"Count what is countable. Measure what is measureable. What is not measureable, make measureable." -- Galileo

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Great Backyard Plone Count

As promised, the Second Annual Great Backyard Plone Count has begun.  The GBPCis a shameless copy of the Great Backyard Bird Count (which will soon be active for those in North America). Just as GBBC is an effort by the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to track birds, GBPC is an effort to catalog Plone sites worldwide. Its a voluntary, self-reporting project (with all the weaknesses that go along with it) that attempts to find as many Plone sites as possible, including and especially intranet sites behind firewalls.

The Great Backyard Plone Count is an annual four-day event that engages Plone watchers of all ages in counting Plone sites to create a real-time snapshot of where the sites are across the world. This year the GBPC is February 12-15, 2009, the same dates as the GBBC (with adjustments to give our worldwide Plonistas a full 4 days in any timezone).  Anyone can participate, from beginning Plonistas to experts.  It takes as little as a few minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps Plone.  We'll be adding updated 2010 GBPC materials on this blog and on the Plone marketing site as they become available.

The tools that are now active include Google Docs or Gmail mechanisms to: 
  • Download the Plone Checklist (download an empty table--use File | Download as--fill in all your sites at once; CSV or OpenOffice Calc preferred)
  • Confirm last year's sites (send the msg "Confirm All" or list inactive sites, one URL per line--you may still add new site sightings by either method above)
Thanks in advance for your participation.

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