Revisiting ‘free’ Twitter reporting and analysis tools in 2016

In January 2012 I wrote  Ten of my favourite reporting and analysis tools for Twitter. Lots of people commented and suggested their own favourites, so a couple of months later I wrote a follow-up, imaginatively entitled Ten (more) of my favourite reporting and analysis tools for Twitter. I re-read both posts a few days ago, and tried out some of Read More …

Pez Machines delivering self-driving cars, and other musings

This is the third instalment in a series of posts about transport in the future. The previous ones are: What does the future hold? [Transport] Thinking aloud: Back to the Future [of Transport] I have no idea how many I’ll write on this subject – I’m still digesting comments, accumulating links and reading material, so there may be Read More …

What does the future hold? [Transport]

John Murray shared an interesting article this morning Aggressive drivers are going to bully self-driving cars https://t.co/PQelE0nvAV via @sai — John Murray (@MurrayData) October 23, 2016 The gist of the article is that – whilst autonomous vehicles can be instructed to take obey laws, follow rules, and react to environmental conditions etc – humans could  exploit that ‘weakness’ Read More …

Drones – opportunity or threat?

Once the purview of the military and spies, ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ (‘Drones’), are increasingly common. Just hot air? A few months ago the giant online retailer Amazon announced its intention to deliver packages within 30 minutes of customers placing an order. Despite widespread incredulity, Amazon backed this up with footage from test flights, and still Read More …

Social Media flooding map

ESRI UK – the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) specialist – has produced a Social Media Flooding Map. This interactive map shows geolocated posts which have been shared on several social networks – Twitter, You Tube and Flickr. Users are able to: select their own base map , change how data is displayed (as points, clusters Read More …

Futurology at UKGC14?

UKGC14 I’m writing this just a few days before UKGovCamp 2014, which is on Saturday 25th January 2014. If you’re going and haven’t already read UKGovcamp14: be prepared, do take a look, as it’s the practical info for attendees (including ARRIVE EARLY…BRING COFFEE). Futurology I’ve used ‘Futurology’ in the title of this post, which Finlo Rohrer summarised rather well in his 2010 BBC Read More …

Knowledge Hub: Good CoP or Bad CoP?

Knowledge Hub This is a hastily written post about Knowledge Hub (KH), which replaced the popular Communities of Practice (CoP) site for people who work in and around UK local government. According to the Local Government Association (LGA), Knowledge Hub is a: professional social network which helps people in local government connect and share online in Read More …

BlueLight Camp: Post of posts

This post was originally published on the BlueLightCamp web site. Planning for BlueLight Camp 2013 is well under way, and more information will be published about the event on the BlueLightCamp site shortly. In the meantime, I thought it worth highlighting some of the articles written about the first BlueLight Camp, held in April 2012. I’ve included Read More …

Blue Light Camp: Coming in from the cold

It’s been a bit quiet on the BlueLightCamp blog recently. Apart from Sasha’s post last week, nothing since November. But that doesn’t mean no activity – on the contrary. Hartley Wintney fire brigade members on board their fire engine in around 1935. Source: calm.hants.gov.uk via Mark on Pinterest Wheels are turning Axles are being greased, Read More …

Getting the measure of social media

Must we measure? In November, Emer Coleman asked: Social media – Must we measure? In a fascinating post, Emer discusses how tricky it is to present the benefits of social media in traditional business cases. Emer argues that: Making a business case to use these channels is like making a business case to read the newspaper; it Read More …