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February 2010 Blog Posts (313)

State of the Union For Technology this Morning in Washington

Aneesh Chopra, White House CTO, gave the keynote this morning. While the event was not captured on video, I did bring my FlipCam, got some b-roll, and talked to Adobe's Rob Pinkerton (the main sponsor) about Aneesh's remarks. Check it out here.

Added by Don Goldberg on February 23, 2010 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Advantages Podcasting Offers Law Enforcement

Until about two years ago I did not know what "podcast" meant. Not surprisingly, because this word has not been around for more than six years or so. What is podcasting? Podcasting is a hybrid word that has part "iPod" and "broadcasting" as it's roots. According to Wikipedia podcasting is "a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and downloaded through web syndication." The important part… Continue

Added by Michael Vallez on February 23, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

National Resource Directory

The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that its National Resource Directory (NRD) Web site recently…


Added by Tricia on February 23, 2010 at 4:28pm — 1 Comment

Open Source and Molar Man

I just attended the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 8) and saw an eye-popping presentation on an Open Source dental practice management application that was written by a dentist in Inverness, Scotland as a response to ill treatment he'd received at the hands of a proprietary software vendor. Apparently he'd attended a previous conference in Los Angeles on open source in healthcare and was inspired to "roll his own".

The… Continue

Added by Lorie Obal on February 23, 2010 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Government 2.0: How to Get Involved

Harvard and FutureGov research into Frontiers of Service in a Networked World: Complete our survey, tag content …


Added by Megan on February 23, 2010 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Generation Y- Not: Gen Y in The Workplace.

As most of us know, the government workforce if beginning to retire. Baby Boomers are being replaced by Gen X and increasingly Gen Y. Gen Y is a rapidly growing part of the workforce and they are changing the way we do business. Yet little is known about them and how to get the best out of them in the workplace. Managing generational differences has become an increasingly growing area for OD work. In today’s diverse and ever changing business environment, it is…

Added by Scott Span on February 23, 2010 at 2:26pm — 11 Comments

How social media helped save our bacon

We have never doubted that the public loves us. With 7 million visitors each year, we know folks love and value Virginia's state parks. But, knowing they care and rallying support are two different things.

More than ten years ago the Virginia Association for Parks was formed to support state and national parks in Virginia. Government employees will understand - my co-workers and I work for the Governor. We are prohibited by law from lobbying the General Assembly. So we needed someone… Continue

Added by Nancy Heltman on February 23, 2010 at 12:58pm — 5 Comments

Massachusetts State Treasury is getting social

I recently exchanged e-mails with Catherine Gropp who is the Assistant Director of Communications and the Social Media Coordinator at the Office of the Treasury for Massachusetts. Here are some of Catherine’s thoughts on open government (government 2.0) and on th use of collaboration strategies and technologies.

Q. What are your thoughts on government 2.0, the open government initiative?

A. The open government initiative is a great way to not only keep citizens informed on their… Continue

Added by John Moore on February 23, 2010 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Government Can Learn From Corporate (#ragancoke)

I'm currently at the Ragan Communications Social Media for Communicators conference in Atlanta, GA. So far the presentations are great from Ford, Mark Ragan, CDC, Shel Holtz, Coca-Cola SVP and more. There's a lot from the commercial world that government can learn from the experiences and trials that private industry has already gone through. There are some things that may be harder to accomplish with the difference policies that government has to deal with over private industry but they CAN be… Continue

Added by Scott Horvath on February 23, 2010 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

A Must-Read for Gov 2.0 & Digital Democracy Gurus

I stumbled across a fantastic article in this weekend's Wall Street Journal that should be a must-read for those in the Gov 2.0 movement as well as anyone that has ever used the "Iranian Election" example when promoting the growing influence and importance of Twitter and other social networks.

The Digital Dictatorship, written by Georgetown University fellow Evgeny…


Added by Steve Lunceford on February 23, 2010 at 10:42am — 5 Comments

How I define Transparency: A 2-Phase Process

In the development of a more open and transparent government, there are two phases of transparency that can be measured to get at the overall effectiveness of the open government directive.…


Added by Matt Zuby on February 23, 2010 at 10:22am — No Comments

EPP - Nearing the end and a new beginning

Wow.. this past year has been quite the roller-coaster ride full of great experiences. SES interviews, developmental assignments, a team project, and so much more. While I still have a couple of deliverables to finish up before the March 12th deadline, I will have everything done on time. I would like to be able to tell everyone about my favorite part of this program, but there has not been any one favorite part. My least favorite part is all the report writing. I don't mind writing, it was…


Added by Mary Watts on February 23, 2010 at 9:53am — No Comments

NAGW Speaking Proposal Deadline is March 1

The National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) call for speakers deadline is fast approaching for presenting at the 2010 NAGW National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, September 22-24. NAGW is seeking presenters who are willing to share knowledge and ideas and present on new technologies and trends that will allow attendees to return to their offices with fresh ideas and contacts. The deadline for submitting proposals online is March 1,…


Added by Susan Christophersen on February 23, 2010 at 9:29am — No Comments

The New New GovLoop....

I'm jazzed to announce "the new new govloop"....

We've been spending the last few months working behind on the scenes on a number of items designed to be make govloop more useful to you, the community.

1 - Homepage redesign - As you see, we've streamlined the home page to make it much cleaner and simple. Lots more white and black. Plus you'll see we've spent extra time featuring the top content while all the content is still… Continue

Added by GovLoop on February 23, 2010 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Federal Eye: How foreign militaries lifted gay bans

Happy Tuesday! As the U.S. military begins a major review of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gay people from openly serving in the military, leaders may want to consult an updated study set for

release today that reviews how 25 nations lifted similar bans with

relative success.

The Palm Center at the University of California Santa Barbara conducted the…


Added by Ed O'Keefe on February 23, 2010 at 6:10am — No Comments

Innovation on OZloop

Is it the same in the U.S? What are the views of Govloop members?

Steve D

Added by steve davies on February 23, 2010 at 3:59am — No Comments

Top Gov Twitterer Campaign

Have u voted? See the campaign video or then vote for me at, or @adrielhampton or @sidburgess !

Added by Janet Stevens on February 22, 2010 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Public Facing, Government SharePoint Sites

Once upon a time, I designed and deployed SharePoint portals for a living in various agencies within the Federal government. My fascination with SharePoint has not dwindled and now I am on a quest to root…


Added by Bill Annibell on February 22, 2010 at 10:07pm — No Comments

The HR-IT Imperative: What Every HR Professional Needs to Know About Using IT to Deliver HR Success

Please come join Tri Tuns at the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IMPA-HR) conference in Takoma Park, MD where Jason Whitehead & Phil Power will present an exciting program, ““The HR-IT Imperative: What Every HR Professional Needs to Know About Using IT to Deliver HR Success”.


Many organizations today are trying to make more effective use of Information Technology (IT) in order to… Continue

Added by Jason Whitehead on February 22, 2010 at 9:59pm — 1 Comment

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