November 17, 2011
Innovation, Knowledge Share, Linked Data, Local Government
IMD, indevon, linked data, mark painter, open data, Wordpress
I love finding excellent examples of stuff, more so when you find them in your own council and especially when they actually prove some concepts to other people.
So I was very excited to hear and actually see what a colleague here at the council Mark Painter has been doing with WordPress and linked data.
Mark has been doing lots of work on understanding open and linked data and recently put together a proof of concept site for area profiles, which brings together mosaic data (as an xml file), neighbourhood statistics and IMD data from CLG support by swirll.
I love this proof of concept because we need to do more of this here in Devon and it also supports and proves the concept around my content strategy…one other reason I love this is because this was all done through good old WordPress
I must reiterate this is a proof of concept and may break at any time as mark continues to explore how to make this better…he has already started to look at how he incorporates the Crime Data into this as well…
May 10, 2011
Collaboration, google docs, Wordpress
I was so pleased to read that WordPress have announced that you can now embed google docs and calendars into WordPress
This is such a good feature that I actually believe we will start to see lots more use of “on the edge” WordPress sites as well as more mainstream sites within the public sector and in particular making use of the great features found in google docs. There are many opportunities here that I’m actually quite excited
To demonstrate this great new feature I have embedded a google spreadsheet which was collating data from a form about the use of WordPress within the UK Public Sector.
Update: If you know of any more WordPress powered sites then please submit them using the form below
April 7, 2011
Innovation, Local Government
To all who live in Devon and or Somerset
Devon and Somerset Councils are appealing to you for your support of their bid to the government for superfast broadband for Devon and Somerset. Just because Devon is a largely rural county it doesn’t mean that it should be left behind in a digital age.
Do you get frustrated when you are online and your browser just grinds to a halt? When you can’t multi-task because your broadband connection is stopping you? When pages take an age to load? When your online TV streaming cuts out or it takes a week to download a film? Some people are even still on dial-up connections or most of us know someone who is!
Well now is the chance to put all these problems behind us and get superfast broadband! Devon County Council is submitting a bid for broadband funding to government on the 18th April and part of the success of that bid relies on demonstrating considerable demand for superfast broadband in Devon from both residents and businesses. All we need to do is a fill out a really short survey to register our support, it only takes a couple of minutes and will be well worth it in the long run.
February 14, 2011
Games, Innovation, School Governor
gaming, Learning, School, School Governor
As a Dad to two boys as well as a Parent Governor at my boys school and as a fan of Gaming to help change the world, this video was pretty much certain to be on my watch list.
I’ve been fascinated with the subject of gaming for a little while now and in particular around the subject of citizen participation. A previous post titled “World of Govcraft” and its follow-up “More World of Govcraft” were inspired by Joanne Jacobs and another Ted Talks video with Jane McGonigal.
It is a very interesting video and also touches on a subject which is close to my heart (male teachers as role models) if you are interested in Education and Learning then I recommend spending the 13 minutes it takes to watch it.
Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.