Does Open mean Accessible?

Over the past week there has been a flurry of discussion in Ireland over proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information Act here and has led to public reversal by the Minister responsible.
Freedom of access public information is a core principle in a liberal democracy and Ireland has in the past few years had a middling reputation in this arena. Continue reading Does Open mean Accessible?

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

Pondering Community/Mission Building

Screenshot 2013-10-18 10.48.33One of the areas that I like to cover in the Social Computing ecosystem is that surrounding Community development and management. In the past I have been far more focused on exploring open source platforms and the raw ingredients that have shaped the success of community development as an alternative to push marketing. Continue reading Pondering Community/Mission Building

Near Field Community

I was shopping yesterday and had my first interaction with an NFC enabled store kiosk. My mobile has NFC and I purchased some writable tags a few months ago to experiment with. It’s useful to me to have a tag on my wireless charger that puts the mobile into sleep mode when I set it there. But I had yet to have a retailer avail themselves of this. Continue reading Near Field Community

Open Government Partnership

We will talk more fully about Open Government and Government 2.0 in a few weeks, but I did want to raise (in the nature of transparency) and also as it is very germane to this module, that Ireland joined the global Open Government Partnership earlier this year. The Department of Public Reform and Expenditure officially signed a memorandum of understanding and has subsequently employed Transparency International Ireland to carry out a public consultation to engage with Civil Society. I provide this as background and invite you to follow along. How do we effectively cultivate engagement between wider society and the state when it comes to reform movements? What can be learned from the Seanád referendum experience?

Who’s Responsible for Online Comments?

Screenshot 2013-10-12 12.11.07There was a rather important finding in the EU Court of Human Rights yesterday that caught my eye. In a precedent setting finding, the court found the owners of Delfi, an Estonian news-site provider, were liable for comments posted to the site by outraged customers of Leedo – an Estonian ferry provider in the process of reducing the routes it provided to Estonian islands. The vituperative comments were directed at the ferry service provider, by way of the news providers website and were considered offensive by the court.
The nature of libel via the Internet remains a contentious area and this finding further increases the responsibility on providers to censor their feeds – raising issues around EU freedom of expression rights.
The original articles appeared throughout Europe in 2006. Continue reading Who’s Responsible for Online Comments?

Week 1 – Introduction and Welcome

Action Items this Week

  • Visit the forum and consider what you would like to get out of this module.
  • Choose a journal article to review.
  • Form your own groups and choose a topic that you will research, develop and present to the class later on in the term. Choose a topic and lock in your choice via the Group/Topic signup form.
  • Read the article indicated above for next week’s class.

beginningI hope that you find our first face-to-face meeting congenial and hopefully has excited you about the content that we will explore together. As we are studying Social Computing it certainly seems only natural that we employ the tools and processes that we are studying as a part of our own practice. We are going to learn and see by doing. Your participation is crucial and I hope that what you do here will benefit your performance not only in your other modules but in your work life and next year’s major project.
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Big Data in Bygone Times

Screen-Shot-2013-04-24-at-14.33.10-150x150There are some telling lessons for today’s larger organisations by  looking into the history of the organisation.  Big data is not a new phenomenon – it is entirely relative and all too strikingly familiar. Over time individuals and organisations have been constantly challenged by what seemed to be mountains of data containing a prospective valuable nugget of knowledge. In a recent McKinsey Quarterly article, Big Data in the age of the telegraph, Rebecca Rosenthal looks at the example of Daniel McCallum and the New York and Erie Railroad. Identifying the pain that ‘although the telegraph’s speed made more information available, organizing and acting on it became increasingly difficult,’ Rosenthal explores how McCallum sought to deal with both the deluge of information and also the inherent need to have it available where it could acted upon the most timely fashion.  Continue reading Big Data in Bygone Times