The U.S. White House released some of the custom code behind its website on Thursday (April 22) for the open source community to review, use or improve. The code extends the open source Drupal content management system (CMS) that also runs the websites of Amnesty International and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Four modules were released: Context HTTP Headers, which adds metadata to web pages; Akamai, which integrates WhiteHouse.gov with its content delivery network; GovDelivery, which integrates the CMS with the government's email system; and NodeEmbed, which improves accessibility of rich media for people with disabilities.
Last week, the New York State Senate publicly released 24 Drupal modules that constituted a majority of its website's custom code.
"By releasing some of our code, we get the benefit of more people reviewing and improving it," WhiteHouse.gov lead developer David Cole wrote on the WhiteHouse.gov blog.
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