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Social media cost-effective for councils?

Use social media rather than traditional is the call from public service. It is hard to make savings on social media unless they are carefully targeted and run. Conversations are often open- ended in new media, and this can increase

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Posted in eGovernment, Engagement

Shirky on paywall

Lovely quote among many: And to put it in one bleak sentence, no medium has ever survived the indifference of 25-year-olds

Posted in Engagement, ICT

Digital engagement needs to part of something bigger

Lots of good stuff in Dave’s post on the need for a new focus for digital engagement. My take is compatible, but different. I think digital engagement will become a substrate to “normal” activities. We won’t think about digital or

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Posted in Engagement

Tableau public and open data

Tableau Public looks like a great data analysis option for open data munging. Quick and easy to use and generates web interactive visualisations. Neat.

Posted in Engagement

Open government report

Some similar conclusions to ours in the CTPR report released in May. Processes need radical reworking, not extending Culture change is critical

Posted in eGovernment, Engagement, ICT

Digital engagement strategy for government

Good to see that the digital engagement strategy for government is still part of the coalition. it’s on page 5 (or 6) of the PDF mentioned in an article focusing on skunkworks.

Posted in Engagement

Data first, then ask what analysis is needed

Give me less information and more data! Good call from the development aid community (here the World Bank) to get the data out there first and spend less time up front trying to second guess how people might use it

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Posted in eGovernment, Engagement

Using a schema to make stories stick

Thanks to Anecdote for this video from John Medina explaining schema. Summary: frame your discussion with a concise and easy to understand schema. Schema

Posted in Engagement

Government bids against itself on Google search

It is tricky when you are joint funding alternative routes to get people engaged. Even so, it does sound like the organisations have inadvertently caused each other problems due to their both bidding on the same keywords.

Posted in Engagement

Participate rather than worry about how participation might work

A lot of thought goes into working out how to govern groups of people: the argument here is that you should let structures emerge within a broad framework, rather than try to nail down all the whys and wherefores. Participants

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Posted in Engagement, Experience sharing