Tuesday, 17 July 2012

NZ 2.0

I checked out the article about the Queenstown and Manurewa Police using Facebook as a way to communicate with their communities and to seek help solving crimes.  Given that the article was written in June 2010 I was interested to see how the initiative had developed.  Both accounts were still operating, with the Queenstown one especially still very proactive in seeking help.  It would have been nice to have seen some feedback on whether or not the crimes had been solved, especially using information received through the Facebook community.  I then did a quick check to see if any lower South Island Police stations had since picked up on the idea.  While those I checked all had a page, there was no activity on it, so I guess not every one had seen the benefit of using a Web 2.0 tool in this way.

As far as the Dunedin City Council's use of Web 2.0 goes, I must say I was impressed when I had a good perusal of the website.  They have active Facebook and Twitter accounts; offer RSS feeds to such things as job vacancies, road closures, latest news, etc; and allow people to make submissions, and take part in surveys on line. 
I couldn't see any other applications that actively engage citizen participation, but there some other nice features like the web cam at St Clair beach where the surfers can check out the waves, or the one on Highgate where drivers can see whether its worth trying to tackle (steep) Stuart St on icy mornings!

The next part of the module had me looking at the way NZ businesses, educational institutions and community organisations have made use of Wed 2.0 technologies.  For example, the University of Otago Alumni & Friends has a Facebook page; The University of Otago has a YouTube account, where you can find videos about studying at Otago, research at Otago and International Students experiences at Otago; and Citizen's Advice Bureau offers a limited "Get advice live online" service.

I appreciated having a chance to have a good look at some of the sites identified in the module from the GLAM sector.  There is some great work being done out there.  The challenge is to remember these resources, when being asked a question that they could answer.

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