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Open Source Software Directory

More and more CSOs globally are discovering the power of using digital technologies to help them to amplify their message and their productivity. While limited budgets may constrain some CSOs from using subscription-based services, the good news is that there are a growing number of open source solutions available for use that may offer more affordable alternatives. The table includes a selection of open source software that may be of use in your work. It is by no means comprehensive, but it is a good starting point.

Also, keep in mind that while the code for open source software can be freely used and replicated, it is not necessarily free of charge to use. If you do not have your own server and the capacity to locally host any of these tools, then you may need to pay for hosting charges from the developer or third-party services. If you are new to open source, a useful document to learn more about what it means is the publication Open Source and the Creative Commons: A Primer for Humanitarian Aid and International Development, which was developed by Code Innovation. The article How to Navigate Open Source Decisions Like a Techie from ICTworks is also a useful resource.

The websites Open Source as an Alternative and Opensource.com both provide lists of open source alternatives to commercial software. Also, although not all of their examples are open source, the Kopernik Impact Technology Tracker and NOMAD Online Selection Tool are both useful resources to learn more about different software that may have application to your work in civil society.



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