What is different about Linseed?

Local

Your data should belong to you, not to a corporation in the "cloud". With Linseed, all your data can be stored on a desktop or server within your building. This means that your connection to the data is FAST, RELIABLE, and SECURE. Linseed data can be backed up automatically to a remote location, or you can include it within your existing backup system.
Don't want that responsibility? Linseed can be remotely hosted if you prefer.

Personal

Experience has taught us that ongoing training and access to friendly, responsive, support staff are the most important ingredients in an organization's satisfaction with their software systems. We insist upon face-to-face relationships and quarterly or annual site visits to make sure that you are using these tools to their full capacity.

Holistic

Mother enrolls son for the academic year. Father registers daughter for summer camp program. Children spend time at both mother's household and father's household. Mother is an alumnus of the program from 20 years ago, and stepmother is also a parent within the community. Grandmother has been a loyal and generous annual appeal donor, while grandfather pays tuition for grandson. Father is a skilled carpenter who volunteers each year for the fundraising fair. Mother's best friend is a program officer with the Smith Foundation, which makes grants to local progressive educational initiatives. Step-sister has a severe peanut allergy, and cousin from the next town is considering enrolling next year.
The real world is infinitely complex and interconnected. Linseed is built to be flexible and comprehensive enough to map this web of relationships so that we can see (and help foster) the many ways people participate within a community.

Rigorous

Linseed supports systematic to your entire organization. Assessing the effectiveness of programs and courses, and evaluating student performance is a daunting task. Linseed supports holistic yet rigorous evaluation of all program activities. Read more here.

Handmade

Linseed is being built by the people who actually use it every day. Not by a corporation of software developers, but by real teachers, administrators, and bookkeepers. Our goal is to collaborate to create the best possible tools for our work, and share our innovations with other organizations who do similar work. Computer systems can be capable of extraordinary power and convenience, or of frustration, stupid repetitive tasks, and dehumanizing mechanical ugliness. We won't be satisfied until our workflow on the computer is as fast and friendly as possible, and the presentation of information is beautiful, simple, and transparently clear. Then our attention can be spent on what we value most: creativity, teaching, program development, and personal relationships.

Affordable

By sharing our investment in these systems, we can collaborate to make software solutions possible that would otherwise be unaffordable.
Our principles:
  • Three basic pricing tiers based upon the size and complexity of your organization.
  • Small installation fee based on the number and configuration of your workstations.
  • Monthly membership fee to support ongoing development and collaboration
  • NO limits or extra charges for how much data (MB or records) you choose to store.
  • NO limits or extra charges for adding users to the system,
  • NO limits or extra charges for the features or modules you want to use.

Appropriate

The gifts of technology come with hidden costs: the casual consumption of energy and natural resources, an atrophying of the human capacity and intelligence, an acceleration of expectations and the pace of work, and an prevailing sense of disconnectedness.
The lawnmower disrupts the lazy summer afternoon, the snowblower spoils the silent beauty of a new snowfall, the dishwashing machine eliminates lingering after-dinner family conversations. Modern humans now spend more and more time staring at fascinating glowing screens. What did we notice in the past that we now no longer can see? We imagined that the brilliant speed of information technologies (telephone, fax, email) would save us time, yet why are our lives so much more hurried than our ancestors? Don't forget that in many situations, paper, pencil, and handwriting remain the best way to gather and share information. If you have simple paper systems that work within your organization, don't replace them with a computer. Talk to us about paper systems and graphic design help: we create paper forms, reports, cards, and calendars that are beautiful and efficient at the same time.

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