Civic Networking Planning Guides

The following is a listing of planning and practical guides dealing with civic networking. This is certainly not a complete listing - if you know of additional resources, please let us know.


  • Best Practices Toolkit *

    Compiled by the Benton Foundation's Communications Policy and Practice program, this portion of their web site provides an invaluable resource of tips and tools for more effective utilization of Internet technology in the promotion of a nonprofit organization's goals. Categories are broken down into: (1) Top Recommendations, (2) Web pages with great tools for nonprofits, (3) Nonprofit-related electronic newsletters, (4) Nonprofit-related discussions lists, (5) Technology Funding for Nonprofits, (6) Fundraising on the Internet, (7) Nonprofit Technical Assistance Providers and (8) Papers & Books.

  • Blacksburg Electronic Village - Community Network Planning Guide *

    This Community Network Planning Guide was developed by the Electronic Village Technologies (EVT) group at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. This FAQ address questions they recieve from other communities who are developing community networks. As one of the earliest and most well known community networks, they have invaluable information to offer. Lots of additional helpful and interesting information can be found on their Starting a Village page.

  • Community Information Toolkit *

    The Community Information Toolkit is a multimedia collection of tools and tips for teaching public library staff and community partners how to get their local community information on-line.

  • KickStart Initiatives *

    KickStart Initiatives are community-based efforts to bring the Information Superhighway to all individuals through schools, libraries, and community centers. This site, divided in four sections, offers guidance, ideas, tools, and real-world examples to help community leaders launch KickStart Initiatives. These sections are: Connecting People and Communities to the Information Superhighway; A Leadership Guide to Getting There; Resource on Intellectual Property, Privacy, and Security; Resources for Communities

  • Missouri Express Guides *

    Practical Guide on creating a community network. The questions on developing organizational structure and financial plan, providing technical support and training for users are discussed.

  • Nuts and Bolts: Practical Resources for CAP Sites *

    This is a toolkit devoted to all aspects of orgainzing and managing community network.

  • Running a CAP site *

    This toolkit how to organize Community access program has following sections: technical support, revenue and promotion, CAP site administration, staffing and volunteers, and others.

  • Shaping Our Communities: The Impacts of Information-Technology *

    This Resource Guide is designed to get you thinking about the impacts that telecommunications and information technology will have on our communities. It is not intended to be an academic review or paper. Instead, its primary goals are: (1) to provide basic information on telecommunications and info-tech developments; (2) to offer a variety of viewpoints about the likely impacts of information technology on cities and towns; and (3) to provide access to relevant on-line source documents.

  • The Perfect Launch: Creating and Sustaining Your Community Access Centre. *

    This handbook has been desinged as a resource to assist in the management and organization of a Community Access Center. It covers the essential steps required in the process of planning an access center, writing a proposal and managing a center.


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