CivicSpace, formerly known as Deanspace and Hack4Dean, is a content management system founded in May 2004 by Zack Rosen and Neil Drumm. As implied by its previous names, it was used to power websites supporting the 2004 presidential campaign of Howard Dean. The distribution of the open source content management system based on Drupal focused on political websites. It includes added functionality used for political and other organizing. The innovations in the CivicSpace distribution of Drupal have been incorporated into Drupal 5.0.

CivicSpace began the process of unforking from the Drupal project in March 2005. On July 1 2005, CivicSpace released a fully compatible distribution of Drupal.

CivicSpace founders and employees are actively involved in the Drupal project. Zack Rosen and Kieran Lal are Drupal association board members. Neil Drumm is currently the Drupal 5 maintainer. CivicSpace hired almost 40 hobby developers from the Drupal community over the last three years, providing many with key steps to becoming fully employed to work with Drupal.

CivicSpace was focused on a managed version of CivicSpace to expand beyond the technical users who were the early adopters of the platform. The hosted version was available as a free and low monthly cost subscription service for 22 months. CivicSpace Labs stopped offering its free hosting service as of July 1st, 2008. The source code for the hosted provisioning of Drupal and CiviCRM is being made available.

Please note: The CivicSpace software has been incorporated into Drupal 5 and CiviCRM and cannot be downloaded from Download Drupal software from and the CiviCRM module from



  • Content management system for Website management
  • Blogging
  • Forums
  • File storage
  • Photo galleries
  • Polls and surveys
  • Social networking
  • Event organizing

Sites using CivicSpace

See also


External links

  • CiviCRM The open source constituent relationship management system inside CivicSpace.
  • Drupal The open source content/community management system inside CivicSpace.
  • 64MB and *22MB QuickTime movies of Zack Rosen speaking at Stanford in March 2005 on the CivicSpace project, licensed under Creative Commons and hosted by the Internet Archive
  • Deanspace, Social Networks, and Politics by Jon Lebkowsky. A chapter of the book Extreme Democracy that describes the Deanspace project in detail.

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