Category: media

Oct 08 2013

A Wikipedian for 10 years (and 5 days)

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A small typographical error meant I missed marking the 10th anniversary of me becoming a Wikipedian last week. I had inadvertently written the date as 13 October, but it was actually on 3 October 2003 that I registered as Wikipedia user Paul W (thanks to fellow Londoner and Wikipedian Scott Martin for inviting me to …

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Sep 18 2013

Designing Buildings in running for a Be2Award

It has been a busy few weeks for Designing Buildings, the free construction-specific “expert wiki” which celebrated its first anniversary at the end of June. Earlier this month, the website announced new functionality which made it easier for people to create their user profile pages and to keep track of all their contributions to Designing Buildings. …

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Sep 06 2013

Tweet @ConstructionEnq? Don’t bother

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Regular readers of this blog will know of my admiration for the online news provider Construction Enquirer and also my occasional criticism of their social media efforts. I admit these criticisms tend to be the moans of a social media purist who regards Twitter as a place for people to have conversations online, but I …

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Aug 23 2013

Raising civil engineering awareness via Wikipedia

A Wikipedia ‘Editathon’ at the Insitution of Civil Engineers aimed to encourage use of Wikipedia to raise awareness of the art and science of civil engineering. Last month, I helped organise a Wikipedia Editathon at the Insitution of Civil Engineers in London. The event was the latest initiative of the ICE’s Information Systems Panel (of …

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Aug 22 2013

2013 BE2Awards – nominations open!

The 2013 Be2Awards and Be2Talks are on 25 September 2013. Tweet, blog, email – help spread the word. Nominate, vote – join in. Or sponsor! It’s that time of year again. In August last year, I wrote about the second running of the Be2awards: the world’s first awards for social media in the built environment (which …

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Aug 02 2013

I #LoveConstruction. You should too.

Love Construction

The Love Construction campaign has been gathering momentum since the 2 July launch of the UK Government’s latest construction strategy. Its origins lie in an editorial written by Construction News editor Rebecca Evans who argued that it was time for industry people to have their say in how the industry is perceived. The vision for 2025 painted …

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Aug 01 2013

#Webarchitects and #Cyclingsummit: a TweetBinder comparison

Tweetbinder-contributors

Two London events demonstrated different approaches to Twitter engagement and a useful testbed for Twitter analytics tool TweetBinder. In the past week, I have attended a couple of London events which generated quite a few tweets. Last Friday, I participated in a seminar hosted by Honest Buildings looking at architects’ use of the internet, and …

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Jul 01 2013

DesigningBuildings marks one year with infographic

The UK construction-specific “expert wiki”, DesigningBuildings, launched in July 2012, has marked its first birthday with an infographic that tells readers how far the site has come in 12 months. I first looked at the site in November (post), and – as a Wikipedian and general wiki fan – have continued to watch its progress [and, …

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Jun 03 2013

From property viewing to post-occupancy reviewing

Banner Homes ipad

Why stop at creating apps to sell luxury homes, when all built assets could have an online owner’s manual and feedback loop? Working in technology for the construction and property sectors, I have long been interested in the use of mobile tools and applications (I’m off to the latest COMIT community day in Oxford on …

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May 03 2013

Content marketing, SEO and an expert wiki (again)

In a recent guest post (Two elements of BIM for manufacturers), I talked about the creation of BIM objects and about how content marketing could help construction product manufacturers and suppliers reach specifiers. Content marketing – according to its trade association, the CMA – is defined as: … the discipline of creating quality branded editorial content across all media channels and …

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