There is so much information related to social justice and nonprofit organizations floating around the internet just waiting to be plucked from research obscurity and be used by an organization that can affect real lives. BUT who’s going to pull all of this information and research together into any coherent fashion? Enter IssueLab, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization who “archives research about social issues, shares it with a broader audience, and advocates for the use of open licenses and open access standards in the nonprofit sector.”
IssueLab provides a great resource of research organized by source, issue and even geographical area and recently Luise B, Marketing Associate at IssueLab, put together a toolbox entitled Knowledge Mobilization (embedded at right) to highlight the tools that they use at IssueLab to comb the internet for the research that they profile and provide on the IssueLab site.
Luise writes that these tools are “some of the tools IssueLab uses regularly for managing and mobilizing information and research – internally and with a broader audience online.” I thought this was an interesting toolbox in that many organizations, nonprofit and otherwise are constantly combing the internet in some kind of fashion for information and data related to their work. Each has its own technique of capturing relevant information and sites. Whether it is using Delicious bookmarks or covering a wall in Post-It notes, it’s valuable and important to take a step back to see how your organization is collecting and storing data and resources that are organizationally relevant. If only to answer the question “What would happen if a staff member who has various accounts across the internet suddenly leaves the organization?”
What processes does your organization have in place to monitor and keep track of the multitude of data silos the members of your organization have?