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Day: February 1, 2023

Payload releases CMS version 1.6.0

Payload released version 1.6.0 of their developer-focused open source headless content management system. In addition to optimizing the TypeScript interface of the Local API, the entire API has gotten a significant overhaul. We’ve reduced down a barebones Payload class in order to make it as small as possible for deploying in a serverless context. Now, the Local API no longer includes any imports to anything HTTP-related (Express, GraphQL, etc.) and only exposes methods to interact with your database, meaning that it can be deployed in as small of a serverless function bundle size as currently possible.

If you’ve been around for the last few months, you’ve likely taken note of our recent efforts to move from babel to swc for config transpilation. We have been investing time in improving Payload startup time by leveraging the most modern transpilation tactics available, and this release takes our efforts a step further by reducing some transpilation duplication that was present within Payload. Now, Payload no longer transpiles your config for you within the framework itself. Instead, we just rely on your own TypeScript transpilation to handle things like JSX and modern syntax in your project.

AesirX launches headless CMS

AesirX Content is an open source, headless content management system (CMS) designed for agencies and developers building custom websites. It comes with migrators for WordPress and Joomla! The freemium edition includes marketing automation software (DMA), asset management and storage (DAM), 1st-party analytics, intelligent business insights, and Single Sign On, facilitated by Concordium’s zero knowledge ID technology.

Concordium’s zero Knowledge ID layer ensures that users can share their data with businesses while remaining anonymous. Concordium’s blockchain technology allows users to store and verify their data and allows for cross-site tracking.

The Community Edition is a free Open Source option for individual developers who want to explore a modern stack of headless microservices. This freemium version, downloadable from GitHub, comes with DMA for content marketing automation and DAM for digital asset handling. Also included within the free Open Source tier is both AesirX Analytics and AesirX BI technologies. Additional tiers include: Starter Edition – $49 for start-ups, Team Edition $99 for small to medium teams, Growth Edition $249 for growing organizations, and a fully hosted and managed Enterprise Edition $1,000.

Genericode approved as an OASIS Standard

Members of OASIS Open, the international open source and standards consortium, have approved Code List Representation (genericode) v1.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies that highest level of ratification. Developed by the OASIS Code List Representation Technical Committee (TC), the format, known as “genericode,” is a single semantic model for code lists and accompanying XML serialization that is designed to IT-enable and standardize the publication of machine-readable code list information and its interchange between systems.

A code list in its simplest form is a set of strings that represent an item or idea. Standardized code lists include country abbreviations, currency abbreviations, shipping container descriptors, and airport codes, while nonstandardized code lists used between trading partners include financial account types, workflow status indicators, and any set of values representing the semantics of related concepts known between the parties involved in information interchange. Genericode, a standardized code list representation, is a complete description of a code list, including alternate codes, and any other associated data. Genericode also describes how new code lists are derived from existing code lists, so that the derivation is repeatable, automatable, and auditable.

CrafterCMS expands its marketplace

CrafterCMS, a headless CMS for composing digital experiences, today announced that its Marketplace now includes over 60 open source plugins, blueprints, and packaged business capabilities (PBCs). The new and expanded CrafterCMS Marketplace provides a key component that delivers on the promise of what some industry analysts are now calling digital experience composition (DXC), enabling business users and content teams to easily compose digital experiences using no-code tools and pre-built, best-of-stack integrations and plugins.

CrafterCMS provides leading enterprises with a modern headless CMS for digital experience composition. A visual content authoring experience combined with a marketplace of reusable PBCs allows content creators to compose engaging digital experiences for all types of digital channels. CrafterCMS provides a Git-based content repository and support for DevContentOps processes that enable frictionless collaboration between content authors, software developers and IT operations teams, to enable productivity improvements.

Netlify acquires Gatsby

Netlify, a platform for modern web development, announced that it has acquired Gatsby Inc., providers of a cloud platform for web delivery and content orchestration, and creators of the open source framework Gatsby.

Gatsby first became known for its open source, frontend framework that featured a data layer and an ecosystem of content management system (CMS) plugins. On top of the framework, Gatsby built a cloud platform for building, deploying, and previewing large enterprise content sites.

To keep the power in the hands of developers and honor its deep roots in open source, Netlify says it is committed to being a good steward of the Gatsby open-source project and the maintainers will join the open source group together with the creators of frameworks like Solid JS and Eleventy.

Gatsby’s source plugin ecosystem, originally targeted primarily to content management systems, is also accessible to any data source that exposes an API (such as e-commerce systems like Shopify), enabling teams to adopt composable architectures without having to write glue code. The company has been working closely with partners and enterprise customers to deliver the new Valhalla Content Hub, which builds upon their data layer and delivers a hosted, fault-tolerant, edge-first GraphQL API.


Gilbane Advisor 2-1-23 — Medium and ML, generative AI moola

This week we feature articles by Scott Lamb, and Matt Bornstein, Guido Appenzeller, & Martin Casado.

Additional reading from Mia Sato & Emma Roth, John Timmer, Steve Jones, and Allen Helton.

News comes from Digital Science & metaphacts, Zeta Alpha, WordSphere & DrupalWare, and Section.

All previous issues are available at

Opinion / Analysis

How we’re approaching AI-generated writing on Medium

This is a tricky issue for publishers, platforms, and writers, and given the infinite use cases and risk scenarios a general solution is not in the cards. Detection and enforcement efforts may provide some situational utility, but will be a whack-a-mole-like. Readers will, (or should), be concerned as provenance, source quality, and trust become more difficult to establish. Scott Lamb describes Medium’s first steps to address the issue. It’s a thoughtful and reasonable start. (4 min, not including comments).

Who owns the generative AI platform?

Or rather, how is the tech stack and market for generative AI evolving? Who will be able to build sustainable businesses in this market, and why? Matt Bornstein, Guido Appenzeller, & Martin Casado have a good overview for investors, analysts, enterprise organizations, startups, and computing infrastructure businesses (12 min).

More Reading

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Content technology news

Digital Science acquires metaphacts

metaphacts is a knowledge graph and decision intelligence software company. Its metaphactory platform helps accelerate knowledge graph adoption.

Zeta Alpha integrates GPT with its semantic neural engine

To provide reliable and explainable AI generated answers to enterprise search queries and improve productivity in search and knowledge management.

WordSphere acquires DrupalWares

The WordPress website development company is also offering front-end and back-end development services for Drupal, BigCommerce, and Shopify.

Section enhancements to help setup and scale Mastodon servers

The platform automates the management of workloads with rules-based parameters to easily distribute and scale Mastodon instances globally.

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