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Sunday 4 May 2008

Google Reader clips catch up

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  • Mick Phythian from Leicester Uni is running research into electronic government channel measurement via

    If you have anything to do with this, please go and help him out by filling in the short survey and maybe commenting.

  • New and very interesting EU project the 'Semantic Interoperability Centre Europe'. It aims to build a platform for interoperability assets and services available to the public sector and its stakeholders in Europe, focusing on semantic (ie. content) interoperability.
  • Not new (but just seen it) is a project coordinated by EU Transparency, a non-profit organisation in the UK and Kaas og Mulvad, a data consultancy in Denmark. The aim is to obtain detailed data relating to payments and recipients of farm subsidies in every EU member state and make this data available in a way that is useful to European citizens. The project has brought together journalists, analysts and campaigners in more than ten countries.
  • The word on the web: 7 keyword trending tools
    Dan Taylor has a useful survey.
  • The Most Dangerous Men in Kenya
    Fascinating, rare interview with young men in Kisumu, on the banks of Lake Victoria and scene of some of the worst violence.
  • Nepal gets its first gay representative in parliament

  • And finally ...
    Mommy 2.0 - A new picture book about plastic surgery aims to explain why mom is getting a flatter tummy and a 'prettier' nose.
    "My Beautiful Mommy" is aimed at kids ages four to seven and features a plastic surgeon named Dr. Michael (a musclebound superhero type) and a girl whose mother gets a tummy tuck, a nose job and breast implants. Before her surgery the mom explains that she is getting a smaller tummy: "You see, as I got older, my body stretched and I couldn't fit into my clothes anymore. Dr. Michael is going to help fix that and make me feel better." Mom comes home looking like a slightly bruised Barbie doll with demure bandages on her nose and around her waist.

1 comment:

  1. I commented on Gallomanor that you just had to look at the audience photo to see who ends up going to these conferences - senior bureaucrats. It's self-defeating and says a lot in and of itself about how solutions to the issue under discussion and being evolved - top-down.

    On the unconference - there has been some talk of a second barcamp, which is the same idea I think. But also the public sector web managers group - which extends to include consultants like your dear self - will AGM in June. It would probably make sense to tie this to a second barcamp.