Trident Digital Village Project

Be2Camp Conference – Exploring Web 2.0 in the built environment
August 16, 2010, 9:23 am
Filed under: Digital Trident Project

The digital village team went as a collective to the Be2Camp held in Birmingham last week, the event was well run and many interesting topics were discussed and new tech was showcased.

About Be2camp – Be2camp is for people interested in how the latest web applications and web design techniques (Web 2.0; eg: RSS, blogs, Twitter, Wikis, etc) could help build a better, more sustainable built environment – planning, design, construction, even occupation and management of buildings, infrastructure, landscape, etc.

Here are a few samples of the conference:

The event was useful, and we hope the technology is adaptable to our uses at the Trident Digital Village.


Trident Pool Tournament
July 5, 2010, 9:31 am
Filed under: Digital Trident Project

Last Friday we ran the first the pool tournament here at the Trident Digital Village. We ran the project even thought it wasn’t technically a digital project. As we thought it was a good way to create positive social cohesion between the communities that lives in this social housing estate.

The preparations of this project were a lot more complex then we all first thought as the pool table had a number of issues that needed resolving. So the mission started with 3hrs till the residents started arriving we had a broken pool table, missing balls, no keys to access it, no prize for the winner, no snacks and drinks.

We all split into different groups and tackled different issues, a few went to the stores to buy supplies and food while the others tackled sorting out the table.

–          We got new balls

–          New locks for pool table

–          Sorted the Prize with management

–          Opened up the Kitchen

–          Sorted a scoring system

And we were ready!

The competition was a huge success with many people taking part and lots of spectators too!

The players were of a fairly high standard too, so the tournament was intense!

Everyone that attended was very happy with the event and couldn’t thank us enough, they all appreciated that we put the effort in to make people feel welcome and created an even everyone was happy with.

Creating Online Feedback Forms/Surveys
May 24, 2010, 11:19 am
Filed under: Digital Trident Project

Today at the Trident Digital Village, we looked at a number of on-line form services that we could use during our individual projects and through the duration of the project.

I have come across the examples below before as I have previous experience in this area working as a Marketing Director for a international NGO.

The best and most useful free service for create online questionnaires is Google Docs and its form manager.

This service provide unrestricted amount of content  that can be added and dosent cost a penny. However it does have its limitations as to aesthetics and company branding. Its very hard to make this service look bespoke and use graphics to make it appropriate to the task in hand.

Survey Monkey

This service provides a limited free service, it however can have its benefits with its easy to navigate interface it making it the choice for many organisations when it comes to surveys. Again the paid option is one that should be selected as the free version is quite resricted

My example form can be viewed here: Click here to take survey


This service is another example of a decent online survey manager however it again is limited with the available features for free accounts.

It has the cleanest and simplest interface for users and its graphics can be changed to make it bespoke to the current job.

Ideas for Trident
May 20, 2010, 12:50 pm
Filed under: Digital Trident Project

The morning we spent brainstorming ideas of how we could socially engage the residents of Trident house. Many Ideas were passed around, our main focus was how we could utilise a event Trident is hosting on bank holiday Monday. The likelihood of the digital village group attending is low so we had to look at ideas that we could implement whilst were not being present.

Below is a list of how we approached the task in hand and the directions were likely to head towards.

Digital Trident Event:

Need to be Attractive

Background information for Clients

Who we are, what we do, How we can help you!

Possibility of free Smartphone/Iphone/Blackberry!

Event Data Capture Methods:

  • Questionnaire
  • Comment Box/Comment Wall
  • Advertise a future event directly for us.
  • Digital Questionnaire/ using either a mobile device or computer to utilising computer room and facilities.
  • Advertise our personal blogs and trident wiki
  • Offer training


  • Newsletter
  • Flyers
  • Posters
  • Digital Survey/Google/Survey Monkey
  • Comment suggestion Box/Wall

Survey Questions:

Multiple choice questions

  • Computer Literacy/ Competence
  • Age range
  • Access to technology i.e. computers/internet/Smartphone’s
  • Their views on Trident and facilities available
  • Areas of improvement for Trident
  • Their opinions on our initial ideas
  • Contact Details
  • What publications or online media do you read?
  • What websites do you use i.e Facebook/Twitter/Bebo/Myspace etc
  • Hobbies & Interests
  • That local facilities do you use?

Event/Activity Ideas:

  • Photography Club/ Share content via photoblog
  • Music Production Club / Producer your own record
  • Computer lessons
  • Word-processing
  • Social Media
  • Film Making
  • Design
  • Animation
  • Make the most out the internet i.e learning,shopping,advice etc
  • Technology help

Marshmallow Challenge

The afternoon we had a training workshop that started with the marshmallow challenge to see how we worked as a team and our thinking methods. After the challenge we watched a short film by on the subject area show how everyone is different and has a different mental thinking plan. Technology Education Design have various useful online videos on such topics.

Our tower was the winning design, we went with simplicity over appearance and this paid off. With these challenge if you push the engineering side you can end up with nothing.

We learnt that the way you achieve the best results is with trial and error, using this method we can experiment with a vast amount of ideas and go forward with the ones that work out.

Twitter, Timelines & Microblogs
May 18, 2010, 11:37 am
Filed under: Digital Trident Project

Today at the Trident Digital Village we were experimenting with many on-line Microblog services and 3rd party publishing applications for them.

Firstly we started at looking at online timeline services that allow you to publish content online in a managed easy to ready chronological order.

One of the best for online searches is Dipity this service provide the user to search a topic and the data that is pulled of the internet is put into an easy to read chronological time line.

We then looked at the more graphic intensive site Capzeles this site has a super attractive interface and is very flexible considering its a free service. I have managed to set up a site with in minutes.

We then looked at Twitter @digitaltrident and how we could embed our twitter time lines into our Dipity service.

Then we looked at ways to use 3rd party applications to manage our twitter accounts such as twitter clients brizzlytweetdecktweetie, and thwirl, and hootsuite theses all have there pros and cons and serve different purposes.

Creating Wiki’s & Online Task Management Tools.
May 14, 2010, 12:24 pm
Filed under: Digital Trident Project

Today we continues with created the Trident Digital Village Wiki site, we have added content to each sup page and linked them in with our individual personal blogs. We will need to continue updating the wiki site as the project progresses, however the interface is a little tedious and personally think in the future we should move to creating a bespoke website for the Digital Village Project.

We also all signed up for Live Brum accounts so we can keep up-to-date with local events and activity so we can pass on information through our blogs and publications.

The second part of the day we took a look at online task management tools, as throughout the duration of this project we will be working in partnership with Meshed Media who will manage the project remotely and visit the site 2 days a week. So we are going to utilize online task management tools in order make sure productivity is well managed.

Here are a few of the online task management tool I looked at:

Remember the Milk’s got all the best features modern webapps have to offer: email/SMS/IM integration, tagging, advanced search, keyboard shortcuts and even offline access with Google Gears. Chances are you work across several computers and need a single, always-accessible place to consolidate your work, personal, school, and family to-do’s. Remember the Milk is a great way to do just that.
Ta-da List is the web’s easiest to-do list tool. Make lists for yourself or share them with others. It couldn’t be simpler. Made by the industry leading timetalbe managers 37Signals.

Todo List, Always have your todo list at hand. You can get Toodledo on your mobile phone, in your email, on your calendar, in your RSS reader, via IM, and integrated directly into your web browser. You can even print up a special foldable booklet that will fit in your pocket.

37 Signals has three different products with to-do list capabilities depending on the nature and scope of the work:

– Basecamp – Large Group Project Management and Group Collaboration

– Backpack – Solo or Small Group. Like having a personal intranet.

– Highrise – Contact Management. Keep track of who your business talks to, what was said, and what to do next.

Google Calendar, especially if you want to share that to-do list with others. My favoriote to-do list as it fully scyronises with portable devices, best part of it is its free!
And we finished the day with a online film  Us Now A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet.

Collaborative Online Tools
May 13, 2010, 11:23 am
Filed under: Digital Trident Project

Collaborative Online Tools:

Today we looked at a large number of on-line collaborative tools that are useful if you are working in a group. We looked a many appropriate tools that would be Ideal for the Trident Digital Village Project, in addition we also looked at other tools that would be less useful for this project however were good examples to how about for possible uses in the future. These Additional tools we used were:

Google Docs

Google Documents:

The first service we looked at was Google Docs, by far one of the most useful and well thought out application we looked at today.
The possibility to be able to all edit the same document in real time allows everyone to contribute to an article without any overlapping of information. Google Docs where we all can write informtion in document and especially on remote assistants with users and also design your own personal questionaire sheet allow several users can implement the structure by using remote assistants.

Not only can normal text documents be created but also things such as questionnaires that can be sent to a unlimited number of people and the results will be collected in a single spreadsheet. This would be an ideal feature to send digital questionnaires to the Trident residents in order for us to simply analyse the returned information.
We looked at a website called Bubbl. This is a brainstorming website where you can put your ideas into bubbles, you can collaborate with people all around the world using this service. The Bubbl website allows you to share ideas and implement the designs of your ideas. Businesses would get the most use out of this service.

pbworks We also looked at pbworks which is a wiki-based website used mainly by work and social organisations/clubs. We set up our own pbworks Wiki and an ‘about’ page, just to test the service. We looked at examples of workspaces, including the Twitter Fan Wiki workspace and the London Social Media Cafe workspace. The Twitter Fan Wiki is set up with many different links, showing different categories and linking users to the best Twitter posts relating to those categories. For example, the comedy category contains links to humourous Tweets. The London Social Media Cafe workspace has a link to the One Alfred Place website where the LSMC meetings are now held, and also contains other info, such as who is attending the event.
Voice Thread:
Voice Thread is an online conferencing site. It holds images documents and videos. It allows you to comment in real time with a mic or phone, text, audio or video files. This would be very useful if developing a product or media project such as film or music. It is also very useful for conferencing without actually having to meet up, with people in other countries for example.