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Most every day, the United States is impacted by high impact weather events.  These events range from hurricanes to tornadoes to winter storms. The National Weather Service (NWS) is tasked with forecasting and warning about these high impact events to save lives and protect property.  The process of alerting and mitigating these high impact events involves the close collaboration of partners in the broadcast media who are federally mandated to relay weather alerts to the public, and emergency management who organize and respond to weather threats. Historically, these groups have operated on islands during weather events with one way communication systems providing data.


Starting in 2000, some parts of the country started experimenting with Instant Messaging technologies to bridge these islands during high impact weather.  At the time, these involved the use of proprietary protocols and clients in an ad-hoc manner.  In 2005, a group of interested parties in Iowa started looking for a scalable, secure, and open source / standards system that could provide the level of flexibility necessary to support the real time collaboration of broadcast media, the NWS, and emergency management. This effort was called IEMChat.


After a perusal of IM technologies, IEMChat implemented XMPP and choose the Openfire server to power the project.  Openfire's ease of installation, functional administrative console, stability, and active support community has provided the foundation for the IEMChat project to flourish.  In a short 2 years, IEMChat's use has spread to over half of the country with 85+ NWS offices, 450+ broadcast media outlets, and hundreds of local emergency managers participating.  IEMChat has been put to use in recent high impact weather events such as the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak that ravaged the states of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and other states.


Daryl Herzmann, IEMChat's primary developer who is based at Iowa State University,  says that Openfire has made the project possible. “Openfire provides us a robust and stable XMPP feature set supported by a fantastic community on  The developers' active support on the web forums and weekly chat has been outstanding and shown their commitment to improve Openfire to meet the needs of the community.”


A huge thank you to Daryl for all of his contributions to the Ignite Realtime community and for providing us with details about this great Openfire success story!

David recently blogged about how XMPP is Taking Over the World  starting with the recent AOL tests and his hopes that Microsoft, Yahoo, and QQ would follow AOL's lead.


Well, this must have got Matt thinking about how XMPP really could take over the world.  His vision of XMPP is moving way past IM with a grand vision for how XMPP could be the future of cloud services.


I'll let you read his entire post over on Jive Talks, but here is a little snippet:

There's a new firestorm brewing in web services architectures. Cloud services are being talked up as a fundamental shift in web architecture that promises to move us from interconnected silos to a collaborative network of services whose sum is greater than its parts. The problem is that the protocols powering current cloud services; SOAP and a few other assorted HTTP-based protocols are all one way information exchanges. Therefore cloud services aren't real-time, won't scale, and often can't clear the firewall. So, it's time we blow up those barriers and come to Jesus about the protocol that will fuel the SaaS models of tomorrow--that solution is XMPP (also called Jabber).


Matt's post is also on Digg.

There are a bunch of great community developed plugins for Openfire and Spark floating around the net, and we thought it would be a good idea to create a space where people can upload their plugins and share them with the rest of the community.


So far, we have a Packet Filter plugin, a registration form plugin, and more.  If you are interested in contributing your plugin or just want to see what others have contributed, head over to the Community Plugins space on Ignite Realtime.


Right now, these are unofficial plugins.  Be sure to rate the plugins (rating located at the bottom of each document), since we will use this as a testing ground to find new plugins. We hope that some of these community plugins will eventually become official Ignite Realtime plugins.

Jivespace Developer Community

Posted by dawn Jul 18, 2007

!!I wanted to let everyone know that Jive Software just launched a beta of Jivespace, our new developer community on


This is the place where developers can collaborate around Clearspace, Clearspace X, and Jive Forums products.  You will also notice that the Community tab takes you to an area for collaboration that is powered by our Clearspace X product.  This developer environment is currently in Beta, so you may notice a few minor issues.  Feel free to point them out in the Jivespace Lounge, and we will fix them as soon as we can!


This new developer community does not impact Ignite Realtime in any way. Collaboration on real time communication / XMPP related products will continue on, and there are no plans to change this. Jivespace just gives developers a place to collaborate on Jive Software's other products.


The login information is integrated with our Jive store and Support forums on, so existing Jive login information (but not Ignite Realtime logins) should work on the new Jivespace site.

Want to come to Portland for XMPP Devcon or OSCON without spending money on travel? Have a cheap boss who won't foot the bill?


If you want Jive Software to pay for your travel, you just need to win the OSCON Trip Give-A-Way Contest by creating the best blog entry about how Clearspace, Jive Forums, Openfire and/or Spark have helped your organization. Your blog should be entertaining and creative while describing how you've used Jive software to make your organization better in some way.


All of the details and fine print can be found on the Jive Talks blog.


Jive Software has been providing free collaboration software to open source projects for a while, and we are now expanding this program to other software developer user groups (JUGs, etc.) We have also simplified the application making it easier for open source projects and user groups to get a free license.


The free license can be used with Clearspace, Clearspace X, and Jive Forums for use in open source projects and developer user groups. This is our way of supporting software developers working for non-commercial purposes. Collaboration is a critical part of most software development projects. Many developers devote time and energy to projects without any commercial compensation, and we want them to have tools that make it easier for them to collaborate. This is not a free trial. The licenses are free for as long as the project wants to use the software.


To qualify for a free developer license:

  • The project or group must be related to software development.

  • It must be primarily non-commercial.

  • Open source projects must use an OSI approved open source license, have a publicly accessible code base, and have a publicly accessible application.

  • User groups must have a public community.

  • Note: non-profit or non-commercial projects unrelated to software development are not eligible for the free developer licenses.

Use our new, simplified online forms to apply:

I hope to see a bunch of projects take us up on this offer!


Have you made your reservations to attend XMPP DevCon and the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) this July in Portland, OR? It may seem a bit early to be thinking about conferences in late July, but hotels will fill up quickly in Portland with so many events converging around OSCON (July 23-27). Not only are we planning DevCon for July 23-24, but Ubuntu Live will also be in town July 22-24.


Roughly twice a year, the XMPP community holds a DevCon event to discuss protocol changes, do interop testing, and to socialize in real life. The last event was in Belgium along with Fosdem in February. The February meeting included discussions about certification programs, file transfer issues, Jingle, protocol developments, end to end encryption support (extensions), personal event pubsub, message archiving, and more.


Discussion topics for DevCon in July will likely include continued discussion on many of the topics above plus spim prevention, simultaneous XML editing (for whiteboarding etc.), clarifications to rfc3920bis, and more. Any developers working on XMPP servers, clients, code libraries, or related applications are welcome to attend. Since many of you in the Ignite Realtime community fit into this group, it would be great to see you attend DevCon.


Jive Software will, of course, be out in full force for XMPP DevCon and OSCON, since they are right in our hometown of Portland, OR. At OSCON, I will be on a panel discussing the Art of Community and Matt Tucker will be leading a session called Jingle: Cutting Edge Open Source VoIP.  Matt is also planning some cool stuff for DevCon. Last year during OSCON, we held a great party, BeerForge, and we plan to do something similar again this year!



We hope to see many Ignite Realtime community members at these events! It is a great way to meet some of the people face to face that we collaborate with over email, IM, and other online environments.

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