Zope was originally authored by Zope Corporation. Parts of Zope have been open source as far back as 1996, with the whole application server open source since 1998. Zope Corporation still drives the primary vision and development of Zope, with each release being maintained and developed by more and more community members - either by submitting patches to the bug collector or by developers with access to check in new features and fixes. The Zope Development Site contains ongoing projects and proposals for Zope's past and future.
Zope is an open source web application server primarily written in the Python programming language. It features a transactional object database which can store not only content and custom data, but also dynamic HTML templates, scripts, a search engine, and relational database (RDBMS) connections and code.