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Summer Academy for Social Media Trainers

on Mon, 11/26/2012 - 09:23
Monday, May 27, 2013 - 09:30 to Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 17:00
Hanzehogeschool Groningen

The Opening Up project is organising a 4-day Summer Academy for Social Media Trainers in Local & Regional governments and businesses. The program is a Train the Trainer program for those who are already involved in social media and foresee or aspire a leading role regarding the use of social media in local governments. The program is offered at Master level and requires a bachelor level working experience in a communication related field as well as a proper understanding of the English language. Students will be trained by experts in the field and work on cases relating to their own organizations. The work will be assessed and students will receive an official certificate.

Local Transparency and Open Data - a summary of the Open Data conference

The Open Data Conference in Cambridge showed that the awareness, availability and use of open data have come a long way during the last few years. More and more data are published online in machine readable formats. New tools are developed to enable linkages of data. Data ecosystems are emerging that demonstrate the dependencies between the data provider, intermediary and user to keep data up-to-date. Examples from the conference show that open data is used across Europe in City apps, spending reviews, legal referencing and economic, social and environmental needs assessments.

WinkelWeb starts as pilot in Zwevegem (BE)

Facebook, e-business, twitter, google analytics, ... Internet has no boundaries. Consumers make good use of all these online opportunities, but for entrepreneurs, it is not always obvious to find out which forms of online presence are relevant to their business, what impact they have, and exactly how to start. The project "The Winkelweb West Flanders' (WWW), wants to help traders with these crucial choices.

Testing the international networks pilot at Hanze

Within the Opening Up project, the Hanze University Groningen is developing the “INNL social network map”. This International Social Network Map is conceived as a SME Internationalisation support service and is close to launch. An alpha test was conducted with 15 employees of the Hanze. As a whole people are positive about the added value on showing, sharing and searching international contacts.

ComProNet - Real Time Incident Alerting

In June/July 2012 the first practical ComProNet tests were performed. "Community Protection Network" is a project aimed at achieving a Proof of Concept of a modern way of alerting and communicating with citizens and professionals based on real-time formation of ad-hoc groups of participants working together on an incident. It uses technical sensors and social media to receive and send information, using the principle of citizen participation. The Compronet system integrates a high degree of automatic processing of data and information to accelerate the response time of participants relative to an incident and to increase the participants’ consciousness of the environment.

Conference ‘Social Media for Local Governments'

The Opening Up project invites you to their 'Social Media for Local Governments' conference on October 22 in Mechelen.

Some thoughts on open data during the open conference in Copenhagen

In June 2012, the Opening Up project organised a conference on open data. During the conference we made some short video interviews with most of the speakers. See what Jeremy Millard, Kim Søvsø Pedersen, Sara Loisa Matikainen, Jacob Østergaard and Rene Nederhand shared on working with open data.

Groningen Police launches ComProNet

The Groningen Police are launching their ComProNet initiative today. The Community Protection Network is a project based on hightech sensors and social media aimed at helping people faster in case of an incident.

Combining Open Data and GIS in Kristiansand

Kristiansand has for a long time spent resources on analyzing and publishing data based on demographics. This information is now ready to be publicized on an aggregate level and in terms of general classification of mainly age groups. One can therefore also use the data for more exact analyses and analyses across different services, something that will give a greater insight into specific needs, over- or under-distribution of services, investments and other information.