Topic: Open Source

The PB&J Principle: Managing expectations of data and how it flows to make an appetizing website

July 16, 2014
As it turns out, there's a whole lot of detail you need to include in preparing something as simple as PB&J. And all of my years of experience as a consumer of the product did little to prepare me for how to instruct others in how to best create it. I remembered this experience the other day when I sat down with one of our senior developers, Tim. We talked about the fundamental elements of a Drupal site, how they relate, and—most importantly—the order in which elements need to be determined.

Is Your Organization Ready for Open Source Software?

June 17, 2014
You know your organization needs to make a core technology change.  Why? The list is long— you can’t get the donor information you need, your program team can’t effectively manage volunteers, and your operations staff are spending way too much time entering and moving data instead of engaging key constituents. It’s time. Choosing the right core technology may be one of the most important strategic decisions you’ll make; because it changes how your organization operates and because of the cost and effort in involved, you’ll probably only have one chance to get it right.

Open Source Feminism: An Intervention with Wikipedia

March 26, 2014
In February 2014, groups of artists and tech-savvy folks staged what called they called a “feminist intervention” to Wikipedia. The idea that technology is not neutral is a heavy one. Though the whole point of open source technology is that it’s made stronger and better through collaboration, actually figuring out how to use the technology is not an equal playing field.

CiviCRM: Software Built and Sustained by Community

March 26, 2014
Founded nearly over a decade ago, nonprofits today use CiviCRM for everything from fundraising and coordination of volunteers, to e-communications, event management, membership programs, and advocacy campaigns. CiviCRM has been translated by a globally distributed group of volunteers into over 20 languages, and the huge and growing CiviCRM community — now over 15,000 members strong — helps generate the software's development roadmap from the ground up. Despite having no marketing department, and a full-time “core team” of only six, CiviCRM is now used by more than 10,000 organizations around the world.