Publishing under your own name

9 February 2009

Blogs are personal. So are learning processes.

That’s why we have decided to publish blog posts under our own name. The ideas and opinions we publish here are our own, and not necessarily ISEALs. We are looking for feedback, and are open to conversation.

You can see the author of a post at the very bottom: This article is ‘Posted by Wiebke’, for example.

In very rare occasions, we will use the account ISEAL Alliance for official announcements like changes in policy, press releases or final documents. All other posts are personal and not vetted or edited in an official process.


Alternatives to Google for finding people

9 February 2009

Unlike plumbers or doctors, you won’t find online community consultants or developers in the Yellow Pages.

Here are some of the social media tools that can be used to find people. Read the rest of this entry »


Selecting tools to build an online community

5 February 2009

We have been considering what tools to use for the online community.

So far, we have been looking at Drupal and Typo3 as the best content management systems.

Both offer a wide variety of plugins, including the ability to have a discussion forum and a document library. We also want to host a variety of webinars and interactive training courses.

For the webinar, we will be trialling Gotomeeting’s GoToWebinar option.

Selecting tools:

When selecting tools, it is important to us that they are open source and that we are able to train our members and stakeholders on how to use these tools.

It is also important that contributed content does not just come from ISEAL Alliance staff, but from those who we inform as well.

Our members and stakeholders have a wealth of experience to share with each other and ISEAL.

Indeed, many stakeholders have been helpful in meeting with us both in person and via Skype to explain their experiences with possible tools we are considering.

The landing page for the online community should also be welcoming and informative about the work that ISEAL does, without distracting the reader with too much information.

We are considering having a slideshow for the landing page showcasing ISEAL’s work, using slideshare.

What tools would you recommend for use in an online community? Have you been involved with planning or building an online community?

Why not give your view in the comments?


Social bookmarking and online planning

19 January 2009

During the research for the online community, we have noticed how useful the social bookmarking service Delicious.com is:

  • We can save web pages giving important information for the online community project, and have instant access to them whenever we sign in.
  • We can also share them with other people by adding them as a contact and comment on their bookmarks.
  • Unlike bookmarking in web browsers, you don’t have to worry about slowing your internet down or switching between browsers.
  • Delicious.com can also be useful when defining search keywords, which saves time.

The Delicious toolbar can also be installed so you don’t have to open a new window each time you add a bookmark.

Have you used Delicious.com to improve your online communications?

Do you use any other social networking or social bookmarking tools you would like to post a comment on?

Why not discuss below?


Welcome to the ISEAL Alliance online community blog!

15 January 2009

My name is Richard Brennan and I am the Online Networking Coordinator for ISEAL Alliance.

Along with our Communications Manager, Wiebke Herding, and our Technical Director, Patrick Mallet, I’ll be involved in two exciting projects this year: the setting up of two online consultations and the creation of an online community.

So far I’ve been investigating different email survey software tools, wikis and blog hosts for the online consultation, as well as a content management system for the online community.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be speaking to people who have created online consultations or online communities to find out what software they used and how they carried these tasks out.

If you have any ideas, feel free to leave a comment.