Community & Nonprofits

Building a Community or Nonprofit Website in Drupal

One of the earliest and still most common uses of Drupal is to build websites for community organizations and nonprofits. The reasons are obvious: as open source software, there's no up-front or continuing cost, and the Drupal modules provide enormous functionality right out of the box (or out of the download to be more specific).

In addition, the wide array of social media/social web modules means that you can have a modern website up and running quickly. My rule of thumb is that it typically takes half a day to a day to put up a site like this. That means a site that has appropriate security settings so that a variety of people can update and maintain it and so that its long-term prospects for survival are good. One of the problems with webmaster-based websites is that when the webmaster moves on to another project, the website languishes.

This series is based on experiences, comments, and questions many of which have come from others for which many thanks.

I'm trying to keep the technology in the background. It's based on my book, Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours which covers just about all of the technology here. In addition, there are updates about the modules mentioned on northcountryconsulting.com.

This is a work in progress, so comments and requests for other topics are welcome.

Roundtable

Learning to Code -- formally and by volunteering for good

Join Joe Donahue and Jesse on WAMC's The Roundtable on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 11 AM as we talk about ways to learn (and teach) coding in courses, self-help projects, volunteering on hackathons and data science projects, and the other ways people learn about modern technology. 

We'll look at the 2016 Congressional App Challenge to see what students across the country are doing ...and what will happen next.

Visit the Congressional App Challenge website.

Swift Playgrounds

Apple's new way of helping people learn to code (and do it). The Swift Playgrounds app is now installed on all iOS devices. 

Visit the Swift Playgrounds web page.

Hour of Code - Anybody Can Learn

Coding for Kids

Every student in every school should have the oportunity to learn computer science.

Visit them at https://code.org.

  • Hour of Code - Anybody can learn
  • Students
  • Educators
  • Advocates

Find a one-hour tutorial geared to:

  • Pre-readers
  • Grades 2-6
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9+

Data Good

This is the Canadian version of DataKind. Local projects are organized with Meetup.

Watch (and participate in) the development of a Montréal group at https://www.meetup.com/DataforGood-Montreal/.

Help make Montréal better via data science.

Data Kind

DataKind brings high-impact organizations together with leading data scientists to use data science in the service of humanity. From one-hour events to year-long engagements, we have designed programs that enable data scientists and social changemakers to address tough humanitarian challenges together. Our work helps organizations develop evidence-based decision making, increase efficiency, and enhance their data literacy. It also introduces data scientists to the Data-for-Good movement and shows them how valuable their skills can be.

Visit them at http://www.datakind.org

Branches in UK, India, Ireland, Singapore, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

From their website:

Projects include community events (consultations with organizations starting out with data science), data dives (weekend marathons events to do initial data analysis and exploration), DataCorps (long-term projects), and DataKind labs -- long-term rojects for multiple stakeholders.

They're looking for volunteers with skills in:

  • data science statistics, coding, data engineering, data visualization
  • project management
  • event planning and coordinating
  • guest blogging and speaking

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