HumaniNet Collaborative Workspace Project

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by Matt Blair
Posted: 8/1/2005

HumaniNet's collaborative workspace project began with the following goals:

  • Create an online workspace to share research and more effectively manage the workflow for information we publish to our supporters, volunteers and field partners
  • Develop better strategies for collaboration within and among NGOs and humanitarian organizations in the form of quick-deploy project templates
  • Find and implement software to meet these needs that is also lightweight, inexpensive to implement, replicable in many situations, and effective in bandwidth-scarce environments
We are now mid-way through the project, and have selected Plone, an open source content management system, as our platform to build our enhanced Community Center and our quick-deploy Project Template.

In addition to our bundled project template, which we plan to release under GPL or a similar license, we will publish our results in the form of how-to documents, implementation strategies, Plone product testing and evaluation notes, best practices for site management and project content management and more.

If this sounds interesting, find out how you can help. If you would like to be on a mailing list for this project, email

Phase 1 of the project began in January 2005 and was concluded in May 2005, and Phase 2 is under way and scheduled for completion by October 2005.  For more about the history of the project, click here.

This project has received generous support from the Meyer Memorial Trust and a private donor.

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