Drupal contributions

Since 2009, I've contributed to the accessibility enhancements adopted by the Drupal community, including improvements in Drupal 7 core. I've also presented at DrupalCamp Toronto & Montreal and organized meetups and events showcasing Drupal in government. I've played a leadership role in the Ottawa Drupal Users Group and am contributing to our first Drupal Camp.

My mentors
webchick, sun, dries, Jeff Burnz, Bojhan, Crell, Everett Zufelt
Roles in working with Drupal
I'm a Drupal 8 Core Accessibility Maintainer and have also contributed to advocacy/campaign tools for NGOs. In moving to Drupal from our own GPL CMS, we've been working to improve Drupal's multi-lingual capability. This is critical to many of our clients who need a fully bilingual or multi-lingual site.
I contributed Drupal patches
I contributed Drupal modules
I contributed to Drupal issue queues
I contributed to Drupal.org
I contributed Drupal documentation
I contributed Drupal translations
I contributed Drupal automated tests
I help in the Drupal support forums
I provide Drupal-related services
I give support on IRC
I help mentor new contributors
I attended DrupalCon London 2011
I attended DrupalCon Portland 2013
I attended DrupalCon Chicago 2011
I attended DrupalCon Boston 2008
I attended DrupalCon DC 2009
I attended DrupalCon San Francisco 2010

Personal information

Full name
Mike Gifford
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My website
social change, photography, community building, accessibility, advocacy, nonprofits, unions, government, government 2.0, democracy, Quakers, sustainability, security, motivation, conflict resolution
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Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since 2000, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Mike has been very active in building online campaigns for progressive organizations and politicians in both Canada and the United States. Working with a wide range of organizations, OpenConcept is in a unique position to build community and share the accumulated knowledge from a variety of sectors. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.

As a techie at heart, Mike likes to get into the code when he gets the chance. Being familiar with everything from accessibility issues to system administration provides the ability to understand the technological big picture. Being ultimately concerned though about the implementation and implications of the technology he is able to envision how your website can become a much more powerful communications tool for your organization.

Mike has been involved with accessibility issues since the early 1990's and is a strong advocate for standards based design.

I'm also a promoter of Flattr as a means to help support open source software https://flattr.com/profile/mgifford


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Current company or organization
OpenConcept Consulting Inc.
Industries worked in
NGO, Unions, Government, Politics, Business
Companies worked for
OpenConcept Consulting Inc., Oxfam Canada, Bridgehead, Friends of the Earth


Member for
8 years 9 months
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Drupal Association Organization Member

OpenConcept Consulting Inc. is an Organization Member of the Drupal Association. We’re supporting the Drupal.org infrastructure and other large community initiatives.

Drupal Association Individual Member

mgifford is an Individual Member of the Drupal Association, which fosters and supports the Drupal software project, the community and its growth.