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Gaps in Nonprofit Software

I'm here at the Nonprofit Software Development Summit and have been doing mostly logistics, however today I was able to attend a session facilitated by Laura Quinn of Idealware called "Gaps in Nonprofit Software" the notes from the session can be found here.

Integration Discussion Off to a Flying Start

This afternoon's session on integrating nonprofit software tools started off this continuing theme with some real life stories of the types of integration organizations are doing ( read the notes on the event wiki

Opening Session Audio now available

You can find it on blip.tv in MP4 format.

Video excerpts are on the way, but take more time to compress and/or select and upload.

Today's haul: More than 30 gigs of DV format!

Diverse Opinions of the NPDev Community

The community-building activities at the start of the Summit revealed a surprising diversity of opinions within the npdev community. What most surprised me is that there's mixed opinions about whether nonprofits are ideologically obligated to support open-source software. My own thought is that social entrepreneurship will take off in the tech sector, and there will be successful nonprofit businesses that promote and develop open-source software that is just as reliable and usable as any proprietary software: ethical dilemma solved.

final preparations

The final preparations of the summit are underway at Aspiration - nametags, folders, lunch orders; Gunner sent out an updates and reminder email earlier this afternoon; check out the final agenda at http://devsummit.aspirationtech.org/index.php/Event_Schedule

I am interested in quite a few sessions, some of which are in simultaneous tracks; choosing is going to be difficult. Not too bad though, irrespective, it is going to be interesting and a learning experience - moreover, I can always share/swap session notes with the other attendees. Looking forward to it!

How we upgraded our website

We use a Content Management System (CMS) for our website.  A CMS is an online database that holds all the content of our website and allows us to easily edit our website online. 

There are many great CMS's out there, however Aspiration uses Drupal.  We recently decided to upgrade the version of Drupal we were using because of all the new features available in the new version.

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