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March 2010 Blog Posts (385)

The Semantic Government

Those who follow the "Web 2.0" hype know that the hype has moved on. People are talking now about "Web 3.0" or the "Semantic Web". However, in government, we are behind the times. We're still talking about "Gov 2.0". The time has come for us to move on, too.

Here in Canada (and in many places elsewhere in the world) we are seeing a growing disconnect between the citizenry and their government. That's why we see so many calls for "democratic renewal". People are not seeing the "once… Continue

Added by David Tallan on March 29, 2010 at 10:07am — 31 Comments

GovLoop Advisory Board #2 - Bill Bott

As we mentioned yesterday, we are launching a GovLoop Advisory Board to help us make GovLoop more awesome. More info yesterday

First up yesterday was GL Board Member Craig Newmark

Up on Day 2 is: Bill Bott, Former Deputy CIO, State of Missouri…

Added by GovLoop on March 29, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Think your customers/citizens are stupid? Guess who their leader is…

Providing great services and products is difficult for businesses, government agencies, everyone. It is easy to blame the customers, or the citizens, for not understanding the complexity of issues ranging from how to install your product to the need for building permits. While, to be honest, there a likely a couple of knowledge-challenged people among those groups, if you have a large number of customers, or potential customers, that do not understand your products/services the real problem is… Continue

Added by John Moore on March 29, 2010 at 8:07am — 5 Comments

Introducing GovLoop Advisory Board - #1 - Craig Newmark

It's the heart of the GovLoop philosophy that there are smarter people than the GovLoop team who have great ideas on how to make GovLoop awesome. That's why we ask questions like "what do you want to see on govloop" and have groups like the GovLoop Community Leaders.

As part of this push, I've been looking to create a GovLoop Advisory…

Added by GovLoop on March 29, 2010 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

Federal Eye: Eye Opener: Study urges more help to hire disabled workers

Happy Monday! Almost half of the federal government's human resources officials say they have not received adequate training on how to manage and retain employees with severe disabilities, according to the results

of a survey by the Telework

and the Federal

Managers Association
set for release Monday. Many of those officials

are also unfamiliar with mandates designed to…


Added by Ed O'Keefe on March 29, 2010 at 6:26am — No Comments

Poll Results: Google Analytics is an Awesome Add to Apps.Gov

Added by Adam Arthur on March 29, 2010 at 12:01am — No Comments

New Employee Guide - Part 5 - Keep It Going

New Employee Guide - Part 5 – Keep it Going

Past Parts (Part 4 Part 3, Part 2, Part 1)

Now that you’ve gotten…


Added by GovLoop on March 28, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Open Message to Fellow State and Local Government GovLoop Members

Approximately one month has gone by since I became "participative" on GovLoop. I became a member almost a year ago, but it took me awhile start utilizing the great opportunities available here. My background includes county, city, airport and hospital based procurement and e-procurement blended with bidding some federally funded capital projects under federal rules. Overall, my…


Added by Harold (Hal) Good, CPPO on March 28, 2010 at 7:21pm — 2 Comments

Transparency Reserve for Crises 1.0

After getting out of Transparency Camp 2010, I wanted to post a summary of a talk I gave. While it is not acquisition related, I believe it is important enough to put here. There was a lot of feedback and talk on how to make this idea happen. The 2.0 version will be posted next week once it is further refined.

Core Idea

A Civilian Transparency Reserve, activated by the…


Added by Sterling Whitehead on March 28, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

NCOIC Discusses e-Discovery and Cloud Computing

Last week during its weekly meeting, the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG) examined some of the legal aspects surrounding electronically stored information. With government use of cloud computing expected to grow, the group reach out to Mr. Jason R. Baron, Director of Litigation for the United States National Archives and Records Administration for… Continue

Added by Kevin Jackson on March 28, 2010 at 5:11pm — No Comments

EPP Team 8 final class briefing video

Well, the video from Team 8's final briefing is too large for me up upload here. However, I've posted it on my FaceBook profile. Feel free to view it there.

If you know of another way for me to post it here, please let me know. It is 530MB.

Added by Mary Watts on March 28, 2010 at 2:27pm — 2 Comments

Filling Gaps in US Commerce Department Leadership

President Obama has filled two vital leadership posts in the US Department of Commerce, announcing the appointment of a new Under Secretary for International Trade, and a

new Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration and head of

the Bureau of Industry and Security.



Added by Tom Hanson on March 28, 2010 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Brush that Dirt off Your Bike Lanes – Social Media for Spring Cleaning

Government of the people, meet the people. With technology making our world smaller and more closely interconnected than ever before, it seems only natural that new social media like could link citizens and government in productive dialogue about issues affecting the public space. Recently we helped bicyclists in Lansing, Michigan help clean up debris-coated bike…


Added by Zak Stone on March 27, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Gov 2.0 for Providers of Official Statistics

By Seth Grimes, Sponsored by Space-Time Research

The Importance of Official Statistics

Governments collect, produce, and disseminate a huge volume and variety of data in the course of their operations. While much of this data relates to government administration — to budgeting, planning, and program performance — it is official statistics that most capture our interest. These statistics —demographic,… Continue

Added by Seth Grimes on March 27, 2010 at 7:52am — No Comments

"Epic Cool" Govloop Cycling Jersey Now Available!

We will be placing orders soon. You can find the picture and details in the Cycling Enthusiasts Group. John Nelson will be taking and placing orders.

Added by Mary Davie on March 26, 2010 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Is Twitter worth the effort for government?

Earlier this week I shared how Twitter, Inc. released its first-ever official case study on how a government agency uses the service to help in achieving agency mission. Now comes a story in UK-based The Register claiming the "UK government’s business, innovation and skills department (BIS) is currently peering into its own Web2.0 navel in an effort to work out if… Continue

Added by Steve Lunceford on March 26, 2010 at 3:58pm — No Comments

CFC-Supported Groups Help EPA Attorney’s Children Thrive, Despite Cystic Fibrosis

Janet Weiner's daughter Melissa seemed perfect at birth. With a 2 ½-year-old boy at home, things seemed to be going great. But 14 weeks later, Weiner and her family took Melissa to a friend's christening and realized their 8-pound daughter looked like the newborns. After a series of tests, they learned Melissa had cystic fibrosis-and so did her seemingly healthy brother, Matthew.

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease…


Added by Combined Federal Campaign on March 26, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments Needs to Carry the Public Records Torch

"...only 18% of services enable agencies to comply with public records laws"

If you're viewing your town's Facebook or Twitter account, chances are the city attorney is still recovering from a social media migraine. And you may think I'm joking, but somewhere in your…

Added by Chris Bennett on March 26, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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