Terms and Trends in DIY and Open Source Online Maps

NTEN

Implementing truly gorgeous online maps still requires some custom code and technical know-how – but, the cost and learning curve involved has dropped considerably. Online maps provide a concrete, quickly digestible way to drive home the connection between your organization's work and where it takes place. Online maps can demonstrate the breadth of large movements or highlight grassroots work at a very local level. Sean Larkin. Partner. ThinkShout.

Open Source Is Dead! Long Live Open Source!

NTEN

Open Source is Dead. What I mean is that open source, as we knew it, is dead. For the last decade, what we've been talking about when we say "open source" is "open code" -- a set of zeroes and ones that we can configure to our heart's desire. Arguments for the adoption of open code in the nonprofit sector have generally run threefold: First, it's highly customizable, so you don't have to compromise that long list of requirements.

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Building Community with Open Source

NTEN

Once a community has determined its needs, however, utilizing open source software presents a more rapid, sustainable path to implementation. We want all of the above on a map. Several maps! Custom maps, plus Google Maps, and Yahoo too! With open source (specifically, in this case, Drupal ), all of the functionality is available already (except for the jet-packs and sinks -- those are still in beta). Open source is a community-driven effort.

NetCentric Advocacy: Local Live: MSN Attack at Google Maps: WOW

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Mastering New Media Trends Report (February 2006) | Main | It is time to flip "dont call us we will call you" model of advocacy to a "call us when you care" strategy --> eNonprofit Benchmarks Study » February 15, 2006 Local Live: MSN Attack at Google Maps: WOW Local Live is really amazing. Can I make my map points available to the world.yes.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Wayfaring Blog: News Maps FEED

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « It is time to flip "dont call us we will call you" model of advocacy to a "call us when you care" strategy --> eNonprofit Benchmarks Study | Main | MIT OpenCourseWare | OCW Home » February 17, 2006 Wayfaring Blog: News Maps FEED This is interesting. They are using an API to map stories. AS you kick out feeds on a story or issue are the maps will offer a way for members to get local at a glance.

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What I Learned About Crime by Mapping It with Tableau

Tech Soup Blog

" While you might think that it came from the satirical The Onion , it was actually a real headline from our local newspaper here in San Francisco. Here's what I found, and I'll show you the steps I took in Tableau Desktop , available at TechSoup, to make the following map. San Francisco, like many cities embracing the open data movement, has a dedicated data site with all sorts of data available for free for anyone to download and use. The Data Source View.

NetSquared Local Events in the First Half of August

Tech Soup Blog

Find your local #nptech tribe by joining a NetSquared Local group. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map. Don’t have a local NetSquared Local group? What have NetSquared Local groups been up to recently? Kevin Lo reports from San Francisco’s latest event, Open Source and Open Data in Action. Event social media open data NetSquared tsevent crowdfunding

NetCentric Advocacy: Google crowdsourcing Indian maps: good idea to copy at Stephenson blogs on homeland security 2.0 et al.

Network-Centric Advocacy

Video Share | Main | The best Seller vs. the knock off campaign » August 02, 2007 Google crowdsourcing Indian maps: good idea to copy at Stephenson blogs on homeland security 2.0 Link: Google crowdsourcing Indian maps: good idea to copy at Stephenson blogs on homeland security 2.0 the local people are the local experts. Link: Google crowdsourcing Indian maps: good idea to copy at Stephenson blogs on homeland security 2.0

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Gov 2.0 and the Social Sector

Idealware

The same kind of democratizing, collaborative, open source/open content trend that has swept through nonprofit technology now is gathering momentum in local, state and even national government. Data” was likely the biggest buzz word at the conference—open data, sharing data, collaborative data, mapping and visualizing data and so on. Helping people ask, "How would this look on a map?" Protect privacy yet don't let it derail opening things up.

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Great reads from around the web on April 14th

Amy Sample Ward

PHILANTHROPY 2173: Mapping the social economy - Great blog post on using design for philanthropy. If you like visualizing inforamation and maps, check it out. Map it, mash it up and otherwise make use of this unparalleled online resource. "At local Penguin Days non-profit organizations explore the range of issues and options involved using Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS)." These are some links I wanted to share from April 14th.

NetCentric Advocacy: Noonhat: Self-Organizing at the edge.

Network-Centric Advocacy

highlight a part of DC (you have to drag the map across the country.) All it contains is a map, a little circle, and a box where you can enter your email , and a calendar. You choose a location by moving the circle, which can be re-sized, to an appropriate place on the map, pick a date, and enter your email. highlight a part of DC (you have to drag the map across the country.) NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Tools Galore in Online Communications - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

There are quite a few options for doing this, some open source and free others not. Things to consider and target include: sender line: who is your email "from" subject line: what are you saying before the email is even opened? opening: do you make your email seem personal, use your database to insert members names design: is it clean? The White House opened up their Twitter account during the peak of the Swine Flu hysteria.

Ushahidi Develops Innovative Tools for Nonprofits and Others Working to Benefit the Public

Tech Soup Blog

Ushahidi has been developing open-source crisis mapping software for over eight years now. LABB created an Oil Spill Crisis Map in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Since then, it has since logged, mapped, and tracked more than 14,000 reports of petrochemical pollution. The organization got started when a group of Kenyan bloggers led by Erik Hersman began doing online mapping of violence reports after the 2008 Kenyan election.

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Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

Wikipedia was a popular resource and established as a citizen-driven information source. Some include the Red Cross, The Weather Channel, local newspapers, Craigslist, and others. The first example is Ushahidi – originally designed as a tool for mapping reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election unrest in 2008. The platform would then take their data, map it from their sending location, and create the other visual support data you see on the map.

09NTC: Let’s Connect in San Fran!

Amy Sample Ward

A chance for local organizers to come together, network, ask questions, etc. Takeaways: A chance to connect with other local organizers. This session will revisit the challenges of collective action in an era of “open source activism,” and highlight how the Web can help overcome those hurdles. Togetherness: The dream of the Web is a model maps our influence and values to appropriate collective action that has reached its tipping point.

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Women Who Tech Telesummit: Tools Galore Panel

Amy Sample Ward

We provide a supportive network for the vibrant and thriving community of women in technology professions by giving women an open platform to share their talents, experiences, and insights. There are quite a few options for doing this, some open source and free others not. subject line: what are you saying before the email is even opened? opening: do you make your email seem personal, use your database to insert members’ names. Google Maps & MyMaps.

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8 Apps That May (Actually) Change San Francisco

Tech Soup Blog

They're also a useful way for nonprofits to connect with local developers if they're interested in building an app. Data Collecting and Mapping. Prashant and his co-founders identified a need for local data about buildings and real estate in Detroit and discovered that the city was under-resourced when it came to the technical tools needed to collect it.

Nonprofit SXSW Goodness – Conference List Toppers, To-Dos and Topics of Interest

Connection Cafe

The lounge will be the place to meet the best and brightest socially-conscious Geekeratti at SXSW and catch some unplugged local music. Crowd Sourcing Innovative Social Change panel Sunday, March 14 at 03:30 PM – “Social media builds buzz and raises money, but what about real, on-the-ground change? Uprising Tide panel Saturday, March 13 at 03:30 PM - "Inciting Online Communities into Offline Movements - Ready to put your tech community on the map?

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year. Mapping applications that used to require sophisticated software and time-intensive training to create can now be completed in a matter of minutes with user-friendly tools. Maps are a tool for visualizing data about place, much like charts are tools for visualizing numeric and financial data. Jim Craner , MapTogether.

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CountyHealthRankings.org Gives First County-by-County Snapshot of Health in Each State

Influence

Forum One created all of the site's branding elements, developed the site's information architecture, designed its visual look, and built the site using Drupal, a leading open-source content management system. " The site features interactive, color-coded health outcome maps for each state -- such as this Virginia map -- illustrating the relative health of all of the state's counties. ALEXANDRIA, Va.,

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year. Mapping applications that used to require sophisticated software and time-intensive training to create can now be completed in a matter of minutes with user-friendly tools. Maps are a tool for visualizing data about place, much like charts are tools for visualizing numeric and financial data. Jim Craner, MapTogether.

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TechSoup Global at National Day of Civic Hacking

Tech Soup Blog

The challenges included connecting African farmers to markets, creating an online networking space for women veterans, mapping Africa’s natural resources, and a few others. Open source champion Brian Behlendorf spoke at the event, encouraging the hackers to focus on finding an interesting problem to solve rather than worrying about building a sustainable model. Another project was creating an easily accessible map of Hawaii's farmer's markets.

Why Use Widgets Anyhow?

Idealware

Kaboom's playspace finder Built on KickApps Americorps' volunteer opportunities finder Built on Widgetbox NRDC's What's Fresh local produce finder Originally built on iWidget (now Transpond ) and made shareable with Clearspring *. full disclosure, I worked on this widget) FoundationCenter.org's charity IRS form 990 finder Built on Widgetbox Some other popular awareness raising tools used in widgets are maps, slideshows, videos, polls, quizzes or other interactive content.

A Few Reflections from SXSW Crowdsourcing Panel

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was honored to design and facilitate a panel at SXSW on Sunday called " Crowd Sourcing Innovative Social Change." We addressed two content areas: The art and science of crowd sourcing for social change. We used a broad definition of crowd sourcing, simply stated as: Getting ideas, content, volunteer tasks, money, or other things from a wide swath of people. And, of course, crowd sourcing is a technique being used across the social sector for different goals.

NetSquared: In the Beginning

Tech Soup Blog

To get going, they built the first NetSquared website using open-source Drupal. An example of an API is when you put a Bing or Google Map on your website.). Google Maps. "Similar to their corporate counterparts, nonprofits are discovering that they can increase their effectiveness while maintaining lower operating costs by utilizing Web-based and open source tools. They eventually became hugely successful NetSquared Locals in several countries.

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

Tech Soup Blog

Chicago, Illinois: Knowledge Mapping for Greater Social Good. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Bagels & Bytes "Open-Source Summer Fiesta" San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Dublin, Ireland: Digital Street Mapping Workshop.

33 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. From eating healthy to volunteering at local nonprofits, users earns points that can then be redeemed for rewards or special discounts offered by partner businesses. A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones.

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The Social Website: Integrating Social Media into Website Design and Function

NTEN

Open source. Co-Create – Shared Content: Mapping, Mosaic, Wiki, Links, Games. Open Source – API. On the other end of the spectrum, there are uses of technology to create unique "co-create" opportunities, if not open opportunities, where content can be made available through APIs and syndication for others to use. part of a national event to inspire giving and local leadership. VolunteerMatch: Live Map.

NetCentric Advocacy: GasBuddy Network of Volunteers

Network-Centric Advocacy

They are mapping gas prices everywhere. GasBuddy.com is one of 174 local web sites run by www.GasBuddy.com. We can arrange an interview with some of our local volunteer price spotters - it provides a good vantage point from someone that uses this web site on a regular basis. They are mapping gas prices everywhere. GasBuddy.com is one of 174 local web sites run by www.GasBuddy.com. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

NetCentric Advocacy: DSCC | Bump Up Our Majority

Network-Centric Advocacy

Then look at all of the slogans and maybe plot them over a Google map to see where all the slogans come from as pin-ups. Then group a bunch of them in major cities and offer to take out an ad in the local paper. Then look at all of the slogans and maybe plot them over a Google map to see where all the slogans come from as pin-ups. Then group a bunch of them in major cities and offer to take out an ad in the local paper.

Need Hands-on Help? NetSquared's Free Workshops Are in Your Community

Tech Soup Blog

NetSquared groups focus on topics that address their unique local tech challenges, but once a quarter, we select a common theme. In the US, the Chicago and Portland groups visited their local Microsoft stores to learn how to leverage the Office 365 donation. Boston, Massachusetts: Monthly Pitch Night | BostonSpeaks/Impact Hub Open Project Night. Seattle, Washington: Social Network Analysis: Mapping Your Nonprofit's Connections.

What Does Big Data Have to Do With Me and My Organization?

Tech Soup Blog

MIT Technology Review recently cited Oracle’s definition : “Big data is the derivation of value from traditional relational database-driven business decision making, augmented with new sources of unstructured data.” Epidemiologists watch for blips in Google queries to localize flu outbreaks; economists use them to spot shifts in consumer confidence. The field of open data is all about their sharing it out to the rest of us. Data Mapping and Visualization.

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Building the Tech Capacity of Nonprofits Everywhere with TechSoup's NetSquared Events

Tech Soup Blog

Our NetSquared leaders are currently holding free events in 24 countries and meet with their local TechSoup partners to collaborate on how to best support nonprofits in their country. Find your local #Tech4Good group. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Birmingham, United Kingdom: Open-Source Software for Charities. Oxford, United Kingdom: The Open Data Event. London, United Kingdom: Effective Data Mapping for Charities.

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NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: April 30

NTEN

It allows Philadelphia-area residents to enter their address to get information about their local elected officials and their polling location. Rock on open data and mapping! Upcoming 501 Tech Club Events: Long Island: May 5th, Syosset: Two Speakers: Open Source Software, and HIPPA Requirements. (Note: This is a weekly round-up of NTEN members doing and sharing their nptech awesome. Members are in bold.

My Top Ten Firefox add-ons

Idealware

Firefox, as the leading Open Source browser, no doubt has the most. To check what you have, with the browser open, go to Help, then About). Browser Add-ons do install something local to your computer. Map This - small and easy. Lets you highlight an address on a web page and open google or Yahoo map. Like Opera's Speed Dial) ColorfulTabs - just that, if you are a manic tab opener, this extension distinguishes them by color.

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Vote and Comment for ALL these Awesome Nonprofit Panels at SXSW

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The final program is done through a combination of an open submission and community voting process with staff and advisory board feedback. The panel picker process just opened - so you have until August 29th to vote for as many panels as you think are worthy of being on the program or not. As more and more politicians dive into the world of Social Media, the way we communicate and interact with our local and national representatives is changing.

50 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. From eating healthy to volunteering at local nonprofits, users earns points that can then be redeemed for rewards or special discounts offered by partner businesses. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines. Tripline is a clever way to visually plot check-ins on a map that can be shared with others.

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70 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

is an iOS App that allows users to earn points for doing things like volunteering at local food banks or animal shelters. Points can later be redeemed for deals and free items at local merchants. A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. From eating healthy to volunteering at local nonprofits, users earns points that can then be redeemed for rewards or special discounts offered by partner businesses.

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Nonprofit Technology News for November 2013

Tech Soup Blog

It also lists and maps hackathons worldwide. • Mapping • Cloud computing. Mozilla’s Firefox , the nonprofit driven free and open source web browser; Creative Commons , the project set up to provide a straightforward licensing framework for online creators. Speaking of maps, the Oxford Internet Institute has used Internet traffic data from Alexa to figure each country’s most popular websites. See the map here.

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111 Low-Cost or Free OnlineTools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

TweepsMap is a free tool that provides a visual, interactive map of your Twitter followers by country, state or city by simply logging in with your Twitter ID. Tripline is a clever way to visually plot check-ins on a map that can be shared with others. PowerPoint Maps Online :: powerpointmapsonline.com. PowerPoint Maps Online offers low-cost, interactive maps that can be used in PowerPoint presentations. Local Impact Map :: datamarket.azure.com/application.

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85 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

is an iOS App that allows users to earn points for doing things like volunteering at local food banks or animal shelters. Points can later be redeemed for deals and free items at local merchants. A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. From eating healthy to volunteering at local nonprofits, users earns points that can then be redeemed for rewards or special discounts offered by partner businesses.

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The Social Media Response to Disaster in Haiti

NTEN

Whether we look at mapping tools, fundraising, or missing person systems, the social media response to the January earthquakes in Haiti all leverage the powerful technology we can hold in our hands: our mobile phones. Mapping. Ushahidi was originally designed as a tool for mapping reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election unrest in 2008. Be sure to visit the site and press "Play" on the map. Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared.

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NetCentric Advocacy: QOOP Books from Flicker

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « visualcomplexity.com | A visual exploration on mapping complex networks | Main | SMS- "ur dumped": Culture Change » October 17, 2005 QOOP Books from Flicker This is a cool development to help bridge the online and on land worlds. Ask them to shoot their own local version of the issue. Sell book for Donations.Use book as door opener with funders and members.