NetSquared (based in the U.S.) has launched their newest summer contest, the N2Y3 (that’s NetSquared Year Three) Mashup Challenge. You can see the 100+ projects that have been submitted here. One of mySociety’s projects, PledgeBank, is featured in one of the submissions: Social Actions. Peter Deitz is developing a way to lead any given user (an individual or an organisation) through the process of selecting a social action platform. Do you want to raise money? Do you need to integrate with a specific CRM? Do you need an online donation processing tool? Do you need a widget for your site? This mashup with combine 29+ (the list keeps growing) “action” tools (including PledgeBank) in that wizard, helping the average Joe or Jane figure out which tool would work best for them.
Of course, in order to move forward in the competition for mentoring and money, Peter needs your vote. To vote for this mashup (and at least four more — NetSquared is smarter than to just let everyone vote for one), just create a free account on the site and add at least five projects to your ballot. There are some really cool ones out there, so browse around a bit. The polls opened on Monday at 8am PST, and they will be closing on Friday at 5pm PST. The 20 mashup proposals with the most votes will attend the annual NetSquared Conference in San Jose, May 27 & 28, 2008. During the conference, the mashup creators will have a chance to pitch their projects to funders, foundations, and fellow nonprofit tech professionals.
Another UK-based project to take a look at is Project Bija:
The project will change how we look at the world, thinking spatially and in terms of layered interwoven societal drivers.
With a map as the primary navigation tool users can access information on local, regional, national and international scales about:
1. The challenges;
2. Available resources;
3. Who is working to overcome the challenges; and
4. How 1,2 and 3 can be synergised.
The project promoter is currently anonymous, but offering some clues:
I'm a UK lawyer specialising in digital social media so work with many clients in the private and non-profit sectors who use social media. For example, I advise Oxfam on their use of social media and drafted their blogging and social networking policies.
I also lecture at Westminster University and London Southbank University regarding social media law.
I guess the reason for anonymity is that law firms are somewhat restrictive in what their staff can promote in public. There is, however, more on the idea:
The primary interface is a map api - eg google maps.
Divide the map on a country basis. Individual countries can be clicked upon. the second stage will divide those countries into clickable regions and the third stage dividing those regions into clickable local areas. Each scale provides more focus and filter.
Clicking on a country zooms into the country. On the navigation bar are a series of links (Challenges, Resources, Organisations etc. Links open up to further sub links which then lead to information feeds (feeds are either RSS or scrapped using dapper) for that country divided into:
3. Non-Profit Sector.
4. Private Sector.
Zooming into the map allows more detail of filtered results for example, local newspapers, closer detail of which charities and companies are working in the area.
Due to the greater detail required at local level users may log in to the site to add information via a wiki.This is all a bit beyond my technical understanding, but checking in with my friend Paul Henderson at Ruralnetonline got a positive response to the idea, with suggestions for linking up with things like Groups Near You and National Rural. There's also potential in the rural community carbon Google map. As the guys at MySociety say, you don't have to choose between these two. I think they both deserve our votes, following instructions above.