EDEM 09: Social Networking tools – room for common standards?

The last session at EDEM ’09 yesterday brought together a group of people are thinking about how to use social networking apps to help people participate or engage with the political process.

It seems there are quite a few people working on new platforms and widgets in this area – have a look at the presentations here. It’s good to see commercial companies (as well as municipalities) competing and coming up with new ideas and tools.

I wonder though if there’s opportunities to work within a shared framework, for instance:

  • Lists of topics – eg  based on a neutral standard like IPSV. Joint work on translation of terms and their definitions to different languages will benefit everyone
  • Location identifiers
  • Representation of the themes and subjects

Incidently, one strand of the SmartCities project will be looking at adapting UK’s government taxonomies in the ESD toolkit to other countries in the North Sea Region…

Should there be a workshop?

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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