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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: frank@lone-eagles.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 tools http://lone-eagles.com/inquiry.htm


Listservs - 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.

Sympa Free Listservs

My Way Free Listservs

Yahoo Groups

A lesson on using listservs with links to additional instructional resources

Free Blogs (Web logs - public self-publishing)
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

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 Blog
http://mixxnmash.blogspot.com/  Amazingly interesting content and links!

Steve Cisler's Blog

Rural Trends

Ibrattleboro Blog
 http://www.ibrattleboro.com A pretty good community blog.

Worldchanging Blog

Howard Rheingold's Blog

Andrew Cohill's Design Nine offers a ad-free blog on community technology issues 

Andy Carvin - blogs from an exciting globetrotter renaissance man,
www.andycarvin.com  and  http://www.edwebproject.org/andy/blog

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.


 (it's my ddn email list, but I like to receive it via RSS rather
 than have it fill up my in-box.
 UNDP NIT Observatory
 (ICT4D headlines from the UNDP)
 YouthLearn News
 Designing for Civil Society, by David Wilcox
 KnowPROSE, by Taran Rampersad
 Exactly 2 Cents Worth, by Dave Warlick
 (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 Carvin
RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a way of having new content from
websites, blogs and newsletters come directly to you. If you're a
blogger or a online publisher, RSS feeds make it a lot easier for your
readers to keep up-to-date. This short tutorial includes directions for how to set up your own RSS software at http://myyahoo.com
RSS 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 recommended
newsreaders for several platforms.
Longtime AFCN member Gareth Shearman sends along a pointer to the
excellent, RSS-rich site used in Victoria.
worth a look as an example of how RSS can be used to provide a wide
variety of news and information on a home page.
For more information, including access to the portal software itself,
drop Gareth a note (shearman@victoria.tc.ca).

The Association for Community Networking (AFCN)

Web site www.afcn.org  now provides an RSS news feed, for those of you that
like to get your news via an RSS newsreader, rather than visiting
twenty sites a day to see if there is anything new.
If you have a newsreader, simply click the "Syndicate" button on the
AFCN home page to get the URL for the news feed, and pop it into your

Andy Carvin <acarvin@edc.org> wrote:

One of the feeds we've just created is an RSS feed that
> aggregates all the latest blog posts that have been posted by DDN


If you would like to become acquainted with wikis, podcasts, and blogs  log

onto this wiki that was created by Stephen Downes,  http://downes.jot.com/WikiHome
 Steve Downes' edtech blog aggregator
You can subscribe to Stephen's OLDaily here

Many of the best educational blogs can be found listed

in the 2004 edublogs awards at
 Digital divide network's paul chenoweth's blog, chasing
the dragon's tale, is included within the honorees.
      read about paul's wide-ranging interests at

Video Blogging (Vlogging) From Andy Carvin http://www.andycarvin.com

Video tools listing  http://www.rocketboom.com/extra/video_tools/  from the popular Vlog www.rocketboom.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 way
for the rest of us.   see the quicktime file at the bottom of
    and the video pieces on her blog at

Free Video Sharing Sites

Free video sharing









Imaging Innovations

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.php

people 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."
Engaging visual artists to create a better world

Imaging Tools

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

GIS mapping




Programmable web lists 200 mashups




Wikis - More full-featured than blogs with peer-editing capabilities

Spreading Knowledge, the Wiki Way

One million articles were donated and peer-edited as open knowledge at Wikipedia which is now larger than the Encyclopedia Britannica.
If you really want a good understanding of wiki... Not just the how, but a
lot more.... go through the several pages of the wiki science section

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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

Has built-in audio recording capabilities.

PodProducer www.podproducer.net
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

Audio Activism

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.

Podcast site

http://www.gizmoproject.com, has built-in audio recording capabilities.
"Sonic Postcards is concerned with the impact of sound on our lives and as
with an ordinary postcard it offers the opportunity for people to exchange
information about their local environments with a view to providing windows
into a variety of other places, lives and cultures."
If you haven't found it already, here is a link to Protools Free.  It is a
VERY 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 standard
in music/audio production.

World Forum for Acoustic Ecology

We've build a system where people can, essentially, email mp3's into
your mp3 player. Users can either email the audio via a mp3
attachment  (username@podomatic.com) or create it on our site using a
flash recorder. I believe it is a good alternative to call in messages that
are often at the end of podcasts and a good alternative to regular
email if you are emailing mp3s. The site is also free.
Could be useful for people with only web access to start building audio
blogs and podcasts. A very fast way to create audio emails, saving a huge
hassle setting up MP3 conversion software..  All it needs is a mike and
you're in business.
They store 250 MB free for each podcaster with upload facilities and a
podcast aggregator.
http://2bctnd.com  - podcasting & broadcasting on demand services

Also very interested in a site called
http://soundportraits.org . Good models

http://2bctnd.com  - podcasting & broadcasting on demand services

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 you.

·       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

Digital Bicycle

Media Tank

Our Media


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 .... whammer@petalumanet.org
This week's "Tech Corner" Live Internet TV Show
Wednesday, March 30th, 8:00-8:30 p.m. (PST)

The Alliance for Community Media
www.alliancecm.org is pleased to announce

the 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 (hallman@rtpnet.org, http://www.rtpnet.org/hallman )
Executive Director, RTPnet, NC ( http://www.RTPnet.org/  )


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.

Voice Over Internet Protocol
Skype www.skype.org

Free World Dialup http://fwd.pulver.com

There is a new free VoIP soft phone like Skype for the PC and Mac called

It has a built in call recording feature, security features, uses a VoIP
standard called SIP, better sound quality, and is free.

100 Second Film Festival

April 9, 2005 - The 100 Second Film Festival is the festival for
everybody.  It's so short that anybody can create a video and
participate. There are no restrictions on theme or subject matter -
whatever you have in mind - you can do it!  Why participate?  All the
entries we receive will be published to the web as full quality video
files and catalogued so that you can hand pick your own favorites and have
a 100 Second Screening in your community. By using a Creative Commons
license this festival can go anywhere - and through the power of the
DigitalBicycle (http://www.digitalbicycle.org) it will. This project of
Lowell Telecommunications, LTC, is truly a festival like no other - a
dynamic stream of content which is ever evolving, where
public access mingles with the avante garde and we want you to be a part
of it.  So get going!

Google Earth

"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

http://groupserver.org www.groove.net   

Social Bookmarks

Setting a "post to delicious" shortcut on the bookmarks toolbar on firefox
is recommended and is easy ... It makes it very simple to use, example

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 bulletin
boards, document sharing, news and events listings, blog entries and RSS

Washington Internet Project

Digital Storytelling

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.

Nettrice Gaskin's has created wonderful resources for Youth Media!!!
Check out the portal Nettrice created for the Digital Media for Youth area.

And Nettrice has a truly fascinating and outstanding blog http://mixxnmash.blogspot.com/

"How to Use Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom by Jennifer New

posted on the Digital Divide Network.  She gives six suggestions for implementing digital
storytelling in the classroom.

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).

Main Portal

Actually my interest in a theme is the evolution of community media with youth and community technology since I think they go together.  I wrote this on the ACME Boston blog at: http://acmeboston.blogspot.com/2005_10_01_acmeboston_archive.html
"In the Executive Summary of the NAMAC Deep Focus report there is mention of a "new generation of media makers and viewers" that may drive the field towards emerging technologies. They are tech-savvy, connected, and mobile..."blurring the boundaries between producing and consuming media, gaming, and all the while multi-tasking." Apple calls them "digital natives", Deep Focus refers to them as "the Millennials", and they are the generation born between 1982 and 2000.

Her youth media resources handout
http://portal.nettrice.us/digital_media/intro.html you can download it

I just uploaded the course syllabus for media lit.  My college course begins right after Labor Day.
Another link I will soon add to my web pages/syllabus is The Art of Visual Storytelling at http://www.visualstorytelling.com/.  I referred to the book when developing the curriculum for my computer animation classes with youth this summer.  It was very helpful...and covers all the areas for Digital Media/Creativity, including the more traditional media forms.
The Digital Art Youth Program guide includes a chart of tools and applications, as well as how to get started with developing DAY programs.  I will reference it during the orientation/overview next week, as well as use some of the materials for handouts.
Also, I plan on developing the new pages with new content and material for practitioners.  Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated.


...and let me know what you think.  I will be adding resources in the coming weeks such as a forum for Digital Creativity but I also started a blog at http://www.mixxnmash.blogspot.com/.


Check out:
National Alliance for
Media Arts and Culture
(NAMAC) 2005 Conference
I am teaching a few computer animation classes this summer and I thought I'd share with you the web site I am developing for the class, esp. since it relates to "digital media for youth".  One of the groups is from Mission Works (also known as Mission Main).  They have a Technology Goes Home program.  My class will be part of the Youth@Art Tech program sponsored by the Mission Hill Fenway Technology Collaborative.  The aim of the Youth@Art Tech program is to fill the gap for young people who are too old for summer camp and too young for summer employment.  Many of the young people who graduate from Tech Goes Home enroll in the Art Tech program.
By the end of this summer these young people will have some interesting projects to showcase.  Here's a link to the computer animation class web site (you need Flash player to view):
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

Here's a list of some interesting youth art/media sites I've found:

The last site is my own but needs to be updated (coming soon) and NAMAC has some "hot topics" relating to youth.
Finally, here's my personal web site:

Nettrice Gaskin's forums http://cpcs.umb.edu/vista/forums/

You can still get the handout by going to portal.nettrice.us/digital_media/intro.html and clicking on the "handout" link towards the bottom of the page.  It's part of the text.
On your digital media guide, I'd like to see more specific links "in
context" to guide me to where I can learn more step-by-step.
The guide I shared is part of the development of the technology workshops I am in charge of at Mass College of Art.  At some point there will be a portal to go along with the catalog of free workshops we offer to students, faculty and staff. Already there are links to online learning resources such as atomiclearning.com and lynda.com.
You may want to check out Al Gore's Current TV, esp. the survival guide at http://www.current.tv/studio/survivalguide/.
Right now I am really into machinima and playing The Sims 2.


 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 Learn:


And I will send you the link with my Flash intro for the upcoming NAMAC conference that I did in Flash. 
Here's a link to the computer animation class web site (you need Flash player to view):

Creating Content Collaboratively

Phil Shapiro's storytelling links

for free digital storytelling tools i like
for free blogging i like
i like the new podcasts in itunes 4.9.  (http://www.apple.com/itunes)
you might want to think about starting your own podcast.  your podcasts
can include your own thoughts and commentaries along with interviews conducted via
skype or in person, using a portable audio recorder (analog or digital.)
Phil Shapiro  pshapiro@his.com
http://mytvstation.blogspot.com/ (video and rich media)
"There's just so much more creativity and genius out there than
our media currently reflect."  FCC Commissioner Michael Copps

Phil Shapiro wrote:

hi everyone -
      my niece, who is turning seven next week, is very creative. i wanted
to give her a present that recognizes and encourages her creativity.
so i composed this song and created this web multimedia
Unfortunately my Quicktime is bust, but I followed the link to your great "Ways of Promoting a Creative Mindset Using Email" essay <http://www.his.com/~pshapiro/creative.mindset.html> - when I was a child, I also had an uncle - otherwise a very serious EU law specialist - who invented fantastic stories for us kids, as you do with your nephews and nieces.
BTW, do you know Gianni Rodari's Grammar of Fantasy? See <http://www.eceteacher.org/books/reviews-rodari.html> for a review and, for applications,<http://www.eceteacher.org/consulting/workshops/5.htm>.
(Actually, the title should be "Grammar of Imagination": by some odd quirk of language evolution, fantasia in Italian = imagination and viceversa phantasy in English = immaginazione).
Rodari was also a commited communist, and it comes through at times as a proto-political-correctness in Grammar of Fantasy. But not too much, in his ditties and tales: he also wrote "Favole al telefono", "Tales on the phone", btw - no e-mail back then. One of them - an update of "The Little Mermaid" is translated by Bernie Libster in <http://storyteller.net/articles/73> - not Rodari's best one, unfortunately.

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 Woolley’s Guides and Clearinghouse:

Global Schoolhouse Collaborative Learning Center

Mentoring Projects

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.

Learn about the major features ofa CMS, and how it can help your
organization manage its Web site.

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.

CMS comparisions

Drupal CMSs
http://www.drupal.org Sample site http://www.civicspace.org Drupal Distance learning www.drupaled.org

Plone Distance Learning
Eduplone  http://eduplone.net

Postnuke CMSs
http://www.postnuke.org Sample site: http://lone-eagles.knet.ca KNET host details http://lone-eagles.com/indigenous_resources.htm

Moodle distance learning
 http://moodle.org http://thinkingdistance.org/mission.html

Moodle for distance education is free, open source and extraordinarily versatile for developing online courses.  Colleagues who have  used it more extensively love it. http://www.moodle.org  It's free at the Literacy Tent.
gina stevens and frances long are both expert moodlers and would enjoy
hearing from you.
    gina will be presenting at the MoodleMoot conference in massachusetts
at the end of june, 2005.  the designer of moodle will be flying in
from australia for this conference.


Drupal CMSs

Civic Space

A drupal content management system with a clean design.


Purdue university, in indiana, is leading the way with an interesting
documentation writing project for drupal, a powerful and popular
no-cost open source content management system (cms). 
article          http://pw.english.purdue.edu/osddp/node/view/166
Project site: http://pw.english.purdue.edu/osddp/
Your new Association For Community Networking membership also enables to you to login to other Drupal powered websites (e.g. http://www.drop.org/) without registering. Just use the following Drupal ID and password:
Drupal ID: frank@lone-eagles.com
password: afcn

The ACM (Assoc. for Computing Machinery)  has an excellent  piece on

Open Source software that discusses the evolution of Open Source
software, how to evaluate and select software, the major Open Source
projects, and the kinds of licenses that are used

Open Source Software and Open Content As Models for eBusiness  

Civic Client Relationship Management Software
CiviCRM provides basic CRM functionality (contact,
relationships, groups) plus email (broadcast/listserv)
and donations.
Overview of CiviCRM:
Our sandbox (too see the code):


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

will say that the ability to alter the front end, if you get to a point of
wanting or needing to cookie cutter sites, this would be the *one* tool
required to customize off the top.  I cringe at theme editing as I was
hoping beyond hope that a theme would just fall out of the sky.  Not quite.
And I just don't want to muck through css style sheets in Dreamweaver, which
you can do, but that like working on a car with generic tools.  Possible,
but takes 10 times longer.
There is a theme tutorial

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

Frank, here is a site that really uses the resources of PostNuke.  It is a
PostNuke support site, but if you really take the time, you will see how
well it does this.  It is as always, very busy and can be confusing, but for
instance, hit Topics and you will see how he segregates his site out.  This
can be really beneficial to see all this stuff.
In the center, part way down, find the selection More News.  Hit that and
fasten seatbelt.  This gives the best listings of modules and blocks I have
seen.  I've been trying several to see if they work, how they work, and if
they have a future.
Check this out.  PostNuke Internet TV.  The only one that worked was
Bloomberg, but still.  Pretty cool. http://www.kyantonius.com

http://www.photographyblog.com Online course module www.moodle.com  http://moodle.oldcolo.com/

There are a couple of theme editors but I have not
used them, preferring to root around for a suitable theme.  Here's a site
that offers a few to preview....
pageed and other mods http://canvas.anubix.net
The site to scope out is    http://sd9.oldcolo.com   another test implementation
http://manhattan.sourceforge.net/ Manhattan open source online course system, click on teachers manual on left to review features.
for an intro manual for Moodle and creating courses
play with moodle.oldcolo.com it's a test site and hard to break
course mgnt tools, course authoring aids, etc are all explained here
the gallery interface is a php module in

Excellente photogallery model!


Hospital private patient status community site www.thestatus.com
couple of things.... as you may remember, our daughter Jennifer's baby was born with some severe difficulties in his brain. He just had surgery and while I was there, found resources at Providence Hospital in Anchorage for a really neat and free website building opportunity, to keep friends and family "up" on his condition. It's an excellent example of what is out there for use within a community and you are welcome to use his website as an example, if you wish. It's at  www.thestatus.com where you click on "Visit a Patient page" and then type in
Patient: Hickerson
Password: NOVA-OVAL


Parchman's host choice

We decided to go with Website Source. Details at:
We signed up for the "All-In-One" shared hosting plan. When you pay
annually, the cost is $9.56/month plus a one-time $20 setup fee.

From: David Bonner <bonner@aanet.org> Our home page is located at :  www.aanet.org


PHP engines



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/international  CANADIAN FIRST NATIONS ict CONFERENCE

Check out http://sandylake.firstnation.ca for a great
archive of traditional ceremonies, stories, pictures ... and this is just
one of the remote First Nations in this region of Northern Canada.
in one day),
there were over 1.2 million hits on the http://myknet.org

Native movies/films www.motionvisual.com



Free Press
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 dgillmor@sjmercury.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 reporter.)

Community builder businesses

Fill out their survey and they will match you with your soulmate. They claim 10,000 marriages resulted from their first year and predict 100,000 in 2005. They just received $100,000 in venture capital. Expect many spinoffs from this hybrid search engine dating service.








-COOL Community Networking PROJECTS

CTEP- The Community Technology Empowerment Project
Catherine Settanni, Project Coordinator

The 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

http://www.ospueblo.com - Open Source and Educational Resources
http://wordwonder.com - For Readers and Thinkers


Canadian Community networking Innovations

Other projects

Ecommerce Incubators
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



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