File Sharing in the Cloud

NTEN

With so many potential solutions for cloud-based file storage and sharing, which one is an organization to choose? As information systems move into the cloud, many organizations are starting to ask, “What about my files?” Files, however, remain stubbornly entrenched on an aging local server. With more employees working remotely full-time and/or in the field, nonprofit organizations are finding that it’s time for those files to become more accessible.

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Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This is totally the “how sausage and law are made” view, so don’t read this unless you want to know more about global accessibility in detail! WIPO has a mandate from its member states, and is working to address the need to change laws and get more accessible books flowing.

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Share Files and Collaborate Online with Box

Tech Soup Blog

Box.org provides organizations with the Box file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service. You can use Box's cloud-based storage and collaboration tools to replace traditional on-premises file servers and traditional file-sharing processes.

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When We Go with Accessible Content, Everybody Wins

Idealware

Editor’s note: A few weeks back, as we wrote about the thinking that went into our new website, we made an embarrassing admission—we’d overlooked the value of designing with accessibility in mind. This accessibility principle is true on the web as well as in the physical world.

Addressing Accessibility in Social Media

NTEN

These needs may relate to accessibility and the user-friendliness of your site for those with auditory, visual, cognitive or mobility impairments. This blog post is not meant to explain the nuances of accessibility, nor will it explore all of the dimensions of building a social site, but it will discuss key considerations when working to make your online presence social while remaining accessible to all users. Keep Accessibility in Mind. By Stuart Holland, Sr.

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The Race to Expand Internet Access. in Space

Tech Soup Blog

Yet a significant portion of the world's population doesn't currently have access. Some large tech companies are well along in a race to provide low-cost broadband Internet access to the world's people … from space.

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Objecting to Accessibility Weaseling

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last week, the National Federation of the Blind and 22 organizations serving people with disabilities filed detailed objections to a petition from a group of makers of e-reader devices led by Amazon to be exempted from accessibility requirements under the relatively new Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. We think the best long-term way to solve this equal access problem is, well, equal access.

Benetech’s New Image Description Tool Improves Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The DIAGRAM Center team has also created an image data content model which will provide standards to define and enhance the efficacy and interoperability of accessible images as the project evolves. DIAGRAM stands for Digital Image and Graphics Resources for Accessible Materials. Our DIAGRAM Center is dramatically changing the way image and graphical content for accessible educational materials is produced and accessed.

4 Cloud Myths Nonprofit CFOs Need To Know

TechImpact

The cloud is very flexible when it comes to finding the right applications, storage, file sharing, and protection requirements for your nonprofit’s data. Industry News budget cloud computing cloud storage data file sharing information IT staff IT support maintenance security server

Social DRM: It’s About Equal Access for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our commitment is to provide access to books for those who are unable to read a traditional print format and to do so without harming the economic interests of authors and publishers. The Problem with Traditional DRM Traditional “strong” Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions have traditionally been the most common way to control access to online books. However, strong DRM turns out to be an impediment to the commercial distribution of accessible ebooks.

Lawsuit over denying access to a student with learning disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We're up to more than 125,000 users, with over 95,000 books available, and our users are now accessing content at a rate of more than million downloads per year! That's why it's painful to hear about disputes over denying students with very real print disabilities access to these resources. I've recently been corresponding with a mother whose son's school district seems to be suing them to deny access to accessible material.

Save the Day: Knowing Which WordPress Files to Always Back Up

Byte Technology

The Core WordPress Files. The core refers to any and all files that essentially run your website, from the root folder to “wp-includes” to the “wp-admin” folder. Most users wouldn’t normally make any changes to these files or folders as they’re static across all WordPress sites. Configuration Files. There are two important parts within the configuration files: the “wp-config.php” file and the “.htaccess” htaccess” file.

4 Tech Solutions To Better Collaboration For Nonprofits

TechImpact

Adopting an all-in-one cloud service solution can enable mobile access to work materials, team conversations, and shared calendars from a tablet, smartphone, or laptop. General Tech application apps cloud collaboration conferencing file sharing mobile smartphone tablet technology

Open Letter to Salesforce Nonprofit Admins

Judi Sohn

I will set up the Weekly Backup and actually download the backup file within 48 hours of when I’m notified it’s ready. Better yet, I’ll save that.zip file to a computer/drive that is regularly backed up. Uncategorized access administrator Nonprofit Salesforce securit

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Mass Market Accessible Books

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We take their files and convert them to the DAISY format which is a digital format designed specifically to create accessible materials for people with print disabilities. The big advantage of DAISY over typical scanned files is that DAISY includes much more extensive navigation (chapters, sections, page numbers, etc.). More and more publishers are asking that we return to them the DAISY files we create. We've worked with O'Reilly Media for a long time.

Upcoming Webinar February 13: Keeping Your Data Secure Yet Accessible

Tech Soup Blog

Want to ensure that your data can be accessed, collaborated on, and shared from wherever you are and from any device? With ShareFile, you can: Save space on your network drives and email inboxes by storing and sharing large files. Give remote staff or volunteers access to large files from the field via a mobile device. Provide a safe, HIPAA-compliant space for users outside your organization to send you large files.

Beyond the Shuffle: Data Accessibility in the Cloud

NTEN

Are you playing traffic cop with different versions of donor lists until your file names look like a misunderstood version of the Dewey Decimal system? Not so long ago, sending email attachments with files names like Donor list_V2, Donor list_KK_NM, Donor list_FINAL_REALLY was not at all uncommon. Over the years we’ve seen that the nonprofit world has particular difficulty with data accessibility. Kirsten Kippen. Marketing Manager. Idealist Consulting.

The Huddle Perpetual License

Tech Soup Blog

provides cloud-based file sharing, file storage (10 GB), content management, task management, collaborative calendaring, reminders, meeting organizing, discussion boards, plus a bunch of other things. Huddle Foundation , just this week, made the donation more accessible to charities by switching from a $99 per year admin fee to a $125 "perpetual license" admin fee. Project Management cloud cloud computing online collaboration Huddle tshuddle file storage

Infographic Friday: 2015 Nonprofit & Association Technology Trends

TechImpact

The idea of being able to work from anywhere in the world, and still access all your files, regardless of what computer you’re on is attractive for the busy nonprofit. Cloud computing continues to intrigue the nonprofit community. We’ve all have, or hopefully had, one of those servers in the back closet of the office. […].

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4 Tips For Maintaining Your Nonprofit’s Databases

TechImpact

However, database are also used for storing records, files, other types of information. Duplicate files, profiles, and other data are common for every organization. Let’s not for get the multiple files you might have on one donor or volunteer. Image courtesy of WiseGeek.

5 Nonprofit Tech Solutions For Improving Internal Communication

TechImpact

Also, remote employees might not have their own office phone, or always have access too it, making it necessary for staff to include their personal cell phone number as a method of business contact. File sharing. Image courtesy of MeetUp.

Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare , a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. Thousands of ebooks are pouring into the collection each month thanks to the dedication of our volunteers around the world and partnerships with more than 500 socially responsible publishers who donate their digital files.

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Clouds, Data, And Your Nonprofit

TechImpact

Their ability to centralize and organize information, files, and data imperative to your nonprofit is to the success of your mission. However, because many nonprofits have yet to adopt cloud based solutions, they’re still struggling with the organization of their data and files.

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Access and Washington

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We have been helping blind and print disabled people gain access to books for over 17 years. Two recent experiences underscored different parts of this struggle to deliver access. It's great to see someone still using one of our products to access books for this length of time. The goal of this repository is to ensure that students with print disabilities have easy access to textbooks.

Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Twelve years ago, the Fund made its first grant to Benetech, in support of the then newly launched Bookshare , our accessible online library for people with disabilities that get in the way of reading print, including visual impairments and dyslexia.

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Knowing When to Choose a Nonprofit-Specific Accounting Solution

Connection Cafe

Multiple individuals may be required to have access to your nonprofit’s accounting information. However, they don’t all need the same level of access. Good fund accounting software gives you the ability to create logins for users and set access restrictions.

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Four Steps for Choosing the Right Cloud Storage Solution: September Tip of the Month

Idealware

There are a lot of good reasons to put your nonprofit’s files in the Cloud—Cloud storage can reduce the burden on IT staff and open up opportunities to do their work remotely. Consider Your Files. What kinds of files do you need to store and what level of management is necessary?

UC Santa Cruz Students Volunteering for Impact with Bookshare

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It’s required whenever we make accessible versions of print books. When digital files of those books aren’t available, we have to convert the physical print books into an accessible form, like braille, large print or synthetic speech output.

5 Ways A Cloud Works For Your Nonprofit

TechImpact

With a cloud you can simply access the extra computing power you need, then turn it off once the increase in traffic has subsided. A cloud will enable file sharing regardless of your employees location in the world, enabling them to become more efficient. Easily offer and revoke access.

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The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Chafee Amendment allows authorized nonprofit entities like Benetech to create accessible versions of copyrighted books without the need to request permission from publishers (or pay a royalty) and then to distribute these versions exclusively to people with qualifying disabilities.

On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

argued that we must shift from spending on the provision of hard copy braille to the provision of refreshable braille and the associated digital file formats to enable people to read so much more. “As Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, VP and General Manager, Benetech’s Global Literacy Program.

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Political Campaigns About Harnessing Smart Data

Connection Cafe

In rudimentary form, it was the first constituent file built for two-way candidate communication! Already the Democratic challengers had a very public run-in over access to a database.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: Lost Your Tax-Exemption? What Next ?

ASU Lodestar Center

What Next — posted by Pat Lewis , Senior Professional in Residence ASU Lodestar Center The IRS has begun to revoke the tax-exempt status for those nonprofit organizations that have not filed some form of a 990 (information report) for three years. A large number of these organizations are smaller nonprofits that previously were not required to file an annual return because their gross revenues were $25,000 or less. [1]

6 Cloud Security Features Your Nonprofit Needs To Know About

TechImpact

The ability to grant access to certain apps, software, and files in the cloud keeps confidential and highly sensitive information on a “need to know basis.” Signing into a cloud hosting portal will grant users access, if they have a username and password.

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The Struggle for Book Access (Blog Post #1)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I think it’s time to write a series of short essays on the struggle for accessible books, starting with this brouhaha. The essence of the Soundproof Book essay was the dueling moral high grounds: author’s rights vs. the right to access. And in exchange, the SFWA encourages their members to voluntarily give Bookshare their content (high quality files remove/greatly reduce the danger of errors creeping in).

Wild Apricot Blog : Next Generation File Sharing Comes Out of the Box

Wild Apricot Blog

Reply Comments on the Proposed Treaty for Access to Copyrighted Works

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We filed the following comments to the Copyright Office's request for comments on issues about access for people with print disabilities. December 4, 2009 Benetech’s Reply Comments in response to the Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comments on the Topic of Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind or Other Persons With Disabilities The issue all comes down to human rights vs. money. And access doesn’t happen.

Accessible Flash? Maybe | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Maybe Posted Thursday, March 20th, 2008 at 2:44 pm by Marissa (33 posts) Whenever someone wants to build an accessible Web site, I always try to conceive the design from the simplest elements on up, rather than most complicated pieces on down. Yes, I know you can make Flash accessible. But if you’re not ready to give up your Flash application or your site’s accessibility, you still have some options. Advanced screen readers can read text in a Flash file.

The Changing Landscape of Nonprofit Technology (and What It Means for Your Org)

Connection Cafe

A recent report from TechSoup found that beyond email and file storage, most nonprofits are reluctant to embrace the cloud for their other organizational needs. Cloud service providers handle maintenance and accessibility issues, including security.

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4 Reasons Nonprofits Should Move To The Cloud

TechImpact

Using a cloud computing system instead of your old hardware, your employees in the field can access any file they need, any time, and from anywhere. Image courtesy of University of Connecticut. Cloud computing is the future of doing business.