Open for Change

Open for Change

113 members
  • Join

    When you join a group, other members will be able to see your profile and message you. The group logo will be visible on your profile unless you change that setting.

  • Information and settings

About the Open for Change Group

Imagine there is a platform, where a certain Jessica from, let's say, Uganda, can easily share her story and how she works to improve the conditions in her community.... more »
Imagine there is a platform, where a certain Jessica from, let's say, Uganda, can easily share her story and how she works to improve the conditions in her community. Imagine she can also see on the platform where in her direct surroundings others are working on similar issues. And then imagine she can use the services of various parties on that platform, without ever having to register for another account.

Many web platforms exist to (help) improve the lives of people elsewhere. But those sites are operating in relative isolation: users, projects, news, knowledge, contacts, fund raising. There is not (yet) a lot of cohesion.

And that is exactly what we envision: connecting the platforms by developing joint standards – so that Jessica can more easily access the tools to improve the lives of herself and those in her community.

Connecting platforms is not just a technology problem, but also involves legal aspects and asks for ways to share outcomes.

With a coalition of 6 Netherlands-based "2.0 platforms", we started developing a shared protocol, to agree on common standards on three levels:

* Tools: choosing a suite of existing standards and developing common APIs? to exchange data and make information available. A lot is happening in terms of "Linked Data", data portability, and open knowledge.

* Rules: developing terms of service and privacy agreements that allow sharing across platforms. If your project got accepted on one platform, why do you have to go through a complete approval process again to have it on another platform too? Is there a "Privacy Commons" doing what "Creative Commons" does for copyright?

* Results: set common standards for reporting results of activities and projects, to enable aggregation of data across platforms, and demonstrate actual impact of activities. ProjectRSS? and OpenActions? contain elements of this that are relevant for peer-to-peer fund raising and volunteering.

You're welcome to join us! « less

Have something to say?

Join LinkedIn for free to participate in the conversation. When you join, you can comment and post your own discussions.

About this Group

  • Created: April 21, 2010
  • Type: Nonprofit Group
  • Members: 113
Feedback