A while ago the Edgeryders organisation applied to an open call asking communities to come forward and test some new tools for making sense of large scale conversations. The rationale is: the better we are at this, the more we can facilitate crowd-driven social innovation.
CATALYST, the network running the initiative, is itself a collaboration developed under CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation), a topic funded in FP7 and Horizon2020 European research programmes. @Alberto was already involved as a member in Wikitalia (Catalyst partner), and helped develop one of the tools.
Given Edgeryders track record, we were given a small grant to look into two tools in the upcoming months: Edgesense and Assembl, both free web based tools with a mission to help knowledge creation for the public good. The outcome of the project will be a report to better inform how these tools, beyond their technological capabilities, can actually live in communities.
Some of the questions I personally would like to see answered are:
- Would real communities use them, and if so, for what concrete purposes?
- What are the benefits and challenges in adopting these tools, as opposed to others that are out there? Also some notes on interoperability with web platforms.
- What is required from community builders and practitioners to facilitate adoption of such tools?
It is a simple software for real-time, interactive network analysis of online communities. Seems useful for mapping relationships in conversations, which could be interesting for community managers.
Developed by Wikitalia.
It helps organise unstructured content from around the web and facilitates new, more targeted conversations after syntheses and key insights are drawn. At a first glance, seems like it could be interesting for content curators, storytellers, engagers out there.
Developed by Imagination for People.
If you’re interested, here are all the other tools these guys developed over the last years.
At Edgeryders we’re putting together a small team to work on this project, to join keep an eye on the group page and upcoming calls.