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Augment and extend an existing Federated General Assembly Network within theglobal Occupy Movement, using the Drupal CMS.
Global Square, Diaspora, and Lorea are similar projects, but they do not focus on GAs within the Occupy Movement
The existing www.nycga.net WordPress site for the NYC GA is similar but limited, and will be replaced by FGA.
The 1300+ GAs within the Occupy Movement worldwide will be interconnected within a Drupal-based Semantic Network. This will allow trusted communication for planning, collaboration, and news and information exchange within and between GAs.
Twitter and Facebook integration will create a hub for information aggregation and exchange between these major social networks.
* Web Tool: Drupal now has RDF integrated into it’s “Core” system for creation ofSemantic Web applications. Drupal also has over 10,000 “Contrib” modules that provide key Social Web app features such as: news aggregation, blogging, Twitter and Facebook integration, calendars, forums, and internationalization.
* Community Need and Buy-in: Our project members have collaborated and coordinated with the creation of the existing nycga.net OWS web site. As a result, we clearly know the needs of our Users, and our preliminary network of Users want and need our tools.
* A Mobile First approach will be used to provide network access since many Users will only have cell phones.
We are a group of a 12 experienced Drupal and web developers, working now as part-time volunteers. We have strong expertise in back-end and front-end development; information architecture; user experience design, and complex project management, for projects ranging from genomics research, to human crisis projects, to enterprise-level web and projects. We also include leading Drupal experts in RDF technology and large-scale data management.
Most of us having been working on FGA since it started in October, 2011, and others have joined more recently.
We also are in ongoing discussions with leading experts in RDF technology (including members of the W3C) and Graph Database experts.
Directory.occupy.net is our existing Drupal 7 site that has most of the GAs represented as a global map. These GAs are the nodes in the FGA Network, but they have now have very limited communication tools such as mailing lists and conference calls. The FGA Semantic Network will link these nodes in a social network graph.
We have a preliminary draft for the RDF ontology design: http://vocab.occupy.net/ows#
Long term plans include using Graph Database technology to allow more complex Semantic Network Analysis, such as Twitter text data analysis, and large-scale quantitative “Trust Metrics”.
This project will create an easy-to-install, preconfigured “Semantic Network Distribution (Distro) with all of the modules needed for anyone to create their own Drupal Social and Semantic Network.
This will be open source, and hosted on github so that it is both freely available, and easy for users to upload their own contributions to grow and sustain the project.