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Funding technology

In their earliest stages, networks often need only the most basic off-the-shelf technology tools for coordinating, sharing information, and communicating. Many such tools are either free or very inexpensive to use at the scale of a group numbering in the tens. (See this section for a list of common tools.) But technology can become a significant cost if and when a network needs to build its own website, create a custom information-sharing platform, or run a shared measurement system. Funding can be useful for purchasing software licenses, contracting to build or customize technology, or training in how to use it.