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http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Information_seeking&feed=atom&action=history Information seeking - Revision history 2022-09-26T02:15:58Z Revision history for this page on the wiki MediaWiki 1.26.2 http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Information_seeking&diff=5133&oldid=prev Admin at 19:15, 16 September 2009 2009-09-16T19:15:17Z <p></p> <table class='diff diff-contentalign-left'> <col class='diff-marker' /> <col class='diff-content' /> <col class='diff-marker' /> <col class='diff-content' /> <tr style='vertical-align: top;' lang='en'> <td colspan='2' style="background-color: white; color:black; text-align: center;">← Older revision</td> <td colspan='2' style="background-color: white; color:black; text-align: center;">Revision as of 19:15, 16 September 2009</td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="diff-lineno" id="mw-diff-left-l4" >Line 4:</td> <td colspan="2" class="diff-lineno">Line 4:</td></tr> <tr><td class='diff-marker'>&#160;</td><td style="background-color: #f9f9f9; color: #333333; font-size: 88%; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 1px 1px 4px; border-radius: 0.33em; border-color: #e6e6e6; vertical-align: top; white-space: pre-wrap;"></td><td class='diff-marker'>&#160;</td><td style="background-color: #f9f9f9; color: #333333; font-size: 88%; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 1px 1px 4px; border-radius: 0.33em; border-color: #e6e6e6; vertical-align: top; white-space: pre-wrap;"></td></tr> <tr><td class='diff-marker'>&#160;</td><td style="background-color: #f9f9f9; color: #333333; font-size: 88%; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 1px 1px 4px; border-radius: 0.33em; border-color: #e6e6e6; vertical-align: top; white-space: pre-wrap;"></td><td class='diff-marker'>&#160;</td><td style="background-color: #f9f9f9; color: #333333; font-size: 88%; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 1px 1px 4px; border-radius: 0.33em; border-color: #e6e6e6; vertical-align: top; white-space: pre-wrap;"></td></tr> <tr><td class='diff-marker'>−</td><td style="color:black; font-size: 88%; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 1px 1px 4px; border-radius: 0.33em; border-color: #ffe49c; vertical-align: top; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div>An online [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum] is only relevant to local decision-making if information exchange and discussions relate to agenda items in front of area governments and community groups. 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Use the Advanced Search option to limit sources, etc. A simple search like &quot;Bemidji City Council&quot; can generate quite useful results. With news alerts you receive an e-mail when something new is discovered. Of course, then you need to scan the alert and see if anything rises to the level that you want to share <del class="diffchange diffchange-inline">a link</del>. With news from other sites<del class="diffchange diffchange-inline">, </del>the title of the story, the direct <del class="diffchange diffchange-inline">links</del>, and only the first paragraph or two <del class="diffchange diffchange-inline">should be forwarded</del>. 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Sometimes this is automated from the government website and other times you need to find the right person to ask. If you government does not provide this service, ask them to start.</div></td><td class='diff-marker'>+</td><td style="color:black; font-size: 88%; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 1px 1px 4px; border-radius: 0.33em; border-color: #a3d3ff; vertical-align: top; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div><ins class="diffchange diffchange-inline">* '''</ins>Government E-mail Newsletters<ins class="diffchange diffchange-inline">''' </ins>- <ins class="diffchange diffchange-inline">Some governments send out regular &quot;what's new&quot; e-mail newsletter and others provide personalized alerts on hundreds of new or updated documents like St. Paul. 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Find them, subscribe to them (if possible) and in particular forward anyting &quot;civic&quot; be it a speaker coming to town to a meeting hosted by a community initiative. While we encourage community organizations to post items to our forums directly, they are often passive. Depending upon how big &quot;C&quot; community your forum is versus big &quot;P&quot; political, feel free to include a wide range of community announcements. The rule of thumb is that the small the population covered by the forum, the broader the scope for event announcements.</div></td><td class='diff-marker'>&#160;</td><td style="background-color: #f9f9f9; color: #333333; font-size: 88%; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 1px 1px 4px; border-radius: 0.33em; border-color: #e6e6e6; vertical-align: top; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div>Community Calendars - A mix of local websites often host community calendars. Find them, subscribe to them (if possible) and in particular forward anyting &quot;civic&quot; be it a speaker coming to town to a meeting hosted by a community initiative. While we encourage community organizations to post items to our forums directly, they are often passive. Depending upon how big &quot;C&quot; community your forum is versus big &quot;P&quot; political, feel free to include a wide range of community announcements. The rule of thumb is that the small the population covered by the forum, the broader the scope for event announcements.</div></td></tr> <!-- diff cache key edemo_ewiki:diff:version:1.11a:oldid:5130:newid:5131 --> </table> Admin http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Information_seeking&diff=5130&oldid=prev Admin: New page: Information Seeking - How-to Get Started An online [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum] is only relevant to local decision-making if information exchange and discussions relate to ag... 2009-09-16T18:47:12Z <p>New page: Information Seeking - How-to Get Started An online [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum] is only relevant to local decision-making if information exchange and discussions relate to ag...</p> <p><b>New page</b></p><div><br /> Information Seeking - How-to Get Started<br /> <br /> An online [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum] is only relevant to local decision-making if information exchange and discussions relate to agenda items in front of area governments and community groups. While our forums are often used to surface new issues that should be on the local agenda, actual agenda items make great topics. The question is, who will help find those items and post them to the forum?<br /> <br /> '''You. '''<br /> <br /> In a perfect world, elected officials and civil servants would post items they know would generate some useful input before a decision is made and journalists would also post links to key stories they've written. This happens sometimes when folks are pro-active, but building effective local democratic engagement never works on auto-pilot (online or off).<br /> <br /> So here is where we as Issues Forum participants come in ... ''it is up to us to monitor key online (and offline) sources of community information, news, and events to make sure important items come to the attention of all.'' <br /> <br /> We call this information seeking and seeding. Instead of expecting the volunteer Forum Manager to add this task to their primary list of duties, you can help by monitoring one or more specific sources. If something looks interesting, feed the forum links and highlights on a regular basis be that once a month or once a week.<br /> <br /> How?<br /> <br /> * '''Google News Alerts''' - From [http://news.google.com http://news.google.com] you can enter some key search terms about your community. Use the Advanced Search option to limit sources, etc. A simple search like &quot;Bemidji City Council&quot; can generate quite useful results. With news alerts you receive an e-mail when something new is discovered. Of course, then you need to scan the alert and see if anything rises to the level that you want to share a link. With news from other sites, the title of the story, the direct links, and only the first paragraph or two should be forwarded. Forwarding the full-text from a news site without permission might violate their copyright.<br /> <br /> Government E-mail Newsletters - Ask your local government to receive all public meeting notices and agendas via e-mail when the council members are sent the same information. Sometimes this is automated from the government website and other times you need to find the right person to ask. If you government does not provide this service, ask them to start.<br /> <br /> Community Calendars - A mix of local websites often host community calendars. Find them, subscribe to them (if possible) and in particular forward anyting &quot;civic&quot; be it a speaker coming to town to a meeting hosted by a community initiative. While we encourage community organizations to post items to our forums directly, they are often passive. Depending upon how big &quot;C&quot; community your forum is versus big &quot;P&quot; political, feel free to include a wide range of community announcements. The rule of thumb is that the small the population covered by the forum, the broader the scope for event announcements.<br /> <br /> Web Page Trackers - There are a number of browser and web-based web page trackers available. These tools automatically tell you when a web page has been updated. This tool is ideal to follow the release of meeting agendas on government websites as well as what's new and home pages which often link to new reports and the like. If you use Firefox, one add-on tool to use is Update Scanner. In short, find the page the changes frequently with links to new content - press releases, reports, meeting agendas and documents, webcasts, etc. - and set the scanner to update you when the page changes.<br /> <br /> Local Blogs - What makes the sound of one hand clapping? A blog with no comments. Instead of trying to drive comments to an external blog, instead we encourage you to think of each Issues Forum as a &quot;roving book club&quot; where you supply the participatory audience and everyone bringings in the content for discussion. It is so much easier for people to simply press reply via e-mail than to go to website and try to post. This is why we have two or three times the participation rate of other similar forums. So either sign-up for e-mail alerts from blogs that offer them or use a tool like Google Reader to monitor the &quot;web feed&quot; (that little orange icon) from blog and other feeds from around the community. A simple tool that sends you an e-mail when a web feed is updated is FeedMyInbox.</div> Admin