New version coming soon!

December 14th, 2005

We’ve been hard at work on a new version of Deme, with an AJAX’d-up user interface that should make Deme more user-friendly. We’ll announce here, on our email list, and on Freshmeat, Sourceforge etc. when it’s available.

Deme 0.5.0 released!

July 1st, 2005

Deme version 0.5.0 has been released. It features full email integration, various user interface tweaks, and some bug fixes. You can try it out by visiting any of the groups hosted here (on Click on the “Groups” tab for links to publicly available groups that require no login. You can download Deme 0.5.0 by visiting the Download page or directly downloading it from here.

Update on Deme

June 21st, 2005

Some updates on Deme. A new distibution will be released within the next few days. New features include email integration, numerous bug fixes, and an enhanced interface. Additionally, the Groupspace website has been re-implemented with WordPress to allow for easier updating. We hope you stay tuned for the release!

Call for Papers: Online Deliberation 2005

January 21st, 2005

The Second Conference on Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice / DIAC 2005, will be held at Stanford University from Friday through Sunday, May 20-22, 2005. This conference is a follow-up to “Developing and Using Online Tools for Deliberative Democracy”, a two-day seminar which was held at Carnegie Mellon University in June, 2003. At the end of the CMU conference, participants agreed to have a follow-up meeting at Stanford. We would like to solidify the conference as a regular event, and to discuss the possibility of establishing a new society for online deliberation that will bring together researchers, designers, and practitioners whose work bears on this area. This conference is also the latest in a series of conferences on Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing (DIAC), presented in association with the Public Sphere Project (a CPSR Initiative).

See the CFP and conference website

Deme v0.4.0 Release

January 21st, 2005

Deme v0.4.0 has now been released. There has been a general restructuring of the code that greatly simplifies installation and better organizes the creation and maintenance of groups. We hope Deme is now easier to use and program. Go get the code.

Deme v0.3.1 Release

October 15th, 2004

Deme v0.3.1 is now released. The update is a minor bug fix that concerns the auto-update feature of some copies of RedHat. The auto-update mechanism on our local copy of Deme broke Pear DB in our PHP installation. As a result, we are now including the necessary Pear DB files with the Deme installation, so Deme no longer requires that an installation of PHP have Pear DB. Download the latest copy of the code.

Internet Scout Featured Site

September 10th, 2004 has been listed as a featured site for “Network Tools” in the Internet Scout’s September 3 issue.

Deme v0.3.0 Released

August 27th, 2004

The Deme v0.3.0 release is now available for download. This version includes some important bug fixes to the task item type and the syntax hiliting across all the meeting area viewing panes. Deme now generates email notification messages when tasks are modified, completed, and/or deleted.

Go test our latest version now in the demo group.

Deme v0.2.3 Update

August 23rd, 2004

We’ve just released Deme v0.2.3. Go download it or setup your own groups on our server by signing up in the upper-right corner of our site. This latest release will be a welcome update for users with low resolution monitors. We added toolbars to all the maximized window panes in their own popup windows. We realize that our low resolution users depend on these popup frames (and even our high resolution users enjoy using popups for additional clarity), so now users can access all the toolbar features from within popup frames. Please send us feedback with your suggestions/comments/opinions, or use Deme to contact us by visiting our public groups.

Demev0.2.2 Released.

August 13th, 2004

Deme v0.2.2 has arrived. We are starting to pick up a lot of momentum with releases. In this latest release we have corrected some of the bugs in the Project/Task item types. Projects and task now include additional functionality that allows users to change the status of tasks from a variety of options. Also,tasks now have two additional information fields:"deadlines" and "estimated length of task." Go check out the latest version of the source code. Or go to the groups page to play around with projects and tasks in our demo.