As befits a social software solution - the group is known as 'Social Connections'. See their website here: http://socialconnections.info/events/sc.nsf/home.xsp
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I currently tend to Tweet more often as @stevecogan - but interrupting that stream of micro-blogging to point you to a new user group, focusing on IBM Connections.
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One of my peers in the UK has just published a white paper on social networking in the Public sector. I've bookmarked it in our dogear social tagging system here. But if you're not a registered user of this environment yet, you can get access to it directly here.
Entitled, "Five million people around the water-cooler. How the UK public sector can harness the power of social networking", it doesn't talk 'product' and is a good high-level paper discussing the value for this market sector. As someone who works in financial services I see the parallels in the value aspects.
As I pointed out in the 'comment' section of the bookmark in Dogear (our social bookmarking/tagging system) - the public sector in the UK (conscious of the international audience here and cultural differences...) relates to government departments and bodies.
This paper hits really the nail on the head in the conclusions,
"Social networking is not a technology it is about people and how they interact. For a social network to be successful, people will want and need to use it"Technology for technologies sake will find it difficult to really address business and organisational challenges. The engagement of people is essential.
Hot on the heels of the successful Irish Lotus User Group (ILUG), the UK event (no surprise to be known as UKLUG there then) has announced it's dates for 2008.
This year it'll be on the 18th and 19th September at the Church House conference centre in London. Attendance is free, but I'd advise you to register now, via this link, if you intend to attend as last year's event was heavily oversubscribed.
As usual, there will be two session tracks; administration and development. This event is great for networking, as well as informative sessions. But most impressive is the community spirit involved in the organising team - business partners, IBMers and advocates of Lotus solutions.