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Talking Open Street Map
I’ve just deleted my notes from this session, because just typing up what was said won’t actually be very useful.
Here’s what to do. Got to http://www.blurtonvision.co.uk and see how different data layers can be placed over the map to build a set of information about what the community is doing.
Then look at Walking Papers and see how that same mapping can be useful to, and developed by, walkers.
Cool, isn’t it?
It’s all built on Open Street Map, which is, if you like, the Wikipedia of mapping.

Dave Glennon – collaboration manager at Lend Lease

  • Web 2.0 is a key part of land Lease’s ICT strategy, from knowledge management to recruitment.
  • Martini approach to ICT – any time, any place, any where…
  • Aim is to be a connected information organisation and knowledge workers
Konnections is their knowledge platform. The Knowledge Incubator was set up, but not advertised internally. A few people found it, liked it and its use grew internally through word of mouth and evangelism. 
The blogs have been interesting. Every 2/3 weeks most senior people have put up blog posts (they’re internal blogs, as far as I can make out). There are also individual pages for each person in the company. 
Forums were harder to get going, as people were reluctant to get involved, but use has grown. 
Wiki has been a useful tool for breaking down language barriers in a global company, and invaluable for dealing with the rise of acronyms…
Is it genuinely the senior people blogging? Yes. They are passed through the communication team, but are actually written through management.
Buy in: full and frank discussions or bland? Started bland, but getting more active and more opinions being expressed. 

Victor Tsemo from the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence podcasts is up next, talking about, well, podcasts. (They’re available on iTunes)
Not a huge amount here that’s specific to the built environment. It’s more of a set of general podcasting tips:
  • plan
  • keep it short (15 to 25 mins)
  • Have a major name interview subject
  • Not too frequent (once or twice a month)
  • The chair is very important, because she must manage the guests
Some discussion on Twitter about Victor’s suggestion that podcasting is expensive. Many people’s experience is absolutely counter to that – you can produce good results cheaply and simply. But here’s his recipe for doing it:

Construction Talk Podcast: How We Do (overview) from victor on Vimeo.

“There’s something quite visceral about moving your avatar to the site you’re discussing”.
Tools around the side allow you to activate pins that pull in news stories from around the web.
Also, there’s a squirrel. It eats (virtual) nuts.
You can browse a Google map of the city centre, and render it in 3D. That wasn’t an automatic process. They did it – took about a day per square kilometre. 
(I suspect that the video above will be more useful than some of my quick notes here.)
All the models, both scale and full are in the open areas right now. In theory, for consultations, you could create locked down versions.
In a public consultation model, you could create “comment balls” where people can leave feedback about the proposals, and even start dialogues with each other about it. 
Doesn’t recommend using Second Life itself for marketing at the moment – the userbase isn’t there, but you can use what you’ve done on webpages. 

Fazeley Studios, Digbeth

It’s been a long time since I was blown away by entering a building, but our arrival at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth caught me on the hop. We wandered through decaying industrial street, with the first signs of the sort of art and creative business that lead the regeneration charge into such areas, and passed through an unprepossessing door. And the view above is what greeted us.
One of the attendees at the event described it as an “an oasis in the desert”. I’d go with that.