Thinking about using the social web to do democratic things…..

Citizenscape – December 08 project meeting planning

The team is going to get together in December in Brighton and apart from finding somewhere really good to take them to dinner I want to be clear on the objectives for the meeting: There are as ever some EU project formalities which need to be gone over – not the least because we have a review meeting in January We need to demo the first parts of the citizenscape websites as well presenting the...

Agile – First sprint

Well – end of the first sprint and things have gone really well (and as I write I realise how rare it is to be able to say this!).  The agile process has given us much more focus and it is really good for giving a real sense of progress to a project.  We have also had good results with managing late coming critical tasks which were able to be factored in with a real understanding of their impact.  As...

eDemocracy conference

I was at the Headstar edemocracy conference on Tuesday (link here) which was as ever a really good programme.  The keynote speaker was the head of News from the BBC (Helen Boaden) and she gave an excellent presentation – not the least because she made excellent use of the AV and put up images and clips to support her points rather than loads of words and then reading them back to us.  Mental note to make...

Agile – some reading

We (at work) have been looking at introducing Agile as a devlopment process so I have been reading up. As ever wikipedia gives a good overview but I also liked this site which has a simple template for listing work What I like about agile is the way that it integrates testing and specification into the build process – which is far more realistic with web development. I also think it helps deal efectively...

What on earth is Citizenscape???

As I write it occurs to me that I will be mentioning Citizenscape a great deal and so it will be useful to at least provide the basic overview of what it is.  Citizenscape is really three different things: Its an EU funded project:  You can find out more at www.citizenscape.org.  The project involves teams in Bristol, Donegal, Genoa and Zilinia and the practical trials will be starting in January 2009 Its a...

Action research diary

I found this useful sumamry of an action research diary (http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/arr/arow/rdiary.html).  The first thing that struck me was the need for me to have more structure in my posts.  This suggests splitting posts under the following sections: Reflection Plan Action Observation So I might give this a go.  I have at least added these as...

Evaluation: Data collection

The data collection for the thesis is going to fall into two types: Action research notes from the project team Automated data collection from the CitizenScape websites The only thing that is essential in addition to this is to capture the baseline information so we can see what change has been effected by the Citizenscape process.

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