Data Digest — Maps, Trends, and a Social Progress Index

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on NetSquared. This week, the call for data measurement in the social sector heightens with the proposition of a Social Progress Index and ways that NGOs can use data maps to increase effectiveness. The need for open data from NGOs is reiterated, while the way philanthropy has promoted the global Open Government Partnership is explained. Data Maps. How NGOs Are Using Data Maps to Communicate Problems. Open Data for Social Change.

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NetSquared: In the Beginning

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In the beginning, TechSoup’s Marnie Webb, Daniel Ben-Horin, and Billy Bicket created NetSquared to "remix the web for social change." 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.). The NetSquared website was itself designed to be a model Web 2.0 Google Maps. " NetSquared Up Close and Personal.

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Growing the NetSquared Community

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The Ambassadors are senior NetSquared leaders who offer their support to other organizers in their country or region, allowing us to serve members in different time zones and in languages other than English. We've been testing the Ambassador model for the last two years, and it has been been instrumental in the growth of NetSquared. Find your closest NetSquared group and event by searching the NetSquared website. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group!

Social Actions Roundup #19: Time to vote in USAID's first open source challenge!

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USAID’s first-ever open source challenge – the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 Challenge hosted by Netsquared – is ready for your vote. This week, Peter Corbett of iStrategyLabs reports on lessons learned and the buzz this contest has generated for creating more open source challenges for government agencies. Social Action's upcoming ChangetheWeb Challenge hosted its first open conversation to discuss recent updates and share ideas.

Social Actions Roundup #19: Time to vote in USAID's first open source challenge!

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USAID’s first-ever open source challenge – the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 Challenge hosted by Netsquared – is ready for your vote. This week, Peter Corbett of iStrategyLabs reports on lessons learned and the buzz this contest has generated for creating more open source challenges for government agencies. Social Action's upcoming ChangetheWeb Challenge hosted its first open conversation to discuss recent updates and share ideas.

NetSquared Local Events in the First Half of August

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NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings… but we all know that meetings are boring! Find your local #nptech tribe by joining a NetSquared Local group. August’s NetSquared Events. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map. Austin, TX: Austin 501 Tech Club & Netsquared Happy Hour. Don’t have a local NetSquared Local group?

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

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National Volunteer Week has come and gone, but I ask you to join me every week in celebrating the amazing contributions of TechSoup's NetSquared community. Well, the average NetSquared organizer spends 8.2 Find your closest NetSquared group. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group.

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

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That's why TechSoup created NetSquared , our global network of volunteer-led Tech4Good meetups. We believe that NGOs learn best from each other, so NetSquared provides a platform where we can come together face to face to share technology tips and create a community of practice around tech for good. NetSquared's direct on-the-ground support of nonprofits gives us a unique insight into the technology needs of small grassroots nonprofits.

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

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That's why TechSoup supports a global network of tech trainers called NetSquared. NetSquared groups focus on topics that address their unique local tech challenges, but once a quarter, we select a common theme. Find your closest NetSquared group. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group.

Netsquared Announces the 21 Featured Projects! Congrats!

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The Featured Projects will be going on to the NetSquared Conference and have an opportunity to receive cash, tech and consulting resources. Aspiration Social Source Commons [link]. Maps 2.0 ??? Open Source, Open Standards Video [link]. YouthAssets - Connecting the World's Most Vulnerable Youth [link] The Netsquared welcomes everyone's ideas and suggestions in the comments of this post: [link

09NTC: Let’s Connect in San Fran!

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NetSquared’s Global Community Builder , Amy Sample Ward, will be at the NTC this year to connect and collaborate with friends, colleagues and new faces in the sector. Here’s how to find Amy and connect with NetSquared. NetSquared Office Hours. Have questions about NetSquared, Net Tuesdays or innovation Challenges? Intesreted to learn more about how NetSquared is connecting those at the intersection of social media and social change?

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Vote for Genocide Intervention Network’s Netsquared Mashup | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Genocide Intervention Network , Ivan Boothe , Netsquared contest Vote for Genocide Intervention Network’s Netsquared Mashup 03.24.08 | 3358 2 Comments [link] Vote+for+Genocide+Intervention+Network%27s+Netsquared+Mashup 2008-03-24+19%3A06%3A08 Allan+Benamer Ivan Boothe has asked me to vote for Genocide Intervention Project’s mashup via Facebook so I shall and I’m asking you to consider doing so as well.

Mobile Innovations for Social Good

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Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared. Recently, over 300 innovators and changemakers interested in the intersection of technology and social benefit work converged for a few days of idea-sharing, learning, and collaboration at NetSquared's annual conference. The 2009 N2Y4 Conference showcased the Featured Projects from NetSquared's Global Challenge focused on mobile technology. About NetSquared. To learn more about NetSquared or get involved, visit [link].

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

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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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Ushahidi BRCK: Bringing Internet to the Developing World

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Here’s some news on a now famous NetSquared alumnus project. It is a nonprofit tech company that develops free and open-source software for information collection, visualization, and crowdsourced interactive mapping to help mitigate disasters. Ushahidi was a NetSquared Mashup Challenge winner in the fabled 2008 Netsquared conference in Santa Clara, California. I first heard about this from Marnie Webb, who co-founded NetSquared.

TechSoup Global at National Day of Civic Hacking

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TechSoup, Caravan Studios , and NetSquared were on the scene to observe and participate in hackathon events all over the country. 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. Arthur Grau of NetSquared Honolulu reported back on the National Day of Civic Hacking/Code for Hawaii event in Honolulu.

Women Who Tech Telesummit: Tools Galore Panel

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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. Moderator: Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared. 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? Google’s Mapping tools include: Google Earth. Google Maps & MyMaps.

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The Best Productivity Tools (Part 2): Favorites Revealed

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Last week, we reported on a recent NetSquared London Meetup that investigated the IT tools that can be used to operate nonprofits inexpensively and effectively. The 50-plus people who attended the recent NetSquared London Meetup all had a chance to nominate and vote for their favorite productivity tools. NetSquared London co-organizer Kate White of Superhighways also put together an e-link list of all the tools that were mentioned in the show-and-tell section.

NpTech Tag: Socially Responsible Idol, Nptech Meebo Chat at PDF Conference, and Personal Fundraising

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While the meebo nptech chat room is chatting live during the PDF, a few tweets overheard on twitter anticipate the upcoming NetSquared Conference. NetSquared Community. for the NetSquared Conference (N2Y2) beginning on May 29th. Like last year, conference participants are introducing themselves on their NetSquared Blog. to raise an extra $500 for each of the 21 Netsquared Featured Projects. We're hearing some early tweets about Netsquared on twitter.

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Nonprofit Technology News for November 2013

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It also lists and maps hackathons worldwide. The Hacker Helper project is closely aligned with our NetSquared vision of bringing communities together to solve social problems – including nonprofits, beneficiaries, activists, technologists, concerned citizens. • Mapping • Cloud computing. 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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The Social Media Response to Disaster in Haiti

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Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared. 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.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Scarcity Thinking, Social Network Fragmentation?, and Engagement Strategies

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Netsquared Net Tuesday next week in SF is about " How Nonprofits Can Use And Build Online Social Networks ," featuring speakers from Change.org and Ning. over at her Netsquared blog about adoption of blogs and wikis in an organizational context and how these tools further organizational mission. Finally an interesting question over at Netsquared from Cauzoo, " Bells and Whistles, Do They Help you Get Heard ?" Social Explorer Maps - interactive Census maps!

NpTechTag Summary: Insect Antennae, A Blast from the Past, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is based on some open source code called Pligg that creates a "digg" like interface. The nptech tag stream (plus other sources) has been imported, so you can comment and vote on tagged items. Netsquared Technology Innovation Fund which is high on the agenda of this year's Netsquared Conference. A quick review of the results of Isovera Survey of Open Source Content Management Satisfaction in Nonprofit Organizations.

NpTech Tag Summary: Nonprofits Lead Fortune 500 in Social Web Adoption, and More

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There are lots of alternative gift giving opportunities too, take for example Save the Children gift catalog that lets you and your children explore a map of the world and imagine how simple gifts make a difference. It's an ecofriendly laptop loaded with open source software and friendly to the environment. Through TechSoup's Netsquared project, blogger Beth Kanter, was commissioned to write a weekly summary. Net Tuesdays are spreading around the globe!

Economy 2.0 and “consumer philanthropy” = my startup | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

the open sourced retail side of it. My startup will provide the magic recipe to open up that internal charity architecture and make nonprofits available on an Economy 2.0 So much depends upon the perception of value by the donor — which doesn’t map neatly to many kinds of needs.

Free Graphics Software and Images

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This is a round-up of some of the free graphics tools that various folks have recommended to me including some sources for copyright free images. NetSquared organizer, Eli van der Giessen’s personal favorite free lightweight online image editor is PicMonkey. It’s actually the thing that put Macintosh on the map in the 80’s. is a free open source application. Inkscape is another free open-source program that does much of what Adobe Illustrator.