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First 90 people try out the How to Guides.......
Can we get to 100 ?
The Digital Unite How to Guides are a free and easy way to get all the information you need to get the best of being online .....
East Neuk Community Councils
Take the Survey
The East Neuk Community Council's forum has concerns about the poor speed of broadband in the East Neuk. To get a clearer picture of this they have launched a Broadband Survey. If you live in the East Neuk and Landward area, please complete the survey on the East Neuk forum website; http://www.abouteastneuk.org.uk/
Digital Unite E Guides
Hosted on www.digitalfife.com
Please have a look at these free e-guides now hosted on Digital Fife and on a wide range of digital topics .
Fife Research on Digital Exclusion
How Social Housing Landlords can help increase the numbers online
A report from the Digital Inclusion and Social Housing research study, undertaken in 2012 by consultants Arneil Johnston.
Scottish Government awards Digital Participation funding
Scottish Library and Information Council wins funding
SLIC has been awarded £90000 over two years from the Scottish Government to support digital participation initiatives as part of the implementation of the national digital strategy. The funding is to support two specific pieces of work - firstly to create an online resource to direct users towards digital engagement opportunities and online learning sessions in libraries and secondly to link with the Digital Participation Action Group by appointing a dedicated coordinator.
Short Course for Levenmouth Groups
Free 4 week course on marketing and social media
Free 4 week course looking at digital photography, making presentations about your group for funders and social media. The sessions will be run in small groups with access to top quality resources and supported by a tutor . Please contact me if you are interested in getting a place by the 30th May .
Cross party Working Group on Digital Participation
Purpose of the group
To provide a platform for MSPs to engage with a range of organisations on issues relating to digital participation. The group will provide an opportunity to consider how best Scotland can maximise the social and economic benefits derived from the development of digital technologies. Next meeting is on the 23rd April 2013. The report will go into our latest news. Last minutes are on our digital participation page.
Fife Voluntary Action
Facebook Page and Twitter
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Community Broadband Scotland is a new £5 million initiative to help kick-start community-led broadband projects in rural communities.
Many rural communities are unable to get the broadband coverage or speeds they need to fully benefit from being online. If you receive a speed of less than 2 Mbps Community Broadband Scotland may be able to help you bring improved broadband to your community.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise is the lead delivery partner of this national programme which operates across Scotland.
Spreading the Benefits of Digital ParticipationThe Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has launched its latest independent major Inquiry into "Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation". The Inquiry is jointly chaired by Professors Michael Fourman and Alan Alexander and will involve a group of experts in the field. They will engage with people, communities and businesses across Scotland, as well as examining examples of good practice internationally before producing a report towards the end of 2013. The Inquiry will examine how Scotland can best maximise the societal and economic benefits of digital technology. Sir John Arbuthnott, President of the RSE commented, "We are in a revolutionary age in communications. Through social media, e-mails and the internet, the world is a smaller place than ever. However to release the full potential of this we need to ensure that everyone in our society has the opportunity, means and knowledge to participate."
Joint Report on Rural Broadband
Carnegie UK and the Community Broadband Network joint report setting out options of how we might finance the delivery of superfast broadband to the most rural and remote parts of the UK.
Kinglassie based community radio station K-Town FM has been celebrating following the decision from Ofcom to award the station a 5-year FM license. The station, which first broadcast on air in 2008, started as a youth project to provide young people in the areas of Kinglassie, Cardenden, Lochgelly, Ballingary and other villages with a creative outlet and vocal medium to express themselves. Since then it has grown into a full community station, forging strong links with local charities and action groups, as well as the nearby Adam Smith College. Following three, month long, FM broadcasts, the station now streams an online service presenting a selection of shows hosted by a wide range of volunteers, from teens still in school to college students and pensioners. During this online period the stations management and production staff completed the application process which opened in Scotland at the end of 2011. K-Town now has 18-months to prepare for broadcasting again in the K-Town area.
Scottish Disability Golf
A new site with Digital Fife is Scottish Disability Golf. The site was created by Jim Gale who has sight problems. He built the site using the accessibility features available on Digital Fife in conjunction with his own screen reading software called JAWS. This software was developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content. JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen and gives the user a set of intelligent tools for navigating and accessing Web pages and all screen content. Other sites constructed with the help of the Digital Fife accessibility features are by Adrian Snowball. The sites are BASE (Blind, Activities, Support, Events) and Arncroach and Carnbee CDT.
The sites are all worth a look.
New Digital Fife Handbook
Handbook with all the new features including widgets !
The new Digital Fife handbook is on the website and ready to download. It covers all the new features we have been developing over the past 12 months with a step by step guide to the widgets showing you how to link your site to your Facebook page , twitter feed etc making your site more interactive with your users / members .
If you don't have easy access to a printer then we have some printed copies .
Digital Fife now supports well over 260 community group websites, hosts over 30 online learning modules and supports volunteer Digital Champions working throughout Fife. If you would like to help us by volunteering as a digital champion we would like to hear from you .We are looking to increase the number of groups we work with in the Dunfermline and South West Fife area so if you belong to a community group in this area - please get in touch .
Cupar Youth CafeFife are working with Citizens Advice to help you with money matters. We will be carrying out survey at schools,in the Youth Cafe and out and about in Cupar to try and understand what your attitudes to money are and how we can help stop young people getting into debt.
The Dalgety Bay Sailing Club and Roundtable organisations are joining together to holdi a Beer Festival on 15th June 2013. Where Fife Headway will be present to answer question and present Information.
Are you 16-18, living in the North East Fife area and preparing for work, college or life? If you are then 16+ can assist you. We run for 12 weeks every Thursday and Friday from 11am-3.30pm. You will be able to try a range of new activities, learn practical skills, gain qualifications.
European Computer Driving Licence
News posted: 26-Apr-2013 by Kirkland High School and Community College (go to site)
Many employers now look for an applicant to have ECDL on their CV. Completion of this course shows a prospective employer that you have an 'all-round' computer literacy.