Category Archives: Participatory Democracy

All About Open

In case it hasn’t been obvious I do like things that have open in front of them. It’s an ethos I have been exploring personally and professionally for some time now and generally encourage such ponderings amongst module participants. You ‘enjoyed’ an interesting discussion on Free last week and we contrasted it with the concept of open. To attempt to root our explorations in the current I will draw your attention to the Open Government Partnership meeting that is took place in London this week. As I mentioned in an earlier post Ireland has recently committed to this important initiative and Minister Brendan Howlin will be attending the first summit since Ireland made this commitment. This is an important time for Ireland. Although  the Action Plan for Ireland remains in development following a series of public engagements over the summer, there is gathering momentum amongst citizen groups to inform the eventual Action Plan. Continue reading All About Open

Getting Back to How we Share Public Data

I am very impressed with a Norwegian initiative called the ‘Data Hotel‘. It’s an EU funded approach to providing the mechanism and the standards to make data from public sector agencies freely available. It addresses one of the key challenges to organizations today – not that they don’t want to share – simply that they lack the tools and resources to do it with increasingly depleted resources. Enter the Data Hotel. It embraces all the right open access standards, not just for the data itself, but in terms of open source software. Continue reading Getting Back to How we Share Public Data

Social Media and the Irish Election

As I mentioned I was hoping for a nice sandbox/petri dish to observe modern day politics and the adoption of social media marketing/manipulation. Along comes the election call and it doesn’t take long for some analytics to start to emerge. I highlight today, candidate.ie, which has already done a quick survey of twitter accounts, and Facebook fans and friends for the candidates of record. Ciarán Mc Mahon, the blog author and a lecturer at DBS, refers to a number of studies suggesting that Facebook and Twitter popularity were quite accurate in predicting outcomes of individual races in the US midterm elections. In this FastCompany article, reference made to a study by Facebook that suggest the scientific plausibility of Facebook as a predictive tool. It will be fun to watch changes in the tallys that McMahon is monitoring to see just predicability, but also to see how effectively the various parties harness social media as a tool.