Drupal Wins Best Overall 2008 Open Source CMS Award for Second Year in a Row

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Drupal community and contributors win multiple awards for open source CMS innovation and leadership

To win the Best Open Source CMS Award two years in a row is quite an achievement for Drupal

The Drupal Association today announced that Drupal has won two prestigious Packt Publishing 2008 Open Source CMS Awards this week - the Overall 2008 Open Source CMS Award and the Best PHP Open Source CMS. This marks the second consecutive year that Drupal has won Packt Publishing's Overall Open Source CMS award. In addition, on Monday, Packt Publishing recognized leading Drupal contributor Earl Miles as a 2008 Open Source CMS Most Valued Person (MVP).

"To win the Best Open Source CMS Award two years in a row is quite an achievement for Drupal," said Damian Carvill, Packt Spokesman. "In what were extremely close categories, with high quality finalists, Drupal's strength and power shone through for the judges. Particular praise was reserved for the development team's dedication to improving Drupal alongside building a loyal and passionate community, that has enabled its growth, adoption and advocacy. Congratulations from Packt both to the development team and to the community!"

The Packt Publishing awards highlight the growing impact the open source Drupal social publishing system is having on the content management system (CMS) market, specifically with a growing number of case studies in vertical industries such as media and entertainment companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Drupal usage has grown exponentially in recent years with more than 2 million downloads and an estimated 250,000 Drupal websites worldwide. The Drupal community includes more than 350,000 registered members on Drupal.org.

"These awards are a testament to the valuable contributions from dedicated Drupal community members around the globe," said Drupal project lead and Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert. "Working together, the Drupal community is building the future of the dynamic web so that anyone can quickly build great social publishing websites."

Nominations for the Packt Publishing CMS and MVP awards were submitted by the general public. A panel of award judges then chose the finalists, based on systems that received the most nominations. The judges based their choices on multiple factors including performance, usability, accessibility, ease of configuration and customization, scalability and security. Once five finalists were chosen for each category, a voting stage ran from September 1st to October 20th to determine the winners in each category.

The CMS MVP category is a new award in 2008. It is designed to recognize individual contributions to projects that often go unnoticed, particularly outside the CMS' particular developer community. MVPs were nominated by their community peers and are recognized for the exceptional support, guidance and the sheer amount of time they have donated to support the development and growth of their respective CMS.

Earl Miles, aka merlinofchaos, has been an active contributor since 2005, when he created the Views module, one of Drupal's most powerful modules which has proven instrumental in Drupal's meteoric growth. Earl is currently employed by SonyBMG, an organization that uses Drupal extensively, including their Sony MyPlay website. In addition to Views, Earl is a General Assembly member of the Drupal Association and an active participant in the Drupal community. His personal website is http://angrydonuts.com.

In addition to the Packt Publishing awards, 2008 has been a banner year for Drupal awards. In July, Angela Byron, aka webchick, was recognized as Best Contributor in the fourth annual Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards at OSCON. Angela was recently named Drupal 7 co-maintainer at Drupalcon Szeged 2008. In addition, Drupal project lead and co-founder Dries Buytaert received a number of honors, including Businessweek's Tech's Best Young Entrepreneurs and MIT Technology Review's TR 35 - a list of the world's top innovators under the age of 35.

About Drupal

The Drupal social publishing system has been downloaded over 2 million times since its inception, and project growth has doubled annually for several years. Drupal is used to deliver a wide variety of application types including single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, and content management systems.

Assisted by a thriving ecosystem of consultants and developers, a diverse list of organizations are using Drupal including SonyBMG, Warner Brothers Records, New York Observer, Forbes, The Onion, Harvard University, and Amnesty International. A huge community has grown up around Drupal, with thousands of active contributors to the open source technology, including nearly 2000 community-developed modules for extending Drupal functionality. For more information, please visit http://drupal.org.

About the Drupal Association

The Drupal Association is an organization dedicated to helping the open source Drupal CMS project flourish. Consisting of individual and organizational members, the Drupal Association helps the Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, events, promotion and distribution. For more information, please visit http://association.drupal.org.

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