Presentation given on 19th August 2009 at Fazeley studios, Digbeth, Birmingham. Event was about data mashing, sponsored by The Guardian and organised by Chris Unitt of Meshed Media.
- 1.Timely information to citizens:Innovations in engaging citizens withservice design and delivery Dave Harte Economic Development Manager Digital Birmingham [email_address] http://www.digitalbirmingham.co.uk/blog @daveharte
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- How Birmingham being great makes it easy to run our Timely Information project
- Project progress and issues
7. Birmingham Open City
- Here's a few ideas - lots more.
- The Open City Plan is a Web2.0 approach to generating collaboration, discussion, creativity, debate, data mashups and open source tools to enable the people of Birmingham to answer one question: "What do I want the city to be like in 25 years?"
- Stef Lewandowski 4iP application
8. 9. Birmingham Open City
- The problem is, that no matter what the Council do to try to communicate what is happening as part of the [Big City Plan] process, they are limited by their own requirements, party political fighting, out of date communication policies and structures.
- Stef Lewandowski 4iP application
10. Social Media Surgeries 11. Timely Information
- social media spirit + mash-up culture =
- Who knows but could be good!
12. Clay Shirky Cognitive Surplus
- Desperate Housewivesessentially functioned as a kind of cognitive heat sink, dissipating thinking that might otherwise have built up and caused society to overheat
13. Clay Shirky Cognitive Surplus
- Someone working alone, with really cheap tools, has a reasonable hope of carving out enough of the cognitive surplus, enough of the desire to participate, enough of the collective goodwill of the citizens, to create a resource you couldn't have imagined existing even five years ago.
14. 15. Timely Information
- social media spirit + mash-up culture + cognitive surplus =
- Who knows but could be amazing!
16. Timely Information
17. Timely Information
- An experiment in encouraging citizens to use public data in new ways
- Brings together the story of how social media is being used for social good in Birmingham.
- Gentle introductions to data stuff
20. 21. How the project works
- Social Media Surgeries identify citizens concerns (+ capital equipment)
- Find clever people to help mash it up (or whatever)
22. 1. Identify citizens concerns
- Strategic planning document
- new ways to consult citizens
23. 1. Identify citizens concerns
- Where not to park in Birmingham?
24. 2. Source some data
- West Midlands Regional Observatory
25. 2. Source some data
- Business Transformation (Service Birmingham)
- Excellence in information management
- Using citizens to gather data
26. 27. 3.Find clever people to mash it up (or whatever)
- Social Media types having fun
28. The issues (not insurmountable)
- Citizens: some are too far behind the curve.
- Data: Too much hugging. OS issues.
29. A digital economy opportunity:
- Cognitive surplus + Raw Data =
- new and exciting area of the digital economy
- Power of Birmingham group
- Public sector meets active citizenship
30. Digital Participation
- Increased awareness would lead to more people engaging in digital participation. Building awareness of what it is possible to do quickly and easily online could encourage greater participation.
- (Ofcom Citizen Participation research)
31. Summary this project
- Birmingham vibrant scene to make this happen
- Data still too much emphasis on City creating a resource from the data
- This project about showing there are enough active, concerned and geeky citizens to create the resource for you.
32. Summary wider context
- Power in Peoples Hands: Learning from the Worlds best Public Services:
- Transforming accountability of services through realtime, highly local information, often delivered digitally
- Empowering citizens in the information age using new technologies to ensure access to services and information about their performance
- Shift away from b ureaucratic information systems