Category Archives: Crowdsourcing

Pondering Community/Mission Building

Screenshot 2013-10-18 10.48.33One of the areas that I like to cover in the Social Computing ecosystem is that surrounding Community development and management. In the past I have been far more focused on exploring open source platforms and the raw ingredients that have shaped the success of community development as an alternative to push marketing. Continue reading Pondering Community/Mission Building

Who’s Responsible for Online Comments?

Screenshot 2013-10-12 12.11.07There was a rather important finding in the EU Court of Human Rights yesterday that caught my eye. In a precedent setting finding, the court found the owners of Delfi, an Estonian news-site provider, were liable for comments posted to the site by outraged customers of Leedo – an Estonian ferry provider in the process of reducing the routes it provided to Estonian islands. The vituperative comments were directed at the ferry service provider, by way of the news providers website and were considered offensive by the court.
The nature of libel via the Internet remains a contentious area and this finding further increases the responsibility on providers to censor their feeds – raising issues around EU freedom of expression rights.
The original articles appeared throughout Europe in 2006. Continue reading Who’s Responsible for Online Comments?

MindMixer Helps Citizens Engage With Their Communities

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 11.27.22“One of the biggest roadblocks to implementing local community ideas is finding resources in city government or local organizations who might be able to help. More importantly, how can you involve like-minded individuals in the discussion? A new type of civic engagement platform – like MindMixer – can help. MindMixer is in essence a “virtual town hall,” a community forum where constituents can meet to discuss issues and share ideas. (Here’s an overview of how MindMixer works.)”

What Sort of Lightbulb is This?

Hardly wondered what sort of segue was necessary to link to Philips innovation, but wondered what thought might be around this bright idea;-)

hyperlocalFunded as part of the Knight New Challenge grant last year, the OpenBlock initiative is basically trying to exploit the hyperlocal news market through a crowdsourced and social media augmented application that functions as an open data portal.  It’s innovative in that it offers a tripartite approach appealing to consumer, reporters and sponsors, but does it result in more informed and engaged communities? There’s a very limited functional demo (alas just for Boston, MA) but it does give an idea of the SM augmented mashup combined with linked open data within an ecosystem that supports and cultivates community opinion and contribution. Continue reading What Sort of Lightbulb is This?

Getting Back to How we Share Public Data

I am very impressed with a Norwegian initiative called the ‘Data Hotel‘. It’s an EU funded approach to providing the mechanism and the standards to make data from public sector agencies freely available. It addresses one of the key challenges to organizations today – not that they don’t want to share – simply that they lack the tools and resources to do it with increasingly depleted resources. Enter the Data Hotel. It embraces all the right open access standards, not just for the data itself, but in terms of open source software. Continue reading Getting Back to How we Share Public Data

Urban Information via the Green Band

Salon has an interesting look at the impact of a pilot project in Paris (CityPulse) that distributed 100 sensor wristbands and tracked a variety of environmental factors as well as paths taken over the space of a year. Part of the Smart Cities initiatives that emerging worldwide and aided by IBM and Cisco among other corporate players, these programmes demonstrate the potential for a touted €16B annual market. It’s about making people and things digitally aware and networked. Continue reading Urban Information via the Green Band

What Does Klout Really Measure?

Here’s a very thoughtful article on Techcrunch by Josh Constine exploring a presentation by Brian Solis that questions whether Klout (and PeerIndex) actually measure your influence. He argues (effectively) that what they are actually measuring is your social capital which indicates your potential to influence rather than actual impact. He provides some useful discussion about how these services are being refined and do providing an increasingly accurate measure of potential and are determining the most effective socialmedia touchpoints to metrics this.

Turning the City Beta

I stumbled upon the new dublincitybeta when I was bumbling about and saw a related tweet.  The intent as their twitter bio states: “We’re trying out a new way of testing ideas directly on the street…we’re calling them @DubCityCouncil Beta Projects. – a new approach by Dublin City Council to experiment, innovate and quickly test ideas directly ‘on the street’…but above all, to ask you for your opinion!” Check out the website and the first beta project to turn traffic light boxes into fori for public expression. They are reaching out to the public by employing social media and encouraging discourse … more significantly and excitingly they have chosen a ‘beta zone’ and opening it up to the same experimentation. I like the ‘let’s just try it and see what happens approach’ … let’s see if we can all stumble upon something great here.