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Katherine Jones 4 years ago
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This is a thread for any questions about this webspace and how it works. Anyone can respond to queries so we can help each other learn to use it. A few quick things about the site to get you started: 

Blogs: Use this for sharing thoughts, ideas, reflections on meetings and events, etc. A blog can be as big or little as you like, from a link and a sentence or two, to a longer reflective piece. All your blogs will show up on your profile page, so it makes them easy to find later. They are a good way to track personal activity. If you write a blog or have a website elsewhere that you would like to share with the community you can paste extracts here with links taking people to your own sites.

Forum: Use it for starting a discussion on anything, such as this! There are lots of conversations taking place so do take time to have a look around. [For a more detailed understanding of the difference between a forum and a blog scroll down this page]

Groups: There are four groups in which it is possible to track the development of the four Hydrocitizenship case studies. As far as I can tell, events and possibly other things posted in the Groups pages, only show up in the Groups pages (i.e. if I post something to the Bristol group only people in that group will see it), so if you want to share an event for instance with everyone on the site, post it in the Events tab instead. Each group contains its own forum discussions where members can debate and collaborate.

Files: This is a space where you can upload files that might be of interest to other community members. Hydrocitizens isn't a file storage space, so files may not remain on the site permanently, especially if they are very large. You must make sure that you own the right to share articles and documents.

Events: If there are related events that you want to tell people about, go to the Events tab and click on the green 'Post Event' button at top right. It will give you a window with prompts to enter the details. 

Wall: If you post to the main wall, it will stay there but will move down the page as more things are posted, so if you want to share something and have it easily accessible for later it's better to put it in a blog. The wall contains an activity feed of the most recent content on the site. Including new files, forum discussions, blogs and events.

Wiki: The wiki works very much like Wikipedia, but specifically for water. Have a go at adding an entry. Try to keep things factual. 

Feel free to add any other tips to this, and if you have a question about how to use some aspect of this site, put it in a comment below. 
Tom Payne 4 years ago
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How do I insert a video into a blog page or forum discussion?

If you would like to insert a video from another site into a blog page, forum discussion or event then follow these steps. 

1) On the hosting site you will need to locate the 'embed code' this can be found on vimeo and youtube in the video sharing options. This is a funny piece of text not the video url address.

2) Highlight and copy this code from the site. 

3) Then, when entering a new post in the forum, an event or blog you need to paste the code into your entry. 

4) You don't do this directly. Instead, you need to open the XHTML editor and then paste it in and press submit. Your video should then appear and you will be able to type around it. 

Tom Payne 4 years ago
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What is Hydrocitizens and how does it connect to Hydrocitienship?

There are three strands to the Hydrocitizenship digital strategy:

- Four Case Study Satellite Sites

Each of these sites functions (or will) in contrasting and complementary ways. This three strand approach draws from and adapts the online media strategy of National Theatre Wales (NTW) within a specific research context. NTW's innovative online community contains records of its largely site--specific and participatory performance practices throughout Wales since 2010. Artists, critics, spectators and company members share and discuss production processes, engage in debates and discuss future possibilities. This strategy makes use of numerous online platforms with a social network at its centre in order to tie together many diverse community centred activities occurring at local levels in different parts of the nation. 


This is a three year project involving communities from around the UK, more specifically in Yorkshire, mid Wales, Bristol and the Lee Valley. It involves a range of academics and practitioners in a lots of different fields and disciplines and from a variety of backgrounds. Like NTW, our web presence seeks to provide a corporate sense of identity across the case study areas by providing a main website that introduces and explains the project, this is Hydrocitizenship.

Over the course of the next three years it will grow and eventually contain formal research outputs and an archive of events and other activities. This site is important, because it provides an identity to the project and attempts to tie the various strands of it together. However, while this site will be informative, it is not likely to receive very much traffic on a day to day basis. Also, people don't arrive at the front page of a website like they do the front page of a book. They are as likely to come in through the back door having been directed there by Twitter, Facebook or Hydrocitizens as they are to encounter a page containing a straightforward introduction to the project. 

The web is rhizomatic, by this I mean that there are numerous connections between sites and users don't navigate in an ordered or logical manner. With this in mind, we have developed a digital strategy that enables users to encounter and engage with our work on multiple platforms and with many entry points. This strategy draws upon and creates links and associations between multiple sites and draws upon the voices of multiple authors. This means that we can engage far more effectively through the web than our main site would be able to do on its own. It currently averages about 50 page views a day.

Case Study Satellite Sites
Because there are four distinct case study areas with different issues, concerns and participants, each case study has (or will have) its own separate blog/site. This means that each case study can have its own local identity and can operate within and alongside Hydrocitizenship. Each of these sites can continue along its own trajectory when the Hydrocitizenship project has reached its conclusion. The Yorkshire site is up and running and the other three will follow soon. When all four satellite case study sites are ready they will contain links to Hydrocitizenship and vice versa. These satellite sites may well receive more web traffic than Hydrocitizenship and will likely have more appeal to local community members than the main Hydrocitizenship site which aims to satisfy academics, project partners and the AHRC. 

Hydrocitizens - Online Community
The third strand of our strategy is this online community. It currently has 36 members and is averaging over 1000 page visits a day. We are keen to foster and engage in conversations and exchanges about water and related issues with others that are already engaged in the field. Our hope is that we will not only produce a substantial record of our activities and discussions over the course of the next three years, but that others that are not directly involved in Hydrocitizenship might promote their work and engage in debates, making the community their own and enriching our research and their own.

Hydrocitizens is a product of Hydrocitizenship but does not aim to provide a unified authorial voice for the project. Instead, in hopes to do the following:

1) Provide a platform through which multiple voices might be heard. Unlike the main Hydrocitizenship site and the four case study sites it seeks to encourage participation. It hopefully provides a space for dialogue between any configuration of member. All of the pages are public and will turn up in a google search. Over time, it will tell stories of Hydrocitizenship from the perspectives of those that are engaged in the project online.

2) Create a space in which others might share their work in the hope that unexpected conversations and collaborations might occur. This community hopes to help draw attention to the work of others whilst also revealing the day to day processes behind a large interdisciplinary research project. 

3) It hopes to provide a way of linking up the four case study areas at the level of the day to day. Practices, methods and discoveries might be made available in ways that facilitate organic cross fertilisation between case studies throughout the process. The community has already led to collaborative ways of working, with ideas from various case study areas feeding into planning processes elsewhere. As time goes by this could prove to be an innovative framework for geographically dispersed interdisciplinary research.

4) Create a legacy for the project that exsits independently beyond Hydrocitizenship. It is hoped that members will configure the community through the nature of their participation and that it will take on a life of its own.

There is also potential to begin engaging with other networks including Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Pinterest, Youtube and others. 

My invitation to new members, particularly those whose practice is outside Hydrocitizenship, is to use the community to connect others up to their work by pasting extracts from their own websites and blogs in their Hydrocitizen's blog and adding links between the two. The voices of others are an essential part of this project.

This strategy is a work progress, an investigation of its own, that will evolve through online collaboration over the course of the next three years. Please share thoughts, ask questions and make suggestions as to what it could be.

Tom Payne 4 years ago
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How do I resize images on a Mac?

You may want to upload an image but find that it is very large. If you are using a mac follow the instructions on this Wiki site.

Tom Payne 4 years ago
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What is the difference between a Forum Discucssion and a Blog Post?

A Blog: Is authored by an individual or a group of people. It is a way of communicating information. They can include articles, facts, ideas and news. The blog owner controls its content. Here on Hydrocitizens the blog is a useful tool for recording personal process or communicating ideas to other members. 

The Forum: Is a space in which you can interact with and collaborate with others. Usually around a set topic which might be decided by the forum moderator or by individual members. Here on Hydrocitizens the discussion topic remains at the top of each forum discussion and new posts appear below. 

There are many similarities between a forum post and a blog post. Other members can usually comment and respond to either. In this way each can lead to discussion. The following table was produced by Sue Studios in order to help explain the differences between these two communication tools.




Main purpose

Creates a discussion on a particular topic by allowing commenting of posts.

Posting or the content is the main purpose, not the commenting.

Discussion requires many participants

Yes - forums are created for discussion between several people.

No - mainly designed for a single user input.

Control of content (Authoring of New Topics)

Decentralized, group.


All members usually have the ability to create new topics.


Allows for more emergent and unpredictable directions that may reflect the group's desires as a whole.

Centralized, personal.


New topics being presented by a defined and focused person or small group.


More unfocused - many contributors contributing user-generated topics (a wider variety of content) with differing viewpoints.


Forums tend to create much more content, and will pull in traffic on topics or phrases that never occurred to you.

More focused as blogs are written and edited by a single author (or a small group).


Replies tend to be directed more to the primary author.


Group input, decision making, collaboration.


Accumulates group input and facilitates collaboration and group decision making.

Personal accounts, news, reflection.


Trusted individuals provide accounts of events and information.


(order and presentation of topics)

Posting of replies can govern the presentation of the originating topic.


Topics with new replies are often presented at the top (but not always).

Most recently posted topics at the top of the page, regardless of new comments.

Content organization

(How topics are archived and organized)

Discussions often presented in multiple places across the online community and are archived independently.


The member chooses the appropriate location to post a new topic, depending on subject matter.


Creates multiple “front pages”, spreading the presentation of new topics across different locations in the community.

Topics are all presented on the weblog front page and then archived into categories.


Each new topic is assigned to a category that is used to organize the topics for future reference.

Message length

Many short messages.

Used more for posting longer messages.



Participation is explicitly requested by the poster. A discussion is not a discussion without a reply.


The author does not need further participation to reach a goal - comment if you want.

Personal connections

Broader look at a larger number of members as they interact with one another in a group setting.

Can allow online community members to develop personal connections with the webloggers relatively quickly.

Log in



Registration required



Communicate directly with other forum members online through private messaging.



Show who's online at a given time



Provide statistical info, eg, how many comments posted over what period of time.



Notification whenever new or updated content is posted



Pollution Control

(off-topic or inappropriate topics (or responses)

Must be managed closely to deal with spam or flames (see definitions below).


Not able to turn off replies, but do prevent problems with moderation of each new topic or response.

Can be unspammable or unflame-able by others without loss of primary value.


Can turn-off comments.

Ability to syndicate (republishing content from one site to another) content to anyone who wants to receive it.

No, content is more “private”

Yes, your content can appear on other blogs


(see definitions below)

Most forums have not integrated tools used in blogs

Ability to read and link weblogs together. They include: Trackback, RSS, Aggregation, Permalinking, Cross linking.


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