Spatially Drupal: the State of Drupal as a GeoCMS
Drupal has a passionate yet sparse and splintered community of people working on various aspects of making Drupal a GeoCMS, a CMS that can confidently handle geographical information including storing, querying, and displaying. We aren't there but we may be close.
I am going to lay it all out for you, from top to bottom, beginning to end; where is GeoDrupal? I'll answer questions like the following:
- Where are we?
- Where did we start?
- Where have we been?
- What are the current trends and best options for Drupal 7?
- What are the upcoming efforts?
- Where are we headed and what does the future look like (to me)?
There are lots of efforts in this space and many great people working on great things. I have been a part of a lot of these efforts for awhile, and I am still seeing new modules and distributions pop up, sometimes replicating existing efforts. We can look to GeoDjango for guidance, but there is still no real right way to do this, and given Drupal's architecture and focus on flexibility, it is difficult to create a solid system to handle spatial data, as it gets complicated quick. Still, there are some solid and still-young modules that are making GeoDrupal a reality.
Slide can be foudn here: https://github.com/zzolo/spatially-drupal
About Alan (zzolo)
I have been working with Drupal for about 6 years, mostly in the non-profit sector. I have spent most of those years working with mapping technologies and Drupal and I am currently the main developer on the Drupal OpenLayers module. I am currently an interactive news developer at MinnPost.com, and recent Code for America alum.