Joomla! Community Dashboard launched

By ruth.cheesley@community.joomla.org (Ruth Cheesley)

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Joomla! Community Dashboard at http://dashboard.joomla.org.

Several Open Source project dashboards were presented at the European Community Leadership Summit in 2014. Representatives from communities using this tool discussed the potential of the system and explained how they make use of the tools to visualise community metrics. A member of the Community Leadership Team was in attendance and proposed creating a similar dashboard Joomla – Bitergia has since been working with the Community Leadership Team to setup and configure the Joomla Community Dashboard.

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The Marketing Working Group (MWG) welcomes new members

By mike.veeckmans@community.joomla.org (Mike Veeckmans)

The Marketing Working Group (MWG) is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. We welcome Elisa Foltyn & Cliff Pfeifer on board the Marketing team and George Wilson as PLT liaison.

The primary focus of the Marketing Working Group (MWG) is to raise awareness of the Joomla! Content Management System (CMS) and Framework within the international Joomla community, as well as the general open source community.

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Slovenian Lanugage Pack Added to Joomla! 3.5

By mig.joomla@yahoo.com (Ilagnayeru (MIG) Manickam)

Slovenian joins the officially released language packs for Joomla!, an award winning Content Management System (CMS). The Joomla Translations Working Group has accredited Slovenian as an official language pack for Joomla 3.5. With the addition of the Slovenian language, Joomla websites can now be published in 65 languages spoken around the world. These language packs come handy when developing both monolingual and multilingual sites using Joomla!

The users can now choose Slovenian as the language of their choice for the installation of Joomla! In addition, Slovenian can be used as the default back-end administration language and front-end site language. With this language pack, users will see the Joomla labels and messages in the Slovenian language. The language pack can be installed using the feature Install Languages or just like installing any other Joomla extension. If a user wants to customise any label or message, it can be done easily using language override for Slovenian.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Sretko Devič who has created the Slovenian language pack. The information about the Slovenian language pack is available at http://community.joomla.org/translations/joomla-3-translations.html#sl-si.

The aim of the Joomla Translations Working Group’s Localisation Project is to continuously strive to provide an up-to-date translation of core Joomla into various languages. This is a significant project, and requires around ten thousand phrases to be translated. The current list of language packs for Joomla! 3 is available at http://community.joomla.org/translations/joomla-3-translations.html.

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JET Recipients for JaB16 Announced!

By radek.suski@opensourcematters.org (Radek Suski)

The Joomla Event Travel Programme (JET) is pleased to announce that we have selected 9 members from the worldwide Joomla community to attend JandBeyond from the 20th to 22nd May 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

Name

Country

Abunyanga Ayebale Justine

Uganda

Mykhailo Bodnarchuk

Ukraine

Luca Marzo

Italy

André Pereira da Silva

Portugal

Sam Suresh Krishnakutti

Malaysia

Gary Duke Speer

USA

Kazuo Gomi Filho

Brazil

Matias Aguirre

Argentina

David Opati Aswani

Kenya

Due to Visa issues at JWC meaning that they could not attend, we have also brought the following awards forward

Name

Country

Karim Embarek

Algeria

Jacques Rentze

South Africa

All recipients listed will receive assistance with some or all of the costs of their ticket, travel and lodging, as agreed on an individual basis with the recipients.

The JET Programme is an initiative that was created to support active project volunteers and community members who have dedicated time and energy to make Joomla better; and who would like to attend larger Joomla events, such as the JandBeyond.

We wish to thank all those who applied, and congratulate those who were accepted! We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!

The JET Team

The Joomla Event Travel Programme team members are:

  • David Jardin (Community Leadership Team)
  • Radek Suski (Joomla! Events Team)
  • Roland Dalmulder (Production Leadership Team)
  • Rowan Hoskyns-Abrahall (Team Leader)
  • Saurabh Shah (Team Member)

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Joomla! has been selected as a Google Summer of Code 2016 mentor organization.

By puneet.kala@community.joomla.org (Puneet Kala)

Yes, we did it again!

As everything in Joomla!, to be part of GSoC 2016 was a community achievement.

Several volunteers got involved to plan and make it happen. And now we have a great team of Joomla! experts looking forward to mentoring students in their projects. The community provided such great ideas to be developed in GSoC 2016.

Next step

We are waiting for committed and talented students to discuss the application ideas. If you are interested in helping, look for us in the GSoC 2016 mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/jgsoc-2016
You can find more information here: https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5660160231997440/


Check the GSoC 2016 timeline:

https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/timeline



Where can I read more about Joomla Google Summer of Code 2016?

Be welcome to the Google Summer of Code 2016 page in Joomla! Documentation. https://docs.joomla.org/GSOC_2016 You will find there all the information that you need about Joomla! in the Google Summer of Code 2016.



Can I still help?

Yes, you can!


  • Join the GSoC 2016 mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/jgsoc-2016

  • Share about how awesome Joomla! is and that we are looking forward to hearing from great students – on social media, blogs, events, universities etc.

  • Follow the students’ articles in this Magazine and post comments encouraging them.

  • Send your suggestions to gsoc@opensourcematters.org


Thank you

The GSoC 2016 Team would like to thank everyone who helped sending ideas for projects, volunteering as mentors, spreading the word and everything else. You all rock!



Special thanks to the JED Team and Joomla User Groups (JUGs) all over the world which circulated GSoC 2016 call and helped us to build this great pool of ideas and awesome team of mentors. Here you can find some of them:


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New JUG Team Lead Djamel Kherbi

By ruth.cheesley@community.joomla.org (Ruth Cheesley)

The JUG Team welcomes Djamel Kherbi as their new lead! Djamel has been an active member of the JUG Team since August of 2015.

Since becoming a member he has learned quickly and processes listings accurately and quickly which helps the entire community get new JUGs up and running in a timely manner.

Djamel is a great person and was unanimously voted for the new Team Lead. He currently is organiser of JUG Algiers in Algeria and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French and English.

Join us in welcoming Djamel in this new role for the JUG Team. Thank you Djamel for your work and service to the Joomla! Community!

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Applications for the jet programme for J and Beyond 2016 are now open

By radek.suski@opensourcematters.org (Radek Suski)

The Joomla! Event Traveller Programme (JET) is pleased to announce that we will be taking applications from the worldwide Joomla community for the upcoming JandBeyond, to be held between 20th and 22nd of May, 2016 Barcelona, Spain.

A reduced budget has been approved for use by the JET team to run the program for JAB 2016. There is a 25% limit on 2015 line items because the 2016 budget has yet to be finalised and approved and will not be until at least the end of March 2016.

Please consider these limitations before applying for the program, also because of the financial restrictions, we have included the option for you to elect to pay for your ticket, accommodation and/or flight, the selection criteria will not take these items into account, but if you are able to contribute something towards your attendance, it will free up more funds for those that are less able to.

Please also check that you will not be already be covered for the trip by your project team (if any).

The deadline for applications is the 6th of March 2016 and the recipients will be announced by the 12th of March 2016.

Application Criteria

Please note, these criteria and conditions must be met.

Please read the guidelines carefully. Good luck!

The criteria to be followed by the JET Team for the election of candidates is as follows:

  • Applications of the candidates will be arranged in accordance with the contributions made to the Joomla project (especially during the last year) based on the information enclosed in the application and duly proven with recommendations from team or working group leaders.

  • Subsequently, all applicants will be accepted in order of appearance in the final list until the estimated budget for this edition of the JET Programme is reached.

  • This is an opportunity for the entire Joomla community, however, priority will be given to those participants who have not yet received a JET recognition.

  • The JET Team will give special consideration to well written applications that include details and timeframes of their participation in the Joomla project.

  • You must have a valid passport and be eligible for any necessary travel visas. Please contact your local Embassy to know if a travel visa is required. Expenses to acquire any travel documents are not included with the JET recognition.

We encourage you to apply using this form http://events.joomla.org/jet

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The new Joomla! Shop is looking for creative minds to design new Joomla! items.

By mike.veeckmans@community.joomla.org (Mike Veeckmans)


In the Joomla! Community there is a constant and urgent need for capable designers that can contribute their creativity and colourful skills to create beautiful artwork. If you are a talented designer with passion for Joomla! and good design, this is a great opportunity you shouldn’t miss!

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JUG team seeks new Team Lead

By ruth.cheesley@community.joomla.org (Ruth Cheesley)

The Joomla User Group (JUG) team is a vital part of our community, ensuring that our passionate community members can connect with other people living near them and meet up in-person to share their love for Joomla!.

The JUG Team is looking for a new Team Lead.

The Role Description is:

  • Organise and chair JUG team meetings

  • Communicate with CLT Liaison

  • Oversee JUG team public communications

  • Organise end-of-term reviews for JUG team members

  • Review listings escalated by the JUG team

  • Ensure updated terms of service and documentation for JUG directory

  • Overall responsibility for JUG team

  • Attendance at Joomla community events where possible

Additionally, normal JUG Member responsibilities apply. The JUG team lead will also be responsible for appointing and co-ordinating the assistant team lead roles.

You can find out more about the JUG team and read our previous reports at https://volunteers.joomla.org/working-groups/user-groups-team

If you are interested in applying for the JUG Team Lead role, please fill out the application at http://goo.gl/forms/PeHlU1NJwg.

We have a pretty good team established now so a Team Lead that will be responsive to email, keep on top of new/updated listings and member enquiries will enable the JUG Team to be more involved with outreach and helping JUGs do more. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Questions? Email the JUG team at jugs@community.joomla.org or email CLT liaison ruth.cheesley@community.joomla.org

To discuss this blog post, please use the following forum thread: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=905459

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Thank You Jessica Dunbar!!

By mike.veeckmans@community.joomla.org (Mike Veeckmans)

On 30 December 2015, Jessica Dunbar announced her retirement from the Joomla Project. She has found a new opportunity with Concrete5 as a Technology Evangelist.
Jessica, we wish you all the best and want to thank you for all those marvelous years.

Years of hard work, laughter, fun, projects, good and positive things that you made happen, such as the marketing team, you’re contributions to several releases and PLT…
We lose a great contributor to the project.
But we thank you from the bottom of our heart and we’ll miss you for sure.

Thank you !

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Happy Holidays !

By mike.veeckmans@community.joomla.org (Mike Veeckmans)

Happy Holidays to all Joomlers around the world !

It has been a great year for Joomla! and I would like to Thank all of you for contributing your time as volunteers!

You’re the community’s heartbeat!

Have yourselves a Merry Christmas and an awesome New Year!

Image credit: Elisa Foltyn

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Welcome Elisa, Lead Designer!

By mike.veeckmans@community.joomla.org (Mike Veeckmans)

We welcome Elisa Foltyn to the Marketing Working Group as Lead Designer.

Elisa is 32 years old from Nuremberg in Germany. At the beginning of her work career she worked as a media designer (online and print) for one of the first German social media platforms.

Later, in 2006, when she started to work at an advertising agency she had her first experiences with Joomla! and fell in love with it. In 2009 she graduated from her studies as a Marketing Communication Specialist and began her career as a self-employe “designbengel”.

Elisa was active in the relaunch of the joomla.de website and is well known as an SEBLOD evangelist and speaker at the recent JoomlaDays in Germany and Austria. Currently she is co-writing with David Jardin a (German language) Joomla! book which will be released in 2016.

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Thank You Chiara Aliotta!!

By mike.veeckmans@community.joomla.org (Mike Veeckmans)

Thank You Chiara for all the beauty you’ve brought to our community! Chiara joined the Marketing Working Group in 2012 and took on the role as Brand Manager. She created the new brand manual and a lot of different imagery still used within our community today. Chiara is an inspiration for many and designed beautiful images for many Marketing projects and events in the past years. Just to mention a few the design of the booth and flyers, the imagery for 10 Years Together, and many more. We can’t remember a time when our campaigns & brand have looked so nice.

Today we regretfully announce the resignation of Chiara Aliotta as Joomla’s Brand Manager. She will be focusing on her business and her family. This is a great loss for us but we can only respect the decision and wish her the best.

We were proud to have you as part of our team and look forward to your future contributions as time allows.

Image Credit: Helvécio da Silva

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Irish is the 64th language pack added to Joomla!

By mark.simko@community.joomla.org (Mark Simko)

Irish joins 63 other officially released language packs for the Joomla CMS, making web publishing via a CMS accessible to more languages around the world.

The Joomla Translations Working Group has accredited Irish as an official language pack for Joomla. Now Irish joins 63 other accredited language packs for Joomla, and is scheduled for inclusion in the upcoming 3.5 release of the popular CMS.

The aim of the Joomla Irish Language Localisation Project is to provide an up-to-date translation of the core Joomla content management system (CMS) into Irish. Additionally, some commonly used optional extensions may be translated also. This is a significant project, and requires tens of thousand words to be translated for the core Joomla CMS alone.

The new language pack has been merged into the code for the upcoming release, but will not be available as a separate install until the official release of Joomla 3.5. The 63 currently approved language packs (including en-AU, en-US, fr-CA…) can be found here: http://community.joomla.org/translations/joomla-3-translations.html]

The Irish language pack can be included in Joomla at install time from the Joomla back end (Extensions: Install Languages) starting in Joomla 3.5.0. It will also be available from the translations page http://community.joomla.org/translations/joomla-3-translations.html
and pre-releases (not accredited) are available for older Joomla versions
https://github.com/joomla-irish/language_pack/releases

Joomla language packs affect standardized buttons, inputs, messages, etc. Language packs can still be overridden with the standard Joomla language overrides, so it is easy to substitute your own labels and messages for buttons and dialogs.

Joomla can be used to create a single language website (e.g. Irish only, or English only), or a multilingual website (English, Irish, French, Spanish, etc). Each language requires the core Joomla CMS to be translated into that language, so that the correct text is displayed as required. For example, when filling out a contact form: ‘You must enter a subject’ becomes ‘Ní mór duit ábhar a chur isteach’. With the Joomla Irish Translation Pack installed, these translated text snippets are immediately available in a new website, even before any user content is added.

The new language pack represents months of work by a dedicated team of many Joomla contributors, including Kevin Scannell (New Translation Team Coordinator), Eoin Ó Murchú and Síne Nic an Ailí. Kevin and Eoin have previously collaborated on several important Irish localisation projects, including the translations of Gmail and Twitter into Irish.

The full list of contributors to the Irish Language Pack:

  • Kevin Scannell
  • Eoin Ó Murchú
  • Síne Nic an Ailí
  • Clíodhna Ní Mhurchú
  • Andrew McCarthy
  • Hervé Boinnard
  • John Duffy
  • Steve Jacobs

Hervé Boinnard facilitates communication with the Joomla project in general (the translators are new to Joomla community), and managed the files and history of the previous releases, since he joined the team in 2009.

Irish (Gaeilge), is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. It is spoken as a first language by a small minority, and as a second language by a larger group. Irish enjoys constitutional status as the national language of the Republic of Ireland, is an officially recognised language in Northern Ireland, and is also among the official languages of the European Union.

One can find all the accredited language packs on this page: http://community.joomla.org/translations.html
Earlier (not accredited) Joomla Language Packs for Irish can be found here:
https://github.com/joomla-irish/language_pack/

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Joomla Will Be At The Madison PHP Conference – Come Join Us

By mark.simko@community.joomla.org (Mark Simko)

The Joomla project is sponsoring the 2015 Madison PHP Conference as Conference Partner. The conference is being held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin (USA), Saturday, November 14th, 2015.

Madison PHP provides support, education, and networking opportunities to PHP developers. The group is not-for- profit and run by community volunteers. Membership has been steadily increasing and is now at over 350 members.

As part of the sponsorship, Joomla will host a boot at the converence.

A Joomla related session will be delivered by Robbie Adair of Media A-Team of Houston TX, entitled ‘Building Custom Applications With Fabrik’. Fabrik is a popular Joomla extension that provides a framework to rapidly and easily build Joomla based web applications.

The event focuses on PHP and related web technologies. It is organized by Madison PHP and offers something to attendees at all skill levels. If you are available, it promises to be a day of networking, learning, sharing, and great fun!

We would really love to meet up with community members at the Madison PHP Conference, so if you’re planning to attend do let us know, and drop by the booth to say hello!

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