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Website Developer

Organization: 
Active Media Foundation
VISTA Name: 
Josh King
Program Start: 
6/2007
Program End: 
6/2009
Project Outcome: 

Cecille and Josh have been helping with the Cooperative Measurement and Modeling of Open Networked Systems (COMMONS) project and have done fantastic work aiding with logistics on this initiative. We are currently moving forward with piloting our first COMMONS networks and integrating local community networks into the larger project.

Josh has overhauled the chambana.net infrastructure and the Acorn Active Media Foundation website and is currently working to add services and applications to our content management system.

Cecille, Josh, and I are in discussions with ARIN to provide the first-ever major allocation of IPv6 numbers for community networks. This would transform many networking initiatives throughout the country and represents the culmination of two+ years of work.

Impact Quote: 

Josh has been all-around fantastic. His work has enabled our community services to expand dramatically in recent years.

Website and Online Development

VISTA Name: 
Philip Dahl
Program Start: 
9/2010
Program End: 
9/2011
Project Description: 

The Corps member will work closely with both PIFVA and Termite TV staff to analyze their technology plans, develop strategies and priorities, and implement the plans into concrete and visible results. The VISTA will move work develop websites, social media strategies, and online database/archiving system for both PIFVA and Termite TV.

Project Outcome: 

The project moved forward with great difficulty as a result of skills-mismatches between the Corps member and the organization’s needs. At the end a new interactive website was developed with the assistance of outside developers.

Webmaster and Outreach Coordinator

VISTA Name: 
Nicholas Lewis
Program Start: 
8/2005
Program End: 
8/2006
Project Description: 

MAIN is currently seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve as Webmaster, helping maintain web content on multi-platform network operating center with system tools that include Linux, NT, Apple OS and HTML, Drupal and Civicspace. Additional assignments include working at MAIN CTC/public access sites located in Texas Workforce Center and Bastrop Public Library, plus outreach efforts to engage underserved community members.

Project Outcome: 

As an unfunded 501c3 offering free online support for other nonprofit groups, we have to strive for powerful but low-cost means to deliver services. Nick has helped completely overhaul our online operations, converting some key servers and sites to new automated Content Management Systems (CMS) software, esp. drupal and civicspace. This conversion has proved very complicated and we have a long way left to go, but without VISTA help it simply would have been unthinkable.

Two examples of productive outcomes are a new national community ICT resource project and a local community writing project . Though far from perfect they’re good programs that would never exist without our VISTA volunteer.

Nick helped completely overhaul our online operations, converting some key servers and sites to new Content Management Systems software, esp. drupal and civicspace. Though the very newness of the software has caused unplanned complications and delays, we’re managing to create a great many new content sections and features.

Online Community Manager

VISTA Name: 
Dina Vecchiarelli
Program Start: 
9/2006
Program End: 
1/2007
Project Outcome: 

The Youth Media Institute and Electronic Community have had a very succesful six months, in no small part thanks to our two VISTAs, Colleen and Dina. Dina’s technical expertise was critical in determining what type of content management system to use in creating the beta site for Project: Think Different’s Electronic Community. In addition to driving the design of the site and the management of the forums and other features, Dina was active in training other staff members, including the Media Watch Team in using the site, so that they could share their expertise with other users and actively participate in the online community.

CMS/CRM system comparison chart

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An initial look into potential new CMS/CRM systems for KBCS by corps member Amber Cortez. The comparison chart lines up their top three contenders by price, and other factors.

WordCamp Philly

When: 
October 30, 2010
Where: 
philadelphia, PA

WordCamp Philly 2010 is the first WordCamp to be held in the City of Brotherly Love. The event will take place on Saturday October 30, 2010 at Alter Hall, home of the Fox School of Business and Management, on Temple University’s Main Campus in North Philadelphia. It’s a complete day, organized by the local community, of learning about, loving, and discussing the WordPress platform.

Drupalcon Chicago

When: 
March 7, 2011 - March 10, 2011
Where: 
Chicago, IL

In March of 2011, thousands of Drupal users, developers, designers, evaluators and businesspeople will descend on Chicago’s Sheraton Hotel and Towers for sessions, talks, code sprints, and more at DrupalCon Chicago. Whether you’re already using Drupal or considering it for your company or organization, you won’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind event.

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