For all the buzz that surrounds the tech start-up scene it’s easy to forget that founding and growing a successful social tech business from scratch is incredibly challenging and labour-intensive. Simultaneously developing a sustainable business, building key partnerships and pitching to funders and investors is no mean feat. Add to that the challenge of creating a product or service that effectively addresses a pressing social challenge and it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
I have a confession to make. And it is not just a one-off moral lapse, but a sustained pattern of behaviour, all the more shameful given my professional occupation. Here it goes... I hate surveys, and will do anything I can to avoid completing them. Pop-up surveys online are greeted by a dismissive flurry of mouse clicking and muttering (sometimes swearing) as I curse their intrusion into my browsing. The merest sight of a clipboard on the high street is enough to set me off on an evasive run that should catch the eye of the England Rugby selectors. more >
In 2010, IT consultants Gartner, predicted that the amount of data held by enterprises would increase 800% over the next five years. They also predicted that 80% of this data would be unstructured i.e. it would be made up of emails, reports, webpages, blogs, comments, videos and audio clips, etc. And this is just the data that organisations hold directly. more >
Last week was the Citizen Cyber Summit #ccs in London a fascinating gathering of people interested in, design and running citizen science activities. From the open session it reinforced how exciting our own exploration of citizen science is, and more importantly, the potential for finding new ways of addressing some persistent social challenges. That may sound overly optimistic, perhaps even a little naive, but as James Borrell highlighted in his opening speech, these are important characteristics of starting out a citizen science based enquiry.
Hot on the heels of the Trust’s first open data release 6 weeks ago, I’m very pleased to be able to point you towards our second. This is significant for me as we’ve included our latest group of splendid funded projects, which are being welcomed into the NT fold at our ‘more >