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

As such, when it comes time to create or grow an online community, tools that allow for and encourage communication and interaction are vital. 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! Open source software reacts to rapidly changing technology.

12NTC: Open-Source Mobile Apps for Social Change

Tech Soup Blog

"The mobile tools to solve social problems are already out there." session, Open Source Mobile Apps for Social Change. In his session, he shared these tips, strategies, and tools for nonprofits looking to use mobile for social good. Why Open Source? Open source is not just about software distribution. Open source as a philosophy also promotes accessibility, transparency, inclusivity, open data, and integration with other tools.

My Top 16 tools of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

These span the range from tools I use every day or every week, to tools use more occasionally, but depend on. They also span the range of proprietary, SaaS, and Open Source. Open Source Tools. WP as a blogging tool rocks my world, and although I certainly could move blogging to Drupal, since I seem to be becoming somewhat of a Drupalista, it’s just not worth it. This is an awesome cross-platform mind mapping tool.

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

Social Actions

USAID’s first-ever open source challenge – the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 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 Actions Roundup #19: Time to vote in USAID's first open source challenge!

Social Actions

USAID’s first-ever open source challenge – the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 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.

Top Tools for Mobile Marketing

SocialFish

Let’s start with an awesome list of tools to bring your nonprofit into the future: Consider joining Google for Nonprofits , which offers free Google tools to nonprofit organizations. Some of its best mobile features are: Google Earth Outreach is a mapping tool that allows supporters to see your work. Collect data with Android and add it to your map so donors can see your progress. A handy tool to help you shop around for apps.

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Big News in Benetech's Human Rights Program: New Funding and Enhanced Tools!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Secure tools to document human rights violations, such as those developed by Benetech’s Human Rights Program, have become critically important in efforts to pursue reform and seek justice—and in keeping human rights defenders safe. When widely deployed, these tools have the potential to make lasting impact by empowering people to fight abuse and advance democracy. And they need to be able to trust those tools. This post originally appeared on the new Benetech''s Blog.

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Data Digest: Open Data Executive Order, Nonprofit Explorer, Big Data Weaknesses

Tech Soup Blog

Some big news this week as President Obama further commits to opening up government data by signing an Executive Order. Open Government Data. Landmark Steps to Liberate Open Data President Obama has signed an Executive Order to make government data more accessible to the public and entrepreneurs. Under the terms of the Executive Order and a new Open Data Policy all newly generated government data must be made available in open, machine-readable formats.

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Techniques and Tools: How To Visualize Your Network

Beth Kanter

Ari Sahagun , a consultant who works with social justice groups on network visualizations, called for a group to discuss Network Mapping and Visualization. We had a wide ranging conversations about how to apply network mapping and visualization and debated about its use as a measurement technique vs strategy tool. There are two different lens to think about network mapping. Or they can be maps of networks of organizations and communities.

NetCentric Advocacy: mapping discussion and information: Presidential Watch 08

Network-Centric Advocacy

Main | Commenting On Your Blog: Zero » March 10, 2008 mapping discussion and information: Presidential Watch 08 This is a very cool tool tracking news and chatter on the election. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Nonprofits and transparency: Who’s walking the walk?

NTEN

Social media trailblazers open up. Building a movement through innovative open source tools. Data Commons is made up of 10 cooperative development centers and others who are creating tools to most effectively use shared information, including “common directories, maps, and databases as well as membership engagement platforms, marketplaces, and tools to embed shared information around the internet.

NetCentric Advocacy: Google LatLong: YouTube-style Embeddable Maps

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Food Fight from the Makers of Ham Solo | Main | Peace Primary: No consultants: No media message machines » August 30, 2007 Google LatLong: YouTube-style Embeddable Maps OK.10 ways having maps will be useful to advocacy groups. Show better maps of your walks, runs, etc. Map streets your group canvasing today. Map Polling places for GOTV. Map Polling places for GOTV.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Analytical Visions: US Senate Votes Cluster Network Map

Network-Centric Advocacy

link] The map looks good but I dont understand some of the outlayers. Most important is the idea that network maps provide managment tools. link] The map looks good but I dont understand some of the outlayers.

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Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

3rd Sector Labs

D2: Do I use the CRM vendor’s import tools? But the import tool needs to be well-tested. Unfortunately, based on our experience, the quality of these tools varies. The less work that you can complete through the import tool, the more work you will have to address alternatively. You either work with the import tool, you enter data sets manually, or you contract with the vendor to do some or all of the work for you. You stop and review your map again.

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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. I had the great honor of moderating the panel Tools Galore in Online Communications: From Google Earth to Wiki’s and Twitter this panel will give you the nuts and bolts of the latest tools organizations can utilize to ramp up their next online campaign. Google Maps & MyMaps.

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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. Poet will give readers with vision impairments access to fully described images which is especially important for textbooks that contain lots of charts, graphs, and maps. Benetech has long been a pioneer in providing innovative services to people with print disabilities.

NetCentric Advocacy: Anecdote: Why people dont use collaboration tools

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « That moment | Main | Strategy Advise from People that Mine Blog data » June 19, 2007 Anecdote: Why people dont use collaboration tools Here is a great pile on on thread about collaboration tools. Are these the right reasons the tools fail? If they are is backward mapping the right way to make them work? Link: Anecdote: Why people dont use collaboration tools.

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

Frogloop

frogloop Home frogloop Home Receive monthly updates Subscribe to our RSS feed Follow frogloop on Twitter Most Popular Posts Social Network ROI Calculator Social Networking for Nonprofits: ROI, Tracking Tools and More "While Theyre Hot!" Idealware.org has reviews of many of these tools as well.

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. And nonprofits and lots of others working to benefit the public can use its tools to be able to do their work better. Ushahidi's tools help others act for transparency, justice, crisis response, and human rights. LABB created an Oil Spill Crisis Map in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. It puts one type of data on a map.

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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. Maps are a tool for visualizing data about place, much like charts are tools for visualizing numeric and financial data.

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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. Maps are a tool for visualizing data about place, much like charts are tools for visualizing numeric and financial data.

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

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The number of low-cost or free, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. That said, to be alerted of new low-cost or free resources and tools available for nonprofits, please subscribe to the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 A section of the e-newsletter entitled “Resource Spotlight” features a new resource/tool in each edition. A handy little tool when designing a YouTube channel, Twitter profile, MySpace page, blog, etc.

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Interview: John Brennan of OpenAction

Amy Sample Ward

The mashup was a map showing where people were volunteering in near-real-time. ″, that focuses on open standards and linking data. Many of us are aware of open source software and open architecture, but open philanthropy doesn’t exist yet. Essentially, we give organizations a simple tool to manage project information, like photos and videos. We were both doing similar, but separate mapping initiatives.

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

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The number of low-cost or free, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. That said, to be alerted of new low-cost or free resources and tools available for nonprofits, please subscribe to the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 A section of the e-newsletter entitled “Resource Spotlight” features a new resource/tool in each edition. A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles.

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

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The number of low-cost or free, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. That said, to be alerted of new resources and tools available for nonprofits, please subscribe to the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 A section of the e-newsletter entitled “Resource Spotlight” features a new resource/tool in each edition. A handy little tool when designing a YouTube channel, Twitter profile, MySpace page, blog, etc.

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The Best Productivity Tools (Part 2): Favorites Revealed

Tech Soup Blog

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. In part 2, we look at people's favorite tools. The 50-plus people who attended the recent NetSquared London Meetup all had a chance to nominate and vote for their favorite productivity tools. Open-Source Tools. It's sometimes hard to explain why Slack is such a valuable tool.

Robust Collaboration Tools to Empower the Modern Social Media Marketing Team

SocialFish

With access to a bountiful supply of new and tested collaboration tools and services, there certainly are no excuses for fouling up on managing your online marketing campaigns. These tools are the hallmark of the new industrial revolution that is currently taking place in social. ClickMeeting is a glorious and feature-rich online collaboration tool used by giants like Sony and Siemens to help bring their internal teams together. Cool Social Tools

NetCentric Advocacy: MapMyRun.com -- Run. Plot. Save.

Network-Centric Advocacy

This is one of my favorite uses of google maps and collaborative technology. Visitors can click on the map plot off a run, measure it out or share with the community. I can see these as tools to walk a wildlife refugee, help birders or plot the walk list to help voter turn out. This is one of my favorite uses of google maps and collaborative technology. Visitors can click on the map plot off a run, measure it out or share with the community.

Exploring Data for Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The solution we have been exploring is a semi-customized, open source, secure, data collection and analysis application that makes it easier for social sector users to safely gather and use information more efficiently. Because its all open source, they could then engage any technology group of their choice to customize it to their particular needs. Its the back end and shared tools that can that truly deliver the benefits of collecting data at scale.

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Internet Strategy in a World of Ubiquitous Tools: Sometimes You Just Gotta Launch and Learn

Influence

First of all, while there are many choices for collaboration tools, a few simple filters will get one 90% of the way there (if you want to control the content but get some feedback, use a blog tool; if you need to develop a written product, use a wiki or Google Docs; if you want group discussions and networking, use a social network tool; etc.). In the world today, one can get good open-source options for each flavor, meaning, point 2, you have a low initial investment.

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Intenet strategy in a world of ubiquitous tools - sometimes you just gotta launch and learn

Influence

First of all, while there are many choices for collaboration tools, a few simple filters will get one 90% of the way there (if you want to control the content but get some feedback, use a blog tool; if you need to develop a written product, use a wiki or Google Docs; if you want group discussions and networking, use a social network tool; etc.). In the world today, one can get good open-source options for each flavor, meaning, point 2, you have a low initial investment.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Frappr! Group Location Awareness

Network-Centric Advocacy

Group Location Awareness New free tools for small and large groups mapping people on a listserve, yahoo group, etc. Group Location Awareness New free tools for small and large groups mapping people on a listserve, yahoo group, etc. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

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Helping Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Haiti

VisionLink

Named Timoun, the Haitian Creole word for child, our solution leverages current open source software solutions and is designed to operate in low tech or bandwidth settings. In Haiti, VisionLink tools are being used to deploy online resources, asset mapping and visualizations and to build collaborative networks of partner organizations. Jacky was only 8 years old in 2010, when he was separated from his mother after the 2010 earthquake and forced into child slavery.

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Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way

Tech Soup Blog

Online tools like Twitter , Ushahidi , Google Person Finder , CrisisMappers , and the work of nonprofit organizations like Crisis Commons. and Sahana Foundation (which hosts a free open source disaster management system), have changed the way disaster relief is being done all over the world. The January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti showed some of the astonishing potential for volunteer-based digital disaster relief.

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. " The DigiActive Guide to Twitter for Activism | DigiActive.org - "Following the recent protests in Moldova, the value of Twitter as a tool for digital activism is more prominent than ever.

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.) Link: WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future: Building Community Through Lunch. 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.

Collaborative Technologies for Social Impact: How Survivors Connect leverages the web and you can, too!

Amy Sample Ward

Most all of these groups are excited and enthusiastic but are coming from the wrong direction: focusing on the tools first. Recognizing which tools are available to your community can make the biggest impact on your project’s success. “It Top Tools for Collaboration.

Top 20 Best WordPress Plugins for Nonprofit Websites

Nonprofit Tech for Good

WordPress powers 34% of all sites on the web and is one of the most popular digital marketing tools used by organizations in the world. It is the ideal content management system for nonprofits because of how it’s open source and anyone can contribute to making it better. The platform has grown into a powerful publishing tool where organizations of all sizes can extend their website’s capability. By Chuck Spidell , a Nonprofit WordPress Security Expert with ILLUSIO.

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. Here was the Philanthropy News Network announcement of the project: "TechSoup NetSquared, the project to increase nonprofit effectiveness through Web-based social tools, has added a case study section to its website. 'Net2 The new platform and the new tools are all about communities.

Recruiting Geeks for Human Rights!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We help the human rights movement speak truth to power, because we believe each story of human rights abuse is a tool for justice. We use free and open source software whenever possible, but we're pragmatic and work with what our human rights monitoring and advocacy partners need, so our environment is a pretty eclectic mix. Design and implement data visualizations, including everything from simple static charts and maps to custom interactive visualizations on the web.

Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

My contribution to the panel is to provide context about the use of social media in emergency and disaster response as well as an overview of some of the tools we saw deployed last year and we may see in the future. I will explain the use of mapping, fundraising, and crowdsourcing.