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A few weeks before the Hungarian media storm broke late last year, the BloggingPortal editors were contacted by the (then upcoming) Hungarian Presidency team, seeking ideas for how they could cooperate with the Euroblogosphere. Being a loosely-at-best organised gang of volunteers, it took us a while to respond. To their immense credit, the Presidency team… » read more

A while back I and a number of others were blogging about how a very light, bottom-up usage of Web2-style tools and techniques (bloggingportal, delicious, tagging, google alerts, etc.) could help build links between national and EU online discussions and develop the slowly emerging European public space. The importance of this was brought home to… » read more

Every now and then I see a neat new ways for displaying complex information simply and my inner child comes out. It really delights me that there are software and design geniuses out there, working together to provide visualisation tools for mere plebs like me to use. If I ever get the time. So, following… » read more

Visualising complexity

I started out as a science journalist before moving to Europe, so I’ve always loved explaining complex things. Unfortunately, although I love words, they’re often not enough – nothing beats an infographic, or better a narrated animation, to really get complex things across. Unfortunately, I’m a rubbish artist, so until recently all I could do… » read more

It’s been a long break from blogging. A month’s holiday offline in Australia had something to do with it, but mainly it’s been a summer of thinking about applying online community management to EU policies and programmes; catching up on three months’ worth of For Immediate Release podcasts on my new phone; and exploring and… » read more