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Security Review 'sharing day'
Accredited museums must obtain expert and objective security advice for collections at least every five years and plan to implement any recommendations. We are interested to find out if there are museums in west Kent who are due a review of their security arrangements and would benefit from a 'sharing day' with a consultant security advisor to help meet the Accreditation requirement. Please contact email@example.com to register your interest.
New Crowdsourcing Platform to Match Nonprofits with Tech Experts
An innovative crowdsourcing platform that connects nonprofit organisations with technically skilled volunteers from around the world is expected to launch in 2014.
The MakeaDiff.org platform, which is currently live but being tested, is a free service that allows not-for profit organisations to coordinate with technical experts who want to volunteer their skills to help convert ideas into successfully projects.
Once registered and vetted, charitable organisations will be able to post their project on MakeaDiff.org. Developers, designers, business analysts and project managers will then be able to search the site for projects that interest them and are relevant to their skills.
The platform is being piloted by the Atlassian Foundation the charitable arm of an Australian enterprise software company by the same name. With offices in Sydney, San Francisco and Amsterdam, Atlassian has more than 600 employees who each get five days a year of paid leave to volunteer. The Atlassian Foundation is funded by a 1% charity model: 1% of equity, 1% of profit, 1% of employee time and 1% of software licences from Atlassian are donated to charitable causes.
Atlassian Foundation Manager Melissa Beaumont Lee said:
"We started hearing from nonprofits that what they valued even more than donations was access to Atlassian's technology expertise. Similarly, we had lots of employees who were keen to volunteer, but didn't know how to get involved; coordinating volunteers for all these amazing projects was just not scalable.
“Thus, MakeaDiff.org was born to benefit both nonprofits and volunteers. We wanted to reduce the friction in coordinating efforts so more time can be spent doing really meaningful work.”
Atlassian is aiming to get MakeaDif.comf fully operational next year, hopefully within the first few months of 2014.
For more details on the company and its community work visit Atlassian's website.