The Guide – Helping the New Administration Succeed in Washington

This is a short and to the point document that focuses on management in Washington. Here are the first two paragraphs of the 11 page document. The transition from campaign to governing requires that presidential policies be transformed from rhetoric into an actionable agenda and then into concrete results. Neither good policies nor sound investments… Read more »

Librarians light up the listservs

Librarians have been using this “new” media for 15 years. No surprise when they were the last bastion of relevant information during a recent constitutional rights dustup in America. Library listservs are like a Twitter email stream. And they do get going at an incredible pace with statewide and national networks. Information exchange on a… Read more »

Social Niceities of Social Networking

I heard about some spam or self-promotion going on in GovLoop migrating into Linked In and it flashed back to the high school cliques. Could there be a SN storm? Too much spread too thin to think about? New tributaries, groups, fora, discussion boards and threads ramp across our many communities and blogs. Do we… Read more »

Tweeting Local Government: Revisited – Results and Tools

I have been using Twitter to update our citizens and beyond for a couple months now at the City of Shawnee, Oklahoma. We Tweet Police Calls, Fire Calls and General Government information, i.e. agenda/minute posting, job openings, etc. Recently I blogged an update about the various tools use to accomplish this and the automation used… Read more »

Web 2.0 going foward

NOT sure that this is the way forward to involve MORE people in Web 2.0 Technology but… Suspect that there are going some government entities that are going to, at least, suffer some level of heartburn over using their resources to stream video to unknown users wherever… Many people who watched live streaming video… Read more »

YouTube and USDA

While helping my kids research algae as a method of carbon sequestration (this as a hyphen in their daily addiction to Halo3), I stumbled upon this video on YouTube. It was posted by the USDA/CSREES – Partners Video Magazine (that’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension for you acronym phobes). Partners goes back a decade… Read more »

Anti-Social Networking

This is a cautionary post for those fearless space travelers who might venture too close to the unforgiving Black Hole of Social Networks. Some of us may have already found our atoms placed end-to-end as we’ve been MySpaced, Friendstered, Facebooked, Twittered, Twined, and LinkedIn. Just remember, there is nothing new under the stars. Social Networking… Read more »

The Patent Office’s Courageous Jump into the Wisdom-of-the-Crowd Mosh Pit.

Peer to Patent / Community Review BACKGROUND: Software and algorithms used to be unpatentable. Recent court decisions and patent-office rule-making has made software the fastest growing patent category. In 1991 the patent office was cut off from general tax revenues and required to subsist entirely on fees for its operating budget. The political argument was… Read more »