DrupalSRQ: Sarasota's Drupal Community

DrupalSRQ is part of an initiative by Digital Frontiers Media (DFM) with a goal to help foster the local Drupal community within the Sarasota/Bradenton and surrounding southwest Florida areas.  The DrupalSRQ project plans to achieve this by empowering and enhancing the existing local network of web professionals through additional information streams (such as the DrupalSRQ website, itself) and additional support of the local Sarasota Drupal Meet-up Group.

The DrupalSRQ website is meant to act as a supplement to groups.drupal.org/florida--NOT a replacement.  The idea is that it will work towards aggregating additional information streams that serve at least 2 main purposes:

  1. Provide information that is of particular interest to those specifically in the Sarasota, Bradenton, and southwest Florida communities
  2. Keep local members armed with the latest Drupal news, module release information, and news about the industry, social media, and tools that could impact their work

Ways in which DrupalSRQ plans to manifest its additional support for the local Sarasota Drupal Meet-ups include sponsorship of special events, arranging, coordinating, and providing education and training for local talent and recent college graduates, offering internships (through DFM), and possibly sourcing additional web developers, graphic designers, sales and marketing resources for work that DFM may be able to offer.

Additionally, DrupalSRQ hopes to move the Drupal project itself forward by at least working towards the goal of "1% of the Drupal Community contributing to core by 2014" set forth by the Drupal Ladder project of the Boston Initiative (presented at both DrupalCon Denver and DrupalCon Munich in 2012).  This initiative is basically a by-product of the problem of a growing issue queue and a shrinking Drupal Core contributor base.  To these ends, DrupalSRQ will be providing education via the Drupal Ladder through both this website and the Sarasota monthly Drupal Meet-ups, and it plans on further customizing and developing these lessons and curricula to make sure the right skills and education are provided to level the learning curve and lower the barriers to Drupal Core contributions.  Any lessons and curricula that we develop will, of course, be contributed back as best as we can to both the Drupal Ladder project as well as the Drupal community and public in general.

We intend for this site and this project to grow, and we hope these efforts will encourage and generate a greater collaborative effort and information exchange within the local Drupal community resulting in immediate and lasting accomplishments, greater community involvement, and successes taking all to the next level.