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How We Can Improve Open Source Software Projects

How We Can Improve Open Source Software Projects

Published on: Jun 12 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on How We Can Improve Open Source Software Projects
Next year will mark 20 years since the term “open source software” was officially coined, and the “free software” movement has been around even longer....
What About Facebook Messenger Chatbots for Development?

What About Facebook Messenger Chatbots for Development?

Published on: Jun 08 2017 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Bolsa Familia is the Brazilian Government program for conditional income-transfers serving 14 million families living in poverty throughout the country. However,...
5 Lessons Learned in Creating Webmaker, a Mobile Content Publishing Platform

5 Lessons Learned in Creating Webmaker, a Mobile Content Publishing Platform

Published on: May 29 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 5 Lessons Learned in Creating Webmaker, a Mobile Content Publishing Platform
Recently, the Mozilla Foundation product development team set off to design a new, general purpose content publishing platform that could enable creativity among...
3 Tensions with Software Sustainability in ICT4D

3 Tensions with Software Sustainability in ICT4D

Published on: May 03 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 3 Tensions with Software Sustainability in ICT4D
At the Software Sustainability Institute, we are dedicated to making software a bonafide research output, and we argue that good software practices create better...
Do You Eat Your Own ICT4D Dog Food?

Do You Eat Your Own ICT4D Dog Food?

Published on: Nov 30 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Do You Eat Your Own ICT4D Dog Food?
In software development, there is a term called “eating your own dog food” – meaning using your own software to better understand and address your...
How to Navigate Open Source Decisions Like a Techie

How to Navigate Open Source Decisions Like a Techie

Published on: Nov 23 2016 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Much has been said about the power of open source software for ICT4D, but there’s seemingly little on how to navigate the decisions around how to use, build,...
9 Tricks for Hacking Google Sheets for Better M&E

9 Tricks for Hacking Google Sheets for Better M&E

Published on: Oct 10 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 9 Tricks for Hacking Google Sheets for Better M&E
Google Sheets can be a powerful tool for real-time monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning. But how can you optimize your setup to work with data that is...
5 Reasons Why Platforms Are Better Than Bespoke Technical Solutions

5 Reasons Why Platforms Are Better Than Bespoke Technical Solutions

Published on: Jul 04 2016 by Natasha Beale - 8 Comments
For many organizations, the struggle to choose between platform and bespoke solutions is becoming more and more unwieldy as technology choices increase exponentially....
How Can Open Source Software be Sustainable in International Development?

How Can Open Source Software be Sustainable in International Development?

Published on: Feb 11 2016 by Wayan Vota - 47 Comments
Recently Chris Fabian made the very interesting declaration. Since the UN’s charter is to produce public goods, he says “we do everything Open Source and Public...
Help! My Boss Wants a Mobile App

Help! My Boss Wants a Mobile App

Published on: Dec 04 2015 by Josh Woodard - 1 Comment
So you work in a development organization, and your boss comes to you and says, “We need an app!” If you’re not quite sure how to respond, don’t...