Edge 2013 Conference

Name of Meeting: Edge 2013 Conference
Date: Thu, 28/02/2013 - 08:00 - Fri, 01/03/2013 - 13:00
Type: This meeting is public.
Venue: Roxburghe Hotel,
Charlotte Square,
Edinburgh EH2 4HQ

 

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The key aims of Edge 2013 are:

- To make businesses and services edgier, smarter, more creative and cost effective in a world that is being transformed by digital and social technologies;
- To learn how libraries and information are delivering regeneration, eGovernment, learning and digital inclusion;
- To hear the latest ideas, share success stories, hear best practices and meet colleagues from across the country and around the world;
- To open a platform for discussion on the future of service delivery in libraries and information;
- To offer a platform for new innovations and technologies.

The Physical – Investing in Infrastructure

Many authorities are now recognising how they can effectively push the boundaries of public service delivery, create more cost effective estates, build stronger communities and promote economic vitality through their libraries.

The Social – Better Together

How do we build community resilience? Resilience here is defined as ‘the ability to solve problems, act for the future and participate in decision making’. The world is at a critical point in history, facing a growing number of threats including environmental issues, economic recession and humanitarian disasters. Experience and research show that the quantity and quality of social capital within a community plays a crucial role in our resilience. 

The Digital – It’s time for the Future

Information and communications technology impacts on the communities in which we live and the way individuals, business, government and civil society interact and develop. Simultaneously, all sectors have shown increased interest in the concept of social capital and the role ICT can play in building stronger communities, increasing economic productivity and contributing to regeneration. As the use and impact of ICT increases and government agendas shift to a requirement on the individual to be ICT literate, the prospect that ICT can play a role in shaping the nature of community development and contributing to the building of social capital is even more important.