How to find out about free and open source software

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Free and open source tool #15: MPower Open 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 Free and open source tool #15: MPower Open CRM April 14, 2008 I am so far behind, it’s not funny. My goal is to catch up by the end of this month, so that I’ll still be on track to make it to 100 free and open source tools by December. And, it’s got completely open APIs.

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Free and open source tool #6: Joomla!

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 Free and open source tool #6: Joomla! It installs easily on generic virtual hosts, and has a very sweet, eye-candy full admin interface. January 29, 2008 I don’t exactly know where the exclamation point came from, but if you want a scarily easy CMS to install, Joomla is a place to start.

How Individual Change Agents Can Help Us Build a Stronger Social Economy

Connection Cafe

TECHNOLOGY – Technology plays a powerful role in virtually everything we do today—how we advance causes, how we share our voices, how we connect. How to Respond to the Rise of the Open-Source Activism.

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Goodbye, Game Friday. Hello Open Source Museum.

Museum 2.0

My interest in gaming in museums was ignited by working on Operation Spy, an immersive, narrative, live-action game experience at the International Spy Museum, and fueled by the CSI:NY virtual experience. The Open Source Museum project at The Tech is a grant-funded grand experiment. Those exhibits will be prototyped, discussed, and explored by visitors in virtual form in Second Life. Tags: Tech Virtual

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.

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

NTEN

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. Free and Open - Any and all subjects are fair game.

Collaborative Storytelling and Open Source Interviews

Museum 2.0

I found a paper online by Elisa Giaccardi entitled "Toward an Evolution of Virtual Museums: Collective Storytelling and Social Creativity." Here's what I love about the internet. I was planning to write a post today about the use of story in museums. 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 ).

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

With video conferencing, broadband, and Second Life, well, we can all safely stay ensconced in our own virtual-reality-sensory-deprivation-tanks and just digitally dance the salsa at the next NTEN gathering.??? Maybe open Social Graphs will help ?

Virtual Office Toolkit

Idealware

Since my brick-and-mortar nonprofit org closed its doors, I have been working exclusively virtually, mostly with people who live on the opposite coast. For me, working flexibly and virtually in this way has definitely improved my quality of life.

Second Life Education Programs in NY Times, Goes Open Source, and other tidbits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Social Signal has also published a white paper on why Second Life and Virtual Worlds are important. If you think that Seocond Life is just about buying virtual houses, be sure read this.

The wonders of libcloud

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

A while ago, we decided, like many folks, virtual private servers were going to be the preferred hosting set up. Libcloud has become it’s own open source project, and is under active development. Tags: Open Source Web Tools Web/Tech cloud hosting libcloud Here at OpenIssue , we think a lot about the web. I mean, a LOT. And we’ve been thinking a lot about web hosting, and the varied flavors it comes in.

The wonders of libcloud

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

A while ago, we decided, like many folks, virtual private servers were going to be the preferred hosting set up. Libcloud has become it’s own open source project, and is under active development. Tags: Open Source Web Tools Web/Tech cloud hosting libcloud Here at OpenIssue , we think a lot about the web. I mean, a LOT. And we’ve been thinking a lot about web hosting, and the varied flavors it comes in.

My Top 16 tools of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

They also span the range of proprietary, SaaS, and Open Source. Open Source Tools. WP is clean and easy, and virtually hassle-free. Having been bogged down with my own open source CMS tool before 2005, then having taken a break from development, I missed out on the prime years of Drupal’s development. It has become arguably the most popular open source CMS, and is a very able platform for creating all sorts of great web applications.

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Where the gift economy rubber meets the road

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 Where the gift economy rubber meets the road July 19, 2007 In the process of reworking and updating the NOSI ( Nonprofit Open Source Initiative ) primer that was first written in 2004, there are several things that have emerged that have dramatically changed from then. I switched platforms to wordpress (hosted on my own virtual host).

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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.

Drupal, Joomla and Plone! Oh my!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

April 15, 2007 At NTC , there was a lot of talk about the “big three&# open source CMS packages that most people these days in our sector are using: Drupal , Plone , and Joomla. I set up a mysql database in my standard generic virtual hosting setup, copied the downloaded and unzipped Joomla folder into my webspace by FTP, and fired up my browser.

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Two Great New Software Reports | Idealware

Idealware

First, the Nonprofit Open Source Initiative has updated their primer - " Choosing and Using Free and Open Source Software: A Primer for Nonprofits." It’s a great, detailed resource for those considering open source, and provides a remarkably even handed look at both the benefits and the drawbacks of open source software.

Event Announcement: The Tech Virtual's First Exhibition opens June 4!

Museum 2.0

The exhibition I'm curating for The Tech Museum of Innovation is opening and we are hosting a summit on June 4 (in real life and in Second Life ) for museum professionals to discuss the process by which it was created. Tags: virtual worlds Tech Virtual

Attend The Networked Nonprofit Virtual Book Launch (6/21) and Support Cambodian Kids!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

You are invited to a virtual book launch party ! During the next two weeks leading up to the virtual launch , I will be blogging daily brief posts about some of the ideas and concepts in the Networked Nonprofit. Photo by Geoff Livingston, Zoetica.

Data Digest: From Presidential Campaigns to Social Good

Tech Soup Blog

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. 7 Ways Companies Are Using the Government's Open Data.

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More on the Myth of Control

SocialFish

Today’s business managers cannot comprehend the power of a connected world without borders and a web that is open, seamless and free. This new “ connected global virtual society ” rejects control rather is self controlled by the conversational transactions that form like rivers and swell with influence, one to one to millions. An understanding of the dynamics of conversations based on open relationships of affinity in thinking, content, interest and talent. Whoowee!

Resource Roundup 1/10 | Idealware

Idealware

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.

Virtual Worlds for Insurrection and Revolution in Education

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They are discussing options for virtual world platforms for education and standards. Pick a platform that provides adequate services and start a community, pushing for interoperability and openness. Possible evaluation criteria for virtual worlds. Legal and Mgmt : open source?; Example virtual worlds: Second Life; Active Worlds; Entropia; Olive.

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Google Chrome

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I can’t test it, because my Mac that has a Windows virtual machine is packed. It is open source, after all. Yes, it is open source, and I applaud Google for releasing open source software.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Earth Day Virtual March

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Data in the Party: Whos On First | Main | Wish you Were Here: Phone to Post-Card Ideas for Civic Engagement » April 20, 2005 Earth Day Virtual March On the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans called for a cleaner, healthier environment. Join the Virtual March Local politicians are not blame free. Join the Virtual March Stop sending our family money to Texas oil companies.

5 Questions: Are You For Real? Working with a Virtual Team

NTEN

Working with a virtual team. Openness and FOSS (free and open source software) are really perfect fits for nonprofits who share the values of collaboration, community, empowerment, and sharing. We are seeing significant numbers of nonprofits gravitate to open source tools such as CiviCRM and Drupal as more attention is paid to usability and support for the non-technical user. That virtual work could save the planet!

PC World - Business Center: OLPC Tries to Bridge Gap With Developer Community

AFP Blog

PC World - Business Center: OLPC Tries to Bridge Gap With Developer Community: "A virtual uprising that broke out among developers questioning One Laptop Per Child's commitment to open-source software has prompted an official from the nonprofit effort to play peacemaker.".

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Under Attack: Why WordPress Sites Are So Popular with Hackers

Byte Technology

Why are WordPress sites so attractive to the malicious individuals lurking in the virtual world? By its very nature WordPress is ripe for hackers: as a platform that utilizes open source code—anyone can use, share it etc.—there 30,000.

Women Who Tech Telesummit

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It’s virtual – all you need is access to a phone line and the web so you can participate from anywhere in the world). Women Who Tech’s thought provoking virtual panels offer the latest resources and tools for launching a successful startup, tools and apps to build your online community, Social Media ROI, and more. Women and Open Source and Identity. I’ve been involved in this Telesummit now since the beginning. It’s really fun, and important.

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The Face of the Web: What’s Coming for Content Management Systems

Byte Technology

Once the sole stomping ground for experienced coders and the like, today a host of CMSs have entered the mainstream and the realm of the layman, allowing beginner website owners and bloggers to join the virtual world looking every bit as sharp as the products produced by seasoned designers. The stalwart of open-source platforms, WordPress has dominated the CMS world and will absolutely continue to do so in the next year.

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La Conner Regional Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

She is a favorite on TechSoup for Libraries because she is always open to new technology. For instance La Conner has been using thin clients since 2008, and recently installed an open-source integrated library system. Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server.

La Conner Regional Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

She is a favorite on TechSoup for Libraries because she is always open to new technology. For instance La Conner has been using thin clients since 2008, and recently installed an open-source integrated library system. Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server.

Success By Design: Choosing the Right E-Commerce Platform

Byte Technology

In the world of e-commerce—that virtual marketplace that has increasingly redefined how we shop and spend—the right design can mean the difference between boom and bust, soaring profits and slumping sales, simple success versus outright failure.

Why WordPress is the Best Choice for your Website CMS

Byte Technology

An Open Book. One of the most laudable attributes of WordPress is that it’s an open-source CMS: there’s an entire community of users backing it up and creating thousands of plug-ins—beyond the basics that come with the starter version of the platform—that make it faster, prettier and more efficient.

What software freedom means to me

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I was a professor at the time, and a nonprofit organization wanted to get on the web, and give some of their staff email, and at the time, colleges and universities were the only organizations that had easy access to the internet, and virtual hosting companies cost a fortune, way beyond what a nonprofit could afford. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. I love open source software as much as the next guy.

Some lessons from the “enterprise”

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

There’s some great stuff there, like virtualization, social software, green IT, etc. The striking thing: open source software wasn’t on their list. And that’s because in the enterprise world, for the most part, open source software is a given part of the mix.

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Current Affair: The Importance of Keeping Your WordPress Site Updated

Byte Technology

Happily though, because of its size and the fact that it’s an open-source program, vulnerabilities in security for the main operating program as well as the thousands of plugins are often caught early thanks to many eyes keeping a faithful watch. For anyone who owns—or has ever owned—a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer, the mantra that is constantly hammered into us is “update, update, update.”

It Takes A Village: Joining and Participating in the WordPress Community

Byte Technology

After all, the platform is open-sourced, meaning anyone and everyone can contribute to it in the form of updates, new themes, and custom plugins that help create more functionality and give the program greater versatility and, in turn, greater popularity. And don’t be afraid to ask questions, not matter how silly or elementary you may think they are: it’s the best and quickest way to get up to speed on something you need to know, and the forum is a judgment-free virtual space.

Eight Social Justice and Advocacy Conferences You Must Attend

Frogloop

The virtual Women Who Tech Telesummit which happens via internet audio and the web provides some of the most web thought-provoking, inspiring, and skills building sessions for nonprofit campaigners and social change makers. The panel on Changing the World with Open Source will discuss how open source is literally revolutionizing the world and offer some great case studies on how the wikimedia foundation used Drupal and CiviCRM to raise $16M online.

Free software and sustainable computing

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

So I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of free and open source software in environmentally sustainable computing. Sometime in September, NOSI will be releasing the new version of the primer on open source software for nonprofits. We have many clients who use the environment for guest lecturers and virtual field trips on a global level.

Best of the Web: September 2016

Idealware

Managing Virtually for Ultimate Productivity (NTEN). Open source software is usually made for techies by techies, but as Johanna Bates explains, that approach doesn’t work well with content management systems. It’s Productivity Season.

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The evolution of web hosting

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It wasn’t so long after that that virtual hosting companies became ubiquitous, and affordable for nonprofits.