As you may be aware, the DSI4EU project recently relaunched digitalsocial.eu to bring together the digital social innovation community across Europe.
Over the coming months, and especially in the run-up to the DSI Fair, we want to make sure the platform is comprehensive and active. We are very keen in particular to showcase the great work of the CAPS projects and their organisations.
The platform offers four main features:
1. You can showcase the work of your organisation and your projects, including adding descriptions, videos and tags. You can also tag yourself as part of networks such as research alliances, and CAPSSI itself. For example, see the organisation profile we have set up for Nesta and the project profile for DSI4EU.
2. You can search organisations and projects so that you can find out what else is going on in the world of DSI, who you need to be speaking to, and who might be a potential partner or collaborator.
3. You can find listings of funding and support opportunities along with events across Europe related to DSI.
4. You can find stories of innovation, including case studies and blogs, about DSI in Europe. Recently we have interviewed Tomas Diez about the Fab City initiative and Paul Miller about Bethnal Green Ventures, a leading “tech for good” accelerator.
We hope this will be a useful resource for you and strongly encourage all CAPS projects to sign up as soon as possible.
What can you do to make digitalsocial.eu as useful as possible for your own projects and for the community as a whole? We would encourage you to do the following:
1. Register as an individual, register your organisation, and register your project. Please fill in as much detail as you can and tag liberally, so that the network builds up and people who come across your pages will understand what you do. Please tag organisations as members of CAPSSI.
2. Spread the word about digitalsocial.eu to your partner organisations and your networks, and encourage them to sign up.
Promote digitalsocial.eu through social media channels and newsletters.
3. Submit funding and events opportunities through two quick simple forms (Event | Funding/Support) – with your contributions our lists will be far more up-to-date.
4. Write about your project for a blog or case study on the digitalsocial.eu website. Let us know if you’re interested. Or, if your own projects have blogs, we are happy to write something to help raise awareness about the platform.
5. Give us your feedback – the site is still young, and we want to know how we can improve it for you and the community. Drop us an email or fill in the form on the website with your thoughts.
I hope you’ll agree that this is an exciting opportunity to bring together the DSI community and to support it to grow. Many thanks in advance for your support.
Please do let me know if you have any questions or comments!