Collaboration Tools

posted Saturday, March 17, 2007        

The Living Directory

The Living Directory is a “network of trust” that serves dozens of groups worldwide.

Sustainable Tucson is one of those groups, and everyone involved in the coalition is encouraged to register and post their information so that we might know about one another and collaborate more effectively.

Anyone may register, but to use the Living Directory one’s identity must be verified by someone who is already a Living Directory participant. This is done by means of a ”referral.” It is a way of protecting your information from spammers and anyone who might abuse the system. So introduce yourself to one of the core team and ask them to give you a referral.

Others may contact you through the Living Directory but your email address is not revealed unless you choose to make it public. You can learn more about the functions and capabilities of the Living Directory by reading the FAQ.

About Drupal (http://drupal.org)

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations have used Drupal to power scores of different web sites, including:

  • Community web portals
  • Discussion sites
  • Corporate web sites
  • Intranet applications
  • Personal web sites or blogs
  • Aficionado sites
  • E-commerce applications
  • Resource directories
  • Social Networking sites

What is Plone?(http://plone.org)

by Joel Burton — last modified August 28, 2006 – 07:05

Plone is a ready-to-run content management system that is built on the powerful and free Zope application server. Plone is easy to set up, extremely flexible, and provides you with a system for managing web content that is ideal for project groups, communities, web sites, extranets and intranets.

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  • Plone is easy to install. You can install Plone with a a click and run installer, and have a content management system running on your computer in just a few minutes.
  • Plone is easy to use. The Plone Team includes usability experts who have made Plone easy and attractive for content managers to add, update, and mantain content.
  • Plone is international. The Plone interface has more than 35 translations, and tools exist for managing multilingual content.
  • Plone is standard. Plone carefully follows standards for usability and accessibility. Plone pages are compliant with US Section 508, and the W3C’s AAA rating for accessibility.

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  • Plone is Open Source. Plone is licensed under the GNU General Public License, the same license used by Linux. This gives you the right to use Plone without a license fee, and to improve upon the product.
  • Plone is supported. There are close to a hundred developers in the Plone Development Team around the world, and a multitude of companies that specialize in Plone development and support.
  • Plone is extensible. There is a multitude of add-on products for Plone to add new features and content types. In addition, Plone can be scripted using web standard solutions and Open Source languages.
  • Plone is technology neutral. Plone can interoperate with most relational database systems, open source and commercial, and runs on a vast array of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris and BSD.

Skype (http://skype.com)

Skype is a free and powerful web-based communications tool. The free Skype software enables these functions:

  • Free voice over internet phone calls worldwide.
  • Low cost phone calls to virtually any phone in the world.
  • Instant message chat for groups as large as 50.
  • File transfers to or from your computer.


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