Open Source Matters (OSM) is entrusted with providing organizational, legal, and financial support for the Joomla! project. You can find out more about the organization at

Given those responsibilities, and upcoming term expirations for multiple directors and officers of the board of OSM, a call for nominations for directors of the board is being made at this time.

Shortly following the election of these new directors, the annual OSM members meeting will take place. This annual meeting provides an additional opportunity for nominees to be elected to the OSM board.

Following the annual meeting, an election of officers of the board will take place. All newly elected directors are eligible to be nominated for an officer role.

If you or someone you know is qualified and motivated to serve on the board, please fill out the nomination form and tell us more about your interest, skills, and experience.

Useful areas of experience and expertise for nominees include:

  • Accounting, bookkeeping or financial
  • Legal or trademark
  • Organizational or managerial skills
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Fund-raising
  • PR and Marketing
  • Education or certification development work
  • Events planning and support

We are looking to recruit the very best and the brightest members in the Joomla! community.

Some of the criteria that will be used when evaluating nominations include:

Community: the nominee should have a strong track-record of successfully collaborating with, enabling others and earning the respect of the Joomla! community.

Character: the nominee should have a history of acting honestly, fairly and openly in previous and current roles held, have demonstrated a general conduct of a professional and considerate nature on as well as other sites and media channels, and be willing to read and agree to abide by the Joomla Code of Conduct.

Experience and Expertise: if the nominee is being proposed for a specific role, they should have strong experience and expertise in that area.

Availability: OSM responsibilities include attending monthly online board meetings, other meetings as needed, and regular participation in email discussions. Some board roles (team leaders, officer positions, etc.) require additional time. The nominee should have a reasonable and consistent amount of time to focus on their tasks and participate in other responsibilities.

Diversity: to work towards gender balance and geographical diversity, we are committed to seeking nominations from talented members of the Joomla! community who are female and / or represent diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds, as well as fluent speakers of languages other than English (at this time internal Joomla and OSM communications are in English only). OSM does not discriminate against qualified applicants on the basis of their race,religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or age.

The nomination period will close in two weeks, on Friday, February 21.

Access the nomination form.

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Starting with Joomla! 3.3, the minimum required PHP version is being raised to PHP 5.3.10!

There, I said it! No gunshot wounds? Great, so here's the scoop …

This post will cover:

  • Why change now?
  • Why wasn’t the requirements bar set higher from the beginning of 3.x?
  • How will extensions be affected?
  • Will I get any warning? What do I need to look for?
  • tl;dr … What will happen if my host is NOT Joomla! 3.3 Ready?

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Open Source Matters invites interested and suitably experienced vendors to submit proposals in respect of providing marketing and communication support services.

The Request for Proposals document can be viewed here:

This Request for Proposals is intended to outline the current situation within the project and suggest areas in which we anticipate vendors will lead and support our 70+ strong volunteers (who form the Marketing Advisory Group) to deliver strategic marketing internationally, thereby positioning Joomla! as a leading Open Source Content Management System.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please ensure that you read the Request for Proposals document thoroughly, taking note of the Submission Timeline, and provide the required information by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the deadline.

Open Source Matters expects to contact the successful vendors in March 2014.

To discuss this post please visit the following forum thread:

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Open Source Matters (OSM) has, as one of its main responsibilities, the managing and protection of the Joomla!® trademarks.

OSM is looking for a new Trademark Team Manager.Joomla! logo

The Team Manager will be responsible for:

  • Managing the Trademark team's day-to-day activities
  • Adding new team members
  • Assigning of responsibilities and tasks
  • Reviewing and implementing new workflows
  • Managing the Helpdesk software
  • Creating systems for storing and retrieving records
  • Reporting to the OSM Board
  • Assisting with review of current Trademark rules and information
  • Assisting with updating of current assets (logos, badges, style guidelines)

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Good communication skills
  • Background in Trademark or Intellectual Property (IP) work, or some legal training
  • The ability to to lead and work well within a team
  • Can overcome language, gender and cultural barriers
  • Have some knowledge of the inner workings of the Joomla! Project

If you would like to nominate someone, or want to nominate yourself, please use the nomination form.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, the 18th of January 2014 at midnight GMT.

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The Joomla! Events team is looking for new energetic team members.

Due to constantly growing numbers of Joomla! related events being organised each year we are searching for volunteers to help us to manage the approval of those submissions and help expand our service offerings for Joomla event organizers.

What is the Joomla! Events Team?

The Joomla! Events Team is responsible for supporting, managing and approving submissions for JoomlaDay Events, Joomla! User Group Meetings and other Joomla! project related events.

Who is the Joomla! Events Team looking for?

We are looking to recruit a few individuals who will be able to examine submission of an event. The candidates must be able to communicate with events’ organisers in a gentle and friendly way. Good communication skills are very important in this role.
Additionally we are looking for a primary person to administrate the website and be able to help manage the website's infrastructure and keep all software up-to-date.
If you think you would be a great candidate for this role, please complete the following submission form.
Deadline for submission is 2013-12-15 

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