Smart Cities and open data

A brief overview of our past, current and proposed future involvement in this critical area

We have been undertaking research and taking part in event since 2012 into the impact of ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Smart technology’ and open data processes on third sector organisations, service delivery and future funding programmes. Between 2012 and 2013 we: participated in Smart City events organised by Digital Birmingham, including organising several briefing sessions for the […]

Virtually at OpenTech

The importance of using a hashtag

I did sign up to attend Open Tech, the “conference[s] about technologies that anyone can have a go at” and at the time I had every intention of heading to London on a Saturday morning to be amongst other people who have an interest in ‘open’ – source, data etc. I only decided not to […]

Creating and using embedded maps with Mike Cummins

Session on how to create and use embedded maps (on WordPress) using Google Fusion Tables

Building Data literacy in the voluntary sector In August 2014, as part of our project to build data literacy in the voluntary sector on the Civic Foundry pre-accelerator programme, we organised a session during the Foundry’s massive skills share to show Civic Foundry colleagues and others how to Create and use embedded maps (on WordPress) using Google Fusion Tables. Mike Cummins and […]

Why the VCS should use Twitter more

A week of my life on Twitter

  I’m constantly encouraging VCS CEOs, Trustees and others working in the sector to use social media, particularly LinkedIn and Twitter, and here are 10 interesting things I tweeted about in the week just gone,which I hope helps to show why I think they should: Aug 27: I passed on info about a project focused on […]

State of my blog: You’ve done too much…

I have so much to say about the various areas of work I’m doing that I don’t know where to start sometimes! My friend Lorna Prescott (@dosticen on Twitter) says to start with the most enjoyable thing, the thing that you’re enjoying right now but I’m still stuck – sometimes this multi-tasking that women do […]

Good things come…

Photo from NG Events Ltd Ever since I was the CEO of The Digbeth Trust, meeting with the then-head of Digital Birmingham to discuss the ICT needs of voluntary organisations in Birmingham, I’ve been clear that many voluntary organisations, especially the smaller ones, really need financial and other support to get the ICT equipment to help them […]