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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The Websphere User Group in the UK is holding a meeting in Edinburgh on 17th September. I'd definitely recommend investigating the details and registering here.
I went to last year's event - which was also held at the Royal Society venue - and found many of the sessions informative. This year's line-up looks even better with hot topics such as Web2.0 & Mashups covered. In my opinion, the (*free!*) event strikes a good balance between product updates, and general industry concepts. There's also a session on Lotus Connections, with Adrian Spender from the Dublin labs presenting with his colleague Karim Heredia. Adrian was one of the key developers involved in the v2 release of Connections and the new homepage.
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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.
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Last week I had the double pleasure of being in Dublin, and attending the Connections special interest group, also known as Connectr. Neil Burston and Stuart McIntyre did an excellent job of pulling the event together. They've blogged about the event here.
There were several excellent sessions - including an overview from Heidi Votaw presenting on Connections 2.0, and a 'meet the developers' session which favoured us in Europe as we were able to take advantage of the local talent and knowledge in the Dublin Software Labs.
We also had a great presentation by Colin Mooney who runs the Exactit blog on knowledge management and web2.0 themes. Colin talked us through his organisation's experiences in implementing a Wiki and had some great lessons learned.
What struck me after the day was finished was how people in the session are actually leveraging social networking tools, as I received several invitations to connect from Linked-In.