DrupalCamp Italia, Crema

6:00 I leave the hotel in Milano. The day before I walked through Milano and was impressed. I have to come back for a closer look. See pictures. The Metro in Milano opens at 6am. I miss the bus at 7am. It is sooo cold and icy. I take the 7:45 bus to Crema. The distance between Crema and Milano is only 50 km but the bus stopped at EVERY busstop so it takes me 1.5 hours.

9:30 I arrive at the university campus in Crema. The Dipartimento di Tecnologie dell’informazione is a part of the university of Milano.

9:40 It starts with a small introduction (of course in italian language 🙂 )


9:40 Venice is using Drupal … 🙂

A presentation from Paolo Cotti Cometti and Pietro Avanzolini (Drupal e Comune di Venezia: le esperienze innovative)

The city of Venezia started in 2009 with a project called “Amministrare 2.0” http://www.cittadinanzadigitale.it/

At this time they had an old intranet. They used it from 2000 to 2008 with 150 authors/editors and 3800 users.

In 2009 they decided to use a Drupal based Intranet called Altana.

It is build by Paolo and Pietro, they are employees of the Comune di Venezia.

It took them 6 month to plan, build and switch from the old to the new intranet.

They use mainly these modules: LDAP, Node Access, Book Access, Calendar, Views , CCK, FAQ, Sitemap, homebox, webform

An important detail was the phonebook.

One problem was the design of backoffice. How to handle 150 authors?

Finally they used node access to set access rights on node level.

but anyway … drupal is the answer … see picture below

drupal is the answer



The room gets fuller and fuller 🙂 The last questionS were asked about the venice project.

10:35 my talk

There is a lot of interest in the different possibilities with prebuild modules afterwards.

11:45 How to build an image gallery in Drupal – Creare une photo gallery con CCK e Views – Riccardo Bessone

He shows the possibilities of ImageCache and builds a gallery using the usual subjects, cck, views, imagecache, imageapi and the modules custom pager, taxonomy redirect.

For the gallery names he used a vocabulary.

The view for the photos was triggered with tid parameters

galleries with drupal


12:45 Apache solr – Claudio Cicali

The presentation was very professional. I know the module, so I could follow the slides but I didn’t understand the hints and tipps.

But Robert, look … a tribute to you 🙂

apache solr
13:45-14:45 In the lunch break I had delicious italian fastfood 🙂


14:45 Social Network: quali sono I moduli necessary per relizzarne uno con Drupal – Michel Morelli

Many good module tipps for building a social network based on Drupal

The slides had so much italian text 🙂 … it was hard for me to follow – but as far as I have seen there was a good list of modules

building a community with drupal


16:05 Civic CRM – Francesco Moretto

He runs the website http://civiccrm.eu.

February, 6-7th 2010 ist the first CivicCRM Developer Camp in Bruxelles – It’s again Fosdem time (how fast is one year gone? :-))

He talks about the history of the project since 2005, the core, that is available for Joomla and Drupal and lot of other useful things concerning civicrm.

He introduces the main modules and gives an overview about the new stuff



An now … 17:30 … the future arrives …

Drupal 7 presented by the drupalitalia team.

drupal 7

After the Drupalcamp Dario, one of the organizers, gave me a lift to the airport Bergamo – Thank you very much

My Impression about Italy and Drupal?

Drupal appears slowly on the italian horizon.

There are many interesting italian projects like the intranet of the Venice Community, which are completely in italian language and will not that much be known outside of Italy.

That’s a pity and I wish to see more european usecases on drupal.org

There are many web agencies which start to think about Drupal. Mostly they try it in a small project.

The coolest project I have seen is a Drupal Implementation on IBM AS400, done by Jet, a company based in Seregno -> Congratulation.

As far as I have seen, Italy is not that “twitter- and web 2.0 compatible”, they are more focussed on mobile phones -> Pronto?.

I was wondering why there was no talk about the mobile possibilties of Drupal.

I am sure, when the right people will notice the real potential of Drupal the Italians will love it.

Hope to be at the next italian DrupalCamp too – may be a bit more in the south of Italy with higher temperatures 🙂

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