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Open Source Crowd Funding Platforms – An Overview

Crowdfunding platform is one of the ideas we have been toying around for a bit at Appropriate IT. It will probably get on our product pipeline at some point in the future. In the meanwhile, here is some preliminary research in response to the blog post at DoNeki on How to Build a Crowd-Funding Site. We started with the answers in response to a

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Drones For (Thoughtful) Development

One of Appropriate IT’s research areas is robotics and artificial intelligence, which includes a topic that has taken on quite a bad reputation in recent times – drones. Why the bad rep is a whole another discussion. I can see a few of you rolling your eyes (no Colby, I am not thinking of you :)) and saying “Drones for Development: Really?” There is an

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Required Skills for the Future Work Force

Apollo Research Institute (formerly University of Phoenix Research Institute) has identified 10 work skills that are critical for the future work force:

Sense-making: ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
Social intelligence: ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
Novel and adaptive thinking: proficiency at thinking and

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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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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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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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    Krishi Janani: Ag Tech Network

    So…Appropriate IT is working on a new sustainable agriculture technology platform – Krishi Janani. We have been at it for a while now, launching a partially working prototype earlier this year. Before I go into the ‘Great Unknown’ parts of the story, a quick summary:

    Krishi Janani is an ag tech network (online platform + young women-led rural ag tech centers) enabling organic and sustainable

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    By Alexandra de Vogel, Assistant Trainer

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    AIDA Inauguration 5

    (Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

    Usha recently invited me to share some words of advice with the inspiring young women that had recently graduated from the pilot program of AIDA, Appropriate IT’s Development Academy, and with those from the community. Having gathered some sage advice from a few wise and generous mentors throughout my career, as well as the hard earned wisdom that comes

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