The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is trekking down the open source path, putting out a tender for a content management system (CMS) to integrate with a planned new website.
The request for tender documents state the ALRC has a preference to “use an open source CMS for the new website and for open source technology generally”.
The organisation is after a tenderer to create a website that provides: A new design that meets government accessibility standards; migration of existing content; improved engagement; and associated management support.
The use of open source CMS in recent time has grown in popularity. Drupal, for example, powers several new high profile websites including the Prime Minister's site, launched recently and designed by Canberra-based company OPC IT and ABC's three digital radio websites – Dig Music, ABC Jazz and ABC Country.
Internationally, it is used by organisations as diverse as Obama's administration in the US to Greenpeace to McDonald's.
For a more in depth look at the rise of Drupal and the thoughts of its lead developer, Dries Buytaert, click here.
The ALRC will ask selected suppliers to give a demonstration to the selection committee, the tender documents state. The tender closes on November 9 and more information can be found at the www.tenders.gov.au.