Columbus Neighborhoods

Yay! Columbus Neighborhoods is launching today and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s amazing to me how a casual lunch with a colleague can spark simple idea and three weeks later you’ve got a 34 page proposal outlining an amazing collaboration project between two great community organizations.
We didn’t get the grant that we applied for, but that didn’t stop us from moving forward. Sometimes ideas gain so much momentum that no matter what the obstacle is, you just find a way to make it happen.

So here it is… Columbus Neighborhoods, a community engagement portal celebrating Columbus’ rich neighborhoods. What make this project different from other community portal projects is that not only is content (images, videos & stories) contributed by the community, the community also has the ability to co-curate their own galleries from content contributed by others. It also integrates well into popular social media platforms.

WOSU Media is the Columbus Metropolitan Library's partner in this venture and I think we’re both thrilled with the results. In three months this project has moved from just a concept on paper to full blown web application that promotes community engagement on a large scale.

PS: Thanks Susan Meyer, WOSU Media for believing in this idea and collaborative partnership as much as I. Thanks Penny Phensuvabarp and Sam Davis at CML and Interactive Knowledge for your leadership and efforts in turning this idea into an amazing experience.


JenWaller said...

Congratulations! These community portals make so much sense for public libraries, and it looks like you are leading the way yet again. I love that your community can collect, curate, and contribute! What a treasure this will be.

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