Welcome to the humble beginnings of GiveBackToDrupal.org!
The purpose of this page is to help advance the cause of "giving back" to the Drupal web development environment. We know it's not much -- not yet anyhow. In fact, right now, it's simply a journal of our accomplishments based on Drupal. Our goal, however is to start building this page out over time, and transforming it into a highly-useful resource for giving back to Drupal... and pioneering innovative ways of doing that.
For those of you who are not aware, Drupal is the one of the most premier open source web development environments on the planet. Web sites like Tipology would not exist if it were not for Drupal. In fact, Tipology's Open Solution Framework -- our core Mission -- is simply a "layer" or targeted area of development occuring in the much-larger Drupal context.
Like we said, in time, this page will be built out into something more useful than a journal.
For now, here are a few of our milestones based on Drupal. Enjoy!
Oct 2008 -- Soon to be co-founders of Tipology, Keith Pendleton and Jeff Cronk arrange to meet at a ProviderLAW seminar in St. Paul, MN. The vision of Tipology is laid out on a scratch pad.
Nov 2008 -- Sep 2009 -- Business planning on the Tipology startup is completed. Significantly, the vision of an open and distributed solution framework is built into the founding corporate documents (various documents will be contributed into the public domain). Among other things, the corporate documents provide for a formal mechanism for contributing intellectual property and giving back to the Drupal community. Plans for ProviderLAW to serve as primary benefactor and sponsor of Tipology are arranged.
Oct 2009 -- Feb 2011 -- ProviderLAW ramps up core subscription services to fuel Tipology development.
Mar 2011 -- Tipology releases Founding Subscriber program to further promote web development. Tipology "breaks even" 28 months after formation.
Apr 2011 -- Tipology Development Group, LLC is formed to provide maximum incentive to the development team. Matt Youse joins the team as senior developer.
May 2011 -- Tipology becomes an Organizational Member of Drupal Association. The company starts making monthly donations to the Association. In preparation for making code contributions, development team reviews Drupal 7 Module Development. If you wish to develop in the Drupal environment, and at the same time give back to Drupal, we highly recommend this book, and any subsequent books this group of authors produces.
June 2011 -- Tipology releases version 0.1 of its web site. "Practical PI" is established to serve as the first, pilot community. ProviderLAW, Spinal Kinetics, and OutcomesAssessment.org become the first Founding Sponsors of Practical PI. Recognizing the role of trainers, consultants, and mentors in the solution process, the company commences development of Community Seminar Schedule functionality.
July 2011 -- The initial prototype of Community Seminar Schedule is completed. The schedule is functional, but much work will be needed over the next year to bring the schedule to its full potential. GiveBackToDrupal.org is set up with domain to be contributed and transferred to mark holder.