Open Source Thinking: A Remix Wikitation of Marnie Webb's Ten Ways To Use Web2.0 Tools

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

tools for the good folks at NCNA. I'm filling in for colleagues Marnie Webb and Billy Bicket from Netsquared. I'm trying to embrace two ideas here - the idea of open source thinking and wikitation. Open source thinking is sharing and remixing.

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NetSquared: In the Beginning

Tech Soup Blog

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. The NetSquared website was itself designed to be a model Web 2.0 These innovative tools are meeting the fundraising, grassroots mobilization, volunteer engagement, and issue awareness needs of many organizations."

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NpTech Tag Summary: Face-to-Face or Mediated Experience, Open Source Software Communities, and Blog Days

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What should Netsquared's Facebook strategy be? Maybe open Social Graphs will help ? Michele Martin has a very useful post about how to use a set of 3 tools to support a group or collaborative blog.

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 Challenge hosted by Netsquared – is ready for your vote. 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 Challenge hosted by Netsquared – is ready for your vote. Social Action's upcoming ChangetheWeb Challenge hosted its first open conversation to discuss recent updates and share ideas.

Open source = new kind of vendor lock-in? | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Strategy Open source = new kind of vendor lock-in? 03.20.06 | 17 6 Comments [link] Open+source+%3D+new+kind+of+vendor+lock-in%3F 2006-03-21+02%3A43%3A12 Allan+Benamer I happen to be the member of a few non-profit technology e-mail lists. In fact, most open source tech consultants probably see themselves as the technical equivalent of NPOs themselves with the NPO standing in as the needy client. In open source similar but different.

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.

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

Tech Soup Blog

This post originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog and was authored by Amy Sample Ward. 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. Digital Divide Fundraising News Online Fundraising Open Source Reporting Social Networking Using the Web and Internet Web 2.0 Tools

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

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However, access to the tools isn't enough. 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. If there isn't a group nearby, we'll help you start your own NetSquared group.

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

Tech Soup Blog

Sometimes the best way to get started with a new tool is to have a guide sitting next to you giving directions. 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. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group. Image : NetSquared via Robert Kibaya / CC BY.

Data Digest: From Presidential Campaigns to Social Good

Tech Soup Blog

It originally appeared on NetSquared. This week check out how big data tools from the Obama presidential campaign are now being repurposed for social good and there is also some insight into the potential and pitfalls of big data for humanitarian efforts. Examples of open government data reuse in US by private corporations and nonprofits is also highlighted and a webinar to help those that also want to use it is being hosted this month. Open Government Data.

Data Digest: Building the YouTube of Data, Big Data and Global Development, and Data Resources

Tech Soup Blog

It was originally published on NetSquared. Some great data resources are featured this week, along with telling insight on the use of big data for global development and the use of open data by citizens. He opposes being more open with data about at-risk individuals and laments that his UN Assembly address on “Big Data and Global Development” has been widely misinterpreted. Open Source data big data crowdsourcing

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Advancing the New Machine: A Recap from the Human Rights and Technology Conference

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup's NetSquared Initiative partnered with the HRC in the first conference The Soul of the New Machine in 2009 to help select a winner in their Mobile Challenge. Connecting to the Internet Event Online Activism Open Source Security Social Networking Using the Web and Internet cloud

Netsquared Announces the 21 Featured Projects! Congrats!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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]. Geospatial Tools for Nonprofits and Humanitarian Relief [link]. Open Source, Open Standards Video [link]. Social Web Tools for Developing Countries: Yankana.org [link]. There were 150+ submitted nominations and 3,000+ people voted and 21 projects were selected.

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.

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Data Digest: Global Open Data Initiative, OpenData Latinoamérica, Big Data for Disaster Response

Tech Soup Blog

It originally appeared on NetSquared. This week check out the launch of the new Global Open Data Initiative, the pursuit for the release and use of open data in Latin America and thoughts on open data and democracy in Africa. Open Data Applied. Announcing the Global Open Data Initiative (GODI). It aims to share principles and resources for governments and societies on how to best maximize open government data opportunities. Image: NetSquared.

July NetSquared Think Tank Round-Up: Building a Culture of Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

This post was authored by Claire Sale and originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog. Here are a few examples of well-executed tools for increased accessibility: Screenreaders and Screen Magnifiers - " I work at an organization that serves the blind and visually impaired, so we have to be especially careful that our media is available in many formats, so as to suit the preference of each individual user. Tank is a monthly blogging/social networking event open to anyone and.

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

Tech Soup Blog

It originally appeared on NetSquared. 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. This has followed in the footsteps of a host of government initiatives that encourage open data and reuse.

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How “open” is open when judging software? | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) OSS , Web CMS How “open&# is open when judging software? 08.08.06 | 78 No Comments [link] How+%22open%22+is+open+when+judging+software%3F 2006-08-08+15%3A11%3A40 Allan+Benamer OK, so I’m doing an internal review on CMS solutions for my non-profit. As part of the matrix, I have open source down as one of the rated criteria. How should I rate open source? What about for the oft-mentioned open API?

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Online Project Management Tools

Tech Soup Blog

This post was written by Trenton DuVal, contributing editor at NetSquared, and originally appeared on their blog. number of web-based tools that enable team members to coordinate and. project leaders and team members with the tools they need, from Gantt charts to web conferencing, to coordinate the various pieces of the puzzle. ” Teambox combines Twitter-like status updates with the usual tools for organizing and assigning projects.

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. 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. Along with its original crisis mapping work, now called Ushahidi Tracker , Ushahidi has developed new mapping and data management tools.

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Mpower Open Podcast | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) eCRM , mpower Mpower Open Podcast 03.20.08 | 3354 19 Comments [link] Mpower+Open+Podcast 2008-03-20+21%3A40%3A16 Allan+Benamer Open source? 3354 19 Comments [link] Mpower+Open+Podcast 2008-03-20+21%3A40%3A16 Allan+Benamer 48) { this.width = 48; this.height = 48; } ; if (this.width On 03.20.08 I focused specifically on their “Open Source&# definition. Josiah definitely covers the open source license issue.

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09NTC: Let’s Connect in San Fran!

Amy Sample Ward

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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NpTech Tag Summary: Voting Deadline at Netsquared Extended, NTC Pipe, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Netsquared Voting Deadline Extended. Due to some technical glitches , you now have 48 additional hours to figure out what 5-10 of the 150 fantastic social change and technology projects at Netsquared will receive your vote. Open Source Software is Fair Trade !

NpTech Summary: VTvigils Online, Netsquared Announces 21 Featured Projects, and Happiness Hacking

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Netsquared Innovation Fund Netsquared Announces the 21 Featured Projects and solicits for feedback. Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology speaks about how difficult is to be objective, while Social Source blog described it as a high school popularity contest.

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.

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.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Then enter The Netsquared Mashup Challenge ! There's going to be a Netsquared Meetup (recommendations for restaurant or location are needed) How will your nonprofit avoid the Meatball Sundae? KM4Dev has a section devoted to Social Network Analysis process and tools.

Change the Web Challenge from Social Actions is Here!

Amy Sample Ward

Originally posted on the NetSquared blog. The Change the Web Challenge from Social Actions is now officially open! “We want you to dream up a new tool to help people find and share actions. Through a NetSquared Community vote, 20 finalists will be chosen.

Looking for an online donation tool? | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Online Fundraising , Strategy Looking for an online donation tool? 03.22.06 | 20 8 Comments [link] Looking+for+an+online+donation+tool%3F 2006-03-22+19%3A35%3A36 Allan+Benamer This is way old news but there’s a very good article called Donate Now: Selecting an Online Donation Tool. While the page states that you need to give the tool your e-mail address I don’t think you really need to do that.

Open311: What Nonprofits and Public Libraries Can Gain from Open Government

Tech Soup Blog

A few weeks ago, I attended a panel discussion on open government data. The event was presented by Twilio and Open 311 , one of the organizations leading the charge to make government data public, accessible, and usable. Tools

Great reads from around the web on December 15th

Amy Sample Ward

' Open Source Is Dead! Long Live Open Source! 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." I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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Exciting Times for Social Actions

Amy Sample Ward

I have followed the development of Social Actions over the last few years and really believe in the work that Peter, Christine and the community have done to shape a collaborative, open tool that benefits so many people and organizations in all kinds of ways.

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Mobile Innovations for Social Good

NTEN

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].

What Do You Want to See at Your NTC? Please Vote!

Tech Soup Blog

Activating Your Community: Building a Network of Changemakers — Submitted by Eli van der Giessen, NetSquared community manager. Community Organizers Connect — Birgit Pauli-Haack, organizer of Tech4Good SWFL, a NetSquared-affiliated group. E-Learning and Webinars — Tapping into Online Tools for Powerful Nonprofit Program Delivery — Becky Wiegand, webinar manager. It's time for the annual community voting on #16NTC sessions.

Resource Roundup 12/15 | Idealware

Idealware

Skip to Main Content Area Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About Resource Roundup 12/15 By Laura Quinn , December 15, 2006 Open Standards for Online Advocacy Tools (Personal Democracy Forum) An opinion piece outlining the very real need for data standards among online advocacy tools. tools.

Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

The real-time web is a paradigm based on pushing information to users as soon as it’s available, instead of requiring that they or their software check a source periodically for updates. Ushahidi, an open source project originally deployed in Kenya to report post-election violence has since been downloaded and deployed for many other events and disasters, including Haiti, Chile, and Japan.

Resource Roundup 11/13 | Idealware

Idealware

Whiteboarding Tools and Technology Miniguide (Kolabora) Another great mini-guide from Kolabora - this one on tools that allow you to show applications and whiteboard remotely. It provides an overview of typical features and then mini-reviews of 18 different tools. The State of Open Source software for Nonprofits (NetSquared) NetSquared has released (okay, a little belatedly) a podcast of the State of Open Source panel from their conference in the spring.

7 Ways You Can Connect at #16NTC

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup's NetSquared ( @netsquared ) community manager, Eli van der Giessen ( @elijah ), and Tech4Good SWFL organizer Birgit Pauli-Hack ( @bph ) are thrilled to offer this opportunity for online and offline community organizers to learn from each other! Three Affordable Solutions: Using Open Data and Open-Source Data Science to Reach Your Goals — Friday, March 25 — 10:30 a.m. Want to know if NetSquared is right for you?

Find an Awesome Nonprofit Tech Training Near You

Tech Soup Blog

If there isn't a group nearby, we'll help you start your own NetSquared group. Check out our newest groups: * [NetSquared Abuja]([link] in Abuja, Nigeria --> --> What have NetSquared groups been up to recently? This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Kitchener, Ontario: Promoting Open Source. Abidjan, Ivory Coast: Abidjan NetSquared Monthly Meetup.

People of the Year: US

Have Fun - Do Good

The you that writes blogs, creates podcasts, shares open source applications, creates entries on Wikipedia, posts videos on YouTube, meets friends on MySpace and chats with avatars on Second Life. We are the ones we have been waiting for, we have the tools to work together, let's do it.

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. 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. Arthur Grau of NetSquared Honolulu reported back on the National Day of Civic Hacking/Code for Hawaii event in Honolulu.

TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge Global Tweet Chat Recap

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Paris, France & Manchester, United Kingdom: Camilla Burg of Wiser.org , an online platform to connect those working on sustainability issues, and Steven Flower of Manchester NetSquared. Beirut, Lebanon: NetSquared Beirut. Malhoun talked about using digital storytelling tools to empower citizen journalism. Tools, like Completure, make it possible for individuals to create and share stories that need to be told much like media organizations can.