SaaS vs. Open Source

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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.

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.

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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.

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. I also wrote a software choice worksheet , that can help with the process of looking at a wide variety of tools.

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.

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

Tech Soup Blog

Peter Deitz is a long-time member and contributor in the NetSquared (and TechSoup) community; he started the NetSquared Montreal group and his Social Actions project was a winner in the 2008 N2Y3 Mashup Challenge. We are really excited about the latest developments to the Social Actions API and the larger implications of what these updates mean for powering open data and supporting action around the world. Tools

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. Surveyor is for teams collecting multiple data types from many sources.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

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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.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

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.

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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 !

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.

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Open Social != Open Data

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 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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NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: This Week in NPTech

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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

Over a century after its inception, over 52,000 people in 1823 places across 17 countries participated in the Christmas Bird Count – using email, web sites, and social media tools. Crowdsourcing for knowledge creation can include “mashups of data.&# Crowdsourcing 101.

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.

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 ! With streaming video tools that are free - like Ustream.TV - I imagine we'll see more people video streaming from professional conferences like next month's NTC Conference in New Orleans.

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. This panel will explore and discuss the impact of tools like Twitter, Qik, Utterz, Ustream, and more on current and future elections. We need to hack the model for accessibility tools!

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.

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). Powered by Twitter Tools Twitter Follow me at Twitter!