SaaS vs. Open Source

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology SaaS vs. Open Source September 24, 2008 I just finished writing a post for the Idealware blog about choosing SaaS vs. Open source. I said in that post: At one level, whether or not the software underneath the SaaS is open source is not relevant. SaaS is not, by definition either proprietary or open source.

Collaborative Storytelling and Open Source Interviews

Museum 2.0

A lot of museums--and web, radio, etc--are pursuing projects in which visitors share their personal stories around a topic, whether that be broad and profound ( storycorps.net ) or light and specific ( map mashup of Overheard in NY ). Here's what I love about the internet. I was planning to write a post today about the use of story in museums.

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 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!

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 Action's upcoming ChangetheWeb Challenge hosted its first open conversation to discuss recent updates and share ideas.

How to choose a CRM

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How to choose a CRM March 26, 2008 I’ll be doing a webinar on open source CRMs tomorrow. And I think that nonprofits should make sure when they choose to look at the wide range of options, some of which are very cost-effective, and open.

NetCentric Advocacy: Barack Obollywood: I Love web2.0 mashups

Network-Centric Advocacy

mashups Wow. mashups : Comments Barack Obollywood: I Love web2.0 mashups Wow. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Communicaiton Coordination in the middle of Choas | Main | The list and the network: New politial organizing » January 10, 2008 Barack Obollywood: I Love web2.0 Nutty.

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.

Win Up To $15,000 in Sunlight Labs Mashup Challenge

NTEN

They encourage you to use Sunlight's code libraries , which the Labs recently open sourced. When I heard about this contest, I asked myself, "Who would I know with API coding skills and a passion for government transparency -- and who likes winning money?" " Duh: the NTEN community!

NetCentric Advocacy: Mashup: Dont Fight the Internet : Advocacy and Political Organizing

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Yahoo launches citizen journalism site | Main | Disconnected Movement: Connected Personal Life » January 03, 2007 Mashup: Dont Fight the Internet : Advocacy and Political Organizing This Link: Web 2.0 As a movement, we must "Open your data and services for re-use by others, and re-use the data and services of others whenever possible.

Resource Roundup 1/10 | Idealware

Idealware

APIs you can really use (LinuxWorld) 10 mashup-ready public APIs that the programmer types will find useful - including GoogleMaps, MediaWiki, and one that allows you to easily insert comments into any webpage. Open Source Backend Database Solutions (Zen and the art of Nonprofit Technology) A roundup of open source backend databases used by programmers to build applications - like MySQL, PostgreSQL and more.

NetCentric Advocacy: WiserEarth: Wow Nice Site

Network-Centric Advocacy

It is still in beta but seem like a really smart set of mashups to support building community. It is still in beta but seem like a really smart set of mashups to support building community. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

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Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz

Amy Sample Ward

We pull in donation opportunities, volunteer positions, petitions, event, and other actions from 60+ different sources. In 2007, I realized that a much more effective way to aggregate interesting actions would be to subscribe to RSS feeds from trusted sources. I wrote a blog post called, Mashups, Open APIs, and the Future of Collaboration in the Nonprofit Tech Sector. And what does “Linked Open Data” refer to?

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Open Social != Open Data

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Social != Open Data November 8, 2007 As the hype (which, I agree I have contributed to ) around OpenSocial dies down, the reality behind OpenSocial becomes clear. Tim O’Reilly has a bang-on post about the fact that OpenSocial does not mean that users can have data portability.

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More good news from Google: Open Handset Alliance

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

But they seem to realize that the key to their success is being open, and they are doing their best to move that into as many places as possible. We hope that this will spur development for more social applications and mashups as well as better distribution of these applications worldwide. I’ll be watching the Open Handset Alliance, and wondering when I can replace my Blackberry with an open phone. {

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Interview: John Brennan of OpenAction

Amy Sample Ward

I remember leaving for Vegas and making a promise to Joe that I would submit a mashup to the 2009 Change the Web Challenge. 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.

Web 2.0 Part Va:APIs

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

One of the best examples of the use of APIs are Google Map mashups. applications, provided their data via open APIs, it would help other nonprofits, and the sector as a whole. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Web 2.0 Part Va:APIs October 17, 2006 One of the best parts of Web 2.0 for geeks is APIs.

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Web 2.0 Part Vb:APIs

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Part Vb:APIs October 20, 2006 This morning, I sat in on the " Great Open API Debate " hosted by NTEN. So, first off, one of the interesting things was that there was some initial differences of opinion as to how to define open APIs, and what they were used for. The other vendors either supply their paying customers with APIs, or, in the case of civicspace, the APIs are, well, free and open, like everything else about open source.

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Ushahidi BRCK: Bringing Internet to the Developing World

Tech Soup Blog

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. Here’s some news on a now famous NetSquared alumnus project. Ushahidi is an NGO headquartered in Kenya.

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. Surveyor is for teams collecting multiple data types from many sources. We got to know Ushahidi's work when it entered our legendary third NetSquared Mashup Challenge in Santa Clara, California in May of 2008. One of TechSoup's less-known areas of work has been to support and promote the work of other tech-for-good organizations, like Ushahidi in Kenya.

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NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: Valentine's Day Edition

NTEN

While we're handing out congrats, nice work, EchoDitto , on the new open source Mother Jones website. I'd like to close by pointing you all to this Valentine's Day appropriate post by Eric Johnson of the Case Foundation : " How to Date a Mashup Programmer " Tags: NPTech nonprofit technology community buzz NTEN nten members

NpTech Tag Summary: Penguin Day in New Orleans, Fondling the Tools, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo from LolNPtech.org (Registration is here ) Mashups, Meatballs, and New Orleans Do you look at all of the data available online, and imagine ways to combine and connect it to increase awareness about an issue? Then enter The Netsquared Mashup Challenge ! Michelle Murrain is doing a post about 100 free and open source software tools. There's also the DiSo Project , an umbrella for a group of open source implementations of distributed social networking concepts.

NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: This Week in NPTech

NTEN

Those familiar with Michelle's work in the nptech sphere understand that this non-open-source tool review is rare, so go take a gander and join the discussion in the comments! Case Foundation highlights advocacy mashups , and we're glad to see NTEN members Peter Deitz , Care2 , GlobalGiving , and MAPLight.org received some well-deserved props.

Crowdsourcing: Measuring the Impact of the Crowd in Funding and Doing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Crowdsourcing for knowledge creation can include “mashups of data.&# Ushahidi is an open source platform that facilitates crowdsourcing through the use of SMS/cellphones and online mapping. Crowd sourced philanthropy, on the other hand, does not typically select the best idea or project to fund by popular vote. Many foundations have taken a hybrid approach , acknowledging a role and place for expertise in addressing a “wicked problem&# or spurring innovation.

NetCentric Advocacy: Sunlight Favorites: Research on Government and Political Activity Web2.0 style

Network-Centric Advocacy

Without these type of mashups and aggregation sites looking at government programs one policy, one staffer, one donation at a time is like trying to understand weather patterns by looking at one raindrop. ethos to sift, share and combine this information in innovative ways – often times by mashing data together from disparate sources to maximize the usability of that information. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

NetCentric Advocacy: Who is Sick? Network Traffic Map of Sickness

Network-Centric Advocacy

Posted at 01:05 PM in Advocacy Strategy | Permalink Technorati Tags : health , health reports , mashup , netcentric , whoissick | Reblog (0) TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Who is Sick? NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

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NpTech Tag Summary: NpTech Slide Decks, Twitter Saves Children, and Visualizing Information for Advocacy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So, you want to build a MashUp? Take the NetSquared Mashup Challenge ! New (to me) Blogs Building Foss for Society Blog is the blog for the Humanitarian FOSS Project a collaborative, community-building project that was started by a group of computing faculty and open source proponents at Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Connecticut College.

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. Learn how shortcodes, custom social networks, and mashups are delicious. Open Source Disability Gadgets: DIY for PWD submitted by Liz Henry, Blogher.

NetCentric Advocacy: Communicaiton Coordination in the middle of Choas

Network-Centric Advocacy

mashups » January 10, 2008 Communicaiton Coordination in the middle of Choas While our campaigns will never get to the intensity of the coverage the Tsunami there is lots of interesting ground experience to tease out of Communicating Disasters: An Asia Pacific Resource Book. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Celebrities have favorite issues.

NetCentric Advocacy: The list and the network: New politial organizing

Network-Centric Advocacy

mashups | Main | Setting a vision , clarity of purpose and common story: Ruckus Style. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Barack Obollywood: I Love web2.0 » January 10, 2008 The list and the network: New politial organizing I have been really amazed at the depth that the campaign have gone this year building and empowering networks.

10 Social Actions API Secrets

Social Actions

Our API contains up-to-date information about actions from 50+ sources. You may want to check out Eric Cooper's open-source code for determining a page's top keywords. 6 - Social Actions has created the Open Actions Format , a potential universal XML format to describe rich information about social actions.

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NpTechTag Summary: Connected Conversations, Live Blogging, and Other Great Finds

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Michelle Martin writes about her experience as a non-technical programmer creating mashups with some new user-friendly tools. The " OpenItUp " blog shares a list of commonly used excuses for not using open source as heard during the recent LASA UK Circuit Rider Conference. photo of Lucy Bernholz live blogging during the Northern California Grantmakers Briefing. Photo in flickr from Community Technology Foundation.

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

A wealth of data sources are becoming available online, allowing data from around the world to be mingled, mixed, and mashed up -- and where data does not yet exist, communities are using these new tools to gather it themselves! "Citizen journalists" throughout the country collaborated to collect information about this violence; they received incident reports from thousands of citizens via web and mobile phone, collated the data, and displayed it on a Google Maps mashup.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

A wealth of data sources are becoming available online, allowing data from around the world to be mingled, mixed, and mashed up -- and where data does not yet exist, communities are using these new tools to gather it themselves! "Citizen journalists" throughout the country collaborated to collect information about this violence; they received incident reports from thousands of citizens via web and mobile phone, collated the data, and displayed it on a Google Maps mashup.

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All for Good and Social Actions conference call transcript and takeaways

Social Actions

Last Friday, Social Actions hosted a conference call for its 50+ action sources and other partners to discuss the launch of a new platform called All for Good (event description and list of 60+ participants posted here ). All for Good is an open source aggregation of volunteer opportunities in the U.S. While the process behind All for Good’s development has not consistently been viewed as open or collaborative, there is optimism that this will improve going forward.

Pre-Open API Debate Warmup Show! | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Blackbaud , Internet , NTEN , Strategy , nptech Pre-Open API Debate Warmup Show! 10.17.06 | 100 6 Comments [link] Pre-Open+API+Debate+Warmup+Show%21 2006-10-17+23%3A45%3A57 Allan+Benamer This is the pre-debate warmup show for N-TEN’s “Great Open API Debate&# at [link]. Looking at the roster , I can see at least one speaker, Peter Campbell from Goodwill Industries, who has clearly understood the value of an open API.

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Another Raiser’s Edge Rumor | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Blackbaud , Internet , Open API , nptech Another Raiser’s Edge Rumor 08.08.06 | 79 3 Comments [link] Another+Raiser%27s+Edge+Rumor 2006-08-08+21%3A47%3A35 Allan+Benamer Great new feature I’m hearing about Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge 8. Real-time updates using say, an open-source CMS such as Joomla plugged right into RE 8 could be the future architecture for many a nonprofit’s fundraising module on their Web site.

Kintera going open platform? | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Kintera , eCRM , nptech Kintera going open platform? 05.09.07 | 3159 7 Comments [link] Kintera+going+open+platform%3F 2007-05-09+23%3A12%3A08 Allan+Benamer I never thought I’d say that but that’s what I’m hearing from my Kintera sources. Everyone knows I’m a huge open API fan so this is what I think what Kintera ought to do with regard to an open platform to regain both market share and technical credibility in the space.

Nonprofit 2.0… | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

If it means Flickr, Google mashups and social bookmarking – I don’t quite understand the fuss. come at a high price so I doubt actual implementations will come soon except as part of open-source packages. Our approach to getting over the “old fashioned greed&# is to tackle the problem from a open source perspective with CiviCRM (www.civicrm.org).