“TechAtlas is a web-based planning tool developed by NPower, and now run by OCLC. It includes tools for inventorying your technology resources, assessing your current resources and staff skills and initiating and following through on a strategic plan.” From the TechAtlas website.
Cost: The basic version of TechAtlas is free, “Pro” versions of TechAtlas are available through specific partner organizations.
How your community group could use TechAtlas:
TechAtlas could be a great tool for your community group to use as a simple click-through guide and tool to help you assess your technology needs.
TechAtlas describes the use of their “Basic Interactive Technology Assessment Tool” as follows:
Not sure where to start with your technology plan? Not sure if your technology meets your organization’s needs? The interactive Basic Technology Assessment is essentially a survey that asks you about your current technology in straight-forward English. (You don’t have to be a technical person to use it!) Then, based on your answers to the questions, TechAtlas generates project recommendations for you to review with your staff. Recommendations not only include a rationale to share with decision-makers, how-to steps for getting it done, and further resources for more information; but they ultimately can be prioritized and printed out as a text document with the Technology Plan Creator.
Click on the following link for more information about TechAtlas: http://techatlas.org/tools/Default.asp
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