Open Source Feminism: An Intervention with Wikipedia

NTEN

The internet is powered by open source technology—exciting software that's built collaboratively from the bottom-up. Open source is meant to be free and equal, but then why do men continue to dominate open source sites like Wikipedia? In February 2014, groups of artists and tech-savvy folks staged what called they called a “feminist intervention” to Wikipedia. Sarah Mirk. Online Editor. B h Magazine.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Web Server Software

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

On top of proprietary UNIX, people will generally run associated open source server software for web, database and development frameworks. On the open source side, Linux is by far the most popular, with BSD in second place. MySQL and PostgreSQL are the open source database systems most in use for web servers, with PostgreSQL being a pretty distant second to MySQL. source: wikipedia ).

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SaaS vs. Open Source

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 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 Strategic Planning

Beth Kanter

Paul Connolly, who has been a guest blogger on this blog before , covered the session on Open Source Strategic Planning. ” While Wikipedia is the fifth most visited web site, its budget and staff is relatively small and it relies on 100,000 contributors across the world to create and edit content. In 2009, the foundation began by harvesting almost a thousand proposals for future directions from community members through online crowd-sourcing.

Open Source Database solutions part I

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 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

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 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.

Office clean-up Part 1 :Open-Source and the GPL

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

This is a musing on the current state of the Gnu Public License, which governs a preponderance of open-source software projects. But first, let's talk about what open-source means for a minute. I know a lot of people in the in the non-profit community think of Open-Source software as "free", as not requiring a license agreement. This is what has permitted such widespread commercial adoption of the open source idea.

Crowdsourcing: A Value to Nonprofits?

Tech Soup Blog

According to Wikipedia , "crowdsourcing is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to an undefined, large group of people or community (a crowd), through an open call." Digital Divide Fundraising Online Fundraising Online Fundraising Open Source Social Networking Volunteers Web 2.0 Who can help? Has this been done before? What is the best route? How can this project be sustainable?

Wild Apricot Blog : Crowdsourcing: How Business and Nonprofits Tap into the Wisdom of Crowds

Wild Apricot

Opposing Salesforce.com attempt to TM "Social Enterprise"

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Wikipedia entry on this topic is extensive, and the most common usage in the marketplace is for the socially beneficial flavor of “social enterprise,” not the Salesforce one-year-old marketing campaign. For example, there are many just in the area of open source foundations: nonprofit organizations structured as social enterprises writing open source software for the benefit of society, with many examples in each of the five claimed areas.

Top 10 blog posts of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It’s actually because someone included it in a Wikipedia Article (no, it wasn’t me.). Where I rail against web shops that continue to suggest that people use their CMS, when it’s just not possible for one shop to replicate the robustness, features, security and upgradeability of the Open Source CMS offerings. This blog entry from 2007 is about being open about one’s mistakes.

Encarta – The Dodo and the Dinosaur

Tech Soup Blog

To hear that Wikipedia has taken over the market is a little scary to me. Wikipedia is an open-source knowledge repository, which is fine, but one issue with open-source technologies continues to be quality control. If I were a teacher, I would be skeptical of any information sourced from there. In order to truly verify information, you would need to track down the source of the information, if possible, and verify that source.

NetCentric Advocacy: TomPaine.com - Armchair Activism That Works

Network-Centric Advocacy

Armchair Activism That WorksMartin Kearns and Jonathan Schwarz February 02, 2007 One of the most remarkable, unexpected developments of the Internet has been the explosive growth of Wikipedia. At first glance, the Wikipedia concept—that thousands upon thousands of volunteers working with little central supervision can create a huge databank of accurate information—seems untenable. And yet the Wikipedia bumblebee flies anyway. And yet the Wikipedia bumblebee flies anyway.

DIY Online Collaboration: Wikis

Tech Soup Blog

Software for creating wikis is easy to use and is available in both open-source and proprietary forms. By far the most recognized wiki is Wikipedia. Wikipedia would not be possible without the support of its volunteer contributors, who help keep the site's content current. By relying on volunteers, Wikipedia can draw on anyone to share their knowledge on a topic, check facts, or accurately translate content.

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Treat Your Website Project Like an Investment Rather than an Expense

Tech Soup Blog

Invest in Open Source. Open-source software differs from other platforms in that it doesn't cost anything to license and use. Drupal gets updated and maintained by millions of developers (a lot like Wikipedia). And finding a secure, modern hosting partner that can support an evolving open-source website isn't as simple as checking the yellow pages.

Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

The first example of direct content is the use of Wikipedia during the 7/7 bombings in London. Millions of editors on Wikipedia and it’s rise in public use was climbing. Wikipedia was a popular resource and established as a citizen-driven information source. Since then, the platform (which is open source ) has been modified for use in South Africa (mapping xenophobic violence), DR Congo , Vote Report India (to monitor the recent local elections) and more.

Web 2.0 Part I

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

The Wikipedia entry on Web 2.0 include, depending on one’s definitions, many new kinds of communities such as MySpace and Flickr , blogging, podcasting and vlogging, tagging and folksonomies, RSS feeds, content rich web applications using technologies like Flash and Java, open standards and APIs that allow seamless connections between different web applications, new kinds of user interfaces using AJAX, and different design aesthetics.

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NetSquared: In the Beginning

Tech Soup Blog

To get going, they built the first NetSquared website using open-source Drupal. Wikipedia. "Similar to their corporate counterparts, nonprofits are discovering that they can increase their effectiveness while maintaining lower operating costs by utilizing Web-based and open source tools. Wikipedia is a community, Craigslist is a community, Moveon.org is a community, eBay for crying out loud is a community.

Internet Identity Workshop

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the communities that inspired this development - Planetwork has held a vision for how these emerging open standards could be used for social change. Kintera has chosen to integrate open identity standards and data sharing standards into their social CRM platform [link] These standards XRI and XDI are all a part of the identity ecology and will be talked about extensively at the IIW.

What is a community centric spread campaign?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The terms applies to community-driven marketing and pr campaigns to gather support for open source software. Some examples: Mambo Love Opera KD Creative Commons Spread FireFox Wikipedia Promotion SpreadOpen Office. If you saw the newly released Wallace and Gromit movie (and if you have kids you most certainly did), you probably got a chuckle when Wallace put this jam on his toast.

Nonprofits Imagine a Better Sharing Economy

Tech Soup Blog

" According to Wikipedia, the sharing economy (sometimes also referred to as the share economy, shared economy, mesh, collaborative economy, collaborative consumption) is a socio-economic system built around the sharing of human and physical assets. " The center of the Sharing Economy is our democratic commons and a commitment to an inclusive social good, combining open-source technoogy, new business models and access to knowledge.

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NpTechTag Summary: NpTech Blog Buzz, NGOS at Demo 07, and Moulin

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The offline wikipedia, Moulin. Personal Fundraising and Open Source Deductions Article in the Seattle Times about personal fundraising, Hoping To Help Darfur $1 at a Time that focuses on Darfurwall.org that has successfully raiased $30,000 in very small donations - $1 per person. Declaring Open Source - a one-line patch to the US Code would make open source software a charitable deduction.

33 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones. A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc. The number of low-cost or free, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding.

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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. "But look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story, one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before.

Evaluating Wikis

Idealware

There are a lot of use cases for Wikis: We can all thank Wikipedia for bringing the excellent crowd-sourced knowledgebase functionality to broad attention. But Wikis have been exploding with additional functionality that ramps up their suitability for all sorts of tasks: The Floss Manuals team wrote extensions for the Open Source TWiki platform that track who is working on which section of a book and send out updates.

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Good Lord, another blog.

Museum 2.0

From closed content to open-source forums. Or, check out the wikipedia article , which is more readable. I just returned from the annual ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) conference, where there were LOTS of good conversations and controversy. But the aspect that most excited me were the discussions about active participation in museums. The transition from "visitor" to "user." From curator-generated to user-generated.

Mobile for Good: Trends to Watch at Mobile World Congress

Tech Soup Blog

In open source news, ZTE announced two smartphones that run Firefox OS 1.3, the Open C and the Open II. Check out Engadget's hands-on review of the ZTE Open C. At the MWC keynote, Zuckerberg laid out his vision for a low-cost data plan that would include basic search and social networking and Wikipedia access – essentially all text-based services. trillion more in GDP (source: Deloitte).

NetCentric Advocacy: Intelliwiki: intellipedia: Can a top secret Wiki work?

Network-Centric Advocacy

Is the wiki designed to have pages that integrate data sources and feeds from multiple departments? my I suggest adding a copy of this page from wikipedia Link: U.S. intelligence unveils spy version of Wikipedia - Yahoo! Is the wiki designed to have pages that integrate data sources and feeds from multiple departments? my I suggest adding a copy of this page from wikipedia Link: U.S. intelligence unveils spy version of Wikipedia - Yahoo!

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Resource Roundup 6/19 | Idealware

Idealware

Using Wikipedia to Extend Digital Collections (D-Lib Magazine) Really interesting article about a library that is integrating pieces of their collection into Wikipedia , to expand their outreach and drive traffic to their site.

50 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines. A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones. A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc.

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NetCentric Advocacy: PressThink: Just the Sum of Us: James Surowiecki On What Crowds Can and Cannot Do

Network-Centric Advocacy

do they www.mediavolunteer.org , wikipedia, newassignment.net. do they www.mediavolunteer.org , wikipedia, newassignment.net. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « WHEI - Women are the First Environment : Speaking out at Live Earth | Main | Notes and Questions: Are you also building the capacity of the network to serve itself?

Free Beer, SharePoint, and an April Fool

Gavin's Digital Diner

I clicked the Wikipedia entry. Hey, if Wikipedia says so, it’s got to be true, right? None of them are things you’d mention in the mixed company of a crowd of open source, micro-brew city-folk. I thought it was a joke. Who could blame me? After all, the announcement began: “Starting on April 1, 2009…” Then again, Microsoft usually ain’t one to make “April Fool’s” jokes. I read the announcement again. I clicked the buttons. The download started.

Shovel-Ready Online Civic Projects #5: "Global Energy Observatory" Interactive Databases and Maps

Influence

" There has been a rising consensus that we need to transform our global energy system to reduce energy usage and to shift to less carbon intensive energy sources. s very innovative in its open-source and collaborative approach, it?s It is intended to do all of this in an open, collaborative manner which will engage and support the work of numerous researchers, grad students, government policy wonks and others.

Shovel-Ready Online Civic Project #5: "Global Energy Observatory" Interactive Databases and Maps

Influence

There has been a rising consensus that we need to transform our global energy system to reduce energy usage and to shift to less carbon intensive energy sources. s very innovative in its open-source and collaborative approach, it?s It is intended to do all of this in an open, collaborative manner which will engage and support the work of numerous researchers, grad students, government policy wonks and others.

NpTech Tag Summary: Scarcity Thinking, Social Network Fragmentation?, and Engagement Strategies

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

ActiveCollab an open source project management tool. The Nonprofit CMS blog shares some agruments against Open Source. Check this out - NTEN's Wikipedia entry ! Flickr photo from handsome monkey. Engagement Strategie s. When I saw the title of this post, " I'm Engaged ," I thought he was talking about the report that The Network Centric Advocacy Blog mentions as a must-read for advocacy and communication staff called Activation Point.

NpTech Tag Summary: Free Ranger Rick, Green Geekery, and Blog Day is Next Week!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And if you're looking for some fabulous manuals for open source software, check out the Floss Manuals. If your organization is based in the UK, the ICT Hub Unmet Needs Fund is now open for applications. Video, Wikis, Virtual Worlds, and Social Networking Wikiscan let's you see who is editing wikipedia as mentioned in a recent Wired Magazine article. Ranger Rick, the persona of the National Wildlife Federation , has been banished from Facebook!

60 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines. A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones. A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There is much much commentary and grieving taking place online as well as a memorial in SecondLife , and an article in Wikipedia. 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. Open Content for Nonprofits Open Content discussion continues with some comments from Michael Stein (east coast) about Laura Quinn's post last friday.

70 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines. A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones. A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc.

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85 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines. A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones. A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc.

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100 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines. A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones. A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc.

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Techsoup Is Hit By SQL Injection Attack | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

If you want to know what a SQL injection attack is and how to stop it, check out the Wikipedia article. I’m wondering if it’s not already time to switch over to something open source for Techsoup. It needs more uptime and I think an open source community development effort would work. Donald Lobo said: Some tech readers might also be interested in more details at: [link] [link] Basically a lot of coldfusion / mssql sites are open to attack.

60 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A great source for images for your nonprofit’s website, blog, e-newsletter, and social networking profiles. This iPhone/iPad app that allows you to easily flip through your favorite news sources and magazines. A free, open-source software program that enables users to send group text messages from computers or mobile phones. A great source for free icons to use on your website, blog, Facebook Page, in your e-mail newsletter, etc.

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