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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mission Information

I met someone at lunchtime today who told me about a couple of projects of interest to those involved in missions and information:
The Harvest Information System is a cooperative effort of several organizations who share a desire to facilitate the task of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the peoples of the world. HIS assists mission sending groups in fulfilling their portion of the task, by improving the sharing of information through the standardizing of categories and codes.
It has a rather bizarrely arranged website, which for some pages requires you to download .mht files, a Microsoft archived web page format file. However anything that helps missions work together better is a good thing in my book.

The second project is Open Petra. This is a project arising out of OM's need to develop a system to manage their office information. There's an interesting history on their website including an abortive attempt to use Delphi. They've since started work on an open source solution they hope will be of use to other non-profit organisations.Something worth watching.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A day to find out about IT in Wycliffe

I wrote an article on the Wycliffe blog yesterday: A day to find out about IT in Wycliffe. In my first draft after announcing the name of the event Check IT Out, I put "(Did you see what I did there?)". My editor suggested it might not be clear, but I think the audience for this blog might recognise that grammatical construction as indicative of a pun.

Monday, September 20, 2010

New intern in IT

I've pleased to say we have a new intern starting in the IT department today. As I've written in our current prayer letter, now the department is short-staffed, rather than being really short-staffed. I've updated the IT Support Assistant advert to take out the fact that it's available under the intern scheme, as we only have one intern place. However if you can commute to the High Wycombe area, and you don't need paying, we'd be glad to have you!

Friday, September 10, 2010

From OpenID to SAML

A colleague read my post about OpenID and pointed me towards SAML. Whereas OpenID handles authentication, SAML also handles authorisation. My questions about OpenID arose out of a user's perspective, but it looks like SAML might be useful between the separate Wycliffe Organisations.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Funding projects - a blog post I never wrote

It's good to work in a team. I fired an idea off to one of my colleagues who writes for our website, and a few days later out pops a blog post on funding projects.

Whilst possibly not as interesting as hearing about ex-pats working on Bible Translation, the fact that more "nationals" (to use the jargon) are involved in Bible translation means more money is needed, as the local church often can't support them.