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Archive for October, 2009

Be Heard consultations database for Birmingham


Today sees the launch of  www.birminghambeheard.org.uk. It’s a website which allows you to explore the various public consultations that have taken place or are happening in the city. For the first time, information about what consultations are being planned and have been undertaken, what people have said and what impact their views have had on […]

Visualising data for a transparent government


Have you seen the big blue bubbles on pages in the Guardian, a wordle of President Obama’s inauguration speech, or a Googlemap of all the roadworks in your area? Presenting data in new and interesting ways is the trend du jour. We live in a data driven world, so being able to see complicated information […]

How to make your local blog user-friendly


Hoards of hyper-local bloggers descended on Stoke-on-Trent for the Talk About Local un-conference on Saturday 3 October ’09 to share ideas, debate on the future of hyper-local and discuss common problems with a view to solving them. Sessions ran throughout the day in an informal (hence ‘un-conference’) nature – which meant anyone and everyone who […]