So what’s happened over the last month?
Community council location finder project
The final community council location finder code has been submitted to the client. There were a few days delay waiting for up-to-date data to arrive at the client.
I look forward to the site going live. Meanwhile, here are screenshots of the final version:
- Initial load
- Hiding CCs, so that users can click-to-zoom on any LA
- Searching for a specific postcode
- Result of click-to-zoom on an LA (CC markers and groups displayed)
- CC marker pop-up
I’m doing the literature review for the resurvey of Community Council online presences. This will update the summer 2012 report. To create connections with European research, it’s likely that I will examine how open-ness and transparency are supported by these presences.
Peter Cruickshank and I have
- presented the community council location finder project at a Community Council Liaison Officers networking event
- submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Inquiry into the Flexibility and Autonomy of Local Government
Yesterday, I was a note-taker at From Centre to Community – reclaiming local democracy in Scotland. My personal aim was to learn from others at this event, and this was more than fulfilled. I also met ‘Paddy’ Bort, co-author of The Silent Crisis, and Adam Stewart, secretary to the commission, among many others. Most people I spoke to were very well informed and had a lot to contribute. Others came simply to learn.
Many good points were raised – not just pie-in-the-sky schemes. I’m not optimistic that local democracy will be perfected in my lifetime. In fact, I am certain that nothing in this world can ever be perfect. But I am very optimistic that we can start to improve matters, right here, right now.