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Links 1 through 7 of 7 by sarah hartley tagged communities

But is there really one “visualization community”? I’m involved in visualization and know many of the folks on this map, and it looks like a pretty good map to me, but it seems to skew heavily toward the design, art, and infographics world. That’s probably because of the seed accounts chosen, and this chart misses a number of folks coming at visualization from the open government, journalism, and academic points of view. It also certainly excludes many prominent visualizers who don’t use Twitter. This is a universal problem: a visualization must either include or exclude each node; it’s a binary, black-and-white sort of decision process about a fixed set of nodes drawn from available data, but reality isn’t like that. Real communities are porous and overlapping and span multiple communication networks.

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Another thing that seems to escape many journalists is the direct connection between their own indifference to interacting with readers and the parlous state of their comments. If my research has taught me anything — not to mention writing columns and a blog for 15 years — it is that the surest way to improve the tone of the debate in forums or comments is to get involved in them.

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Whilst a community is also an affinity group, an affinity group is not necessarily a community. Understanding the context behind any group is crucial especially in this post-modern world where everything is fluid, without definable boundaries and nothing is fixed (although post-modernism has been under the deconstructionists’ scalper for some time).

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There's some good advice in this - with examples. While we might not all have the leaderships qualities of Obama, recognising the difference between managing and leading is a point worth considering. Humility too - not natural territory for newshounds!

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"Journalism is not the business of reporting, writing and publishing newspapers... or websites. It's the business of community building."

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"Local government doesn’t necessarily need to develop common ground with the people it serves, because the locality already act as a common denominator. Councils have a real opportunity to help develop the use of social media in a grographical area, to take a lead, say, in the definition and promotion of common tags to use so that locally generated content can be easily found and shared."

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