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White House Donates File Management Code To Drupal

The Obama administration has made its second donation to the open source content management system that powers WhiteHouse.gov.

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The White House has made its second contribution to the open source community with the release of more code to the Drupal project.

Developers of the WhiteHouse.gov site, which in late 2009 was redesigned using the open source content-management platform, have released a set of file-management capabilities, called IMCE tools, to the project, according to a White House blog post. IMCE is a file-management system within the Drupal project.

The administration also has made other contributions to support projects within the Drupal community, according to the post. White House new media director Macon Phillips unveiled the code release at a recent Tech@State event at the State Department.

The IMCE toolset has three major capabilities. Software called IMCE Directory Manager provides an interface for specifying which directories a user can access in the IMCE module, according to the post. The tool is aimed at helping developers define users with the same roles, but which need to be confined to directories that aren't derived from user data.

Another IMCE Search capability allows for searching for files in the IMCE interface to help identify the location of uploaded files, according to the post. Developers also have created a new IMCE File Path to present the URLs of files to facilitate sharing them as links.

The Obama administration's latest open source contribution also shows support for other projects that are part of the Drupal community, with the donation of code to aspects of a collaboration software project based on Drupal called Open Atrium. Specifically, the White House has shown support for the Features, Spaces, Boxes, Context, StrongArm, and Admin parts of the project.

The White House also has extended support to the development of an auto-tagging module called Calais; a bulk file uploading utility called IMCE SWFupload; and shortURL, software that allows for shortened domain names, including the White House's own wh.gov.

Last April the Obama administration showed its first code support for the open source community by donating software modules to add scalability, communication, and accessibility features to Drupal. However, the administration had been working with Drupal developers prior to the code donation to see how code created especially for WhiteHouse.gov could enhance the project.

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