Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Influence a CRM software project

From a post to the Riders-Talk listserv:

CiviCRM is seeking input on the design documents for our open-source (GPL) relationship-management application for the NPO/NGO sector. Four full-time developers will start coding CiviCRM to the design documents on 2/14/05. Get your input in by then!!

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WHAT IS CiviCRM?
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CiviCRM is a LAMP-based, open-source project to create relationship management software for the nonprofit and nongovernmental sectors. CiviCRM stores information on the universe of people associated with a nonprofit organization and on their interactions (emails, donations, petitions, events, etc.).

http://objectledge.org/confluence/display/CRM/CRM+Project+One+Pager


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INPUT ON WHAT?
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CiviCRM manages contacts and relationships for other software applications. Initially CiviCRM will manage contacts and relationships for the Drupal/ CivicSpace platform (www.civicspacelabs.org).

For other software developers to use CiviCRM, they need to know the data model and the public API. The data model defines what is available (individuals, households, organizations, relationships, groups,
actions) and the API defines how developers access and manipulate that data.

To review documents, follow the hyper link, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the "add a comment"hyper link.

Feature overview (high level):
http://objectledge.org/confluence/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=592
Data model:
http://objectledge.org/confluence/display/CRM/Data+Model
Public API:
http://objectledge.org/confluence/display/CRM/CRM+v1.0+Public+APIs


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HEY, I"M NOT A CODE-HEAD!
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If the documents above make your head hurt, you can still make a valuable contribution! Write a user narrative for us about how a NPO/NGO would store, group and manipulate information about individuals, households and organizations.

User narratives are plain English stories about what a NPO/NGO would do with CiviCRM.

To contribute a user narrative, follow the link below, read the examples, scroll to the bottom and click the "add a comment" hyper link.
http://objectledge.org/confluence/display/CRM/User+Narratives


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THIS IS COOL, HOW CAN I HELP IN MY COPIOUS SPARE TIME?
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CiviCRM is an open, community process. We encourage broad participation. The more you contribute time and effort, the more impact you will have on CiviCRM.

Find out how to participate here:
http://objectledge.org/confluence/display/CRM/How+to+Participate

Alternatively, drop me, David Geilhufe, an email at dgeilhufe AT-yahoo DOT-com. We'll find a good way for you to contribute and get all your questions answered.

Please distribute this announcement to anyone that you think needs to know about CiviCRM



(in: crm, open_source, foss, nptech)