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Community-Building Collaboration Tools
The following web tour of community-building tools is a work in progress to support the CTC VISTA volunteers and others.
Please send your contributions to Frank Odasz Email: email@example.com
Today, Ebay, Yahoo, Amazon, Google and other large corporations are beginning to focus on providing localized services; free collaborative tools, (http://groups.yahoo.com) free ecommerce web sites ( http://tripod.com ), free resume-building with local job searches, ( http://monster.com ) local searches ( http://google.com ), local sales ( http://froogle.com and http://ebay.com ), local maps ( http://mapquest.com ), local classified ads ( http://craigslist.com ) local satellite images and GIS mapping tools( http://earth.google.com ), and even local dating ( http://eharmony.com ).
The National Science Foundation offers free community networks with seven collaborative toolshttp://lone-eagles.com/inquiry.htm
- full featured web-based
Listservs are the most commonly used collaborative tool because the messages automatically show up in your email inbox instead of requiring you to remember to go to a site to read messages.
Free Blogs (Web logs - public
Blogs are popular as a means of posting images, videos, and text as public topical journals. Using RSS, it is easy to subscribe to favorite blogs to have all new messages automatically forwarded to either your own blog or an RSS aggregator.
Blogger - Free Blogs
Well designed and very easy!
Blog Spot - Free Blogs
http://www.blogspot.comTypepad Free Blogs
10 things to know about blogging
Blog searching Sites
Outstanding Examples of Blogs
Rural Alaskan Broadband
Videos, podcastings, and cultural expression.
Cowboys Use Blogs
Cowboy Bob sends audio and video to his blog from the saddle via cellphone.Jon Lebowsky's Exceptional Blog
Nettrice Gaskin's Youth Media Bloghttp://mixxnmash.blogspot.com/ Amazingly interesting content and links!
Steve Cisler's Bloghttp://place.typepad.com/digitalcommons/
http://www.ibrattleboro.com A pretty good community blog.
Howard Rheingold's Blog
Andrew Cohill's Design Nine offers a ad-free blog on community technology issues
Andy Carvin's favorite blogs
Use an RSS aggregator program will allow you to automatically receive new information from as many blogs as you wish. This seems to be a key trend as an efficient method for staying current with many peers without having to go to their blog sites.
The DIGITALDIVIDE list(it's my ddn email list, but I like to receive it via RSS ratherthan have it fill up my in-box.UNDP NIT Observatory(ICT4D headlines from the UNDP)YouthLearn NewsDesigning for Civil Society, by David WilcoxKnowPROSE, by Taran RampersadExactly 2 Cents Worth, by Dave WarlickDailySummit.net(about WSIS, currently inactive but should start again in 2005)
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Readers
What's RSS and Why Should I Care About it? By Andy CarvinRSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a way of having new content fromwebsites, blogs and newsletters come directly to you. If you're ablogger or a online publisher, RSS feeds make it a lot easier for yourreaders to keep up-to-date. This short tutorial includes directions for how to set up your own RSS software at http://myyahoo.comRSS readers
The free, web-based RSS newsreader bloglines is recommended
Recommended is sage which is a reader for firefox http://sage.mozdev.org/ and have been able to subscribe to feeds that aggregate news for topics as widely divergent as Renewable Energy, BBC news, Alaska Headline News, a host of science news, follow a former students blog on his adventure of the tip of South America to Antarctica, rugby, and more. A list of other readers can be found at http://blogspace.com/rss/readers . What I like about them is that you can quickly bring up a headline list with summary to determine if you want to visit it and the list stays with you as a sidebar until you change feeds.To extend what I know I have added both podcast and rss capabilities to a web site that I am developing for use in my classroom this coming year. It will reside as an intranet offering with some publication outside as appropriate. You can find the rss feed which will also lead you to the podcast (which I read as providing mp3 audio and/or video resources) at http://www.edulynx.com/mvsci/mvsci_rss.xml .As part of doing this I download and learned how to use the following tools to create the rss feed and "podcast"; Audacity sound editor <http://audacity.sourceforge.net/> , the Lame digital encoding plugin for Audacity, <http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~raa110/audacity/lame.html <http://www-users.york.ac.uk/%7Eraa110/audacity/lame.html>>, and FeedForAll an rss feed editor <http://www.feedforall.com/>.
RSS Aggregator Software (newsreaders)
Software to allow you to subscribe to blogs and automatically receive all new postings.
If you don't have a newsreader, here is a link to the recommendednewsreaders for several platforms.
Andy Carvin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
If you would like to become acquainted with wikis, podcasts, and blogs log
Many of the best educational blogs can be found listed
Video Blogging (Vlogging) From Andy Carvin http://www.andycarvin.com
Speaking of video blogging, http://MeFeedia.com has set up a simple way for podcasters and video bloggers to add a link to their blogs so that users can subscribe to their content using iTunes. In case you hadn't heard, the newest version of iTunes (www.apple.com/itunes) lets you subscribe to both podcasts and video blogs. Over the coming months, more and more people will be switching to this version of iTunes, which will make it worthwhile for podcasters/vloggers to add a one-click subscription link on their blogs. I've just posted a blog entry about how to do this:If you're a podcaster or vlogger, here's how to do it:Step 1: Go to http://mefeedia.com/add.php and add your RSS feed.Step 2: Mefeedia will then bring you to a page with several links on it. One of them will invite you to get an iTunes 1-click subscribe button on your blog. Click the link.Step 3: Mefeedia will show you some HTML code. Add it to your website, tweaking it if you like.And that's it. Once you've put it on your site, iTunes users who click the link will be able to have your audio or video sent directly to them and managed with the iTunes software.Model video-blogger: rynanne hodson, in new york, is doing work that is paving the wayfor the rest of us. see the quicktime file at the bottom ofand the video pieces on her blog athttp://ryanedit.blogspot.com/see also the national public radio story at
Free Video Sharing Sites
Network Visualizations!!! http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/index.cfm Must See!
This is a new application where Tokyo inhabitants post photos which are mapped on a satellite image of the city. You might need broadband for this. It loads slowly at first.
UK picture wall http://www.neukol.org.uk/media/whitby/view_items.phppeople in over a dozen countries have committed to convening> "peace tiles" workshops where children will create collage tiles that> capture their personal reflections on HIV/AIDS. More information at>> So one of the things I'd really like to be able to create is a clickable> "image" map, maybe something like www.mappr.com, through which users can> access information and documentation about tiles workshops. This could> include facilitating introductions so that workshop communities can organize> their own tile "swaps."lars http://devarts.orgEngaging visual artists to create a better world
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/ the web's most comprehensive site devoted to the art of landscape, nature and documentary photography
web cam locator http://find.pcworld.com/50546
Programmable web lists 200 mashups
Wikis - More full-featured than blogs with peer-editing capabilities
Spreading Knowledge, the Wiki WayWikipediahttp://www.wikipedia.org
One million articles were donated and peer-edited as open knowledge at Wikipedia which is now larger than the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Wiki Tutorial http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wiki_ScienceIf you really want a good understanding of wiki... Not just the how, but alot more.... go through the several pages of the wiki science section
A community-edited site called WikiNews invites readers to collaborate on producing a general Internet newscast. Anyone can contribute to WikiNews www.wikinews.org
Article on Wikis http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5430-2004Sep8.html
Here's where you can set up your own Wiki, it is a fun collaboration tool
Audio: Sound editors, podcasting
Cell phone pod casting article
http://www.gizmoproject.com,Has built-in audio recording capabilities.
One of the best applications that not only provides all the tools you need to create your Podcast but the interface is intuitive, easy to use, and it’s free at the moment. You can download a beta copy
http://audioactivism.org/Listen to an example of the call quality via a recording
Audacity Sound Editor
http://audacity.sourceforge.net One of the best Open Source Sound Editors.
Commercial site for audio books and podcasts.
cellphone podcasting - resource site w articles
Cellphones for Learning
http://www.gizmoproject.com, has built-in audio recording capabilities.
http://www.sonicpostcards.org/"Sonic Postcards is concerned with the impact of sound on our lives and aswith an ordinary postcard it offers the opportunity for people to exchangeinformation about their local environments with a view to providing windowsinto a variety of other places, lives and cultures."
http://www.digidesign.com/ptfree/If you haven't found it already, here is a link to Protools Free. It is aVERY good program (free) for recording/producing multi-track audio and MIDI,but only works on 'older' operating systems (Mac OS 9 and Windows98/ME)It's bigger (expensive) counterpart - Protools LE - is an industry standardin music/audio production.
World Forum for Acoustic Ecology
http://interact.uoregon.edu/MediaLit/WFAE/home/We've build a system where people can, essentially, email mp3's intoyour mp3 player. Users can either email the audio via a mp3attachment (email@example.com) or create it on our site using aflash recorder. I believe it is a good alternative to call in messages thatare often at the end of podcasts and a good alternative to regularemail if you are emailing mp3s. The site is also free.Could be useful for people with only web access to start building audioblogs and podcasts. A very fast way to create audio emails, saving a hugehassle setting up MP3 conversion software.. All it needs is a mike andyou're in business.They store 250 MB free for each podcaster with upload facilities and a
Sources of Community Media Expertise
Free Press launched a new resource where you can
search by state and find out if any of the
hundreds of community media projects all over the country are near
· Main section: www.hearusnow.org/connected
· Press Release: http://www.hearusnow.org/other/newsroom/internetbroadband /groupsunveilnewcommunityinternetresources/
* Community Media and Social Movements
* Media Activism and International Solidarity Efforts
* Community Media and/as Cultural Politics
* Media and Community Development
* Innovative Cultural Forms & Practices in Community Media
* Community Media & New Technologies
* Indigenous Peoples’ Media
* Communication Policy and the Public Interest
* Media Literacy, Pre-professional training and Community Media
* Tactical/Autonomous/Community Media
* Community Journalism And Investigative Reporting
* Community Media and Civil Society
* NGOs and Community Media
* Community Media & Local Cultural Production
* Media Reform, Media Activism and Community Media
* Community Media and Collective Memory
* Production and Distribution through Global Networks
Taking It Global
http://takingitglobal.org tools and ecards Get new video?!Go to http://www.pcmg.tv and "Click Here To Watch On Demand." Hopefully, future shows will feature community networking projects from across the country. If your community is interested in staying connected to this initiative, please e-mail Bill Hammerman .... firstname.lastname@example.orgThis week's "Tech Corner" Live Internet TV ShowWednesday, March 30th, 8:00-8:30 p.m. (PST)
The Alliance for Community Media
www.alliancecm.org is pleased to announcethe first online edition of its quarterly journal, Community Media Review -The People's Guide to the Telecommunications Act of 2006
This weekend I completed a short Web documentary on my visit to a mobile computing lab in Baramati, India last week. The video, called Baramati Bus Stop, is about six and a half minutes long. It explores the mobile lab, which features two dozen thin-client computers installed on a bus. I also show my visit to a rural primary school classroom, and meeting some of the local village children who aren't enrolled in school -- and thus have no access to the technology.I've made two versions of the video, one without captioning and one with captioning.Without captions:
But as Allen Ginsberg said “Whoever controls the media—the images—controls the culture.” (http://www.zaadz.com/quotes/topics/media/) It will likely continue to be an uphill battle.
RTPnet goals for 2005 are at http://www.rtpnet.org/rtpnet/goals/
and the annual report for 2004 is at
Both are linked from "About RTPnet" http://www.rtpnet.org/rtpnet / ).
Judy Hallman (email@example.com, http://www.rtpnet.org/hallman )
Executive Director, RTPnet, NC ( http://www.RTPnet.org/ )
http://techatlas.org/tools/techatlas helps nonprofits map out technology
The Communications Initiative
MIRA conclusions, stories, and evaluations http://www.onlinearc.com/mira/mira2/conclusions.htm
Tokyo inhabitants post photos which are mapped on a satellite image of the city.
You might need broadband for this. It loads slowly at first.Gizmo.http://gizmoproject.com/It has a built in call recording feature, security features, uses a VoIPstandard called SIP, better sound quality, and is free.
100 Second Film Festival
http://100second.ltc.orgApril 9, 2005 - The 100 Second Film Festival is the festival foreverybody. It's so short that anybody can create a video andparticipate. There are no restrictions on theme or subject matter -whatever you have in mind - you can do it! Why participate? All theentries we receive will be published to the web as full quality videofiles and catalogued so that you can hand pick your own favorites and havea 100 Second Screening in your community. By using a Creative Commonslicense this festival can go anywhere - and through the power of theDigitalBicycle (http://www.digitalbicycle.org) it will. This project ofLowell Telecommunications, LTC, is truly a festival like no other - adynamic stream of content which is ever evolving, wherepublic access mingles with the avante garde and we want you to be a partof it. So get going!
"Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google
Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power
of Google Search to put the worlds geographic information at your
Community Survey Tools
Free Community Survey Tool
Tutorials Below are from the Digital Divide Network (www.digitaldivide.net )
How to Create a DDN Blog:Ever wanted to create your own blog? You can try out our free,noncommercial, easy-to-use blogging tool.
How to Create Your Own DDN Community:DDN users can create their own online communities, featuring bulletinboards, document sharing, news and events listings, blog entries and RSSfeeds.
Washington Internet Project
Digital Story Telling Manual
www.storycenter.org/memvoice/pages/cookbook.html The idea of digital story telling is a wonderful way for students to present and publish their “stories.” This website gives step-by-step directions on how to implement this with your class.
Digital Story Telling appears to be the latest development in portable
video. Now that we can edit without cumbersome tape based editing
systems, the medium is liberated for lots of different kinds of people
(seniors in particular) to use. www.bbc.co.uk/wales/capturewales/ is a
good one to look at.
And Nettrice has a truly fascinatingand outstanding blog http://mixxnmash.blogspot.com/
"How to Use Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom by Jennifer New
Also, I created an Internet TV channel for contributing VISTAs at http://portal.nettrice.us/bm/. Christy Park/SCAT submitted some great youth-created movie clips. Some of those clips are now available as video podcasts through iTunes (by invite).
Her youth media resources handout http://portal.nettrice.us/digital_media/intro.html you can download it
Here's a list of some interesting youth art/media sites I've found:
Nettrice Gaskin's forums http://cpcs.umb.edu/vista/forums/
video blogging at
UMass Boston/CPCS as part of a media literacy course I
am teaching this semester. If you type "video blog" in
Google Steve Garfield's name comes up as the first
item. Here's what Steve covered today:
Learning how to create a video blog is not too difficult and it might be a great way for you all to show some of the youth media that people are creating. Here's a link to a tutorial:
Funders often want to see that
you have a plan for assessing the outcomes of your youth
and programs. The challenge is finding a good tool to
use for assessment. A good resource for this is Youth
Creating Content Collaboratively
Phil Shapiro's storytelling links
Hilary's extensive story-telling links http://www.tech-head.com/dstory.htm
Phil Shapiro wrote:
hi everyone -my niece, who is turning seven next week, is very creative. i wantedto give her a present that recognizes and encourages her creativity.so i composed this song and created this web multimediapresentation.
check out www.mediatank.org.
Other Extensive Collections of Collaborative Tools
Free Web-based Collaborative Tools available
Thanks to Casey Hughes for creating such an incredible listing! Grant Bowman's Listing of Collaborative Tools
http://www.svpal.org/~grantbow/groupware.html Outstanding! David Woolleys Guides and Clearinghouse:
Global Schoolhouse Collaborative Learning Center
Community Networking Clearinghouse
Community Networking Reading Listing and Grant Templates
The Ten Top Collaborative Internet Tools
An article written several years ago on the ten top collaborative Internet tools is still quite valid. http://lone-eagles.com/tencollab.htm
National Science Foundation’s FREE “Inquiry Labs”
A ten-year grant provides the following outstanding free collaborative tools. You can create a private community network in just minutes. A Youth project model for showcasing the potential of these tools for community leaders is at http://lone-agles.com/inquiry.htm
The Inquiry Page
Learning begins with questions. Welcome! The Inquiry Page is more than a website. It's a dynamic virtual community where inquiry-based education can be discussed, resources and experiences shared, and innovative approaches explored in a collaborative environment.
Here you can search a growing database of inquiry units, and you can also build your own inquiry units. You can see pictures of inquiry-based activities and learn more about some of our partners who use inquiry methods. Learn how to assess and evaluate inquiry-based education or look for more inquiry resources to support what you're doing. Or you can simply find out more about what inquiry and The Inquiry Page are all about.
The I-labs represent an easy-to-use, free, community network incubator. A good place to start for those who are unfamiliar with how a community network actually functions using collaborative tools to gather and share new knowledge.
“The Inquiry Labs” (I-labs) are at http://inquiry.uiuc.edu/cil
Browse the collaborative projects of others to see how they are using the free tools.
I-lab collaborative tools are called “bricks” and are listed at http://inquiry.uiuc.edu/cil/bricks.php
Two Example Inquiry Lab Applications
SisterNet: Participatory Design
A model project using the community inquiry lab above.
Puerto Rican Community Projects
This page describes how this group is using the community inquiry lab.
Open Source Content Management Systems (CMSs)
*What Does a Content Management System Do?
Three article series with links to free CMS systems customized for various Non-profit applications.
CMS Comparision Charts
This may be helpful for folks trying to pick a content management system as the
basis of a community network:
http://www.svpal.org/~grantbow/groupware.html Grant Bowman does an excellent job.
http://www.drupal.org Sample site http://www.civicspace.org Drupal Distance learning www.drupaled.org
Plone Distance Learning
http://www.postnuke.org Sample site: http://lone-eagles.knet.ca KNET host details http://lone-eagles.com/indigenous_resources.htm
Moodle distance learning
A drupal content management system with a clean design.
The ACM (Assoc. for Computing Machinery) has an excellent piece on
Postnuke CMS RESOURCES
Postnuke docs to review http://portalzine.de
flash front end example http://www.predatorial-tendencies.com/
http://spidean.mckenzies.net but you already saw all those examples. I
Amazing Collection of Postnuke Site Themes,
note the animated Flash graphics of nature scenes
with mist rising and birds and butterflies.
Spidean Pinnacle of Excellence PostNuke, PHP-Nuke, MD-Pro, eNvolution Themes and Modules Home of the AutoTheme HTML Theme System.htm
Excellente photogallery model!
CN PHP HOSTS:
Parchman's host choice
From: David Bonner <firstname.lastname@example.org>Our home page is located at : www.aanet.org
www.afcn.org open source listings, bowman's collab. tools
This is very doable stuff for community networks. I am using the same =
software on Capricornia Online (http://capricornia.org),
There is an online support community for Zope at http://zope.org and one =
for Plone at http://plone.org
http//smart.knet.ca/internationalCANADIAN FIRST NATIONS ict CONFERENCE
Native movies/films www.motionvisual.com
COMMUNITY JOURNALISM BLOGs
Site dedicated to the new media
Dan Gillmor, reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, has written a book on this subject and maintains blogs at www.bayosphere.org and http://wethemedia.oreilly.com This community will share news and ideas about the citizen journalist movement. Read his book "We, the Media" Dan Gillmoor email@example.com
This week saw the very-soft launch of Bayosphere, created by veteran technology journalist Dan Gillmor, who left the San Jose Mercury News last year and wrote a book We The Media, in which he espoused many of the tenets of this new form. Bayosphere joins a small community of sites, such as Wiki News, Backyard, and Newstrust, dedicated to getting people to work together to chase their own stories, comment on stories from the mainstream media, and track which news they think warrants their attention. Collaborative journalism is so far falling into three distinct approaches. There's the local news approach, offered by such sites as Backfence.com and Gillmor's new project, where the community focuses on stories happening in a specific geographical area. For privately owned Backfence.com, which launched on May 3, it's two cities in Virginia. For Bayosphere, it will be the Bay Area in California.There's the broader-focus approach, practiced by South Korea-based Oh My News and WikiNews, which cover a wide array of topics, issues, and locales.
And, finally, there are the community-based media-vetting efforts, something sites such as Newstrust will offer when it officially launches. Newstrust will use specialized software that it's building to help people "select the news they can trust," says co-founder Fabrice Florin.
The business strategy is if we can get a critical mass of very local content and a local audience, then we can target ads better than we ever could down to a town level," said Jeff Jarvis, president of http://Advance.net , the Internet arm of Advance Publications. One intriguing experiment started in May when the Bakersfield Californian, a daily newspaper with a circulation of about 65,000, launched a community Web site called the Northwest Voice (www.northwestvoice.com).
When fire destroyed a historic building in Brattleboro, Vt., in the wee hours of Saturday, the local daily newspaper had already been put to bed. But by dawn, local residents had posted photos and their own stories about the blaze on http://iBrattleboro.com , a local Web site where anyone can write the news.
Locally, an Internet start-up called
Backfence LLC is planning to launch
reader-generated news sites in Reston and
McLean by April. The plan, according to chief
executive Susan DeFife, is to develop eight to
10 community sites in Fairfax and eventually
go national, creating similar sites in 16
metropolitan areas within three years. Unlike
Advance.net or Northwest Voice, Backfence
plans no companion print products and won't be
hiring reporters. (The company's co-founder,
Mark Potts, is a former Washington Post
Community builder businesses
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-COOL Community Networking PROJECTS
CTEP- The Community Technology Empowerment Project
Catherine Settanni, Project Coordinator
Community Technology Empowerment Project Resources
C-CAN, with partners St. Paul Neighborhood Network, The City of Minneapolis, and the MN State Dept. of Human Rights has been awarded a three year AmeriCorps grant!
Thomas A Webb
Canadian Community networking Innovations
Arkansas State University has begun this endeavor through their incubator and are looking for up to 50 centers nationwide. http://www.arkansasnews.com/archive/2004/03/19/WesleyBrown/156214.html