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Home > ItrainOnline newsletter > September 2006

ITO-Announce September 2006

ITO-ANNOUNCE IS A MONTHLY DIGEST OF
RESOURCES NEWLY LISTED ON ITRAINONLINE
http://www.itrainonline.org/

The following resources were added to ItrainOnline during September:

1) Blogs and wikis
2) Multilingual computing
3) Telecentres
4) Web development and management
5) RSS and podcasting
6) Secure computing
7) Technology planning and management
8) Community media
9) Knowledge management
10) Resources for trainers
11) Recursos en español
12) Ressources en français
13) Suggest a resource

1) BLOGS AND WIKIS

9 ways to make your blog more inclusive
Darren Rowse offers nine tips for making your blog more inclusive and accessible to your communities.
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/09/13/9-ways-to-make-your-blog-more-inclusive/

Blogs and Community – launching a new paradigm for online community?
"Online community has been an important part of the Internet, mainly forming around email lists, bulletin boards and forums. In recent years, the ascendancy of blogs has introduced a new platform for communities." Nancy White' looks at emerging patterns of blog based communities and questions for their strategic application.
http://kt.flexiblelearning.net.au/edition-11-editorial/blogs-and-community
-%E2%80%93-launching-a-new-paradigm-for-online-community/

Getting Started with Blogging Software
"Whether showcasing your work, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into your nonprofit, highlighting the people you serve, or advocating a particular point of view, a blog can be a powerful - and influential - communication and public-relations tool for your organization." This report looks at the key considerations in choosing blogging software and reviews some of the options available.
http://www.communit.info/index.php?option=com_content&task
=view&id=779&Itemid=60

Exploring the World of Wikis: Collaborative Web sites organize information, encourage participation
"Part of the next generation of interactive Web applications, wikis are collaborative Web sites that allow authorized users — or in some cases, anyone with an Internet connection — to rapidly and easily change the content of pages, as well as view a history of changes that others have made." This article by Brian Satterfield looks at what wikis are, how you can set one up, and how it might help your organization.
http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/webbuilding/page4563.cfm?CFID=21896656&CFTOKEN=58759156


2) MULTILINGUAL COMPUTING

Is Your Website Lost in Translation? Top Ten Mistakes that companies make when creating multilingual websites
Huiping Iler looks at mistakes ranging from not translating keywords properly to not communicating effectively with translators.
http://www.selfseo.com/story-18644.php

Unicode and Multilingual Support in HTML, Fonts, Web Browsers and Other Applications
"Have you ever tried to include a passage in a different alphabet in one of your documents, for example a quotation in Russian in an English document, only to find that you have no Cyrillic characters available? Or sent a Spanish document in electronic form to someone in Greece, only to be told that the accented Latin characters have been replaced by Greek characters? Or produced a Web page that includes technical symbols and found that it works with Windows but not with Mac OS or Unix?" Alan Wood shows you how to avoid these problems.
http://www.alanwood.net/unicode/


3) TELECENTRES

Telecottage handbook: How to establish and run a successful telecentre
A practical guide for community development practitioners on strategies for ICT-enabled community empowerment based on the Hungarian telecottage movement
experience.
http://europeandcis.undp.org/?menu=p_cms/show&content_id=1EAEB3D3-F203-1EE9-BD0C279330992AC8


4) WEB DEVELOPMENT AND ACCESSIBILITY

Preparing Images for the World Wide Web
This guide from the University of Durham will help you understand different types of graphics formats such as GIF, TIFF and PNG and introduce you to ways of manipulating graphics for the web. While some of the references are specific to the University of Durham, the guide will be useful to a wider audience.
http://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/its/info/guides/135GraphicsWWW.pdf

Usability and User Experience Usability Toolkit
"The Usability Toolkit is a collection of forms, checklists and other useful documents for conducting usability tests and user interviews."
http://stcsig.org/usability/resources/toolkit/toolkit.html

Four Web Accessibility Myths - Busted
TechSoup challenges four myths around alternate text, the title attribute, tables for layout, and javascript.
http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/access/page5784.cfm


5) RSS AND PODCASTING

Easy Ways to Publish Your Own RSS Feeds
Brian Satterfield looks at ways to set up an RSS feed to deliver new information to your communities.
http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/internet/page5820.cfm

How to podcast with Skype
Josh Owens shows you how to record quality audio using Skype on a PC and Mac.
http://www.thinkvitamin.com/features/blogs/podcasting-with-skype


6) SECURE COMPUTING

An Introduction to Information Risk Assessment
Vishal Visintine takes you through the basics of identifying and assessing assets, threats, vulnerabilities and risks in your organization, and at creating an action plan to address them.
http://www.sans.org/reading_room/whitepapers/auditing/1204.php

The No-Excuses Guide to Automated Online Backup
"Backing up critical files is like exercising: everyone knows they should do it, but most people don't do it enough. A remedy for the files is automated online backup." This TechSoup article shows you how.
http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/internet/page5813.cfm

Information security planning
Developed by APC member Ungana-Afrika, this ItrainOnline MMTK unit aims to help NGOs plan for more secure use of information and communications technologies.
http://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/security.shtml


7) TECHNOLOGY PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

e-Strategy Guide for your nonprofit organisation
This web site, developed by the Australian government's Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts aims to "help your organisation create its own useful presence on the web and make the most of ICT (information and communications technology)." Sections including "Getting more from the internet", "Creative web use", and "Online security". While some of the references are Australia-specific, the web site will be of value to non-profits more widely.
http://www.e-strategyguide.gov.au/

Smart Chart
The Smart Chart is aimed at helping NGOs assess strategic decisions in starting the communications planning process, evaluating communications campaigns
already in progress, and reviewing efforts already completed. Available as an interactive online tool and a PDF download.
http://www.smartchart.org/

Bandwidth optimisation training resources
Briefing packs, workshop materials and information resources on bandwidth optimisation.
http://www.inasp.info/training/bandwidth/briefing.html


8) COMMUNITY MEDIA

Using Community Radio for Non-Formal Education
Community radio can be a powerful medium for non-formal education. This short guide introduces the possibilities, looks at the strengths and weaknesses of
the medium, and gives tips on getting started.
http://www.col.org/colweb/webdav/site/myjahiasite/shared/docs/KS2001-02_radio.pdf


9) KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

15 Ways to Use Software to Improve Your Organization’s Knowledge Management
"You may have seen signs that knowledge isn't flowing easily through your nonprofit: Staff can't find documents, or research things that others already know, and decisions are made without full information. " Laura Quinn looks at some of the ways in which software can help you - even if it doesn't solve all your
problems!
http://www.idealware.org/articles/software_for_km.php


10) RESOURCES FOR TRAINERS

Source Camps Replication Materials
An online online resource wiki for anyone interested in the organisation of free/open source software training workshops aligned with the Source Camp methodology that was developed by Tactical Technology Collective. It is a website where you can find information, templates, tips and secrets about organising Source Events.In the spirit of Free and Open Source Software and the general philosophy of the Source Camps the materials show how they were organised and share Tactical Tech's experiences in such a way that anyone who would like to organise their own Source Camp or other event inspired by Source Camps could do so using a set of materials.
http://replication.tacticaltech.org/ 


11) RECURSOS EN ESPAÑOL

El Formato Abierto De Documentos
Si usted alguna vez pensó seriamente escapar del monopolio de Microsoft de su PC de escritorio y aplicaciones comunes de Office, este parece ser un buen momento para volver a pensar de nuevo en esa posibilidad.
http://www.masternewmedia.org/es/2005/05/25/el_formato_abierto_de_documentos.htm

Intranet 2.0: Aplicaciones Informáticas Combinadas, Colaboración Y Autoedición Marcan La Tendencia
Las nuevas tecnologías de comunicación están siendo menos un vehículo de publicación en una sola dirección y más una plataforma para comunicación de doble vía, colaboración e innovación.
http://www.masternewmedia.org/es/2006/06/13/
intranet_20_aplicaciones_informaticas_combinadas.htm

Trucos de Linux
Una colección de recetas útiles para resolver algunas necesidades puntuales. Incluye la configuración de un hotspot y un firewall con iptables.
http://tinyurl.com/r3m4v

Proyecto WiFi Itinerante de Paraguay Silvestre
Informe que describe el proceso de implementacion de la tecnologia WiFi Itinerante.El WiFi Intinerante ss un sistema que permite que pequeñas poblaciones aisladas que no cuentan con medios de comunicacion (telefonia fija, movil o enlaces de transmision de datos) tengan acceso asincronico a Internet (es decir, en diferido) a traves de una tecnologia innovadora que integra una conexion satelital con redes inalambricas moviles.
http://www.wilac.net/descargas/documentos/wifi-itinerante/informecolectivoapoyoWILAC-final.pdf


12) RESSOURCES EN FRANÇAIS

Outils gratuits pour la gestion de projets
Ce document presente des logiciels libres qui aident à la gestion et au suivi d'un projet.
http://www.j2lb.com/uploads/File/LivreBlanc_OutilsGestionProjets_V1.pdf


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