The Corteza Community Server always runs the latest version of Corteza. Each user has access to the complete solution, with Messaging, CRM, the Low Code platform and the Application Ecosystem. When you log in for the first time (just after signing up), you enter Corteza Messaging. This is when the fun starts.

1. Messaging

Corteza Messaging opens by default and allows you to interact with other Corteza community members in public channels or with direct messages. You can richly format your messages, add images, files, emoticons, reactions, reply in threads, edit or delete your messages and a lot more.

To enter public channels hit the “Browse channels” button. This shows the channel popup, which gives you the option to enter any public channel. We recommend you to enter the first 6 channels, because these are the most active ones.

List of public channels

The complete list of public channels (as of July 5th, 2019) is:

#1. Welcome
Here you can introduce yourself or simply say hi. In this channel you can see new people entering the Corteza project and talk off-topic with others.

#2. Village Square
This channel has interesting announcements related to the project or just for general chit chat. For the latest news, sign up to this channel.

#3. Help with Installation
If you have any questions about installing your own Corteza server or about how to configure it, ask the experts over here.

#4. Core Engineering
The technical team has their discussions here. If you’re interested in the technology behind Corteza, new features being built or if you want to contribute code, this is the channel for you.

#5. UX (User Experience)
The place for UX thoughts, suggestions and improvements.

#6. Marketing
In the marketing channel Corteza’s marketing activities and results are shared and discussed. You can see in this channel how the project is growing over time, get interesting marketing insights and you can learn how you can help promoting Corteza yourself.

If you want to manage or customise your CRM and have questions, join this channel.

If you want to manage Corteza Messaging and have questions you can ask them here.

#Corteza Board of Directors
Stay up to date with the latest activities of the board of directors

Wekan, the open source Trello alternative, is going to be available inside Corteza. Follow developments here.

LibreOffice Online is coming to Corteza. Follow developments here.

Various “#Programme – (programme name)” channels
These are the places to discuss the different Corteza programmes.

2. CRM

Corteza comes with an advanced Customer Relationship Management platform, built on the power of Corteza Low Code. The CRM boosts an intuitive design and gives a 360 degree overview of customers.The CRM on is fully featured. You can insert or modify record data without problems. You can also enter the “Admin panel” and see how the Modules, Pages, Charts and Automation rules are set up.

How can I enter the CRM?

The CRM, or any other app within Corteza, can be opened in two ways:

  1. Click on the [+] next to the Messaging tab on top. This opens the app menu, where you can select the Corteza CRM app.
  2. Click on the 4 squares icon on the top right and select a new panel. The app menu is opened for this panel and you can use the CRM right next to Messaging!



3. Low Code

Corteza Low Code is an environment that allows the creation of business applications without the need for programming. The environment has an easy-to-use module builder and a drag and drop page builder, allowing you to arrange and position different categories of data and information blocks: forms, lists, charts, social media feeds, and more.

How can I enter the Low Code?

Opening Corteza Low Code is similar to opening the CRM. It’s an app you can select in the app menu that appears when you open a new tab or panel.

What can I do in Low Code?

Low Code works with namespaces. Each namespace is a different app. In all namespaces, with the exception of the CRM, you have full permissions to manage records and enter and try out functions in the admin panel.

4. Jisti Video

Corteza comes with a Jitsi integration. You can open a video conversation here with other people that are on the Corteza Community Server. For the best experience, open Jitsi in a panel, right next to messaging (as shown in the image below).

5. Google Maps

You can open Google Maps inside Corteza, just as shown in the image below. It’s a small app, but a handy one when you are using Messaging or the CRM and need to find a location quickly.

6. Wekan

Wekan is an open source Trello alternative that is being integrated inside Corteza. You can check out this app to see the current state of the integration.

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According to Wikipedia, “Technological Sovereignty” is a political outlook that information and communications infrastructure and technology are aligned to the laws, needs and interests of the country in which users are located.

As the Digital Work Platform for Humanity, the concept of technological sovereignty is baked into Corteza. However, technological sovereignty on its own is not sufficient for a modern economy. Corteza implements at least three other key ingredients:

a) Open Standards and Interoperability

Almost every major public cloud (e.g. Office365, Google’s G Suite, Salesforce, Slack) now supports open standards to a lesser or greater degree. Corteza actively drives open standards support along with support for other non-standardized yet mass adopted protocols and services. Maintaining interoperability with major clouds is important. Corteza helps your organisation avoid isolating itself by ensuring that collaboration is always possible. Economies are open, your key work platforms should be too.

b) Insistence on Platform Trustworthiness

Others need to be able to see and inspect the rules of the game i.e. the software code and architecture itself. The percentage of information and commercial exchange on electronic platforms continues to grow locally and globally. Trade of any type should require trust and confidence, in particular when it comes to sensitive messaging and records management platforms. Being 100% free and open source is a major advantage for Corteza, allowing any number of parties anywhere in the world to adopt the platform confidently and at the minimum of cost. With all Corteza platform development permanently committed to the public sphere, all parties can be sure of a balanced long-term relationship.

c) Great User Experience (UX)

The importance of good UX cannot be underestimated. If users reject your choice of work platform because they find the UX unacceptable, then the scale of the adoption task gets harder by at least an order of magnitude. Corteza places great emphasis on delivering a platform with a familiar look and feel to users i.e. on being a credible private cloud alternative to the market leading public clouds. For CRM, Low Code records-based management applications, Messaging and third party application integration and presentation, Corteza delivers a feature set and UX to comparable to any major player.

Join our community server at and try out Corteza today!

The Public Sector Case for Corteza – Secure Private Cloud Record-Keeping and Engagement

Before Corteza came along, have government and public sector IT departments ever had 100% independent Digital Work Platforms upon which they could operate? I don’t know the answer to this question, but if deployed examples are a fair measure, then the answer is that little if any choice previously existed. Backed by the Commons Conservancy Foundation and with a truly modern feature set and architecture, Corteza is one such private cloud solution.

The public sector case for implementing Corteza is clear:

  1. The business of governing is often the business of record-keeping. Corteza offers the most flexible open source records-based management system available, allowing your organisation to scale up to all manner of requirements.
  2. Standardised data formats ensure optimum cross-system compatibility. Your data will never be locked into a software vendor again and tax payer revenue will never again have to fund expensive migrations.
  3. With Corteza CRM, you get all the power of an enterprise class CRM at a fraction of the cost. Relationships should be built on the most trustworthy platform available.
  4. Corteza Low Code allows you to build as many individual records-based applications as you wish. Even better, you can execute imports and automations between these applications.
  5. Designed to scale, Corteza can be used to service entire populations. Citizen engagement has never been easier nor more secure.
  6. Corteza One delivers the tools to build your digital independence gradually. The 100% open architecture and standardised identity management portfolio integrates seamlessly with well known public clouds while simultaneously allowing you to build a private cloud of applications with more sensitive data security and privacy requirements.
  7. An upcoming mature implementation of LibreOffice Online ( means that sensitive documents can be securely created, edited and stored within the Corteza platform and all in your preferred formats.
  8. Corteza Messaging is a state-of-the-art, private cloud solution with a familiar look and feel and designed to be simple to use. Extending real-time communications beyond your firewall to external users and customers improves interaction and feedback, allowing your organisation to deliver the most dynamic service level possible.
  9. Public infrastructure should be owned and managed with the public in mind. Corteza, the Digital Work Platform for Humanity, is mandated by the Commons Conservancy to operate in the public interest.

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With a university degree in Social Science, much of my early adult life was spent debating the equalities and inequalities of life with my fellow students. Admittedly, I wasn’t the student with the most erudite or succinct points of view (and probably never will be!), but one thing became crystal clear to me: While social inclusion can be the goal, it’s often useful to think of it as a discipline and responsibility to be constantly maintained and improved. Exclusion can be structural, but inclusion can be too.

When forming the board of directors of the Corteza project, we went out of our way to ensure that the board had a majority of women. We also recruited a proud member of the LGBT community. We set the bar high, with the criteria of prior proven leadership in their field being compulsory. In the end, we achieved our goal, something which is startlingly rare in open source projects – a board of directors not dominated by men.

However, let’s face it, though it’s a step in the right direction, this is still not a 100% socially diverse board. We have more work to do with regards to casting the net wider in our recruitment efforts. As Corteza attracts wider and wider audiences we intend to profit from this exposure and fulfill our responsibility.

Next on the agenda for the Corteza project is to recruit Chairs for our outreach programmes. These are roles which determine how the overall Corteza project meshes together from a strategic perspective and include the following categories:

  • Humanitarian
  • Ecological
  • Health
  • Locali(s)(z)ation
  • Accessibility
  • Commercial
  • Public Sector
  • Educational
  • Identity & Privacy
  • Compliance
  • Security
  • Digital Economy

Once again, we intend to drive diversity of representation among the programme Chairs and, once again, we will only recruit those who have proven credentials relevant to the specific programme in question. This is a voluntary role and the “give” is one hour of your advice per month to help determine a programme strategy and keep it on track.

If you think you or someone you know might fit the description, please don’t hesitate in reaching out to me here on LinkedIn or sign up to and open a conversation with me there.