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  • Blog Post: Getting Your Blog On? Comparing Two Blog Tool Giants

    If your organization is looking to join the blogosphere, there are a lot of things to consider — staff investment, leadership buy-in, one blog or multiple, return on investment, and a host of other issues. Once the decision has been made to get your organizational blog rolling (pun intended) the...
  • Blog Post: Unconference: NetSquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data

    List five ways your organization can use APIs and open data to show your impact, coordinate volunteers, and inspire supporters to take action. Go! No clue? No problem. Attend the Unconference: Netsquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (# 10NTC ) to learn how...
  • Blog Post: Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz

    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...
  • Blog Post: An A-list of free software

    Many nonprofits with tiny technology budgets probably perk up when they here the words "free" and "software" used in the same sentence. However, just because software doesn't cost you any money doesn't necessarily mean that it won't cost you additional time or hassles. For instance...
  • Blog Post: The Myth of Open Source?

    Longtime TechSoup friend Michelle Murrain often champions open-source solutions to nonprofit technology problems. Michelle says that she spends a lot of time listening to software vendors debunk the myth that open source software is free. Recently, she noticed that for all of the debunking going on,...
  • Blog Post: How to Choose and Use Open-Source Software

    Learn how to select and implement open-source software with the Nonprofit Open-Source Initiative's newly released and updated open-source software guide for nonprofits. "Choosing and Using Free and Open Source Software: A Primer for Nonprofits" is a no-nonsense, easy to read report that helps...
  • Blog Post: Open Data and Civic Hacking

    Here on the TechSoup blog you have heard from an accidental hacker at a hackathon , our Senior Director of Global Data Services formerly from the Ford Foundation , and also our data digests from our colleague at GuideStar International on the power of data. A couple of weeks ago we hosted Steve Spiker...
  • Blog Post: Deadline Approaching: 2008 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration

    Know a nonprofit that has done an exceptional job of developing open source solutions for its constituents? Then be sure to nominate them for the 2008 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration (MATC Awards) The MATC Awards recognize organizations that have made a significant contribution to the development...
  • Blog Post: Data Digest: Open Data for Africa Platform, Silent Data Revolution in MENA and Data Strategies

    Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. It originally appeared on NetSquared . This week have a look at the just completed Open Data for Africa platform...
  • Blog Post: Data Digest: Maps, Trends, and a Social Progress Index

    Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. It originally appeared on NetSquared. This week, the call for data measurement in the social sector heightens...
  • Blog Post: 12NTC: Open-Source Mobile Apps for Social Change

    "The mobile tools to solve social problems are already out there." Or so said Aaron Pava , a strategist at CivicActions in his 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference session, Open Source Mobile Apps for Social Change . In his session, he shared these tips, strategies, and tools for nonprofits...
  • Blog Post: Nominations Closing Soon for $10,000 Pizzigati Prize

    The Tides Foundation is accepting nominations for the annual Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest . The prize will award $10,000 to an open-source software developer whose work is helping nonprofits succeed. Nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2010. The winner will...
  • Blog Post: Exercise Your Awesome at the NTC Member Lounge

    On Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 attendees at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) will have the opportunity to participate in the member lounge hosted by TechSoup Global by either unwinding with snacks and WiFi, or by getting wound-up with exciting activities designed to inspire and connect...
  • Blog Post: Perspectives on the SugarCRM Annual Conference

    Dean Haddock is the Manager of Information Technology for StoryCorps , a nonprofit organization which provides Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Dean recently attended the SugarCRM conference and is sharing his experience...
  • Blog Post: Reducing RSS Stress with Feed Filtering

    RSS readers are useful for organizing and managing all of the online news and blog entries you keep tabs on. But when you're monitoring large numbers of feeds, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the influx of news streams. So how do you manage RSS stress? A recent Read/WriteWeb blog entry discusses a Canadian...
  • Blog Post: Time for Social Networking to be More Open and Friend-ly

    Ever feel like your relationship with Facebook or MySpace is a little one-sided? Are you tired of putting all of your effort and personal data in, only to be met with a closed network? Scott Gilbertson's recent article in Wired magazine explores the lack of open standards in most social networking sites...
  • Blog Post: Fantastic Freebies for Your Nonprofit

    When you're a nonprofit on a limited budget, freebies can be precious things, but only if they deliver on quality and usefulness. PC World gives their compilation of the best 101 Fantastic Freebies . .......................................................... Discuss This in Our Forums See what freebies...
  • Blog Post: Storytelling in the Digital Age: Lessons from the SOCAP12 Conference

    Nonprofit leaders, impact investors, and philanthropists from all over the world gathered in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center this week for SOCAP12 . The theme of this year's conference is "Making Meaning Matter" with panels and discussions on community building and digital media...
  • Blog Post: An Affordable Green Computer

    Find additional tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative , where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to reduce our overall impact on the environment. A new company is touting itself as the "first environmentally...
  • Blog Post: Open-Source Webinar: Watch the Recording

    Preparing for and delivering a webinar isn't something most librarians spend their days doing, so we are especially grateful to our speakers for this gift of sharing what they've learned about open-source software over the last 10 years. Cindy Murdock Ames was originally an art history major, and is...
  • Blog Post: Data Digest: Building the YouTube of Data, Big Data and Global Development, and Data Resources

    Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. It was originally published on NetSquared . Some great data resources are featured this week, along with telling...
  • Blog Post: Christopher M. Kelly on Free and Open-Source Software

    I've recently been enjoying Two Bits , Christopher M. Kelly's study of the cultural significance of free and open-source software. There are many books about FOSS' history and future, but where Two Bits really succeeds is in Kelly's perspective as an anthropologist. He places FOSS in a broader cultural...
  • Blog Post: Data Digest: Moneyball Giving, Data and Philanthropy, Data for Africa

    Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. It originally appeared on NetSquared. This week the revolutionary data driven philanthropy of the Laura and John...
  • Blog Post: Did Open Source Win?

    On her oft-fascinating blog Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology , Michelle Murrain has been working on a great series of posts called Open Source vs. Proprietary, in which she looks at various types of software that nonprofits need to do their work and compares the open-source and proprietary options...
  • Blog Post: See What Software Other Nonprofits Are Using

    Aspiration's Social Source Commons , which allows nonprofits to list the software they use at their organization - and see what other NPOs are using - has a new Community Toolbox feature that allows users to group similar tools, notes Heather Carpenter in Aspiration's Technology Blog . Toolboxes include...