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

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This week, Benetech’s DIAGRAM Center has announced the release of an open source web application for creating and editing crowdsourced image descriptions in books used by students with print disabilities. The Poet application developed by DIAGRAM helps level the playing field by making otherwise inaccessible graphic content available for students and other readers who cannot read traditional books. DIAGRAM stands for Digital Image and Graphics Resources for Accessible Materials.

7 Tips for a Successful Content Marketing Strategy

NonProfit Hub

Many nonprofit organizations are unaware of the impact content marketing can have on enhancing awareness, creating brand loyalty and generating revenue. Here are some tips on how to craft a successful content marketing strategy. Use different types of content.

Technological Protection Measures and the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Why Circumvention for the Purposes of Access is Crucial A Bookshare Briefing Paper Prepared for the Diplomatic Conference for Visually Impaired Persons The distributors of digital content often use technological protection measures (TPMs) to discourage the making of unauthorized copies. This has created the ironic situation where blind people, who because of their disability require access to digital copies, have been effectively locked out of purchasing ebooks for the last decade.

Leveraging Impact through Technology (LIT)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This last September, Benetech won a 3 million dollar award over one year from OSEP for a project we call Leveraging Impact through Technology, or, very appropriately, LIT. Through the LIT project, we’re adding many new innovations to the groundwork laid by the B4E project, with a focus on three core areas: content, tools, and utilization. Thousands of ebooks pour into the library from over 168 publishers and textbook requests are fulfilled every month.

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On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We strongly support this position and believe the digital content revolution holds the best promise for the future of braille. At Benetech, we want to ensure that in this brave new world of digital content, braille is as available as any other ebook format to those who want it.

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DIAGRAM Center

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This is becoming crucially important as the problem of delivering access to text is increasingly solved by the move to ebook publishing and solutions like our Bookshare library. Of course, just as we're solving the text problem, more and more content is moving to richer, more visual forms like graphics, simulations and flash! But, it’s turned out to be one of the best surveys of assistive technology we’ve ever seen.

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Some Little Known Faith-Based Technology Resources

Tech Soup Blog

They’ve also told us about some great, but little-known online resources that explore faith-based IT like the pros and cons of the different church member management software packages and website content management systems for congregation websites. Church Technology Listservs.

112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

Connection Cafe

From #batkid to #GivingTuesday, the Next Generation of American Giving to Content Marketing for Nonprofits , storytelling to social fundraising, retention rates to relationship building, the roundup below covers it all (and everything in between). Your supporters’ Facebook news feeds just got a quality content make-over, and grumpy cat is taking a backseat to high-performing posts. Content is taking the Marketing industry by storm, and nonprofit marketers are no exception.

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10 Best Web Content Practices - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60)

Increasing Accessible Publishing Globally

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The world has finally moved beyond just electronically creating books that are then distributed as ordinary print books to actually delivering digital ebooks. Pioneers like George Kerscher and the DAISY Consortium have worked tirelessly to ensure that the standard format for talking books for people with visual impairments has become the primary commercial ebook standard. That is, we want the ebooks that are purchased by the general public to be fully accessible.

The Nonprofit Weekly Roundup: Blogging Advice, Better Websites, and Email Marketing Stats

Connection Cafe

Tech Impact compiled 20 Insightful Nonprofit Technology and Social Media Stats , validating the need for nonprofits to establish a social media presence and incorporate story in order to grow their supporter base. I can’t believe it.

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Tried-and-True Methods for Reaching Older Donors: A Quick Guide

NonProfit Hub

With the rise of intuitive touch-based computing and streamlined user interfaces, technology is more accessible to different age groups than ever before. Featured Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Nonprofit Web Design

Bookshare without Borders: #3/3

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Creating the World’s Largest Collection of Accessible Arabic eBooks Access to knowledge is the critical first step on the path to economic, educational, and social development. Digitally processing Arabic-language content is no easy task.

The Top 9 Nonprofit Marketing Tips and Trends for the Future

Connection Cafe

But what do the advancements in technology really mean, and how can they be embraced to fuel your mission? Reach Gen-Z by getting content into smaller form factors. . Break up your content so that it is easier to digest and requires less time and attention.

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The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It also underscores just how critical a balanced copyright law is for technology innovation. Making content accessible for the blind has been a traditional example of fair use. One of our goals is to lower the cost of making an image accessible by at least a factor of ten.

Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Year That Was and the New Year Ahead Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, Benetech's VP and General Manager of the Literacy Program 2012 was a year of titanic shifts in the fields of consumer technology, education, and publishing, along with the requisite challenges brought about by such rapid change. After all, in the world of eBooks, ten years is pretty old! In 2012, this meant a growing push to add image descriptions, especially to math and science content.

Top 4 Web Hosting Providers for Your Nonprofit’s WordPress Website

Nonprofit Tech for Good

When it comes to technology, you get what you pay for. Speed Enhancement – WP Engine uses a content delivery network (CDN) that boosts your website’s overall page sped and load time.

How False Conviction Could Help Science Centers Be More Human

Museum 2.0

It’s not every day that a science center releases an ebook about wrongful conviction in rape and murder cases. Now, NYSCI is experimenting in a new medium, with a very tough and adult content focus. This interview is not really about an ebook.

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10 Steps to #GivingTuesday Success

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored content by iContact. Build Content. Create content that focuses on how your organization solves problems for the communities you serve. Try to re-appropriate as much content as possible over multiple channels. Optimize Your Technology.

I Need a Good Lawyer

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

However, the time has come when we need a really smart attorney to join Benetech and help us navigate the intersection of technology and social good. We’re deep believers in the benefits of openness, which means we publish open source software and create open content under Creative Commons licenses. We rely on free licenses to proprietary content and software, and typically get a “Yes!” No, we’re not being sued (and we want to keep it that way).

[Webinar Notes] Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Chapter 1: Nonprofit Technology and Fundraising. WordPress.org can be used as a content management system (CMS) for websites and there are hundreds of free/low cost responsive templates. Chapter 8: Content Creation and Integration. Tumblr : Post humorous content.

5 Facebook Marketing Tips for Nonprofits

BoardAssist

Think about user needs and then position the content into your bio to meet those needs. From your Facebook graphics to your logo, videos, and cover image – create a seamless look and feel that’s a direct representation of your organization.

Benetech: President's Update

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Bookshare Hits 100,000 Members Boy reading at a computer with teacher in the background.Since the beginning of 2009, we’ve tripled the number of people with disabilities Bookshare is serving with our accessible library of ebooks.

A Fundraising Success Checklist for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For those who have purchased the ebook of Mobile for Good , it is impossible to use the checklist since ebooks are static in their functionality. Select a Content Management System (CMS) and hosting service. Write content and secure photos for all website pages.

A Mobile and Social Fundraising Success Checklist for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

However, for those nonprofits that have purchased the ebook version of Mobile for Good it is impossible to use the checklist since ebooks are static in their functionality and content. Select a Content Management System (CMS) and hosting service. ?

Internet Soup

Connection Cafe

HTML5 is no longer the futuristic sci-fi technology it once seemed. It's time we all start playing with tags and stop worrying about making transparent images display for 5% of users still stuck in 2001. The book describes a methodology for "thinking beyond the desktop" and designing content that is device agnostic. I prefer something I can hold in my hands, but it's also available in ebook format if that's your thing. Author: Noah Cooper.

TechSoup Makes an E-Book

Tech Soup Blog

While we are providing the document as a PDF file also, ebooks are easier to resize fonts and thus easier to read, especially on an e-ink device. One step of the conversion process involves creating a table of contents, a primary feature found in e-books. Image: TechSoup.

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3 Tips on Planning a Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaign

John Haydon

Use video, images, music, and whatever else that helps latch your audience more closely to the cause. Go Social – technology and social media allow you to reach your network quickly and often. Crowdfunding is a very effective form of online fundraising.

Your 2016 Cause Camp Speaker Lineup Announcement

NonProfit Hub

This workshop will dive deep into the lessons and real stories found in the free eBook Nine Steps to a Successful Fundraising Campaign. In this season of technological change, having an effective website is the single most crucial component of a communications plan.

Meet the Experts: Interview with TechImpact’s Linda Widdop

Tech Soup Blog

We'd like you to meet Linda Widdop, Tech Impact’s, Director of Technology Services. Linda is one of the great ones in nonprofit technology. Linda Widdop : Colleagues and clients rely on me to provide technology planning advice.