Making #LocalGov news easier to read

Before I joined the Government Digital Service, I hacked together some Local Government news feeds into RSS.  I did this under the guise of LocalGovBot.

I basically looked at each local authority’s website and catalogued some of their digital output.  You can view the work so far in this spread sheet.

After Housing Camp, I was inspired to see how I could present these in a readable format.  As I’d been banging on about automation, I decided to use If This Then That + an app that would work on desktop and mobile devices.

The collected feeds are shared via Google Reader (which will be switched off in July 2013).  Using If This Then That, I selected an existing recipe to push news items in Pocket.

Hit me up if you want to know more.

My 10 #HousingCamp things

1. Jon Foster is a born leader
2. Thames Valley Housing Association have great offices
3. There is a real need for further UK housing unconferences
4. Universal Credit will impact rent arrears if we don’t start help tenants now
5. Sounds like the Reflective Practice & Imaginarium sessions were, er, fascinating
6. Lloyd Davies is great at setting the unconference scene for newbies
7. Post-session drinks in a pub are a must
8. I miss working in housing
9. I’ve learnt so much
10. I have so much to learn.

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