GovCamp provides a space for those inside and outside of government to share innovative ideas, initiatives and experiences relating to the use of social and technology solutions, and to find opportunities to collaborate.
This is a place to hold my bits from Govcamp Queensland event, held March 3rd 2012 at The Edge, Brisbane, Queensland.
- Slides from my keynote presentation can be seen on Slideshare here : Link or
- Powerpoint format stack here : Link
- Video of my talk on Inversion + Connectedness = Resilience : Link
- Audio (mp3) of my presentation : Link
- All recorded video: Link
- RSS podcast feed (audio) : Link
- My twitter list of govcampqld ppl : Link
- Some Flickr photos : Link
So I ‘virtually’ attended the Governments Telework forum last week.
Put this together of the twitter posts around the forum hashtag of #teleworkforum that I thought were good.
Telework forum from Dave Wallace on Vimeo.
Wordcamp to me was the right un-conference at the right time.
At work we’ve been going through some tough stuff after getting near 50% of our budget cut earlier this year. I’ve been re-evaluating everything we do and trying to gaze into the future and direct the IT side of our frail mothership forward. Slash-and -Burn and re-group kinda thing. We’d been through a few ideas and came to wpmu as a platform to drive us forward.
I wanted to get a feel for where we stood with wpmu and alaso take opportunity to plug my programmer colleague, Trent, into some of the WP network/community and give him some exposure to it.
The trip was definitely worth it. I gained some good strategic ideas and clarfied some of my thinking thanks to the sharing of experiences by those attending and those speaking. It was good to see examples of people actually using wordpress in the different ways I’d been thinking we could use it as well.
Trent got enthused about lots of things, microformats being one , and within a few days had implemented them on his own blog. We also tried to pimp the Flickr Manager Plugin for WordPress he’s written, which allows you to upload and manage and include your Flickr photos in your blog posts all from your wordpress – you can find a copy of Flickr Manager v1.0 Plugin v1.0 here.
So, thanks to all who made the camp happen and made us welcome. Look forward to more sharing in the future.
To top it all off I won a door prize of a iPod Nano.
Photos of me at wordcamp:
Trent n I after a hard days wordcamp and walk home in the wind
Back of my head at the panel
Me looking all serious at Chris Burgess at the Non-Profit roundtable
Me at yet another round table – not so serious this time (with @cait on my left)
All photos on flickr tagged wcm07
Videos etc over at Eight Black
A few months ago, while on a diversion not usually seen here, I wrote about the ”History of Disability in South Australia” site we’d just opened at work. It came after a whirlwind of activity that turned into a marathon of cutting features to meet deadline. At that time I hinted at some of the features missing that I didn’t get a chance to impliment.Well I’m pleased that the site has been revamped and now is more representative of my original vision.
History v2 incorporates a lot of the features to enable participation in the site, including:
.comments on every article
.tags on each article linking to other resources
.inclusion of images relevant to what’s being viewed
.enhanced image viewing
.faster page loading of images
.improved topics page linking to tags
Now, for a rehash of all the other sites into something that offers a platform for participation and conversation in information provision.
I try not to talk too much about work but I’m laid up here in Horizontal HQ (bed) and a certain pixie has been on my back (figuratively speaking) to blog yet my mind’s a bit of a haze from a cold. So I thought I’d show you what we been working on as it went live today.
History of Disability in South Australia.
You can go there to find out what it’s all about. I wanted to relay a few details about it. I kind of wanted to put a (beta) sign on it as there’s much more in plan for it. We want to enable a way to comment on the articles and stories, to allow conversations about and around the content while it adds to the richness at the same time. You know, “I went to that school too, I found…” type discussion.
My major focus when building out the infrastructure was to allow it to scale over time and be easy for the staff who adds stuff to do so. Also not having access to bunches of resources (including our funding which was recently cut in half) I wanted to use tools and services available where possible and not re-invent the wheel.
It’s based on a wordpress backend that’s been modded for easy content management, Flickr for images and lots of custom kludges to bring it together. The whole thing is tag based so offers extreme flexibility for future. We plan to also build fulfilment services in and make use of classification of resources ongoing by incorporating the ability for people to add to the collective by submitting tags. Search also is anticipated.
All these things should be relatively easy to implement given time due the nature of wordpress.
There’s been lots of behind the scenes things that conspired to never let it come to pass, but at least now we have the first building blocks down.
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