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The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)


Networking for Success

Notes




June 5, 2008

(Week 1)

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Introduction


Introduction to the
Networking for
Success

project goals and outcomes


Defining the scope of NFS


How technology can help convey
organisation’s vision to the world


Discussion of the participants’ work, their
short and long term goals and the role
they hope technology will play in their work


Rules of Conduct

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Networking for Success


The
Networking for Success

project is
an initiative of the Women’s Technology
Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)


Supported by the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC)
and Fahamu

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Networking for Success

Goals:

The NFS project will teach women how to use

Web 2.0 tools and other ICTs to effectively develop and

advance their work.

Through the project, participants will:


Develop skills in the use and management of Web 2.0 tools
(blogs, wikis, podcasts) and other technologies in order to build
capacity and efficiency into their organisation’s work


Learn how to work collaboratively with colleagues within and
outside of their organisations using ICTs


Learn how to identify and assess the appropriateness of
various ICTs to different tasks


The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

What are ICTs?

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs):


An umbrella term that includes all technologies for the

communication of information


Information technology
, which

uses computer
hardware, software and peripherals


Telecommunications technologies
, which

include
telephones (with fax) and the broadcasting of radio and
television, often through satellites


Networking technologies
, of which the best known is
the internet, but which has extended to include mobile
phone technology, Voice Over IP telephony (VOIP) and
satellite communications.


The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

What is Web 2.0?


Web 2.0:

Web 2.0 is a term describing the trend
in the use of World Wide Web technology and
web design that aims to enhance creativity,
information sharing and collaboration among
users


Has led to development of web
-
based
communities and social networking sites, wikis,
blogs and folksonomies


E.g.: Blogs, Wikis like Wikipedia, Flickr,
del.icio.us, YouTube, GoogleVideo, FaceBook


The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Relevance to Nigeria


Low learning curve


No/little technical skills required


Less time investment


Information flows in multiple directions, so
encourages development of locally
-
relvant
content


Many web 2.0 tools are free

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

What is a Blog?

Blog or Weblog

Characterised by:


Series of journal entries, called ‘posts’


Frequently updated


Reverse chronological order


The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Blog


Typical Elements include:


Date


Post title


Comments


Permanent Link, also called a ‘Permalink’

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Blog vs. Website


Websites:


Information flows tends to be one
-
directional


Readers are typically information consumers
only


Presents one dominant voice/perspective


Blogs:


Information flows in at least two
-
directions


Readers are also contributors of information


Encourages more discussion & interaction


The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

How Can Organisations Use Blogs


To report back from an event or
conference


To highlight staffs’ knowledge


To involve volunteers and document their
work


To provide information and resources
to

stakeholders


To provide information and resources
from

stakeholders


The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

How Can Organisations Use Blogs


To create media coverage for work


To create awareness on important issues


To give stakeholders a voice


To reach potential donors


The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Setting
-
Up a Blog


Type of blogs should be suited to
organisation’s needs


Free vs. Fee
-
based blog tool?


Hosted vs. Installed blog tool?


Level of in
-
house technical competence


Flexibility of customisation

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Blogging Tools


Blogger


LiveJournal


TypePad Basic


TypePad Plus


TypePad Pro


WordPress Hosted


WordPress Installed


TextPattern


Movable Type


Expression Engine

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Sample NGO Blogs

W.TEC Blog, www.w
-
teconline.org/blog

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Sample NGO Blogs

Kalam: Margins Write, http://marginswrite.wordpress.com

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Sample NGO Blogs

Innovate Rotary, http://changeagentgroup.typepad.com/innovate_rotary/

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Useful Links

Blog Aggregators


reBlog:
http://www.africanwomenblogs.com/


Nigerian Bloggers:
http://nigerianbloggers.com/

Blogging Guidelines


http://www.sun.com/communities/guideline
s.jsp



The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

Practice


Let’s create a blog

The Women’s Technology Empowerment
Centre (W.TEC)

NFS Blog


Blog URL (To read blog):
www.w
-
teconline.org/nfsblog


Admin Site (To post):
www.w
-
teconline.org/nfsblog/wp
-
login.php



Type in User Name and Password


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