I usually spend the first week of the New Year hibernating and this year was no different. I like to spend the time at home doing various forms of domestic organisation and getting projects started and ready for the year. This year I have been spending most of the time of the edits of the final version of my thesis as I seem to be nearly ready to submit it (whoop!) which I can hardly believe. In fact I won’t until it’s done so no more of that.
As part of my mental spring cleaning I have been thinking about some of the things I want to help make happen this year and this sort of leads into thoughts about UKGovCamp and also Councillor Camp – both of which I’m looking forward to being in the next few weeks. It also feeds into the prep for the Master of Networks event I’m off to with @Demsoc and some folks from GDS later in the month.
There are four main themes that are buzzing around in my head at the moment:
Digital Civic Spaces
I’m really excited about the fact that we have been making huge progress with Citizenscape over the last few months and we have some exciting things planned to push this further. I also want to circulate my research findings around Digital Civic Spaces a bit more (now they are finished!) and start to connect this to some of the conversations we see happening about Smart Cities – I want to make sure we are building a social element into this thinking. And more generally research wise – once I actually push the submit button and start stressing about my viva – I want to look at two different areas. One is to pick up on some of the thinking about digital identity and to poke how ‘fit for purpose’ some of the thinking/doing is when we consider democratic not just transactional needs. Happily we are part of an EU research project on this so lots of opportunity to get into this. Secondly I want to expand some of the network theory work I have started in the thesis and see if it can be operationalised more systematically This connects both to the @Leicspolice work but also to the Master of Networks event where we are going to be looking at how you model content ingress from multiple civic sources.
So – interested in hearing if other people think these themes resonate with them as well – and also if anyone thinks these look like a #ukgov13 session – or not!
Happy New Year folks
PS Re-reading this is seems like a set of New Year’s Resolutions – we’ll have to see how that goes!