O'Reilly has a terrific series of books that might be of interest to nonprofits trying to leverage new web technologies. I thought I'd list some of them here (you can collect the whole set on the O'Reilly site). This list demonstrates two additional things. The first is easy: if you're not acquainted with Google Books, this'll get you there fast -- just click on some of the titles below.
The second is not quite as simple, but it's a hack worth knowing about. To generate the following list, I first searched Google Books for "inpublisher:O'Reilly hacks" -- you can try it right here. Then, I highlighted a bunch of the results. You need to use FireFox for this, because the next step is to "View Selection Source" from the context menu. Then you just Control-C to copy the HTML, paste it into a web page template or blog posting window, edit the living crap out of it, and you get something like this...
Not sure as I write this if it will be the 50th post here on this article, but chancing it. PNN Online had a nice piece yesterday on the new site...
TechSoup NetSquared, the project to increase nonprofit effectiveness through Web-based social tools, has added a case study section to its website. "Net2 in Action" highlights more than 30 real-life examples of nonprofits using this new breed of Web-based technologies to tackle issues such as reaching and mobilizing constituencies.
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. These innovative tools are meeting the fundraising, grassroots mobilization, volunteer engagement, and issue awareness needs of many organizations.
blog entries that I think are interesting related to nonprofits
websites and blogs about new technologies which will help with keeping nonprofits current
I tag alot of these nonprofit blogs/websites to see how many nonprofits are using these technologies.
Maybe I see alot of organizations using these technologies. Would I include all of these in case studies? No, I wouldn't. In order for it to be a netsquared project, it needs to be different. Is an organization using more than one of these technologies? What is their purpose in using them? I ask myself questions like this.
I'm really happy to tell you that we've finally nailed down a location, Hotel Nikko San Francisco, and new date, May 8 and 9, 2006 for the TechSoup NetSquared Conference. For those of you who had already saved our old dates (April 26/27), I apologize for the change - we couldn't find a good venue on those dates.
So, please save the new date, May 8 and 9, and please plan to come! It'll be a great conference.
A while back I wrote about Remember the Milk and Ta-da lists and lamented the fact that there wasn't an easy way to get the content onto a website. Of course, because they don't offer it, it doesn't mean that it can't be done.
I've been working head down for so long that I've forgotten to pull up and look around. My aggregator's groaning with the weight of items I want to share via the net2 tag. I'll tell the truth: I've been head down because I've been suffering from a little doubt.
We started this with, well, if you've been around for a while you remember the first version of this site. And in the labs here, we've been working hard to make our vision real -- a community coming together to share knowledge, build solutions and connect with one another. As I look around, it feels like it's starting to happen.