Spent most of last week joining over 1,000 nonprofit techies from across the US as well as other countries at the annualNonprofit Technology Conferencein Washington DC. I also spent the following day atPenguin Day, a celebration of open source software.
As usual, the educational sessions at NTC were great. Despite the large crowd, the many sessions planned concurrently helped keep the crowd size small – but made it harder to select which session to attend. Some takeaways:
much to my surprise, many sessions focused on the challenges of data integration and using APIs. I have joined NTen’s affinity group to help further these efforts
an interesting summary of how web 2.0 tools (e.g. blogs, wikis, SecondLife etc.) have been ‘smuggled’ in to organizations that originally resisted them
a ‘nonprofit soapbox’ that allows nonprofits to take full advantage of open source content management with some technical assistance
importance of the IA (information architecture) in web project management
open source software has become more mature – and is even more of an attraction for nonprofits, although having a relationship with a consultant or other support network is essential.