Comparing Open Source Content Management Systems


Chris Bernard, Senior Editor, Idealware Idealware's first report on Open Source Content Management Systems for nonprofits, published in March of 2009, covered WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Plone. This makes the system more straightforward to understand, but can be cumbersome to update and limits very advanced structures (like structuring a site around a multifaceted taxonomy).

Building and Supporting Your Drupal Website: In-House, Outsourced, or Both?


Do you have a team with some expertise in information architecture, taxonomy, and usability, a team with capacity to outline website specifications clearly? You may never need or want a staff member who can theme, write hooks, and make magic with php (Drupal ninja stuff), but perhaps over time you will end up with a staff member or three who understand things about modules, taxonomy, views, APIs, CRM integration, and all of the possibilities that Drupal enables. Laura Norvig.


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Tagging Discussion

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ll agree with Gavin, that folksonomies sure are less efficient, and a lot more messy than taxonomies. And, there is one really big thing that using taxonomies miss, that folksonomies get: who is doing the categorizing? Taxonomies are developed by specific people for specific purposes, and as such, are limited by worldview and perspective.

NpTech Tag Cross Blog Discussion: What do those guidelines look like?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How are they different from taxonomies? Gavin's post does a great job explaining the definitions and the advantages of a taxonomy over a folksonomy. Alf Gracombe (a relatively new in the nptech blogosphere and whose blog looks promising) suggests that the debate reflects the shifting paradigm away from the more traditional content taxonomies to the emerging folksonomies on today???s Sort of an emergent taxonomy.

Report: Insights from the Google AI Impact Challenge

Beth Kanter

Last year, Google made an open call to organizations around the world to submit their ideas for how they could use AI to help address these social challenges. Google has just released a report called “ Accelerating Social Good with Artificial Intelligence, ” that offers insights gathered from all 2602 applications and includes an extensive taxonomy of AI4Good projects. Each area describes the project idea, type of AI technology and data sources.

Drupal 101


I've been doing a lot of work with the open source content management system Drupal lately, and thought I'd share some thoughts on how to get a new site up and running. Drupal, you might recall, got high ratings in Idealware's March '09 report comparing open source content management systems. Fantastico offers automated installs for many popular open source CMSes, blogs and utilities. Define the site Taxonomy.

Drupal 101: Navigation


Here's the third in a series of posts on getting started with Drupal, the popular open source content management system. Today we'll look at site structure, and how menus, blocks and taxonomies can make your site navigable for your visitors. For example, you might want to have a block with current open positions appear on your "About" page, but not necessarily with your blog. Taxonomies All of the above is fine for sites without a lot of content.

Guest Post by Stephanie McAuliffe: SoCap09 - Day 2 Roundup

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

People are open sourcing their metrics, and building taxonomy. To get the market from niche to mainstream people are working on taxonomy, metrics and peer and trend ratings. The group, in collaboration with other impact investors and intermediaries, has developed a set of standards (taxonomy) that would facilitate comparisons of financial, operational, and impact data. Photo by Stephanie McAuliffe.

Drupal 101: More on Modules


Last week, I kicked off this series on setting up a basic web site with Drupal , the popular open source Content Management System. A potentially easier way to add extra functionality to Drupal is to download a customized version, such as CiviCRM or Open Atrium. Taxonomy is also recommended, and I'll talk more about that next week. Next week, we'll talk about menus, blocks and taxonomies: Drupal 101: Navigation.

Museum Collections and Tagging

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Source: Powerhouse Museum. The project uses a tool named, STEVE, an open-source tool for enabling social tagging of museum object images to create folksonomies. Technorati Tags: digital.quilt , net2 , nptech , npo , ict , tagging , taxonomy

Social Entrepreneur API launches at SOCAP09

Social Actions

Civic Ventures (sponsor of The Purpose Prize), The Draper Richards Foundation , ideablob , PopTech , The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship , and The Skoll Foundation are pooling their data to create an open database of information about vetted social entrepreneurs. The Social Entrepreneur API (Application Programming Interface) is the first open database of information about social entrepreneurs who have won fellowships and awards from social enterprise funders.

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Report Back from the Do Good Data Conference 2015


The 20-person department pulls the information from scanned PDFs of the filings, enter the information into their database, and classify the information in the Foundation Center taxonomy. There were a lot of data points they could measure, but by selecting and focusing on six key levers and limiting the sources of data (for now), they have a usable program to which they can continue to add functionality and improvements.

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Social Entrepreneur API interim report, July 2009

Social Actions

The Social Entrepreneur API (Application Programming Interface) is the first open database of publicly available information about social entrepreneurs who have won fellowships or awards from esteemed organizations like Ashoka, Civic Ventures, the Draper Richards Foundation, Echoing Green, ideablob, PopTech, the Schwab Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, and TED. Fortunately, developing the initial taxonomy/schema proceeded smoothly. Foundation Source: Sharon Schneider, Jamie Buck.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Many useful observations and questions raised about how to analyze the tagging data we've collected and how to move from a folksonomy to a taxonomy. 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.

From the Collective Desk of NTEN Discuss


KnowledgeTree excites me because it's an open, LAMP system that I'll be able to easily integrate with custom development here, such as our case information system and a recruiting frontend that we're developing for the web site. The closest competitor is Alfresco; my read was that, while Alfresco looks like a good product, KnowledgeTree is more committed to the open source community and ideals, has better documentation; active development and they're easy to reach.

Social Actions Community Call, July 2009

Social Actions

Peter and I can share some ideas that are already underway, but we also want this to be a reminder and an opportunity for truly community-sourcing that work going forward. So news to share from the Social Actions galaxy: The number of kinds of online platforms and action sources for the Social Actions API continues to soar – well over 50 sites, now, plus Twitter and Delicious #takeaction tags. The idea of a linked open data cloud completely blew my mind. Open discussion.

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Shoulder-to-Shoulder Instructional Media: My Tagging Screencast at NTEN!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Again, shows me the power of open content and open source thinking. If you want to find out who else uses what social bookmarking service in the nonprofit tech sector, check out Social Source Commons. re not creating a formal taxonomy, rather it???s Photo from my flickr stream View the Tagging Screencast Presented by NTEN. I'm pleased to announce that my screencast about tagging has been released and showcased by NTEN !