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NGO in-a-box: Open Publishing Edition

An on and offline multimedia publishing toolkit

The Open Publishing Edition of NGO-in-a-box is a selection of software tools and guides for on and offline publishing, open content licensing and participatory media making. The edition aims to assist organisations and individuals to harness publishing tools in their social change work.

Produced by Tactical Tech in collaboration with iCommons, the Open Publishing Edition is aimed at small to medium sized non-profits, independent media organisations, free culture creators and grassroots journalists.

The Open Publishing Box covers the following areas:

  • Desktop publishing
  • Graphic design, fonts and image manipulation
  • Web publishing including wikis, content management systems and blogging
  • Citizen journalism and participatory media
  • Open content licensing and the commons

The contents of the toolkit were selected by an editorial team made up of leading international practitioners working in DIY publishing, free culture, technology for social justice and the development and deployment of free and open source software. The primary aims of the Open Publishing Edition of NGO-in-a-box are to:

  • Create a toolkit that brings together a cross-section of approaches to the broad area of publishing for the non-profit sector.
  • Encourage and promote the growth and use of free and open source tools for these activities; assisting with choice, testing, and access barriers.
  • Promote the ethics and potential of free culture and the development of the commons.

This edition goes hand-in-hand with the Audio/Video Edition of NGO-in-a-box, creating a comprehensive peer reviewed, tried and tested free and open source multimedia toolkit for non-profits, activists, and grassroots journalists.

The box can be viewed at openpublishing.ngoinabox.org

Open Publishing Editorial Team: