Psycho Networker is one of my favourite parody music videos I made during my youTube days. One of the best things was that I sent it to the Wiener Beschwerdechor with my application to join. The choir assistant loved it and always sung the line “Fa-fa-fa-fa-facebook” to me when I saw her.
The video is from 2010, given what’s happened since it seems we’ve all become somewhat psycho about social networking, although I’ve at least quit facebook.
I had a great time in the Wiener Beschwerdechor where I was a member for about 7 years before travel made me miss too many rehearsals. I learned a lot about singing and I think I’m a much better singer now than I was in my music video days. Who knows, maybe I’ll join again now that my travel schedule is simpler.
Getting Smart on Data: Challenges and Opportunities for Transport Authorities from Emerging Data Sources was produced by the Urban Transport Group and presents results of an emerging data catapult meeting held in May 2016. The Urban Transport Group is the UK’s network of city region transport authorities.
The report demonstrates that citizen-generated data projects are rarely the work of individual citizens. Instead, they often depend on partnerships to thrive and are supported by civil society organisations, community-based organisations, governments, or business. These partners play a necessary role to provide resources, support, and knowledge to citizens. In return, they can harness data created by citizens to support their own mission. Thus, citizens and their partners often gain mutual benefits from citizen-generated data.
Mapaton is one of the crowdsourcing apps cited by Noveck in her article.
Beth Simone Noveck writes in The Guardian about the need for more and better crowdsourcing. Her recommendations include focusing on the knowledge building aspects of crowdsourcing – not just using crowdsourcing as a communications tool, developing a range of crowdsourcing practices that speak to people’s particular knowledge, and ensuring that crowdsourcing is open to all. Read the whole article Could crowdsourcing expertise be the future of government? Noveck directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) at New York University, a great source of information on crowdsourcing and public participation.