Tag Archive: wikis

Apr 23 2012

From dead pigeons and a statue of King Kong to civil engineering

With attendees including three Expert Panel Chairs, staff from the ICE Library and an ICE past President (logging in online from Scotland), the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Wikipedia workshop (post), which took place on Friday, certainly captured some influential eyes and ears. And presenter Andy Mabbett opened attendees’ eyes to far more than just the online “encyclopaedia …

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Jan 10 2012

Wikipedia, PR and CSR

The thorny issue of whether public relations professionals should edit Wikipedia is being keenly debated again, making me think hard about my position – both as a PR professional and as a long-standing Wikipedian. December’s revelations that London-based Bell Pottinger staff had been “massaging” the content of Wikipedia articles about the consultancy’s clients (BBC news), …

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Jul 26 2011

OpenBuildings – marketing architecture

[This is an edited version of a blog post originally published on my tech blog ExtranetEvolution.com.] Last month, I wrote about OpenBuilding.com, the crowd-sourced building directory, and I met up with the business’s founders, COO Tom Mallory (left) and CEO Adel Zakout (right), in London last week. While it positions itself as a resource for those interested …

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Oct 07 2010

Network with BIFM or Connect with FM?

Yesterday I went to UBM’s Total Workplace Management event at London’s Kensington Olympia exhibition centre (I also strolled through its neighbouring sister events: Energy Solutions and M&E: The Building Services Event). The most outstanding announcement I heard concerned the launch of NetworkwithBIFM, a new community network launched by the British Institute of Facilities Management, but …

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Sep 17 2010

Best use of Social Media?

Last November I wrote about the Construction Computing Awards 2009, and suggested five reasons why we didn’t yet have an award for best use of Web 2.0 in construction. Well, it’s now a whole ten months later, the shortlists for the 2010 awards have just been announced, online voting has begun, and – I must …

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Mar 24 2010

The new construction collaboration era

I am due to speak next Tuesday, 30 March at the Collaboration Cafe symposium at the Building Centre in London. The event is one of the final contributions to an ongoing research project being undertaken by Slider Studio and funded by the Technology Strategy Board. As I’ve previously mentioned, this has involved the development of …

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Feb 05 2010

The role of social media in commercial property

Being unable to attend Monday’s SMW Be2camp event (see post), which I had organised, meant I missed Remit Consulting‘s Bob Thompson’s talk about the RICS report, The role of social media in commercial property. However, as well as his presentation (here), he also forwarded me a link to the report and I have finally been …

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Nov 24 2009

Now BSD ceases publication too

Rumours began to circulate on Twitter yesterday that another UK construction industry magazine was set to close, and today I read Andy Pearson’s “And Finally…” conclusion to his December 2009 online editorial in UBM’s Building Sustainable Design (BSD): This is the last issue of Building Sustainable Design. After almost a year of trying to succeed …

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Nov 03 2009

10 ways social media can help your construction client

Many of the construction industry’s customers are major brands in their own right (Sainsbury’s, Barclays, O2, Network Rail, BAA, etc). Thus, any part of the supply chain delivering projects should be acutely aware that their goods and services could have a direct impact on the ultimate client’s reputation – and vexing that customer is not …

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Oct 15 2009

Web 2.0, construction and climate change

So it’s Blog Action Day and the topic is climate change. I signed up for the 10:10 campaign a while ago and following the campaign’s presentation at last week’s Be2camp@WorkingBuildings unconference, Be2camp is now also a 10:10 organisation. This set Martin Brown wondering what we, as Web 2.0 enthusiasts in the architecture, engineering, construction and …

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