Adrian Short

Using the social web well in times of social unrest

On the Friday before the riots started, I was trying to write a response to Dan Slee's excellent post about how vital really good social-media communication is in an emergency. I was hoping to add a few of my own thoughts but, having got three quarters through, I stopped writing my masterpiece, thinking I’d return to it ...

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Public-interesting: things we’re reading this week 09/08/2011

This blog post is the second edition of an update that I'm now writing for our staff at Public-i. It's a summary of what I think is interesting and pertinent to us and what we do. I'm guessing/hoping it might be helpful to our friends and customers, too. Hence, it's publication in this rather hasty ...

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Social web tools for neighbourhood policing

Last week I wrote a post about our Virtual Policing project that we're involved in with Sussex Police. We had a long and productive meeting with the team members and I've already started to sketch out some of the thoughts/experiences that came out of the session - in a post here. I thought, though, that it ...

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Understanding who will use open data from Public-i

At Public-i we’re looking into how we can allow our customers to release the raw information our systems generate as open data. This will be about allowing them to, essentially, tick a box to release all the numbers around web-casting and petitions to the public. At the moment we’re in the discussion phase - planning ...

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Ad space and council websites

Advertising on local government websites is not the unthinkable idea that it was a few years ago.  The public is now full of more sophisticated web users and, as a result, is more used to seeing ads. The tools are also more sophisticated (thus reducing the risks), and more importantly the public sector has been ...

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