A really interesting blog post this week by Mark Braggins on the use of open data to help create apps and useful maps. Mark is blogging on the Hampshire Hub blog about the work him and colleagues are doing around open data, and shares lots of great examples and practical tips for anyone who is interesting in finding out more about the benefits and uses of open data.
This week Louise Brown shares with us a session she planned and delivered as part of her ongoing PTLLS. This microteach session focused on licencing and copyright. Louise shares the activities she prepared and reflects back on how the session went.
This post, the summary of Week 19 Year 2 posts, is the 1,194th on this blog. There have been 16,577 views of the blog. We have created 193 categories and 1,771 tags. 246 people follow this blog, and there have been 970 shares (using the buttons on the posts – so does not count all the sharing activity), mostly on Twitter and next most popular are LinkedIn, and Google + (someone does use it!). I have just binned 71 spam comments. There were 17 posts in Week 19.
Healthcare, tourism and leisure were key topics that emerged during the week, with a mini theme of stages of life, and a lot of learning threaded through many of the posts. If you lack inspiration for a post, do just tweet about it to @WeeklyBlogClub and someone will try to help – or you could look back on previous posts (be aware that some links will be broken due to Posterous shutting down last month).
Health-related posts during Week 19
Scot Health monthly is settling in and Becoming part of the landscape, pulling together health blog posts from throughout Scotland. The number of health bloggers in Scotland seems to have grown every month since I first read the Ayrshire Health blog last year, set up by Derek Barron. This week’s post on Ayrshire Health blog – Interprofessional learning…bridging the paradigm gap - was by a paramedic for the first time. John Burnham started his post with an example of learning from another emergency service’s ‘hot debrief’ held immediately after and by the site of the incident. The recent BlueLightCamp unconference (which included organisers and participants whose names are already familiar to Weekly Blog Club readers) focused on how digital technology and communications are and could be used by the emergency services.
Catherine Howe used the Dan Slee approach to unconference blogging and wrote 20 things from BlueLightCamp13 as her ‘general’ post on the event and issues raised. It is always interesting to listen in on such unconferences and to read the blogs about them since the issues raised are often relevant to other areas of the public sector (note to future historians, once upon a time, the UK had public fire, police, and ambulance services).
Joseph Conaghan suggested some radical solutions to the problems in staffing Accident and Emergency in hospitals in Accident and Emergency in Trouble….Quick, Paint Out The Signs. The Dumfries and Galloway Health blog contributed a post with the most authors for a single Weekly Blog Club post thus far with Maureen Stevenson, Laura Graham, Mhairi Hastings, and Natalie Oakes writing London 2013- International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare by The Patient Safety Team. They picked out some of the key points at an international forum, including learning from healthcare professionals in countries with far less resources, and Robert Francis QC talking about his report on the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust Inquiry.
Chris Bolton had been thinking more about jargon and specifically about National Health Service jargon and shared what he had found in Don’t spend any money on NHS Jargon Busters – it’s sorted! Download the Apps. Having worked on hierarchical word lists myself (including a rather substantial one), I was very interested in this post. The NHS must have several different ‘languages’ with the different types of professionals that work within it, and including both the medical and the non-medical staff. It would be a fabulous challenge to pull together an NHS hierarchical word list.
Stages of life
Phil Jewitt contributed a lovely guest post to the Shropshire Family Information Service blog on the challenge of being a parent of children as they become adults: Letting go. Jayne Holgate of Age UK Business Directory (Nottingham & Nottinghamshire) wrote a guest post on Weekly Blog Club about one of the challenges that face people at the other end of adulthood: Protecting Older People from Rogue Traders. Hannah Chia wrote about a very busy stage of her life as she settles into a new job at the same time as trying to arrange her wedding from several countries away in Excuses & Being A Good WAG.
Louise Brown asked What can I teach about content licensing in 15 minutes? in her post. She was preparing a short teaching session as part of her course about teaching adults. It is a complex topic and requires accurate information. Her question certainly made me think a lot, even though I have quite often had to give people some basic information about it in my work. Feedback by Sarah Ball at Participation Cymru covered learning from the learner angle. She had been on the same course as Dyfrig Williams (his post last week about it was Drilling down), and it was interesting to read what had resonated with her.
Tourism and leisure
Karl Green was looking into the future and trying to forecast whether and how television might change in TV Programmes: The Future? Will people in the future be sharing the Eurovision experience at the same time and still sharing comments about it with complete strangers online?
Richard Overy showed a more active leisure experience in his post this week of a vintage photograph of Swimming, taken at a busy lido or outdoor pool. I found myself wondering who took the photograph.
Photographer Mark Wood contributed his first blog to Weekly Blog Club - New blog & inspiration - and told us of his week which, although full of work rather than leisure, did include a trip to the major tourist centre of London.
I take photographs wherever I go (or, at least, I did till my DSLR stopped focusing on 1st January this year), and find the stunning Northumberland landscape one of the most difficult to photograph because the views are so wide and often so distant, so sometimes I paint them instead. I rediscovered a couple of my old watercolours of Hadrian’s Wall landscapes recently. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northumberland. Ross Wigham wrote about his and his team’s work in promoting Northumberland as a tourist destination to local people as well as those more distant, and reveals some interesting statistics on the use of digital and more traditional offline methods of promotion in Travelling in your own back yard (and getting a social buzz for your event).
Karen Hart’s description of a narrowboat holiday experience in Out of town was so lyrical that I felt really tempted to try it myself. It is almost magic realist in feel and conjures up an England that you think you recognise as an idyllic past, perhaps over a century ago, although it probably could not have existed then. If you only have one post to read out of this week’s collection, perhaps this is the one, especially if you need to be transported to a more peaceful place.
If I have left out anyone’s post, please tell us – it can be difficult to sift through the hashtags at times. As always, thank you very much to all who contributed by writing, reading, liking, following or retweeting the Week 19 posts. If you are inspired to join the contributors, more about how to can be found on our About page. I did not set the [entirely optional] theme for Week 20 since it was already through by the time I wrote this but if you need help or inspiration, tweet us and someone usually helps quite quickly.
Summary of Week 19 posts
London 2013- International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare by The Patient Safety Team by Maureen Stevenson, Laura Graham, Mhairi Hastings, and Natalie Oakes on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog.
Louise Brown needs our help in a teaching assignment. What can she fit into 15 minutes about teachers using material, created by other people, in the classroom?
This week Dan Slee writes about how journalists, and others, need to develop positive relationships with bloggers. That bloggers should be respected, and not seen as the enemy. It’s important to remember our manners and ask before sharing content.
Week 8 started on Valentine’s Day and brought in 22 contributions, some of which were actually on the week’s [entirely optional] theme of love (it is not often that people choose to contribute something that connects with the week’s theme).
Two of our contributors shared moving picture posts about beloved family members. Carol Woolley commemorated her mother in Memories of mum. I am sure that all the Weekly Blog Club members will be thinking supportively of Carol and her family.
Karen Hart celebrated a special 16-year-old’s birthday in Someone I love is 16 today. It is heartwarming to see that the graceful young lady in the most recent photographs has also had moments in her extreme youth of pouting and being gloriously messy.
John Patterson thought about a type of object from his childhood this week in The circuitry of my head as a result of doing a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) about learning. His childhood object of choice was a computer (this will not come as a huge surprise if you have read his previous posts), and he combined that with DNA.
Chris Bolton looked to the past for a metaphor about today’s Internet in Jefferson’s Taper. A 200 year old perspective on the internet? (and his writing about candles and light put the ear worm ‘This Little Light of Mine’ into my head, so I shared a version by Bruce Springsteen) with you because everyone knows that ‘an ear worm shared is an ear worm halved’ – or something like that). Candles reminded me of my grandparents’ shop in the 1960s because the sign declared that it was a chandler’s and ironmonger’s. Richard Overy’s vintage photograph this week - Hazlewood & Dent Ironmongery & Tools - made me smile because it reminded me of the mysterious delights of saws and chisels, boxfuls of nails and screws, the smell of pink paraffin and French marigolds.
Ben Whitehouse is catching up on A History of the World in 100 Objects and in his post this week – Makers make the world - appreciated people making things over the millennia. Samuel-James Wilson gave a glimpse of areas of Lincoln Cathedral that most of us would be unlikely ever to see as he went on a tour during his week’s placement there. There is a photograph of a great carving that should make most people smile as well as appreciate the skill that went into its making. Peter Olding was thinking about the makers of websites and revealed what he asks people who want the websites made to prioritise in Fast, Cheap, Good.
Peter’s other post this week was Chris Hulme, in which he mentioned his local by-election in Eastleigh, and questioned the appropriateness of illustrations to articles. Carolyne Mitchell was busy on Valentine’s Day this year as she officiated at a by-election in Scotland. She also shared a recipe for spicy squash soup in eCounts and eSentiment – Eezer Goode!
Meanwhile, elsewhere on t’InterWebs, Official Cake Monitor, Kate ‘Cake’ Bentham not only explained the social significance of cake, but also gave a recipe for a good basic sponge cake in Let them eat cake (do not read if you are hungry), to help those whom she exhorted to bring cakes to Comms Camp. It sounds as if Kate has got everything planned and under control. I wish I could go and take a cake or two.
There was a lot of focus this week on social web tools, including social media. Dyfrig Williams of Participation Cymru reported on his experience of looking after Weekly Blog Club in Weekly Blog Club. He brought in the innovation of an audio summary for Week 7. Thanks for doing a great job, Dyfrig, and we hope that you will do it again some time.
Kenny McDonald advised on using multiple social media channels in I love it when a plan comes together, with a useful list of 10 points to consider. I was thinking about reducing my channels as I thought about what to do with my Posterous blogs (Posterous is shutting down in a couple of months’ time), and realised that I also have far too many blogs in Never mind the blog posts.
It was good to see Dr Anne Marie Cunningham as the guest blogger on the Ayrshire Health blog this week, and as a first-time contributor to Weekly Blog Club. She was anticipating in her post being on a panel at a conference to discuss Social media and healthcare? Derek Barron considered the use of hashtags, the stats he got from hashtagged tweets at a medical conference, and what they indicate in Impressions and sharing #tags. Another person at a medical conference this week was Lesley Thomson who provided a very useful record of what was discussed in ‘Doing’ social media: Be brave. Be honest. Be human on the Scottish Public Sector Digital Group blog.
I was remembering a few hours when I was not sure that I was human but quite sure that I was not an alien in Quo vadis? It was the start of my life going off on an unexpected route.
Jane McIntyre has been finding things along her routes that would probably annoy most of us. Her provocatively-entitles post Wanna talk dirty…..? is light-hearted in approach but very serious about an environmental problem that is totally ‘Safe For Work.’
Louise Atkinson looked at the wider academic work landscape in Practice as research [Week 22] in the Artists Talking blog, and at how researchers can connect with many other disciplines in a research network. Meanwhile, Hannah Chia decided that she would widen her support of rugby teams and explained her criteria for making this momentous choice in My Super XV Quest and My Super XV Quest Part Two: What’s in a Name? Hopefully, we will find out in Week 9 which team she has chosen and why.
As always, thank you very much to all those who have read, Liked, commented on, followed this blog (and our members’ blogs), tweeted and retweeted our posts as well as to those who have contributed posts. There are now about 179 followers of this blog – and those are apart from the people who hear about it through Twitter. If you want to join in, more about how to can be found on our About page. If you want to volunteer to look after Weekly Blog Club for a week, do have a read of what is involved in Admin Info. It does take time but the others who have tried it so far have always seemed to enjoy it.
Any suggestions for the [entirely optional] Week 9 theme are welcome. March is Women’s History Month* but that starts in our Week 10. My thoughts during the week will include planning of a more accessible (and, hopefully, more collaborative) website for a voluntary group, seeing things in black-and-white (difficult when I am used to thinking in full spectrum colour or, at least, many shades of grey). If you lack inspiration for creating a post this week (remember, they can be visual or audio posts too), tweet to us, and at least one person will probably be able to make a suggestion.
Let us hope that spring starts and that snow and ice disappear very soon.
*(if it were not so difficult to get images of art and design work that are not copyright, I would bombard you for a month with a series of posts on historical women artists and designers).
Summary of Week 8 posts
‘Doing’ social media: Be brave. Be honest. Be human. by Lesley Thomson on the Scottish Public Sector Digital Group blog.
Chris Bolton writes about Thomas Jefferson and a discussion he had about the patent system, and his metaphor of lighting one taper from another.*
*(which triggered the song “This little light of mine” to play in my head, so I looked on YouTube to find a recording I could share with you and found one by Bruce Springsteen).
Hello lovely Weekly Blog Clubbers, it’s me, Kate Bentham, as your week 50 host. Yes, that’s right 50 glorious weeks of top blogs by top bloggers. Award yourself a pat on the back, a high five and a slice of lemon drizzle cake for making it to week 50. In honour of this momentous achievement Ross Wigham came up with a great entirely optional theme of Landmarks – which could of course relate to landmarks in life, work or even landmarks on the land.
After suggesting the theme Ross Wigham blogged about Landmarks and reflected on some significant moments in life, on being a parent, some recent successes in work and wearing tweed, all of which are classed as landmarks but what do they all matter if being happy isn’t in the mix? Chris Bolton also took up the Landmarks theme this week in Why us Welsh make the best guides at German Museums We loved the fact that Chris rates the museums on 1) Attendance Interaction, 2) Go Backwards Factor and on 3) Boring my Family Later with the new information he discovered. We note that the Welsh factor will also boost a museums rating on Chris’s chart.
It’s hard to escape the fact that Christmas is just around the corner, especially as the first signs of Christmas started to appear in October, and so naturally we’ve had a few blogs about Christmas this week. First up is My Advent Challenge by Ben Whitehouse. Hats off to Ben who has set himself an amazing challenge of blogging on each day of the advent (we sometimes struggle with the weekly blog club challenge) The blogs so far include book reviews, favourite songs, and a great letter to Santa. We look forward to the remaining days of advent to see what Ben blogs next.
My well-travelled Christmas Tree by Kate Bentham looks at Christmas decorations from around the world. Kate shares photos of some of her favourite decorations, which include a dreadlocked snowman and a holly clad boomerang. A lovely collection. Finally on the Christmas theme we have Carol Woolley who is singing her way to Christmas with the classic Mud song I wish it could be Christmas every day….. Carol has been busy performing concerts with the band she is part of, singing some classic hymns and some modern day tunes. I wonder if they do my favourite, Fairytale of New York?
I often find I become quite reflective over the Christmas and new year – thinking about the lyric in the John Lennon and Yoko song which starts with ‘And so this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over and a new one just begun’. I’m starting to think about #my2013wishes and it was great to see that Louise Brown was also thinking about some of her hopes for the new year. In Turning online into offline in 2013 Louise talks about the important relationships she has made online, and especially on Twitter, and how she hopes that in 2013 some of those relationships can be developed into offline relationships. We certainly hope to be able to meet up with Louise in the new year.
In the learning and development section this week we have 2 blogs. Andrew Jacobs is keen to connect with others in public sector learning and development who also blog. Andrew asks Are you using old tools? and suggests that for facilitators to retain their expertise and to be successful they need to consider using new tools like blogging. In Chris Bolton’s second blog this week he also talks about using new tools. Chris has recently upgraded from a clockwork cat timer to a digital stopwatch devise. In Facilitation Essentials #1. Why I upgraded from a clockwork cat timer to a countdown /stopwatch app Chris shares the impact this has had on his students and how it has helped to deflect any angst or frustration they may have had towards the facilitator onto an inanimate object.
Dan Slee has been using old tools to communicate with people who are used to using new tools. In EXCLUSIVE: ‘My #Hyperwm Blog Newspaper Hell’ blog Dan shares his pain of producing a print newspaper for Hyperwm. Dan talks about meeting deadlines, not taking editing as rejection and swearing a lot. In his second blog this week Ross Wigham shares how the television or film industry has had an impact on tourism and the economy in the area. His local authority has been able to tap into the impact of the Silver screen and have signed up to the Filming Friendly Charter to proactively encourage further filming in this beautiful part of the country.
Two interesting posts this week looking at data, records and information. Mark Braggins looks at the supply and demand for open data in the UK and is surprised by the requests being made and those not being made – especially around geospatial data. Open sesame: UK open data is a great read. Janet Davis also looks at openness of data – but from a healthcare point of view, and asks who actually owns medical records. In Do I look gruesome in this? Janet explores the rights of the patient in the sharing of medical records for teaching, and also considers how a patient would feel if those records were shared through social media. A challenging subject.
Two blogs from a health perspective this week, on the Ayrshire Health Blog. The first But Why? by Susan Munro looks at team work in patient care and explores why a professional may be involved in a patients care even if they aren’t necessarily the lead carer. Susan answers the why question by suggesting it is whoever the best person for that patient is. We really like Andrew Moore’s proposal in Giving something back where he suggests a time bank of co-production to help improve patient care and to support the organisation. When there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day already Andrew acknowledges there would need to be a significant organisational culture change for this to work.
Phil Jewitt has also been looking at culture change to ensure his local authority become truly social. In Relevance Phil suggests that for residents to feel able to engage it must be something meaningful to them, otherwise it becomes a bit of lip service and box ticking. Phil summaries with how while it’s good to talk it’s more important to listen. Gareth Morgan also looks at his organisation in SHADES OF BLUE Gareth talks about how different elements of policing all make up the culture of the police force and represent the continued dedication of officers. The elements maybe different but they are all a shade of blue.
One organisation which needs to look at its interaction with customers is the shop described in Eddie Coates-Madden blog called A man without a smiley face should not open a shop Eddie shares photos of notices he saw in a shop window warning customers on what will (dogs) and won’t (snotty nose children, pushchairs) be welcomed and tolerated in the shop. We doubt this shop has any customers, and wonder if this might also contribute to unsustainable high streets.
Finally a look into the past with a photo shared by Richard Overy This photo not only shows a Dairy-Man but Richard has also been able to share some information about the life and death of the man in the photo. We love these glimpses into the past, and also because Richard demonstrates that a blog can simply be a photo with some words around it – and we can all manage that, right?
So, I make that 18 top blogs for you to enjoy this week. You lucky, lucky people. Of course Weekly Blog Club is not only about the blogs, but it’s also about those that read, share, like and comment on blogs. It’s about the coming togther of all of these people and elements which makes the club work, which has made the club work for 50 weeks. There is also one more important factor to Weekly Blog Club and that’s Janet, who has curated the club since setting it up at the beginning of the year. Thank you Janet.
If you would like to volunteer to look after Weekly Blog Club, there is information about what is involved on the Admin info page, and you can suggest a week (or even weeks) that you could do on the Who looks after Weekly Blog Club when page.
Have a great week folks, see you next time.
Summary of Week 50 posts
- Giving something back by Andrew Moore
- SHADES OF BLUE by Gareth Morgan
- Dairy-Man by Richard Overy
- Relevance by Phil Jewitt
- Why us Welsh make the best guides at German Museums by Chris Bolton
- Turning online into offline in 2013 by Louise Brown
- My Advent Challenge by Ben Whitehouse
- Landmarks by Ross Wigham
- Do I look gruesome in this? by Janet Davis
- My well-travelled Christmas Tree by Kate Bentham
- Open sesame: UK open data by Mark Braggins
- Are you using old tools? by Andrew Jacobs
- I wish it could be Christmas every day….. by Carol Woolley
- Facilitation Essentials #1. Why I upgraded from a clockwork cat timer to a countdown /stopwatch app by Chris Bolton
- Silver screen on the Ross Wigham blog
- EXCLUSIVE: ‘My #Hyperwm Blog Newspaper Hell’ blog by Dan Slee
- But Why? by Susan Munro
- A man without a smiley face should not open a shop by Eddie Coates-Madden
Janet Davis blogs on the very interesting subject of who owns the rights to medical images, and what right a patient has to these images. Janet also discusses the use of social media and consent to share – and wonders if this would change if the patient realised the image would be published online? Finally the blog looks at medical images from an artists point of view.