Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Monday, 27 June 2011
Feedback on the UK's Freedom of Information landscape now - a Government Information Group (GIG) event
Maurice gave his take on the current state of FOI in the UK. In a nutshell he wavers between being quietly impressed at the operation of the UK FOI Act (on the one hand) and on the other being highly concerned and paranoid.
He highlighted some example cases which show causes for concern and issues to be aware of as FOI evolves, including the risks posed by greater focus on localism and creation new reporting authorities.
It was refreshing to know that Maurice has a constructive relationship with government officials, even to the extent of once presenting the main thrust of thinking of a government official in their absence at a regional training event. (At least that's better than one French official who was not aware that the French government even had an FOI act!)
And I also came across a conspiracy theory of the week - did Tony Blair hold up the adoption of the FOI Act because of his dealings with Bernie Eccelstone? (as implied in his published autobiography - A Journey). Let me know what you think.
Friday, 24 June 2011
CPD23ites have only dipped a small toe in the blogging pool and are tentatively finding their way around. (= snap that's exactly how I feel).
I've learnt that by the simple act of commenting you:
- Give to others
- Generate new ideas
- Get practice in writing
Still though a number of questions remain floating around in my head - such as:
- Do you get more hits by making critical comments?
- Should you be the first to comment?
- How much time and effort should you spend in commenting?
- Who really has the motivation to comment - is it always the same people?
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
I've not been very successful at blogging...as you can probably see from my previous attempts to get started....so when I came across the CPD23 Things for Professional Development programme, I thought it was a great idea and signed up immediately. Hopefully this will inspire me further and encourage me to kickstart my career planning for the future.
CPD23 is an online self-directed learning programme which has been set up by some interprising librarians and information professionals. It is based on a similar programme in the US and at Cambridge University in the UK.
The programme begins with Thing One - Blogging (more of which in a moment...)
I am currently an Information Manager working for central government working embedded in an operational delivery team. I love my job but sometimes feel quite isolated from some trends. Its not due to lack of innovation or creativity but perhaps because of working in a slower paced job area.
How do I feel about blogging?
I've previously touched on why I started blogging when I first began this blog back in 2008 - see What is all the fuss about blogging?
- Keeping informed - current awareness
- Cheap self-publishing to the masses
- Publishing information that some "traditional" publishers might want to steer clear of due to controversy
- Human creativity and expression
- Allows greater conversation
- Creating linkages
- Information in date order - has a sell by date
- An issue of vanity publishing in some cases
- Issue of reliability and trust - do we really know who is speaking? Eg case of the blogger who claimed to be Israeli lesbian
- Streams of random consciousness with little value?
- A mirrorworld where reality doesn't actually happen
Maybe the biggest reason that I have so far struggled with blogging is that I don't have an app phone with quick access to either Twitter or RSS feeds which fuel the blogging phenonomen. I also don't want to be spending my time constantly online sharing my thoughts.