Knowledge hub closure

News on May 24 2013 that the Local Government Association was likely to close the Knowledge Hub sparked a lively discussion on Twitter.

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  1. The likely closure of the hub broke as a news story followed by an email to Khub users. "As Knowledge Hub user I felt it necessary to contact you with this news. You may have read in today’s press due to cost the LGA are proposing to close the Knowledge Hub facility. There is statutory 30 day consultation period (consultation closes on 23 June) on these proposals. As project lead I am very sorry to have to bring you this news. Many of you have invested time and effort in the platform and we as a team have worked extremely hard to deliver what we feel is a valuable and vital service for local government at this difficult time. The organisation has decided that in the face of further cuts funding is unsustainable."

    The tweets below span May 24 - 31. Editing Storify in iPad seems to have redated them all June 1.
  2. Dave Briggs was quick to mobilise suppose for a rescue plan ...
  3. ... and I follow up with a post suggesting this was a good opportunity to review more generally the challenge of helping people share knowledge about civil society as well as local government.
  4. While there was some criticism of the techology, people praised the staff who manage and facilitate activity.
  5. While there was some criticism of the techology, people praised the staff who manage and facilitate activity.
  6. Others began to blog about the closure, and use it as an opportunity to raise wider issues
  7. At first there was no indication of how consultation, would be carried out, with just an email address for people to submity comments.
  8. Steve Dale, who created the original design for the Knowledge Hub - later much restricted - invited the advisory group to reconvene. Steve also provide his own analysis of wha had happened to the hub.
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