Category Archives: Local Government

A new direction…

After a long period without posting I have been wondering about the usefulness of this blog and its future. When I started Sociamind in May 2009 I was interested in exploring the usefulness of social media and “Web 2.0 applications” … Continue reading

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Big Business carves up the internet – part 1

Is the free, open and somewhat anarchic era of the internet drawing to a close? If so, what are the implications for small organisations? There has been a lot of media attention in recent months to how various governments are … Continue reading

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Listening to Twitter- some key tools for your NGO or Council

Serendipity is not uncommon in social media. People find new and unexpected ways of using social media tools all the time. Of course, the same thing happens with PC-based software, but the web allows people to develop new uses for social … Continue reading

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Web scraping – the Jekyll and Hyde of Web 2.0 (part 2)?

In the last post I wrote about a positive use of web scraping, the software process used to extract data from the HTML mark-up language used on websites. I highlighted Planningalerts, a web and phone app to deliver real-time information … Continue reading

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Web scraping – the Jekyll and Hyde of Web 2.0 (part 1)?

Two media reports this week have highlighted the way in which social media and web 2.0 applications can use “web scraping” in very different ways and for very different outcomes. Web scraping is a specialised software-based process used to extract data … Continue reading

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If the iPad is the answer, what is the question?

Recently I extolled the virtues of netbooks as an ideal device for travellers, due to their light weight, long battery life and very low (sub $500) cost. When the iPad was subsequently announced I assumed that it would be a … Continue reading

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Update – MyCommittee online meeting tool improved

Back in June I wrote a short review of MyCommittee, an online tool to manage committees and meetings. I concluded that there was a lot to like about MyCommittee and that it would suit a small to medium organisation with … Continue reading

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