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wikipedia: the sleeping giant?

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In a near-clinically-paranoid piece on webpronews today, "Expert Author" Steve Rubel (yes, it really says that) speculates as to whether "Wikipedia Is The Next Google."

While I've been more impressed with Wikipedia than I thought I'd ever be -- the global public editing capability is a two-edged sword -- I'm from Missiouri on the prospect of any imminent Wikipedia takeover. Unless and until I hear that GWB is an investor...

open-source gains

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TechNewsWorld picks up a piece from today's Oregonian reporting on initiatives to put Linux on the desktop. One example...

When [Homestreet-Banyan Tree Inc., which runs mental health clinics in Washington County] decided to upgrade its computer system this year, it planned to spend US$200,000 on new software from Microsoft and computers to run it. At the urging of the Meyer Memorial Trust, which funded the upgrade, it instead switched to Linux.

With guidance and donated computers from the Portland technology nonprofit FreeGeek, the new system cost just $50,000, according to Amy Price, the center's technology manager.

Psychiatrists, therapists and others who use the computers were initially wary of switching from Windows, she said, but the new system is working smoothly. Price said users quickly adapted to Linux's subtle differences. "They realized that it wasn't as scary as what they thought," she said.

btw, the FreeGeek site is worth a look --
especially for nonprofits working with local communities.

OK, 1,000 Case Studies

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We were a little overzealous yesterday and after listening to some feedback, we've decided that our goal is to create 1,000 case studies.  So, we have documented 37 and have 963 to go.  Wahoo!

I've got 11 orgs we'd love to have profiled so give 'em a gander and if one speaks to  you, let me know (so someone else isn't duplicating your work), click here and write 'em up!

1. Grist Magazine 

2. Grameen Foundation USA

Tagging and Social Networking With Books

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I recently discovered Library Thing, an online service to help people catalog their books.

Here are some of the features of Library Thing:

  • You add books by searching Amazon and other libraries.
  • You can use Library Thing to find people with similar libraries and get suggestions from people with your interests.
  • You can also add tags to your books and find books by tags. (just like del.icio.us and Flickr)
  • You can learn more about a user by clicking on their user profile.

There are so many more features about this website. To find out more about Library Thing, check out About Library Thing .

10,000 Case Studies, Oh, My!

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Hey Net2 folks!

My name is Britt Bravo and I’m Net2’s Community Builder.  I’m the person putting together the Participate page on the site, http://www.netsquared.org/participate, and the one who can give you info. on all kinds of cool ways to get involved in NetSquared.

Have you check out the NetSquared in Action page lately? http://www.netsquared.org/casestudy  Well, if you haven’t, give it a browse ‘cause right now we have 37 case studies up profiling how nonprofits are using technology like wikis, podcasts, blogs and RSS feeds to create social change.

new open source guide

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O'Reilly has just released Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution, "a collection of insightful and thought-provoking essays from today's technology leaders that continues painting the evolutionary picture that developed in the 1999 book Open Sources: Voices from the Revolution." Both those links provide tables of contents and sample chapters -- in the latter case, the whole book is accessible.

These essays explore open source's impact on the software industry and reveal how open source concepts are infiltrating other areas of commerce and society. The essays appeal to a broad audience: the software developer will find thoughtful reflections on practices and methodology from leading open source developers like Jeremy Allison and Ben Laurie, while the business executive will find analyses of business strategies from the likes of Sleepycat co-founder and CEO Michael Olson and Open Source Business Conference founder Matt Asay.

Highly recommended for any organization, profit or nonprofit, trying to get its collective head around the new tools enabling wide-area web-based coordination and collaboration.

Update From The NetSquared Crew: New Host Committee Member

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Warm greetings to all from the NetSquared family.

We're delighted to welcome Tessie Guillermo, President and CEO of the Community Technology Foundation of California to NetSquared's growing list of advocates!

Ms. Guillermo is a co-founder and former Chair of the CTFC Board of Directors. Prior to the CTFC, she served as CEO, for 15 years, of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a leading national health policy organization. Throughout her career as an advocate for underserved communities, she has promoted issues of health and technology access, services and equity. Ms. Guillermo co-founded many nonprofit organizations, including the California Pan Ethnic Health Network, the Community Technology Policy Council and the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans. She has received numerous community leadership awards. In 2000, she was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to serve as an inaugural member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Ms. Guillermo currently serves on Boards of Directors of The California Endowment, a $3 billion philanthropy in California and Catholic Healthcare West, the largest hospital system in the state.

A simple to do list

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I've playing with Ta-da lists.  It's a very simply way to share a to do list.  You put items on and check them off. You can make it available to individuals or on the web (the way I did in my example).

Remember the Milk (how's that for a clever name) is another shareable, web-based task manager.  It's more sophisticated -- you can set dates and priorities.  It gives you categories for your items.  More than just a simple list. 

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