Making The Net Work - Ideas Summary
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LOCAL NEWSLETTERS ONLINE - The centre converts the hard copies of local community newsletters and leaflets into digital versions that can be displayed online. Needs : outreach and staff/volunteers, digitising. 

FAMILIES ONLINE - Parents, children – and grandparents – can learn about ways in which the Net can be used by different members of the family. Advice on how to avoid conflict is included. Needs : curricula, tutor/volunteer 

ONLINE SHOPPING GUIDE - The centre runs workshops providing advice on how to shop online, and how to avoid possible problems. Needs: curricula, tutor 

SUPPORT FOR DISABILITIES - Special software, and adapted hardware, is designed to provide people who have disabilities with easy access and a supportive environment. Needs : Appropriate hardware, software and tutor

FEE- BASED ICT SERVICES - The centre sells a variety of online services to residents, organisations, and businesses in order to engage local interests and earn income. Needs : local needs survey and business plan. 

FAITH-BASED ACTIVITIES - Local faith groups are engaged through online study and websites that provide a religious perspective on that provide a religious perspective on child-raising, marriage, politics etc. Needs : Outreach and menu of faith-based websites.

DEMOCRACY ONLINE - Discussion forums are created so that different interests in the community can air their views. Volunteers learn new skills by facilitating. Needs : confident users, facilitators, partners 

LITERACY PROGRAMME - Email to relatives, web searching, letter writing and other activities are used to develop basic literacy skills with users. Needs : tutor/volunteers 

CENTRE CYBERCAFE - The centre creates a drop -in cyber-cafe to encourage social interaction between users, and provide a place where people can meet to develop project ideas. Needs : café facilities and management. 

GATEWAY WEBSITE - Centre users help residents and bus i-nesses participate in developing a web site reflecting local interests, information. Needs : technical and content skills, systems, maintenance.

ARTS AND HISTORY PROJECTS - Users have access to multi -media facilities in the centre to develop their own projects. Libraries and national agencies also provide digitised content. Needs : tutor/volunteers and media facilities.

LOCAL PAPER PLATFORM - The local paper - part of a chain – offers community groups sophisticated web building, news, forum and events calendar facilities. Hot items may be featured on a national gateway. Needs : Joint development with paper. 

YOUTHNET GOES LOCAL - The youthnet organisation offers local youth groups the chance to develop articles, advice and contact information that will integrate with Needs : young project champion. Information skills. 

ACTIVE CITIZENS ONLINE - invites groups to use the national site to inspire and support local action, and contribute. Schools use the resource for the new citizenship curriculum. Needs : Net-savvy community activists and teachers. 

SOAP STARS JOIN IN - Granada runs a Net storyline in Coronation Street. Stars join viewers in online forums and chats to plan how best to use the Net to tackle personal and community problems. Needs : soap enthusiasts with Net confidence 

COMMUNITY GRID - The centre champions a Community Grid for local ICT projects to share resources, reduce duplication and identify gaps. Needs : major partnership-building programme 

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERS/MENTORS - Virtual volunteers mentor young people, do technology projects for voluntary groups, bring people interested in careers together with experienced professionals. Needs : Co-ordinators, affiliated online mentoring programme 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT - The centre promotes community involvement and development by helping locals community organisations access and exchange information, and work together online. Needs : local partnerships and online tools. 

LAPTOP LENDING - Centre users who complete a basic computer literacy course qualify for laptops on loan, so they can develop computer and online projects at home. Needs : laptops and maintenance plan. ISP accounts. 

E- BUSINESS INCUBATOR - The centre provides, for a fee, work-space, services and support for new small businesses using the Net—both .com and .org. Needs : business development staff. 

LIFESTYLE AND HOBBY SITES - Centre users —and others —are able to access a wide range of nationally well-researched links to web sites covering hobby interests, family and personal problems and opportunities. Needs : starter sessions 

ACCESS FOR ALL - The initiative commits to creating community, work or home access for all who want it. Needs : Centres, outreach staff/volunteers, equipment, support.

APPLICATION SERVICE PROVIDER - The initiative develops technical systems and range of applications for users ranging from community groups to businesses and civic institutions. Needs : Tech team and systems

PLANNING WORKSHOPS - The development team runs a series of workshops with key interests and citizens to engage them in development of the system. Needs : Commitment to participative process and relevant skills.

LOCAL CENTRES - The initiative develops and supports local centres —in libraries and other places —providing access and training for residents and business. Needs : Premises, staff, long-term funding

ARTS AND HISTORY PROJECTS - Users have access to multi -media facilities in centres to develop their own projects. Libraries and national agencies also provide digitised content. Needs : Tutor/volunteers and media facilities

E-LEARNING - Schools, colleges and universities create access and training for students, and develop online learning programmes. Needs : Major development programme and commitment from institutions.

OFFICIALS ONLINE - The initiative works with local government and other agencies to train and support staff who will develop e-government services. Needs : Agency commitment, training and support programme.

DIGITAL CHAMPIONS - The initiative recruits, trains and sup-ports a network of people prepared to champion the use of ICTs in their neighbourhoods and civic organisations. Needs : Training and support progamme.

COMMUNITY AUDIT - The team developing the initiative carry out an audit of existing ICT projects, interested groups and agencies. Needs : Development team.

NONPROFIT SUPPORT - The initiative provides funding, services and support to enable nonprofits to get online and serve their clients. Needs : Online services, support programme.

E-GOVERNMENT - Public agencies develop co-ordinated programmes to provide their main information and other services online. Needs : Major development programme and agency commitment.

E-CLUBS - The centre helps clubs to set up an E -Community on the web, for example using Yahoo Clubs. Needs: Tutor knowledge. Commitment from group.

BASIC WEB DESIGN - Users employ basic packages such as Netscape Composer and FrontPage Express to create personal websites. Needs: tutor skills with design, build and file transfer.

ADVANCED WEB DESIGN - Users learn advanced packages such as Dreamweaver, Flash etc. including of CGI Scripts. Needs: Software, tutor skills. Event content development.

MUSIC RECORDING AND EDITING - Centre users can create their own music with popular software packages and digital musical instruments. Needs: High performance PC’s, Specialist Hardware, software, tutor skills and event content development.

VIDEO EDITING - Centre users can create, edit and produce movies using video cameras and software like iMovie. Needs: Suitable computers , Specialist Hardware, software, tutor skills and event content development.

ANIMATION - Software packages such as Paint Shop Pro Animation Shop enable users to create cartoons and animated images for the web. Needs: Software, tutor skills, curriculum and event content planning.

VIDEO CONFERENCING - Users are able to communicate with other centres through web cameras. Needs: Hardware, Software, tutor skills.

VIRTUAL TWINNING - The centre develops a programme to help individuals and groups twin and develop projects with others worldwide. Needs: Project development. Websites, Email.

BASIC IMAGE PRODUCTION - Users can learn how to employ digital cameras, scanners and popular software like Photoshop. Needs: Hardware, software, tutor skills and event content development. 

USING IMAGES - T Shirts, badges, Mouse mats etc can be created from own digital photos / artwork. Needs: Hardware, software, tutor skills. Non – computing equipment.

HOME ACCOUNTS - Tuition is available on spreadsheets and Accounts software packages to help people to manage their finances. Needs: Software, tutor skills. Event content development.

CREATING ORIGINAL ARTWORK - Users can create their own artwork using popular software packages. Needs: Hardware, software, tutor skills and event content development.

SHARING PHOTOGRAPHS - Photo albums are created and shared on disc or over the internet. Needs: Basic web training provision. Digital photo production. Hardware / Software. Suitable web sites

OFFICE SKILLS - Generic skills training is available for word Processing, spreadsheets, databases etc. leading to formal qualifications . Needs: Software, tutor skills, curriculum and programme of learning

DESKTOP PUBLISHING - Users can create newsletters, brochures etc with packages like Serif Page Publisher or MS Publisher. Needs: Software, tutor skills, event planning.

GENEALOGY - Families can trace their history through the Net and use of genealogy software. Needs: Basic web training provision. Digital photo production. Software. Suitable web sites. Advice on research.

DOWNLOADING MULTIMEDIA - Users learn how to download music, pictures and video from the Internet. Needs: Identifying suitable websites. Managing storage on PC’s. Transfer to user CD. Ensuring legality of downloads.

WEB BASICS - People new to the internet develop a good grounding in searching and Email through formal and informal sessions using programmes like BBC WebWise. Needs: Programme development, tutor/volunteers.

HOBBIES ON THE WEB - People use the internet to follow their hobby (birdwatching perhaps?). Needs: Basic web training provision. Computers available.

GAMES - Games prove to be a very effective way of getting people involved in computing. They are made available both on CD and on line. Needs: Identification of suitable games. Computers available.

ENTERTAINMENT - People use the internet to research television programmes, films & shows and buy tickets online. Needs: Basic web training provision. Computers available. Identifying suitable sites. 

HEALTH - Health advice is available through NHS Direct and other sources on smoking, nutrition, care of children and the elderly. Needs: Basic web training provision. Computers available. Identify suitable sites.

JOB HUNTING - Job seekers search for opportunities on the Internet, and are given advice on CV’s and applications. Needs: Basic web training provision. Computers available. Identify suitable sites. Mentoring.

BROADBAND - All homes, centres and offices have access to broadband connections enabling video as well as email and web applications when these are developed. Needs: Tech team and systems, cable or other service provider.

SUPERCHANNEL - A studio and broadcast facilities enable residents to create their own programmes. Needs : Facilities, project manager, training.

PARTICIPATION ONLINE - Discussion lists/forums are created so that different interests in the community can air their views. Volunteers learn new skills by facilitating. Needs : Confident users, committed agencies, facilitators, appropriate system.

HOUSING SERVICES ONLINE - Repairs, exchanges and other services provided by the landlord are available online. Needs : Systems, access, staff training.

RESIDENTS INFO SERVICES - The initiatives subscribes to a national service providing email, web, paper-based and telephone conferencing services relevant to tenants and community activists. Needs : Subscription, access.

COMMUNITY INTRANET - Homes with computers or digital TV are able to use an internal system for newsletters, discussions, online services, and personal Home Pages. Needs : Tech and content team. Access provision.

LOCAL ISP/ASP - The landlord and other agencies use their collective purchasing power to create and resell connectivity and online services to residents, organisations and businesses. Needs : Technical and business development staff.

COMMUNITY CONTENT - Local centres work with residents to develop ‘fun’ activities and content relevant to people’s lives. Needs : Staff, volunteers, facilities.

THE TWENTY-FOUR-SEVEN LIBRARY - E-mail ‘ask a librarian’ services, chat rooms and video technology ensure information services are open all hours, and library develops smartcard 24 hour self service library.

LIBRARY LEARNING CENTRE - The library offers online learning (from CFE and in-house courses) on-site and to local UK Online Centres, specialising in basic skills, online knowledge management and resource discovery 

DIGITAL LEARNING MATERIALS - Digitised collections and minority history projects create learning content for the network, attracting new users. 

COMMUNITY GRID - The library leads a local partnership to create a community grid for learning which provides comprehensive services throughout the locality. 

LIBRARY COMMUNITY CENTRE - The library is re-launched and re- branded as a new -style centre for the online community, providing real and virtual meeting space with specialist staff on hand.

COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP - Smaller libraries are handed over to community and resident associations who buy back library services and staff as required.

DIGITAL MEDIA - Library creates digital studio for local young disaffected people and invites artists to share skills

ONLINE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - Staff work with libraries, archives, museums, learning institutions and community groups to create local resource discovery toolkits for community web material

SKILLING COMMUNITIES - Regeneration funded project to train excluded group community organisations to act as information and culture champions

MAIL-A-BOOK - Libraries work with Wired up Communities and voluntary groups to deliver loaned items ordered online through community networks direct to the home

LIBRARY E-LEAFLET SERVICE - An agency is established to provide digital versions of current leaflets. For view, print, download or e -mail to users

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION - The library runs awareness events, games and workshops to involve people in the development of its programmes

E-DEMOCRACY - Libraries work with the local electronic network to manage online forums and publish information and weblinks around local and national social and political issues

E-GOVERNMENT - Online e -government services are piloted in libraries by giving supported access to local residents: library takes % of savings made by agencies

NEW MODEL LIBRARY - The library service is re-launched and re-branded within regeneration partnership agencies as a keystone in learning and skills, business creation, community development and quality of life

DESIGNER LIBRARIES - Library consortium leads on research and development project to work with excluded groups to design a library service from ground up in New Deal area

COMMUNITY TV - Library sets up video equipment loan service, training and editing facilities, and video streaming service to form Community TV with cable telco

INFORMATION STRATEGIES - Libraries lead partnership to set agenda and develop community information and community ICT strategies.

DEMONSTRATIONS/AWARENESS - The community network project runs hands-on demonstrations and work-shops to help residents and groups understand the potential of the Net. Needs: equipment, staff or volunteers

INTER-GENERATIONAL PROJECTS - Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons —and grandparents —learn together through projects where they have shared interests. Needs : tutors, online workshop space

CHAMPIONS INTRANET - Local community technology champions helping develop the network have their own online system providing ideas and support as well as discussion. Needs : extranet, staff or volunteers 

MICRO E-COMMERCE - The project provides training, systems and support for micro businesses to develop their e -commerce capabilities. Needs : e-commerce partner or project

ESL SUPPORT PROJECTS - Workshops are run for ethnic minority groups to help develop written and verbal language skills using computers. Needs : Tutor, workshop space, appropriate system

LOCAL HISTORY/GENEALOGY - The project runs workshops to intro- duce people to the scope for tracing family histories, researching local history. Needs : tutors, online workshop facilities.

COMMUNITY RADIO/VIDEO - The project works with a local community media organisation to develop online broadcasting services. Needs : community media partner. Tech facilities

COMMUNITY STORYTELLING - Local people can use audio, video and web pages to raise issues of personal and community interest in their own words. Needs: mentors, equipment, workshop space

HELP DESK - The project provides a telephone and online help desk which supports people in learning how to use computers and online systems, and respond to queries. Needs : staff or volunteers

VOLUNTEERS ONLINE - The project develops a local volunteer matching system with a online volunteering website. Needs : staff work with local organizations

COMMUNITY WEB DESIGNERS - Community web designers are trained and supported to enable local groups to publish material and develop their own systems. Needs : staff/volunteers, suitable systems

BROADBAND - The project commits a major part of its resources to development of a broadband network. Needs : Broadband supplier 

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH - Local neighborhood watch volunteers have email, web and web cams to support their work. Needs : training for volunteers, systems.

E-LEARNING - Schools, colleges and universities create access and training for students, and develop online learning programs. Needs : workshops, support, systems.

TRAINING WORKSHOPS - The organisation works with local trainers to run formal and informal events for staff, volunteers and others to develop computer and Net skills. Needs : Trainers, access to networked computers

INTRANET-EXTRANET - The organisation develops a comprehensive online information and communications system accessible by all who work with it. Email, documents, calendars, web publishing. Needs : Computers for all, consultancy, information manager.

FUNDRAISING ONLINE - The organisation uses its web-site and email newsletter to fundraise for its activities. Needs : Quality web site and communication systems, with staff support.

DEDICATED TECH SUPPORT - A technically-qualified member of staff is recruited to manage internal and external systems. Needs: Member of staff, equipment.

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