Thursday, September 06, 2007

Tough Talk About Tagging -

Tough Talk About Tagging - "A few years ago, it seemed as if everyone was talking about folksonomies — Web projects that let users “tag” items with keywords and create their own collaborative categorization systems. And to be sure, there have been plenty of folksonomic success stories. Sites like Flickr (which lets users post and tag images) and (which does the same for Web pages) have built up reasonably robust classification systems, and plenty of blogs — the Wired Campus included — now make at least some use of tags."

USA Today Offers News Modules Users Can Put On Personal Pages

USA Today Offers News Modules Users Can Put On Personal Pages: "NEW YORK (AP)--USA Today is plunging into a hot new Internet technology, offering users the ability to install 'widgets' on their blogs and personal Web pages that contain news updates and other information from the newspaper. Widgets are a Web accessory that people are using in rapidly growing numbers to jazz up their home pages, blogs and profiles on social networking platforms like Facebook or MySpace. Users of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) new Vista operating system can also put widgets on the desktop of their computers."

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New Tool Mines Wikipedia Trustworthiness -

New Tool Mines Wikipedia Trustworthiness - "New Tool Mines Wikipedia Trustworthiness By BRIAN BERGSTEIN The Associated Press Wednesday, September 5, 2007; 10:13 AM BOSTON --
Because anyone can edit Wikipedia, the Web encyclopedia's reliability varies wildly. Now a computer science professor hopes to give users a better baloney detector: software that flags questionable lines in Wikipedia entries. Developed by Luca de Alfaro and colleagues at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the software will color text some gradation of orange if there is reason to doubt its content. The deeper the orange, the more likely it is malarkey."

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The NonProfit Times - Blackbaud's Acquisition Of eTapestry

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Blackbaud's Acquisition Of eTapestry Questions are being asked by users and tech community By Paul Clolery When a company spends $90 million in two years, it tends to get tongues wagging. And there has been no shortage of opinions in the nonprofit technology community regarding the impact of the $24.8 million acquisition of online donor management and advocacy tool eTapestry by software giant Blackbaud."

Nonprofit Organizations Have Hard Time Finding Tech Talent -- IT Hiring -- InformationWeek

Nonprofit Organizations Have Hard Time Finding Tech Talent -- IT Hiring -- InformationWeek: "For nonprofits trying to finding IT workers, 70% say the task is extremely challenging or somewhat challenging. By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee InformationWeek August 30, 2007 04:20 PM Seven in 10 nonprofit organizations that are trying to recruit IT workers are finding the effort difficult, says a soon-to-be-released report by Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. Of 790 nonprofits surveyed by Johns Hopkins Institute, only 37% reported that they've been trying to recruit IT personnel. That's a relatively low percentage of nonprofits looking for IT staff, considering that 84% of the nonprofits were recruiting all sorts of professional and support personnel. For instance, 81% are trying to recruit administrative assistants and 56% are trying to find fund-raisers, according to the report."

NPT Instant Fundraising-Convio Going Public

NPT Instant Fundraising: "Convio Going Public By Mark Hrywna Six months after acquiring GetActive Software for $17.9 million, Convio, Inc. today filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to begin the process of becoming a public company. The number of shares to be sold and the price range for the proposed initial public offering (IPO) have not yet been determined but the Registration Statement indicated the offering could be as much as $86.25 million. Company officials could not comment on the IPO, according to SEC regulations."