Open Source vs. Proprietary: Nonprofit CRM

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Because of this, the deck has always been stacked against open source tools in this arena. Both NTEN and Idealware are the best sources for information about the range of options for this toolset – that’s out of scope for this post. However, Salesforce in particular has a leg up that most other proprietary tools don’t have, because of their open APIs and their incredibly robust development platform.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Graphics and Video

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On the open source side, the projects that stand out are GIMP (a Photoshop replacement) and Inkscape (a vector graphics program – like Illustrator). Both GIMP and Inkscape are completely cross-platform, and available for Mac, Windows and Linux. I’ll leave it to the graphics professionals to say for sure, but they are both worth a look if you don’t want to plunk down hundreds of $ for Photoshop and Illustrator, and/or you like to work with open source tools.

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6 Reasons Open Source Makes Sense

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We talk a lot about Open Source technology (and we use it quite extensively too) so it might make sense for us to take a moment and explain why we are such advocates. Affordability – Open Source is free of licensing fees. Proven – Open Source platforms like Drupal, WordPress, CiviCRM, etc., Robust – We aren’t big fans of this overblown word, but in the case of Open Source it works.

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.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Desktop Productivity

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I’ve been using this tool since it actually was StarOffice, more than 10 years ago, when it was first open sourced by Sun in 2000. It is the only fully cross-platform office suite with pretty much the same functionality and interface independent of platform. Nonprofit Tech Open Source nptech

The How and Why of Nonprofits Contributing to Open Source | NTEN

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The How and Why of Nonprofits Contributing to Open Source | NTEN : "For the last 15 years or so, we’ve seen consistent growth in nonprofits’ appreciation for how open source tools can support their goals for online engagement.

Open Source CRMs – people like them?

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Source CRMs – people like them? and although the sample sizes were small, and not representative of the nonprofit sector as a whole, the people surveyed seemed to like the open source tools available. There were 6 open source (or sort of open source) tools that showed up on this survey.

Open Source for Nonprofits: What to Know (Part 1)

Tech Soup Blog

For this reason, nonprofits are good candidates for open-source software (OSS), which can offer the functionality they need, without the glitz, glamor, and high price point of commercial systems. The Ponemon Institute's recent "Open Source Collaboration Study" revealed that 74 percent of IT professionals think OSS offers better continuity and control than closed-source software. Of course, many of these points are open to interpretation.

Supported Open Source

Idealware

At this juncture where I have a sense of what it's like to work in a small org and am also looking at and helping larger orgs and foundations to make decisions about tech and use it in smart ways, I’m thinking a lot about something I call "supported open source." "How Should I go with a closed but well-supported system or should I venture out into the Badlands of Open Source?" That is supported open source.

Is Open Source Right For Your Organization

Idealware

Lots of people seem to be talking about “open source” software these days, but for non-techies, it’s not always easy to find out more about this option. The term “open source” itself means that the actual source code written by programmers can be viewed, modified or downloaded by anyone, and the software is typically developed, marketed and distributed by a loosely organized community of individuals rather than a vendor. Types of Open Source Software.

News in open source and open standards

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology News in open source and open standards April 3, 2008 Here’s a few interesting tidbits gleaned from the net: It appears that Microsoft’s bid to get Office Open XML, their new office standard did get through ISO. Venture capitalists are liking open source more and more.

Free and open source tool #12: Miro

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #12: Miro February 26, 2008 Miro used to be called “Democracy Player&#. It’s cross-platform (available on all platforms) and works really well (the old player was a bit buggy, but those have been really smoothed out, of late.)

Free and Open Source Tool #11: Azureus

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and Open Source Tool #11: Azureus February 15, 2008 Azureus (now called Azureus Vuze) is the best bittorrent client I have ever used. It is cross-platform and written in Java (and, I think, shows off the strength of the Java framework.)

Free and open source tool #7: Firefox

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #7: Firefox January 31, 2008 This almost feels like cheating, talking about Firefox. Right now, I’ve got AdBlock Plus, Greasemonkey (which is a scripting platform that allows for lots of other interesting addons,) Tor (allows for anonymous browsing,) a bunch of google toolbars, some great web developer tools, etc.

Open source your Open Social Apps?

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open source your Open Social Apps? The salient quote: Why not roll your own social network, include the OpenSocial API, and have applications, groups, widgets and portals to your site in any number of the “OpenSocial” platforms? Which lead me to think about the idea of open sourcing OpenSocial apps.

Movable Type Scales Up, Goes Open Source

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Movable Type Scales Up, Goes Open Source: "Movable Type Scales Up, Goes Open SourceBy Tom ForemskiI use Movable Type to publish Silicon Valley Watcher although many other bloggers moved to Wordpress a long time ago. I like it because I know it and I don't want to learn another platform if I don't have to, plus it works.

Free and open source tool #6: Joomla!

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #6: Joomla! As a web dev, and one into usability, accessibility and web standards, I did alot of research into which CMS were the best for my needs and my clients, and now favour Modx, sNews (and Xoops) as platforms that often get rarely mentioned, but do feel they do need raising awareness of.

Open Source Database solutions part I

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Source Database solutions part I January 1, 2007 I’m throwing up my hands. more on Open Standards and Benkler (actually, Benkler is up next – I’ve got two chapters to review). I’ve been using varied Unix-based databases since then (as well as others including Access and Filemaker Pro), and most have been open source.

Open Source Database solutions part I

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Source Database solutions part I January 1, 2007 I’m throwing up my hands. more on Open Standards and Benkler (actually, Benkler is up next – I’ve got two chapters to review). I’ve been using varied Unix-based databases since then (as well as others including Access and Filemaker Pro), and most have been open source.

SaaS vs. Open Source

Idealware

So how does SaaS relate to Open Source, and, if you are choosing software to implement, how do you weigh the open source vs. SaaS options? At one level, whether or not the software underneath the SaaS is open source is not really relevant. Salesforce.com is more of a PaaS (Platform as a Service) rather than a SaaS per se.

Terms and Trends in DIY and Open Source Online Maps

NTEN

The advent of HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, and other modern web technologies has paved the way for new, open source, cross-platform compliant mapping technologies to develop stylish and interactive maps. geographic information systems GIS mapping nptech nten online mapping Open Source IT StaffSean Larkin. Partner. ThinkShout.

Open Source Cinema

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

His newest project is Open Source Cinema. Here's his description: Open Source Cinema is the web platform for the creation of a feature documentary film about Copyright titled Basement Tapes. This film is open source - and thats why I created. Brett's Remix of Lessig's Words. Brett Gaylor is a amazing! Through the film, I'm examining how our concepts of "intellectual property" have been radically altered by the Internet.

Thoughts on the Future of Open Source and Nonprofits

NTEN

Based on my informal assessment of attitudes and interest in the NTEN community about open source software, I think there's a significant and growing number of folks and organizations who are either interested in, already using, or even evangelizing open source solutions. Some folks may not have gotten up to speed on more recent developments, however -- and might be relying on "stale data" about open source tools: "Not ready for prime time."

Is Open Source Software Right For Your Organization?

Idealware

Open source software is software written by programmers that can be viewed, modified or downloaded by anyone, and the software is typically developed, marketed and distributed by a loosely organized community of individuals rather than a vendor. But “open source” can mean different things to different people—and so can “free.”. There’s much about open source software to make it interesting for nonprofits. PublishDate: November 2011.

12NTC: Open-Source Mobile Apps for Social Change

Tech Soup Blog

session, Open Source Mobile Apps for Social Change. 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. This can make open source solutions philosophically attractive to nonprofits and other social benefit organizations. " Other Open-Source Mobile Tools.

Reaping the Benefit of Open Platforms

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Reaping the Benefit of Open Platforms September 6, 2007 One of the cool things about free and open source software is that often (not always, but often) they provide an open platform for add-ons.

More Fun with Open Source Content Management

Idealware

I'm really thrilled that the Idealware report comparing 4 top-notch open source content management systems is now available. and WordPress communities against each other to develop the same Web site in each of their chosen open source content management platforms. I think it will prove invaluable to nonprofits of all shapes and sizes for a long time to come and know I will be recommended reading for many friends and potential and future clients.

Website Nirvana: Salesforce + Open Source CMS Integration Showdown

NTEN

We'll take a look at how to handle integrations between Salesforce and a trio of open source CMS solutions -- Plone, Drupal, and Joomla -- at our upcoming webinar, " Salesforce + CMS Integration Showdown: Plone, Drupal, and Joomla ". > > Learn more and register today This will be a good session if you're already working with these platforms, in the market for a new one, or just curious what others are doing. NPTech NTEN Open Source salesforce

See3 Communications Teams with Kaltura to Bring Open Source Video Platform to Nonprofits

See What's Out There

Leading provider of online fundraising, education and advocacy for nonprofits partners with the first open-source video platform. San Francisco - April 28, 2009 - Continuing its growth as a national provider of interactive services to the nonprofit and cause community, See3 Communications announced today at the Nonprofit Technology Conference a strategic partnership with Kaltura, the first open-source video platform.

Will Open Source Social Networks Eventually Replace Facebook?

Frogloop

When Facebook launched their Open Graph API last month they thought they had revolutionized their platform. Has Facebook angered its base so much, that its user base could fizzle out in the next year as more people and nonprofits demand control of their own social data and look to other platforms? It's the holy grail of social network connectivity - you are connected to who you are connected to, no matter what site you are on&# , said Michelle Murrain of Open Issue.

Facebook Ad Platform

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Facebook Ad Platform November 13, 2007 It always takes me a bit to digest new Web 2.0 news, so I’m just now blogging about last week’s news that Facebook launched a new ad platform. The platform contains two parts, which I’ll talk about individually. Will this advertising platform alienate users?

Thank You, Gerardo!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

He also championed an open source ethos so that our work can be broadly shared (you can view all our open source projects on GitHub ). These efforts helped drive Benetech’s new work on accessible widgets, experiments with scalable vector graphics (an open standard for rendering graphics in web browser, developed by W3C), annotation as a tool for accessibility, and more.

CEO’s Update: Fall 2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We’re thrilled that today’s rapid changes in technology are opening up tremendous new ways to address the problems they face. SocialCoding4Good brings together individual software professionals as well as corporate social responsibility teams from companies such as Cisco, Google, Hewlett Packard, LinkedIn, and VMware to volunteer their technical skills to nonprofit partners that develop and maintain free and open source software addressing critical social problems.

Goodbye, Game Friday. Hello Open Source Museum.

Museum 2.0

The Open Source Museum project at The Tech is a grant-funded grand experiment. So what does this collaborative platform look like? All of the project ideas and virtual creations will be shared under a Creative Commons license, so the content truly is open to all. One of my mentors, Michael Brown, told me, “The only way to get better is to change.”

Success By Design: Choosing the Right E-Commerce Platform

Byte Technology

Two of the biggest and most well-known e-commerce platforms—Shopify and WooCommerce—have taken market share as of late and really dominated the market in website design for profit-driven businesses. WooCommerce, on the other hand, is a plugin from the wildly popular WordPress platform that offers only five free themes, but there are some 50 that can be purchased for between $80 and $100 depending on what sorts of options you’re seeking.

What are learning platforms?

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What are learning platforms? An LMS, or learning platform, is a system that is designed to facilitate some sort of learning process over the web. Learning platforms, of course, are varied. There are both proprietary and open source LMS. Moodle – probably the best known open source LMS.

Drupal/Salesforce Integration

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I’ve not had any experience with Springboard, but it’s important to understand that it is not open source, and is only maintained by one shop. I don’t know enough about it to match it to the contributed modules, but it’s hard to imagine that it’s possible for it to keep up, given the nature of open source development. CMS CRM Nonprofit Tech Open Source Web Tools drupal opensource salesforce

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LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice.org

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OpenOffice.org is a free and open source cross-platform office suite, which can read and write MS Office.doc,xls, and.ppt files. And the cool thing about open source software is that in situations like this, people can fork stuff. Open Source Software libreoffice nptech openoffice.org opensourceI hope that everyone reading this blog has heard of OpenOffice.org.

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Nonprofit Data Migration Made Easier with Carr Partnership

3rd Sector Labs

Indeed, there are impressive Open Source solutions that not only can easily be customized to meet the unique needs of virtually any nonprofit mission, but considerable talent and expertise to guide these organizations through the process. Specifically, Alignment Partners will work with Carr Systems in helping nonprofit organizations create data migration plans to move from systems like Raiser’s Edge to alternatives including Open Source CiviCRM, SalesForce, or Bloomerang.

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CommunityOne West and JavaOne: Free Event in San Francisco for Open Source Developers and Other Techies for Good

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Here's the official low-down: Get up to speed on dozens of free and open-source projects driving innovation in cloud computing, Web application development, social and collaborative technologies, and more. Choose from 70+ expert led talks on: Cloud Platforms - Development and deployment in the cloud. Social and Collaborative Platforms - Social networks and Web 2.0 Web Platforms - Dynamic languages, databases, and Web servers.

Welcome to our New Website

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Additionally, Carr Systems remains more committed than ever to Open Source solutions such as Drupal Gardens, CiviCRM, and WordPress. These technology platforms are proven, affordable, and can be customized to meet virtually any corporate requirement. Custom Development – Carr Systems principally uses Open Source technologies to create custom technology applications (Web and mobile) for its clients.

Sweet tasting dogfood…

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Sweet tasting dogfood… July 15, 2007 Part of the process I’m going through of “eating my own dogfood&# that is, using free software (open source) tools whenever I can includes taking myself off of proprietary platforms whenever possible. One such platform was Typepad.

When Flexibility Becomes an Operating Principle: Lessons from a Nonprofit

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Matching Techies With Social Causes SocialCoding4Good began with the idea of building a sort of Match.com for tech volunteerism — an algorithmic platform that would match individual software developers to nonprofit organizations that were building open source software for socially good causes. SocialCoding4Good CSRwire Miradi social enterprise Bookshare tech volunteerism SC4G open source CSR Seven Truths impact New Project Framework social good

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