal on Rye Blog

Part 3 – Campus Taxonomies

Part 4 – Distribution of Shared Code

Part 5 – Details of upcoming release

Part 6 – Additional Discussion

We had another successful meeting of the Drupal on Rye group.  It was a smaller group than we had last month.  There were 16 people in attendance, including representatives from CWS, Web Communications, College of Forestry, Extension, College of Ag,  Sea Grant, TSS, International Programs, Center for Humanities, and Horticulture.

Employee/Faculty CCK and Views

We looked at several employee CCKs that have been built by Web Communications and Extension.  This  list included:

We decided that it made sense to pursue a campus wide CCK as a starting point.  We will follow with an additional blog post dedicated to this issue.

Campus Taxonomies

The idea behind campus taxonomies is that there would be distinct taxonomies that could be downloaded and installed into your Drupal website.  Each taxonomy could be built by a Subject Matter Expert and provided to the rest of campus for use.  The taxonomies would be granular, so you could choose the appropriate taxonomies to include.

David Barner showed us some taxonomies that he is working on for the new OSU homepage project.  In addition, some specific taxonomies including Colleges, UHDS, Financial Aid, Information Technology, and Buildings were mentioned.

Before we can move in this direction, CWS needs to investigate a module to allow us to import taxonomies.  This is on our list and we will keep the community informed of our progress.

CWS Drupal Downloads

CWS has added a section to our website, Programming @ CWS.  As a part of this, we’ve added a section for sharing reusable Drupal code such as CCKs and Views.   For now, we’ve started with a CCK and View containing a block for displaying a Random Fact on your Drupal website.  An example of this can be seen as the “Did you know…?” block featured on in the right sidebar of the CWS website.  We’ll be adding more details to this section of our site as time goes on.

New Drupal on Rye blog

We have a new blog for keeping the community informed about the happenings with Drupal.  It will feature information from OSU community members.  If you are interesting in being an author on the blog, please let CWS know by sending in a help ticket.

OSU Drupal 6.16

CWS will be pushing updates to OSU Drupal 6 development sites this week.  This includes updates to

  • Upgrading Drupal core to version 6.16
  • Performance fix for OSU Confident
  • Updates to modules
    • IMCE WYSIWYG Bridge
    • Pathauto
    • Menu Breadcrumb
  • Issue with images in Announcement summaries
  • Update Search module to use new OSU search (not beta)

Future Meetings

The previous date of April 12th is no longer valid.  A new date for April will be set and sent out to the list soon.