Jan 272012

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Update, 11 March 2013: #ukgc13, postponed due to #uksnow, took place on 9 March. Some experimental liveblogging went on, but still sounds like a be there or it’s gone type of event. Which is OK – it’s a lively community, so the debate has probably moved on already.

UK Govcamp 2012 took place on 20-21 January. Ampwise much the same procedure as last year, made up of @UKGovcamp plus three pillars:

  • UK Govcamp site – run on WordPress and BuddyPress – ie it’s a community, though not sure how much activity there is the rest of the year between camps. Previously (2009) run on Ning.
  • UK Govcamp Buzz Aggregator – aggregates tagged pictures, blog posts, tweets, presentations…runs on WordPress and Commentariat2. Also hosted livestreaming from the main room.
  • UK Govcamp reflections on Posterous – I was very enthusiastic about this in 2011, although as ever more people have publishing outlets (blogs, Facebook, Google +) I’m a little unsure about the purpose. There are 39 posts, some crossposted from personal blogs.

I didn’t track the hashtag as I knew it would be a lot (1400 when I checked), and I don’t haunt Twitter as much these days, so the first content I saw was in my feed reader. This revealed that there was a reflective practice session pitched by Carl Haggerty, which “provided me with much needed head space and good conversation”, plus a series of reflective posts (kicked off by Dan Slee).

Reflection is a component in my thinking about the ‘anti-social’ and associated topics such as slow media. If Twitter is short term low value, perhaps reflection is short term high value, coming along a little later in the event lifecycle. By definition an inward facing format, of most use to the person reflecting and their immediate circle, in this case other attendees at the event.

The excellent Weekly Blog Club did some curation for me and highlighted further posts, and I found a post on content strategy as I read the author’s blog (nice to see CS bedding in in local government, ie outside the dreaded agencies…) but obviously loads more great knowledge was shared which might be of interest. How can I find examples from outside my own filter bubble?

The buzz site aggregates efficiently, but can only be browsed by media type (all green books on one shelf…). The Posterous site has no navigation. There’s no programme, no way of getting a feel of the whole event or even of finding, for example, all the Slee lists. Aggregation and crowd curation still need that final touch. Is there some way (not a word cloud) that the knowledge shared can be brought together?

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