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Ghost writing, hubs, and autoawesome

Screenshot from Ghost Writing Blog

I’ve been blogging off-and-on for a few years. My first post, in December 2011, was on WordPress.com. I then briefly tried Tumblr, before settling on this self-hosted WordPress site. It gave me the flexibility I wanted, and tied in quite

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Posted in blogging, BluelightCamp, Hampshire, weekly blog club

Drones – opportunity or threat?

NEW blc aerial

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

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Posted in blogging, BluelightCamp, Technology, Unconference

Futurology at UKGC14?

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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

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Posted in Social Media, Technology, UKGC14, Unconference, weekly blog club

UKGovCamp – Looking Forward not Back

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Hurray! It’s nearly time for UKGovCamp – the awesome unconference where people from across UK public services give up a day of their own time to share, challenge, innovate, network, and socialise. #UKGC14 This year’s event is on Saturday 25th January,

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Posted in Events, UKGC13, UKGC14, Unconference, weekly blog club

Images of Historic Hampshire – thanks to the British Library

Engraving depicting two hunters and their dog with a pair of deer standing in the background

I’ve just discovered* that the British Library has uploaded over a million images to Flickr Commons. Yes, that’s right – more than a million - completely free to use as there’s no known copyright. The British Library plans to launch a crowd-sourcing

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Posted in Hampshire, History, weekly blog club

Open data, apps and maps

This post was originally published on the prototype Hampshire Hub web site. Open Data A few weeks ago I blogged about Hampshire’s Rights of Way network, which has been published as an interactive map, and as open data. The data

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Posted in Hampshire, Linked Data, Open Data

Knowledge Hub: Good CoP or Bad CoP?

The LGA's Knowledge Hub. Closing Down?

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

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Posted in LocalGov, Social Media, Technology, Twitter, weekly blog club

Why on earth sponsor an Unconference?

Not everyone chooses to disclose their rank

No hard-sell I’ve never really thought about ‘why’ sponsors sponsor unconferences – I’m just glad they do. At each event I do the rounds of the stands, gratefully grabbing my share of the mugs, pens, t shirts, special offers and

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Posted in apps, BluelightCamp, Events, Open Data, Social Media, Technology, Twitter, Unconference, weekly blog club

HOW TO GET AHEAD IN GOVCAMPING

HOW TO GET AHEAD IN GOVCAMPING

This isn’t a ‘how-to’ blog post at all. I just wanted to use the title. UKGovCamp13: A Fab event Steph and Dave did their usual marvellous job, making UKGovCamp appear effortless, with it passing off without a hitch (well, second

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Posted in Events, UKGC13, Unconference, weekly blog club

Blue Light Camp: Coming in from the cold

police sergeant william padwick

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

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