Digital & Data Innovation Articles

Live Blogging: Socitm 2009

As mentioned by Adrian Hancock (Socitm MD) in his blog post on the Socitm blog here. I have been assigned to tweet throughout the Socitm’s Annual Conference taking place on the 11th – 13th October in Edinburgh. Check out Adrian’s overview of what we are planning to do for the event from this excerpt from his blog post below..

I met with Liz Azyan early evening (@Liz_Azyan if you are a twitterer) to discuss how Socitm can best use social media at socitm09 (#socitm09). We will be sending live streams from our key sessions which can be followed on our stream (@socitm) as well as Liz’s own and a site constructed specifically for conference output (

There may be a lot of hype around about the benefits or potential benefits of social media but I am fully persuaded that the concept is ‘going places’ and that we will continue to explore how best to use it to the benefit of our members.

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How to Be a Social Media Change Agent

An interview with Josh Bernoff, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. Over the past thirteen years, Mr. Bernoff has become one of America’s most frequently quoted research analysts. His analysis, which aims at a deeper understanding of people and how they use technology, has been cited by sources from The Wall St. Journal to “60 Minutes.”

He is the co-author of the book “Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies,” which offers myriad data-based strategies for companies that want to harness the power of social technologies like blogs, social networks, and YouTube.

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ATT: Need More Participation for the UK Gov Social Media Awareness Project!

Thanks so much to people at @gasstreetworks, @72prufrocks and @Mari_Browne who have helped to kick off this project!

Need more people to participate though. Find out more about this here in my earlier post. Please send in your pictures to either or tweet me @Liz_Azyan. You can find the ppt “Social Media is” here. So print it out and start writing! Then send it to me ASAP! Deadline is midnight tomorrow!!! (9th October 2009)

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Beth Kanter – Using Social Media for Good Causes

Beth Kanter is a trainer, blogger, and consultant to nonprofits and individuals in effective use of social media. Her expertise is how to use new web tools (blogging, tagging, wikis, photo sharing, video blogging, screencasting, social networking sites, and virtual worlds, etc) to support nonprofit. She has worked on projects that include: training, curriculum development, research, and evaluation. She is an experienced coach to “digital immigrants” in the personal mastery of these tools. – Distributed by Tubemogul.

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How can government leverage Web 2.0?

A video created for a presentation to the ACT Minister’s Department, Australia as a means of communicating some of the “life reflecting art reflecting life” aspects of Web 2.0 and modern culture. Video clips are used for education purposes only and used under Fair Use Legislation. No challenge to the trademarks, copyright or intellectual property of the creators is intended.

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LGEO Research is Opening its Social Media Research Data

I’ve finally got around to doing what I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. I’m opening up all the research data I have to local councils to own and update as often as you like. I know I am unable to update this data on my own any longer, especially with the increased uptake of social media by UK Local Councils.

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LGEO Research is Getting Busy in Edinburgh for Socitm’s Annual Conference 11-13th October 2009

So another week, there’s another event for LGEO Research to sink its teeth into! This time its the Socitm’s 2009 Conference: Re-inventing local public services – radical thinking, practical solutions. LGEO Research has once again been commissioned to cover an event but the difference here is I am going to be speaking at the event in one of the parallel sessions to Head of IT’s in various local councils across the UK along with Simon Hume (Stratford-on-Avon District Council) and Martin Greenwood (Socitm Insight Programme Manager) on the subject of “Social media: are ICT managers blocking modern ways of working – and is it a problem?”

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“The UK Gov Social Media Awareness Project” launching at the Digital Engagement Event

I know everyone is curious and wondering… “What is that Liz up to NOW?!?” Hihi, well let me fill you in. As all of you might know, I will be at the Digital Engagement Event on 6th October. What you don’t know yet is I will also be at the Socitm 2009 Conference on 11-13th October in Edinburgh. And at that event, I’ve been invited to talk at one of the parallel sessions to talk to around 50 or more Head of IT’s of local councils across the UK.

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Blogging Tips: My Methods for Blogging (In Plain English)

I often get asked what is it that motivates me to write and how do I get inspired. Well to tell you the truth, I don’t have a specific method when I’m writing a blog… well at least not one that I would say I stick to. There are different types of blog posts and there are different reasons for every post. So the method varies and might change from one to another. But here might be a few methods that I do use. Feel free to pick and mix!

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The Social Media Challenges within UK Local Government

This video feature Dave Briggs, Learning Pool’s Community Evangelist on the topic of social media and the challenges it faces in the UK local government. There is a big issue around local government blocking access to social networking/media sites at work. There is also a worry around the use of old technology like IE6 web browser still being used in government. Take a look at the video to learn more.

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