I’ve been wrestling with how to bring together and publicise the bloggers who have always been around, and those who are springing up following the publication of the guidelines.
So, I have started hacking together http://publicsectorblogs.org/ which takes a bunch of feeds, bungs them into one using Yahoo! Pipes and then republishes them on one page using SimplePie. Sophisticated it ain’t.
There is a combined feed to subscribe to via Feedburner, and an email subscription option too, but I see this more as a tool for people to quickly scan rather than anything else – there’s probably too much of it to begin with.
The bloggers I have used so far aren’t just civil servants, or local government officers, but anyone who works for or in the UK public service, and who write about it now and again. This is an inclusive kind of thing! They are (in no particular order):
- Jeremy Gould – Ministry of Justice
- Steve Dale – Consultant working with Improvement & Development Agency
- Tom Watson MP – Cabinet Office Minister
- Mark O’Neill – Department for Culture, Media & Sport
- Digital Pioneer – anonymous Civil Servant
- Emma Mulqueeny – Consultant working with various Whitehall departments
- Paul Canning – Cambridge City Council
- Simon Dickson – Consultant working with Number 10 and NHS, amongst others
- Andrew Brown – ex-Councillor in Lewisham
- Carl Haggerty – Devon County Council
- Ingrid Koehler – Improvement & Development Agency
- Caspar Aremi – NHS
If anyone has any further suggestions, do let me know in the comments.
I do need to make some improvements to the site, the most important one being to highlight where each post has come from. But this is my first time with SimplePie – and I suspect my use of Pipes complicates matters – and so any offers of help are appreciated!