We're almost halfway through the development of our Portfolio project. It's an exciting project to work on, designed on a very simple premise to encourage young people to 'show and tell' their volunteering and have their work endorsed by the charities they help, presented via a public profile that they can easily share with proespective employers and recruiters. The idea is to help volunteers to showcase the amazing experiences they gain through volunteering and have them validated so they can be used to help with career development.
The Oxford Internet Survey has begun data collection. The survey, which is the most comprehensive survey of British Internet use, began collection of the data for the 2013 wave on 1 February. About 2,600 respondents will be asked some 330 questions concerning the different things they do on the Internet, the devices they use, their attitudes toward the Internet and technology, and many other items. There are items about social isolation, disabiled access, education, employment, local communities, and other issues of interest to the Nominet Trust.
In the UK the health and social care sectors face an unprecedented period of change with the focus on self directed support and personal budgets, developing community networks and the imminent NHS reorganisation. These are challenging times for the care sector with substantial budget cuts and increased expectations from service users for more personal and improved care services. There is an urgent need to find new and more effective means of supporting people to live more independently in their communities.
A State of the Art Review by Dr. Julian Sefton-Green
State of the art reviews
On 12 March Nominet Trust hosted a discussion with Dr Julian Sefton-Green, the author of the State of Art Review: Mapping Digital Makers, about the issues around inspiring and supporting a generation of digital makers. If you were unable to make it, you can watch the evening's proceedings here:
Or if you prefer you can listen to the discussion here.
Our mission proposed to the Nominet Trust was simple: we want to enable anyone to create their own website without need of a safety net, instruction bible, or ‘internet guru’ (shudder). We are going to create a simple-to-use, affordable platform for charities and not-for-profits to create their own websites to amplify the good they deliver.This platform, came to be named Jam.Jam exists in two parts, the technology platform (the building part) and the content strategy (or what on earth do we put on our website part).
"In December, we finished the first (if you don't count the prototype) Nominet Trust Academy. A 16 week, one week on, one week off programme, for any Nominet Trust funded project to attend. The main purpose of the Academy was to create a learning environment that would build the capacity of participants’ projects to be scaled and/or sustained.
Using data to create maps of various kinds is an intriguing and entertaining process: but is it useful? Could such maps make us unjustifiably confident that we know where we are, and where we should be going?
Last weekend was a big weekend for us. We put superheroes, techy developers, lay office types and a bunch of cool young people in a room and gave them the power to change the world through social action. Luckily for us, they knew how!
The venue: very generously donated by Forward Foundation, also came with the sharp mind of Sam, a developer there to make sure we keep a link to reality.
A poll for Bethnal Green Ventures – which supports ‘tech for good’ startups – has found that over a quarter (27%) of people would most like to run or work for an organisation which aims to make a positive social impact. Over a quarter (28%) of those polled also said they think startups will create the most jobs in the UK in the next three years.
The findings are released as Bethnal Green Ventures begins its UK-wide search for people who want to use technology to tackle stuff that matters: from health care and education to employment and an ageing population.
An online safety initiative from PICTFOR is using engaging lesson plans to educate primary school pupils how to discover all the joys of the internet without danger
Staying safe online Since the national curriculum for ICT has been disapplied, there is a risk that primary school pupils will move on to secondary school with good technical skills, but without the awareness of online safety that they need for the more sophisticated environment they suddenly find themselves immersed in.