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Next Net Tuesday San Francisco--January 10th

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The next Net Tuesday San Francisco will be held on Tuesday, January 10th at the Varnish Gallery in downtown SF starting at 6 PM. Come on over after MacWorld for drinks with nonprofit and web innovators who are remixing the web for social change.

Jason Schultz, Electric Frontier Foundation's staff attorney will say a few words about EFF's work defending our freedom in the digital world, and Myles Weissleder, VP of Public Affairs from Meetup will share some new ways Meetup is connecting folks.  

See who's coming to Net Tuesday and let us know you'll be there at http://upcoming.org/event/47159/

If you don't live in the Bay Area and would like to start a Net Tuesday where you live, check out our Host Your Own Net Tuesday page.

Nonprofit Tagging

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Here are my thoughts about the discussion at Tagging for Nonprofits. Feel free to continue the discussion here.

Unfortunately, the intersection of tags on del.icio.us is not working right now because of server problems. For example, the nptech tag stands for nonprofit technology. If someone is not familiar with nptech, they could tag a bookmark with  nonprofit and technology. You would be able to find it with http://del.icio.us/tag/nonprofit+technology. However, this feature does not work right now for searching all bookmarks. But if you look at my bookmarks with nonprofit and technology,  the tag intersections work for usernames.

Search, Databases and Libraries: Surveying the Landscape with Gary Price

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Gary Price is the editor of ResourceShelf.com, the News Editor of SearchEngineWatch.com, a contributer to Docuticker.com and a librarian. 

Price graciously spent a long time with me on Instant Messaging doing the interview that follows.  You can click on any of the summary points below to skip to that part of the interview, then click your browser’s “back” button to return to the top, or you can read the whole story straight through.  All off-site links will open in a new window, so you can check them out without leaving the interview.

New TechSoup Article about Web 2.0

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There's much talk about what Web 2.0 is and what it isn't. TechSoup's done its part to define and clarify some of the terms in its recent article, "What is Web 2.0 Anyway?"

http://www.techsoup.org/howto/articles/webbuilding/page4233.cfm

This piece doesn't encompass every Web 2.0 technology, rather it's meant to be a jumping-off point. Please feel free to add more Web 2.0 info on this blog or link to other articles on the topic.

 

New web technologies made plain and simple.

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TechSoup has a simple and palatable guide that can help your nonprofit utilize web technologies! Check it out: http://ga0.org/ct/lpA8cj912XRD/

We're also launching a new feature called Net2Ask. If you or your organization faces challenges in understanding or implementing new web tools, drop us a line and let us know here: http://netsquared.org/catlist/list/2. We'll take your responses and build toolkits that will help make these tools more accessible and transparent for your nonprofit's work.
 

Tagging for Nonprofits

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I am so thrilled that NetSquared includes a community blog. I've been wondering where I might take my inquiry about nonprofit-related tagging. I became interested in this topic when I started tagging my own blog (http://jillaine.blogspot.com/2005/12/intersection-of-all-these-tools.html)

While the nptech tag (http://del.icio.us/tag/nptech) has taken off quite nicely, what about other tags for nonprofit-related activities? My own work with nonprofits (as a consultant) is at the intersection of various fields or practices, only one of which is "nptech."

These other fields and practices, however, do not appear to have their own tagging scheme, or have not yet appeared (consistently if at all) in the tagging "folksonomy."  Yet as I enter this world of tagging, I find myself in need of at least three overlapping categories of tags (I've included the tags I'm using underneath them--many of which I've created):

Food Force- the game

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A major crisis has developed in the Indian Ocean, on the island of Sheylan. We’re sending in a new team to step up the World Food Programme’s presence there and help feed millions of hungry people.

This is the premise of  Food Force, a suprisingly popular  game developed by the UN World Food Program.  I have often wondered why there weren't more games out there that address socially relevant issues in an engaging way...most of the previous educational games I've tinkered with have been less than captivating, but the World Food Program seems to have gotten it right, with millions of downloads to prove the point that.....if you make it engaging they will play.

the mainstreaming of open source

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Business Week runs a pretty decent story titled A Watershed for Open Source. Here's the lead-in...

In 2005, the software movement finally gained traction in Corporate America and saw a new influx of VC cash. How will 2006 shape up?

Open-source software isn't a new phenomenon. It has been winding its way through the tech world for decades, starting with Richard Stallman's Free Software movement in 1980s. But only in recent years have businesses warmed to the promise of low-cost, openly available software. In fact, open-source programs have become so popular, they now pose a legitimate threat to the established software giants.

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