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Dec 13 2018

XWiki @Paris Open Source Summit 2018

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Our team of brave XWikiers did it again! We`ve represented XWiki and CryptPad at Paris Open Source Summit 2018, event that got to its 4th edition. Between the 5th & 6th of December, 5000 participants had the occasion to attend around 200 conferences and get in touch with the latest technological innovations.

Our colleagues tackled four main topics during the conference: XWiki Solutions, CryptPad, GDPR, and Open Food Facts. Moreover, as a token of all the hard work in the past 15 years, we received the “Best Open and Ethic Business” award.

XWiki Solutions

Ludovic, our CEO, conducted a track on End-user Solutions for the Workplace. Providers such as Bluemind, Maarch, XWiki, eXoPlatform, ElasticSearch, Tuleap, BonitaSoft, SpagoBI, and RocketChat offered an insight into their solutions for Collaboration, Chat, Big-Data or Document Management.

In the same track, Clément, our Account Manager, had a speech on how the open source XWiki software developed, and how companies like SCOR, SNCF, SFR, Naval Group, Fidelia, ARS Hauts de France benefit from XWiki SAS solutions. Find out more about this topic by reading his presentation:

CryptPad

During the Summit, Ludovic had two important roles: he was both a trackleader and a speaker. His intervention as a speaker was focused on CryptPad and the need of a new approach for collaboration services based on end-to-end  encryption and zero-knowledge of user`s data in cloud services. Take a closer look at his presentation:

Aaron, who is the CryptPad CTO and part of the XWiki Research Team, held a presentation called CryptPad, Encrypted Collaboration, tackling the same issue as Ludovic`s: providing both the highest security of user`s data and real-time collaboration. For further details, read his presentation:

GDPR

Cristina, our DPO, had an intervention on the implementation of GDPR in IT companies by bringing to participants` attention some epic fails and XWiki`s example of good practice on enforcement of data protection measures. Check out the entire presentation below:

Open Food Facts

If you joined the Co-producing a free database round-table, you might have met Anca, our Client Service CTO, who debated about the new concepts of Open Data.

To sum up our experience, we had a blast during these two days. Meeting new people, establishing new connections, and impacting the Open Source Community made us look forward to next year`s edition.

Anamaria Aniculăesei - XWiki Marketing Intern

Oct 10 2018

Join our hackathon in San Francisco

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As some of you might already know from our tweets, Ludovic, Anca and Clement will be travelling to San Francisco between the 12th and the 20th of October. They're looking forward to meeting contributors and friends from the area, so let them, or us, know if you want to grab a coffee and exchange ideas.

Moreover, if you want to roll up your sleeves, you can join them at the hackathon hosted by Noisebridge, on Saturday, 20 October. The event will start with a presentation about CryptPad, our end-to-end encrypted realtime collaboration tool, followed by the hackathon on CryptPad and XWiki, the open source software.
The host will be Steve Phillips, creator of CrypTag & Cypherpunks Write Code and lead developer of LeapChat. Noisebridge is a hackerspace for technical-creative projects, doocratically run by its members. They are a non-profit educational institution intended for public benefit. Located in the heart of San Francisco, their motto is: We teach, we learn, we share. 

Agenda (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.):

12 p.m. - Opening and introductions

1 p.m. - CryptPad presentation: "Why Privacy Matters and How to Collaborate Securely"
Ludovic Dubost, CEO of XWiki SAS, the company that is building the CryptPad open source project and online service, will tell us what went on when the idea of Cryptpad came about, how it was developed and what possibilities this new technology brings.

1:45 p.m. - CryptPad and XWiki Hackathon
This is an event for any developer that wishes to work on an open source software. You can help enhance CryptPad and XWiki, try to build your first privacy enhancing application and, for the perfectionist bunch, fix a bug in CryptPad or XWiki.
We're officially launching a challenge for the advanced developers: to integrate a JavaScript calendar viewer and editor inside CryptPad. Signed up yet?


Who will be there?

- Ludovic Dubost: creator of XWiki and CryptPad contributor, business lead of XWiki & CryptPad;
- Anca Luca: 10 year XWiki committer and XWiki Client team CTO;
- Clément Aubin: XWiki committer & Google Summer of Code Mentor;
- Steve Phillips: creator of CrypTag & Cypherpunks Write Code + lead developer of LeapChat;
- You!

 See you in San Francisco?

Sep 20 2018

GDPR compliance with XWiki's cookies consent application

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In light of the latest European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), our team has created a Cookies Consent application to help XWiki users ensure compliance. It is free to install and customize to match your brand identity. You can find installation instructions on our store.

But, first, does my organization need to be EU GDPR compliant?

There are two types of responsibilities regarding the protection of personal data: data “controllers” and data “processors”. It should also be noted that the personal data of employees is included in the scope of this regulation. So, the organizations that need to be EU GDPR compliant are:

  • Companies (controllers and processors) established in the EU, regardless of whether or not the processing takes place within the EU.
  • Companies (controllers and processors) not established in the EU offering goods or services within the EU or to EU individuals.

If your XWiki-based solution is serving individuals from the EU and you - or embedded third party services like Google and Facebook - are processing any kind of personal data, you need to obtain prior consent from the visitor/user. To obtain valid consent, you need to describe the extent and purpose of your data processing in plain language to the visitor/user, prior to processing any personal data.

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How does it work?

The GDPR Cookie Consent app enables you to achieve and maintain cookie compliance. With this app you can group all cookies into specific categories, from functional to marketing ones. You can set up a pop-up that asks for your user's consent to activate or disable the cookies or trackers.

Cookies can be grouped in the following categories, depending on the different tool types:

  • necessary: cookies which are mandatory and cannot be disabled;
  • preferences: cookies or trackers which are optional and enabled by default; they are only used to remember the user preferences;
  • statistics: cookies or trackers which are optional and enabled by default; they are used to record anonymous statistics;
  • marketing: cookies or trackers which are optional and disabled by default; they can record personal information.

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Configure the Cookie Consent app from the XWiki Administration

To configure the Cookie Consent app go to the Global Administration > Other > GDPR Cookie Consent Setup.

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  • From the Administration you’ll be able to see the accepted cookies for the current user.
  • You’ll be able to configure the look (bar or square) and the content (labels, descriptions and call to actions) of the screen.
  • Most importantly you will be able to add the cookie scripts and trackers to the four categories (necessary, preferences, statistics and marketing).

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Why should I install it?

Amongst the top advantages it has, the Cookie Consent app is free to install, use and customize to match your brand identity. It integrates seamlessly with XWiki, so you can set it up and relax knowing that you crossed cookies off your GDPR to-do list.

Jun 28 2018

See you at Libre Software Meeting 2018?

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We will be speaking at the Libre Software Meeting 2018 (or RMLL), in Strasbourg, between the 7th and 12th of July. Our team of participating XWikiers, Clément Aubin, Ludovic Dubost and Anca Luca, will be discussing about building a customized knowledge base in minutes, tips and tricks to finance free software, CryptPad - the Zero Knowledge editor and Open Food Facts.

What is Libre Software Meeting?

Libre Software Meeting is a annual festival open to all, with this year's edition articulated around transdisciplinary tracks. The main track is "Digital education: captivity factory or new emancipation?". The meetings will be in form of talks, workshops, round tables, chatrooms, hackerspaces and creation.

Who will be there?

Clément Aubin

Clement is working at XWiki SAS as an Account Manager, while also being a student at the EISTI and at Grenoble Business School. He's been involved in the free and Open Source software world since 2015 when he joined a student organization named ATILLA, that promotes free and libre alternatives to proprietary solutions. Nowadays, most of his contributions to FOSS go into the development of the XWiki Open Source software, a great project in which he's been contributing for almost a year. Join his presentation, if you are interesting in learning how to build a customized knowledge base in minutes using XWiki.

Ludovic Dubost

Creator of XWiki and CEO of XWiki SAS, Ludovic has been the gentle organizer of the XWiki SAS company for 14 years. XWiki SAS leads the development of the XWiki Software used by thousands of organizations, including Amazon Inc. and helps companies and organizations all over the world organize, share, and collaborate on content. Advanced solutions have been developed to help companies manage support content, sales procedures and knowledge or build complete collaborative Intranets. He prepared two presentations for this occasion, one held on July 8th, at 11:30, regarding CryptPad, the Zero Knowledge software, supporting secure online collaboration, and a second one, on the same day, at 13:00, where you'll discover tips and tricks to finance free software.

Anca Luca

Passionate (web) programmer, open source & free software fan, member of the Open Food Facts community in her free time and working for the XWiki Open Source project as a job. In this talk, Open Food Facts: the wikipedia of food products, held on July 8, at 16:30, you will see how Open Food Facts leverages open source technologies such as Perl, MongoDB, Android, as well as the great power of communities to open data of public interest for health & science, as well as unforeseen applications in your daily life. Open Food Facts is developed and managed by a community of open source, open data and food enthusiasts and is organised as a non-profit association. 

Can I join?

Sure you can! Feel free to attend the meetings that attract you the most either from the ones prepared by our XWikiers or by checking the full schedule on the dedicated LSM page.

Practical information

The Libre Sotware Meeting 2018 will be held from 7 to 12 July at the University of Strasbourg, in France. The meetings included in the tracks start from 10:00 and end around 18:00 each day, with social events lasting until late at night.

Access to the LSM locations by means of public transportation:

  • Central Campus of the university of Strasbourg
    • Université
    • Observatoire
    • Esplanade
  • presqu'île André Malraux
    • Winston Churchill
    • Étoile Bourse

The locations for the meetings:

Jun 26 2018

Here is what you missed at the OW2 XWiki meetup

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At the beginning of the month, the 7th of June, we hosted a user meetup within the OW2 conference. It was a great occasion to see and meet people from the corporate and Open Source world interested in the use cases of XWiki. It was a private session, with about 12 people present, ranging from XWiki SAS clients as Joëlle Chaudouet (RTE France), Julien Karachehayas (DINSIC), Sonia El Gahli (M Publicité), to new XWiki users discovering the product. Moreover, part of the XWiki contributors have participated at the event: Vincent Massol, Adel Atallah, Stéphane Laurière, Ludovic Dubost and Clément Aubin. We would like to thank everyone for the interesting questions, feedback and dilemmas we shared. 

For this meetup, we had the pleasure to share impressions and "the scene" with Géraud Solignac and Denis Clairet from SNCF Mobilités. They have told the story of SNCF and XWiki with an accent on the use case in their maintenance centers across France. The presentation was followed by a demo of the actual platform, showing the specific functionalities developed by the XWiki SAS team. It led to a series of questions and discussions about the different cusomization capabilities of the platform that our client team could offer.

Vincent Massol, our CTO, took the lead and presented the top 10 new features in XWiki 9.X and 10.X, showcasing usage examples for each improvement. This evolved into another set of discussions regarding how new features are integrated into the platform, and how the new features that were presented could solve specific use cases. 

At the same event, our colleague, Cristina Roșu, has tackled the subject of GDPR compliance, the Right to be forgotten and Artificial Intelligence. You can watch her presentation below. 


Another talk that our team had was held by Caleb James Delisle showcasing security and integrity controls on CryptPad.

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May 24 2018

We’re hosting a XWiki Meetup on the 7th of June 2018

We’re hosting a XWiki Meetup at OW2 conference, in Paris, with talks from our clients at SNCF Mobilités (National Society of French Railroads), plus a talk from our CTO, Vincent Massol, about the latest development in XWiki 9.x and 10.x.

What is the XWiki Meetup?

The XWiki Meetup is a great opportunity to interact with the people developing XWiki and the ones that have chosen it for their information intelligence needs. Even more, we want to learn what future features you would like to see in XWiki, so we will launch a debate in which you can decide the future of XWiki. Exciting, isn't it?

Also, as the meetup it’s part of a larger event, you can meet lots of other interesting people and talks at the conference. See the full schedule here. OW2con'18 is the annual open source event bringing together the OW2 community, technology experts, software architects, IT project managers and decision-makers from around the world.

Where and when will it be?

The Meetup will take place on the 7th of June 2018 at Orange Gardens, in Paris-Châtillon, Room 3B-2-Giant 5 - Main Building. It will commence at 13:00 and end at around 15:00. 

Châtillon is located south of Paris (Google map). Please note that a photo ID and a nominative ticket for the event are necessary for accessing the Orange site.

Access to Orange Gardens Innovation Center by means of transportation: 

  • Bus: Line 388, from Paris Porte d'Orleans, Station République-Liberté (11 stops), then 110 m walking 
  • Metro: From Paris (center) Châtelet, Line 1 to Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (5 stops) then Line 13 to Châtillon Montrouge (12 stops), then 1.3 km (17 min) walking or take the T6 option
  • Option: T6 Tram at Châtillon-Montrouge to Châtillon Center (2 stops) then 600m walking to the Orange Gardens

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Who will be there?

A representative from SNCF Mobilités

In order to respond to the new needs one unit in the SNCF group, XWiki SAS migrated one of their knowledge bases from MediaWiki. This project involved the creation of new procedures for the platform's information management, a new blog, a new media library and PDF export.

As a whole, the project contributed to the establishment of a pleasant, manageable and secure platform for the diffusion of technical recommendations and an improvement of the productivity of maintenance agents.

Vincent Massol

Vincent is the CTO of XWiki SAS and an active committer of the XWiki open source project. Before being paid to work on open source he spent over 10 years working nights and week ends having fun on various open source projects (committer on Apache Maven, creator of Apache Cactus and Codehaus Cargo to name a few).

Vincent also co-authored 3 books: JUnit in Action , Maven: A Developer's Notebook and Better Builds with Maven. He's a regular speaker at IT and Java conferences and also a member of LesCastCodeurs podcast, a French podcast focusing on news in the Java world at large.

Can I come?

Sure you can! Just sign up using the OW2con'18 Registration Form (ticking the box "XWiki MeetUp") and let us know you’ll be coming!

See you on the 7th?

Mar 26 2018

Our experience at Salon Intranet 2018

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Last week was a busy one, here at XWiki. We've attended Solutions Intranet - RSE & collaboratif where Ludovic had 4 talks on collaboration and the wiki culture. 

His first intervention was on "Voici les toutes dernières innovations participatives à connaître":

On the second day, we held an Atelier on "Amazon Inc. utilise XWiki, pourquoi pas vous ? Comment la culture Wiki et Open Source peut transformer votre entreprise !". Here is the presentation: 

We were happy to meet everyone that visited us. These three days have been a true pleasure, we have met incredible people and made new business friends.

Feb 09 2018

At XWiki, we're breaking records

In over 14 years of experience we've learned that hard work pays off. This week, we received the biggest reward we could have received from you, our users: an incredible increase of XWiki installs and instances activity.

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We are proud to announce that our product's install rate is beating our all-time records: a 50% increase compared with the same period of 2017, and a staggering 100% increase when compared with February 2016. We had 1273 installed XWiki instances this week, and there is still the weekend to count. How cool is that?

And there’s more: installs are not the only metric on the rise: activity after 1 day has proportionally grown, offering another record: 296 active installs. Even more, we estimate that activity after 10 days will increase significantly, meaning that all our work put into improving XWiki convinced you to enjoy it even more. This only adds up to our steady growth from the beginning of XWiki, both in terms of installs and services provided.

We would like to thank everyone involved in developing, testing, improving and promoting XWiki in the last years, for all the work: your efforts are appreciated. 

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Of course, it would be great if some these trials would become business, but for now we will keep working to make XWiki the tool you choose every time. 

Thank you for trusting us and enjoying XWiki.
- The XWiki team 

Feb 08 2018

XWiki at FOSDEM 2018: the experience and presentations

XWiki's 2018 Events Season started with the participation at FOSDEM, the biggest free Open Source event in Europe, where communities can meet, share ideas and collaborate.

The XWiki SAS team, from both the Paris and Iasi offices, was present for 2 days in Brussels, between February 3rd and 4th. We participated with presentations in six different tracks, tackling different hot subject from new features, compatibility and integration with other tools and services, lessons learned from deployments, surveys, research and development, legal issues and Artificial Intelligence.

During this event we shared the stand called Wikis and CMS with our friends from Tiki and WikiSuite. We are very happy to have shared ideas, plans for the future and the promise to meet again with the other Open Source communities. The official number of attendees is still unknown, but we must say it was a great year - we talked to a lot of people about XWiki and gave away almost all our goodies. 

Our first presentation was by Vincent Massol, who talked about advanced testing practices used by the XWiki open source project, and using Java, Maven, Docker and Jenkins. You can check his presentation here:

He was soon followed by Ludovic Dubost presenting XWiki: a case study on managing corporate and community interests based on 14 years of Open Source in a small company. The presentation focused on how XWiki SAS has been able to build XWiki as Open Source, and also launch the CryptPad project, while keeping an honest open community and a fair Open Source model. 

Another interesting talk from Vincent was answering the question: What if there was a way to have long tail apps developed and working in just a few minutes? He demonstrated how a next generation wiki platform allows to do just that by using the XWiki open source project. See his presentation below: 

Were you ever curious about Open Source Projects and how they live without being bought? XWiki has been able to self finance writing Open Source code and sharing it with the community for 14 years now. Ludovic Dubost has shared what worked and what didn't, what went easy and was proven to be difficult, what is tricky in keeping the Open spirit and what is miraculous about the journey!

When we're not all about code and the product, our colleagues debate tough subjects like Artificial Intelligence dealing with the right to be forgotten. Tune in to see Cristina Rosu tackle the subject from all perspectives: concept, juridical nature, doctrine debates regarding this notion and also how does it interfere with artificial intelligence. 

Software platforms need to be highly extensible and customizable, since developers need to build on top of them and provide the best experience for users. Some users put more focus on the styling and visual aspect of their customization, others need it to be highly accessible or responsive, while others just like to have diversity in their choices. Ecaterina Moraru deals with all of them and shares from her experience below: 

Caleb James DeLisle's talk presented the encryption and key-management model, the sandboxing architecture which prevents a majority of CryptPad code from accessing the secret keys and some research into a solution to prevent backdoors in the javascript sent from the server. You can also learn how to reuse the CryptPad architecture (and source code) in developing other security/privacy conscious webapps if you play the video until the end: 

All in all, it was an excellent year for XWiki at FOSDEM and we're looking forward to returning in Brussels. See you in 2019?

Jan 25 2018

Who is joining us at FOSDEM'18?

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We are pleased to announce that next weekend, a team of 12 XWikiers will be attending, speaking and networking at FOSDEM 2018 (the Free Open Source Developers’ European Meeting). 

The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium, at ULB Campus Solbosch. You can find us at zone K5, level 2, booth "Wikis and CMS", next to Tiki Wiki and WikiSuite. The full schedule and list of stands are now available and the entry, just like any other year, is free, with no registration required.  

This year, our team will have a total of eight presentations, out of which three about XWiki, two having XWiki as a use-case, one about the CryptPad product and two of general interest.

See the full list of talks with details about the location, time and speaker: 

SpeakerTypeWhen WhereWhat
Vincent
Massol
XWiki use-case Saturday
12:20 - 13:05
H.2213Track: Testing and automation  
Presentation: Advanced testing in action on a Java project
Ludovic
Dubost
Product: XWikiSaturday
15:55 - 16:20        
K.4.601 Track: Community devroom  
Presentation: XWiki: a case study on managing corporate and community interests 14 years of Open Source in a Small Co.
Vincent
Massol
Product: XWikiSaturday
17:00 - 17:15
H.2215
(Ferrer)
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Addressing the long tail of applications
Anca
Luca
Open Food FactsSaturday  
17:20 - 17:35
 H.2215
(Ferrer)
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Open Food Facts: the wikipedia of food products
What if you could freely analyse all the food and cosmetic products in the world?
Ludovic
Dubost
Product:
XWiki 
Saturday
18:20 - 18:35
H.2215
(Ferrer)
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Tips & Tricks to finance an Open Source Project without selling your soul
Cristina
Roșu
Legal IssuesSunday  
09:30 - 09:55
UA2.220 (Guillissen)Track: Legal and Policy Issues  
Presentation: Artificial intelligence dealing with the right to be forgotten
Ecaterina MoraruXWiki use-caseSunday
14:00 - 14:20
K.4.201Track: Open Source Design  
Presentation: Icon Themes Reusable icon variables and mappings for customisable user interfaces
Caleb J.
De Lisle
Product: CryptPadSunday
16:00 - 16:25
 H.1301
(Cornil)
Track: Decentralised Internet and Privacy  
Presentation: CryptPad Encrypted collaborative editing without trusting the server

Looking forward to meeting you all and answer all the questions you might have about XWiki, CryptPad or our community. Until then, follow us on Twitter (XWiki and CryptPad) where we will keep you up-to-date with our latest developments. 

See you between the 3rd and the 4th of February?

- Team XWiki