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David displays in his posting his usual 'we've done that lets move on to something new' approach which we all admire, although as David knows the real world is not so simple as that nor is it always ready to jump.

Dismissing the WuC programme as merely 'technology-lead' misses the point, surely? If you look at both what was required of the projects, and to some extent what they have been able to do, both an appreciation of ICT and an understanding of content that people need is more than evident.

For example the Blackburn project [www.beonline.org.uk] has created a local web site that tries to make itself a community-relevant one, and indeed may be the model for the whole of the local authority area. Both Suffolkonline and Eastserve in their own ways are doing the same. As to appreciation of ICT, take a look at what they are trying to do in Alston [www.cybermoor.org] to meet its isolation. None of the WuC projects tried to do just one thing of course: and they all operate from the principles derived from connectivity, competence and content.

David says that the model will not be rolled out - well yes actually it will be and it is. Not of course always by government intervention but inevitably as online connectivity becomes a dominant part of life. All those who want to will be connected, and even some of those who don't want to as well. Then - and this will happen whatever the technology - the WuC model - connected people with the skills to use ICT and a local focus for action with support and a say in what happens (with luck) - will be in place. Then and only then will SCIP type developments really bite.

As to civic knowledge management, I have been banging on about this for years. We used to call it public librarianship.

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