Last summer, a group of n0tice users and team members from n0tice HQ got together for a meet-up. As the n0tice community continues to grow and the platform continues to evolve we thought it was time again for a get together.
Forget Google Hangouts and Skype conference calls though, we’re inviting n0tice users to an afternoon in London for a meeting and greeting, brainstorming, blue sky thinking knees-up. Well, we may not quite be dancing the afternoon away but we will most definitely be prompting some very thought-provoking discussions and activities.
This is an opportunity to not only meet some of the n0tice team (the worker ants behind the n0tice community and developer platforms) but to feedback on issues and concerns, and contribute to developments for the future.
Whether you use n0tice as a community journalism platform, to share happenings in your local area or about your favourite pastime, or to build mobile publishing apps, your contribution is always appreciated. And despite our online community being just that – online – there is still something very dynamic and valuable about personal connections.
Back in August last year, after our initial meet-up I wrote: “Get offline, be the eyes and ears of your little corner of the world, be the real person behind your notice board, and truly notice what’s happening near you”.
Eight months on, as many of us are probably even more attached to our gadgets and online tools, this sentence still holds true. In which case, Friday 19 April is your opportunity to down tools and join other n0tice-ers for a fun yet constructive afternoon.
The venue details:
Friday 19 April
1 – 4 pm
61-67 Old Street
London, EC1V 9HW
Closest train stations: Old Street and Barbican
Bus routes include: 55, 243, 4, 56
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’d like to come or if you have any questions.
Looks like Christmas has come early for our app users – the latest upgrades to the n0tice mobile apps have just gone live (and we guarantee there’s not a lovelorn snowman anywhere in sight).
We’ve been listening to your feedback and have a host of new features for you to explore which we’re delighted to be able to get out to you before the party season descends.
So what’s there in the stores to download?
For all you android users, the very first exploring app we released last month is now fully functioning for posting direct to n0tice.com on the move.
The new version also features:
- upload photos from Camera or Gallery
- improved user interface throughout
- enhanced mapview
And for iPhone users, we’ve solved that annoying squished photo bug you’ve told us about as well as catching up with all you early adopters with support for iPhone 5.
- view other users’ profiles
- updated report view design
- #hastags & URL links in reports
- ability to follow noticeboards as well as postings
- account view upgraded
There’s links direct to both stores at www.n0tice.com/apps
For the past couple of weeks we’ve been inviting people to n0tice what’s going on in their local High Streets as well as listening to what many of you have had to say about the issue and about the many projects already underway across the UK.
Today we are delighted to be able share some of those stories with this Celebrate & Change My Highstreet film and infographic.
The film is an overview of this n0tice initiative, a short documentary of some of the stories and projects currently happening across the UK, linking back to the original reports for people to find out more. You can watch and share the film on youTube here.
We’ve also created a live infographic, pulling in data from the High Street n0ticeboard at www.highstreet.n0tice.com to show the immediate state of the UK’s high streets.
Now we’re hoping this will inspire even more people to get involved and spread the word about the campaign to wider community.
If you’d like to be a part of this and contribute to the infographic – here’s how: Simply share a picture to Twitter, Instagram or through n0tice of the thing you want to #celebrate or #change, with the hashtag #myhighstreet - and don’t to keep the location turned on.
n0tice has introduced a series of new developments and improvements to its service with the launch of n0tice 2.0 today, making it one of the most open community-based platforms available, focusing on supporting local communities and information sharing.
- The website (http://n0tice.com/) has been upgraded with a new streamlined design and functionality giving added emphasis to the community noticeboards and aiding exposure to local issues, as well as the mapping function which is now much more visible and integral to the user experience. Also included are new social sharing and personalisation features, which help build stronger ties between members of local communities.
- A new version of the iPhone app reflecting the changes to the website.
- A new Android app built by Tyrell Mobile which allows users to browse and map notices on the move and was commissioned following prototyping at a Hack Day in July 2012 organised by LeedsHack.
- New curation tools, available at FeedWax.com, for local publishers to feed tweets, Instagram photos, YouTube videos, news and other local data into their noticeboards.
- Changes to the development platform to allow web developers to post data into n0tice as well as take data out.
- Code from the n0tice platform is being published and shared with an open licence (http://n0tice.org/developers/).
In addition, n0tice is collaborating with global marketing and technology agency, LBi, to raise awareness of the many ways it can be used by civic-minded people and local activists to improve their neighbourhoods collectively. The first campaign in the series will address the changing high street (http://highstreet.n0tice.com/. Subsequent campaigns will address cycling safety and supporting independent local shops.
For further information please call 020 3353 2427 or email email@example.com
It may be the time of year when the words central heating, duvet and touch of frost lure you into hibernation but n0tice-er Kathryn Geels brings you news of a plan to get you out of the house and onto the high street.
We’ve been listening to your feedback over the past few months and working on some significant changes to improve your user experience on the n0tice site. Some of the design changes include more focus on the interactive maps, enhanced emphasis on events – now listed in the main index of postings – better formatting in relation to your own noticeboards, and in general a more streamlined and user-friendly experience.
And, this is just the beginning.
We have also redesigned and significantly upgraded the iPhone app and we’re introducing, for the first time, an official n0tice Android app. The other technical advance is a new curation tool for RSS and geotags which was inspired by n0tice users. You can find out more about the tool at www.feedwax.com.
To celebrate the redesigned technical components of n0tice, we are also launching a campaign.
It’s not just any campaign, nor is it n0tice HQ’s campaign – it’s your campaign. Something that you, your friends, your family, your colleagues, your local shopkeeper can all be involved in.
If you have read Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island, published first in 1995, you’ll know that he speaks not only of the brilliance of British heritage, but also the demise of the British high street. Something to do with the idea that they all look the same.
Whether you would like to put Mr. Bryson in his place, or whether you agree that Bognor Regis
High Street uncannily resembles the King’s Road in Chelsea, the time has come to embrace your local high street.
We’re inviting people across the UK to take part in a photographic study of high streets, by taking photos of the things you want to #celebrate or #change. Be it the brilliant pie & mash shop, or the poor state of the pavement – it’s time to get your high street on the map.
Your photographs will help form the UK’s largest live photographic infographic – that’s “visual representations of information, data or knowledge” – showing everyone the reality of high streets across Great Britain and beyond.
We hope this will prompt a wider debate about the things that are important to us and the things that affect local communities.
How to get involved
1. Visit the campaign site online http://highstreet.n0tice.com
2. Take a picture of the one thing you want to #celebrate
3. Take a picture of the one thing you want to #change
4. Upload your photos and comments via n0tice, Twitter or Instagram. Remember to include the all-important hashtags #myhighstreet, and either #celebrate or #change and switch your location on, that will ensure your photos are included in the campaign
Invite your followers, family, friends, colleagues, and local community to join you in this movement to help regenerate the UK’s high streets. Turn off the central heating, don your wellies and embrace the cold to put your high street on the map.
A 24 hour marathon hack overnight in the splendor of Leeds City Museum has forged this – an android app for n0tice users which allows users to browse and map noticings on the move.
They explain what motivated them to work through a sleepless night to create this prototype in this short audioboo interview.
There’s more details and you can download the unofficial n0tice xplorer app on Google play here.
And they weren’t the only developers who took the challenge – Matt Longworth, John Harrison and Jonathan Powell created an app which uses SMS with n0tice to prompt the user a series of questions to reveal more about the news report being posted.
Overall winners of the day went to the Breeze mobile app which will text out events for under 18s. The team was largely made up of under 18s who only learned php on Monday.
There’s a selection of notes, pictures, links and more about the event on n0tice here.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the n0tice iPhone app – the see it, snap it, share it tool for geo-tagged breaking news.
You can download it now via iTunes here:
The app is free of charge, the latest development of the n0tice citizen journalism platform.
For those who are new to n0tice, the n0tice.com website came out of beta in March, a n0tice Facebook app was launched in April, and n0tice.org – the open journalism toolkit – was launched in May to serve B2B partners including publishers, brands, communities and developers.
Today’s addition to the suite of services from n0tice means users can now see and post geo-tagged reports and pictures on the move from their iPhones.
Matt has posted some of the thinking behind this project and the iPhone app on his blog:
“This idea is not new. It’s pretty old, actually. It is basically just an evolution of the public noticeboard or shared bulletin board. Email tackled this idea with mailing lists back in the ’80′s. The web made it possible for open directories to do the same. And now that the social, local and mobile worlds have collided it is happening once again.
But rather than try to centralize the entire networked universe on a single platform to rule them all, we’ve worked very hard to put the power of this idea into people’s hands in ways that helps them in what they already do out there today using tools that they already know.”
The app has been created by Mentally Friendly’s Shoreditch-based interface & device specialist team. The team that worked on n0tice includes Michael May, who was previously involved in the creation of the Shazam and Guardian Eyewitness apps, and Rob Boyett who has worked on mobile products with Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Intel and some of the top retail brands.
The technology used to build the n0tice iPhone app includes the n0tice API, which is open and available to the wider developer community via n0tice.org. The tools on n0tice.org are already enabling partners to build apps with n0tice such as the crowdmapping projects recently deployed on guardian.co.uk and a new WordPress plugin.
Today’s release is v1, but rest assured that we will keep evolving it. We will add more sharing capabilities so it really feels as open as the rest of the platform, better discovery mechanisms and additional content, such as events. Android is not in the immediate short term plans, but we’ll get there, as well.
As with everything we’ve done to date, we will listen carefully to your feedback. Please contribute your thoughts in the n0tice Google Group.
We hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoy making it.