Mapping with Google Fusion Tables

Google’s Fusion Tables, a way to manage large amounts of data online with powerful visualization capabilities built into it, was recently graduated out of Google Labs and became an app available on the Google Apps dashboard. I have used Google’s Spreadsheet Mapper to create embeddable maps before, so I needed to know what Google Fusion Tables is all about and whether I need to

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Online Privacy: Enabling Identified, Pseudonymous, & Unidentified Uses

Alma Whitten (Director of Privacy, Product and Engineering, Google) in her blog post “The freedom to be who you want to be…“ makes the distinction between three modes of online use which Google sees itself as serving. The distinction between the three is important for those of us who are interested in online privacy, especially for those activists who are working in closed

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Rules for Organizing a Protest

Rules for organizing a protest from How Did the Wisconsin Capitol Occupation Begin, Anyway? by Rebecca Greenfield in today’s The Atlantic:

1. Be flexible. Adapt your plans according to events as they happen.

That night was the first of 10 — and counting — that hundreds have occupied the Wisconsin state Capitol. The TAA hadn’t planned to stay there overnight. “It emerged rather organically,” explains

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How WordPress is Made…

A few thoughts on How WordPress is Made:

Distributed work environments are going to become increasingly more common. Questions of how to foster team collaboration or create a company culture will become more complex.

Email is not very popular. Most of the work is done by P2s, IRC, and Skype. This one is a relief, since I was under the impression that I am

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Twitter Archiving Tools

From ReadWriteWeb. Slightly dated, but still very useful list of tools to archive your twitter history. Someone, please build a usable Twitter archive app. :-)

10 Ways to Archive Your TweetsBy Sarah Perez / August 11, 2009 6:48 AMhttp://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/10_ways_to_archive_your_tweets.php 

What that means is something tweeted prior to a week and a half ago can never be retrieved via search.twitter.com. That’s bad for

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Box.Net for Document Management

Initial research suggests that box.net may be one possible option. Reasons to like:

Folder level security options for sharing
Sync via a directory on local desktop
Full text search for business and enterprise users
Widgets allow sharing certain folders within intranets or websites
Built-in project collaboration and workflow
Similar use in a non profit organization: Case study of C3 Colorectal Cancer Coalition

Integrates with Google

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Searching for a Document Management System

Looking for:

Share with a large group (50+) of people
Integrate with Google Apps (possibly single sign on)
Ability to tag or categorize documents
Ability to search through documents, or at least search through tags
Built-in capabilities such as anti-virus and backup would be good

Starting at Document Management on Google Apps Marketplace

We really need to expand Office Productivity page of Organizational Technology wiki

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ICT for Banking & Micro Finance

ICT for Development Case Studies Series

IV. Banking & Micro Finance

Lessons from the Field – ICTs in Microfinance
PRODEM, for example, is using ICTs to verify the identity of its customers. It utilizes a combination of smart card technology combined with biometrics to allow fingerprint ID verification at all of its branches and ATMs. The use of fingerprint verification ensures that only the account

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ICT for Livelihood & Skills Training

ICT for Development Case Studies Series

III. Livelihood & Skills Training

Egypt: Youth Clubs for Tomorrow’s Leaders
Since 2001, the Egyptian government has undertaken a campaign to bring technology skills to the country’s youth. It has established more than 1,000 IT clubs offering a range of training opportunities for students. For isolated communities, the government has launched mobile IT clubs. Two container trucks with satellite

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GIS & Mapping Resources

Resource list from ICT for Development Learning Network’s August event on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Development: Experiences from the Field. The event was co-hosted by AED and Appropriate IT. Carmen Tedesco, Program Officer and Geospatial Coordinator at AED, moderated the panel discussion and also contributed to the resource list below.

Presentations:

Silvia Petrova, Winrock International: GIS for International Development
Andrew Ross,

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