A Live Post From The 2007 Ohio Planning Conference

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I'm posting this blog entry live in front of a panel session of approximately 200 participants at the 2007 Ohio Planning Conference at the Columbus Conference Center to demonstrate, live, how one posts to a blog.

Columbus Conference Center in walkable downtown ColumbusI'm presenting on "Web 2.0 Tools to Communicate Planning Ideas". Here's the pitch:

"You've read about hot new technologies like Blogs, Google Mashups, YouTube, flickr, Open source, Social Networking and Web 2.0. What are these technologies, and how can they be applied to planning? We'll explore how planners-- even with limited technical experience -- can put these technologies to use to communicate planning ideas."

Specifically, I'm focusing on five exciting Web 2.0 technologies:

1. Blogs
2. Web Surveys
3. Photo & Video Sharing
4. Mashups
5. Social Networking

For each of these technologies, I've assembled brief demonstrations. My example of blogging is to publish this blog live on Planetizen Interchange.

A few of the great blogs I've demonstrated during the session include:

Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Blog
http://planning.co.cuyahoga.oh.us/blog/

Bill Fulton, Ventura City Council Blog
http://fulton4ventura.blogspot.com/

Planetizen Interchange
http://www.planetizen.com/interchange

Planetizen Radar
http://www.planetizen.com/radar


Planetizen Interchange is an example of a Group Blog, while Planetizen Radar takes advantage of a technology called RSS to publish a list of all the planning-related blog posts on the Internet, updated every 15 minutes.

I'll post additional examples of how these Web 2.0 technologies can be used in planning in later posts.
Chris Steins is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.
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