Useful websites, online tools and apps for communication professionals.
Citizen Space is hassle-free consultation software for government consultation and citizen engagement. Used for more than 13,000 consultations, Citizen Space is easy-to-use and engaging for citizens.
Google Alerts Google Alerts is a content change detection and notification service. It sends emails to the user when it finds new results—such as web pages, newspaper articles, blogs, or scientific research—that match the user’s search term(s).
Open Data NI
The Open Data portal has been created to allow easy access to Northern Ireland public sector data for both reuse and redistribution. There are datasets available from across the public sector in Northern Ireland. The data that is available will not be of a sensitive or personal nature, but is the raw data that drives the public sector and its services. The data sets available can be usedto build useful applications that help society, or investigate how effective policy changes have been over time.
Irfanview A very useful free image editor which allows you to crop and edit almost any kind of image file. A great alternative to Photoshop.
National Readership Survey
The National Readership Survey was established in 1956 and today provides the most authoritative and valued audience research in use for print and digital advertising trading in Britain. The survey covers over 250 of Britain’s major newsbrands and magazines, showing the size and nature of the audiences they achieve.
Ofcom is the communications regulator in the UK. It produces an annual Communications Market Report which looks at how consumers use the communications services available to them, as well as exploring how the communications market is changing. There is a UK-wide report as well as reports for Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. An interactive version of the report is also available.
nibusinessinfo.co.uk, a free service offered by Invest Northern Ireland, is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland.
A directory of institutions, including schools, youth clubs, containing contact information and relevant statistics.
Chartered Institute of Public Relations
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is a professional body in the United Kingdom for public relations practitioners. As of late 2012, CIPR had 10,095 members. The association provides training and education, publishes a code of conduct and hosts awards and events.
Government Communication Service
The GCS is the professional body for people working in communication roles across government. Its aim is to deliver world-class communications that support Ministers’ priorities, improve people’s lives and enable the effective operation of our public service. The GCS serve both politicians and the public.
News Media Association
The News Media Association is the voice of national, regional and local news media organisations in the UK – a £5 billion sector read by 48 million adults every month in print and online. The NMA exists to promote the interests of news media publishers to Government, regulatory authorities, industry bodies and other organisations whose work affects the industry.
Facebook Audience Insights
The more customer insights you have, the better you’re equipped to deliver meaningful messages to people. That’s the thinking behind Facebook Audience Insights, a tool designed to help marketers learn more about their target audiences, including aggregate information about geography, demographics, purchase behaviour and more.