Overall, I believe the Technology Services’ (NIST) Social Media Day was a success. Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley shared his experience with creating and using Open Notebook Science that will hopefully inspire some of our scientists to see the value in web 2.0 tools to help them with their work. And his work with solubility may become a resource for some of our scientists as well.
Our panel of government guests, Don Burke (CIA), Scott Horvath (USGS), David Hebert (USGS), Emma Antunes (NASA Goddard) and our own Leon Gerskovic and Gail Porter (NIST/PBA) shed light on the web 2.0 tools already bein used successfully at other agencies and some of the challenges we all face in implementing them.
Don Burke expanded on some of the challenges to web 2.0 in his talk about Intellipedia, the wiki used by intelligence agencies. I especially liked how he pointed out the characteristics of government that impede the use of these tools
–everything must go through channels
–committees for further study
–haggle over language
and that they were included in the WWII Simple Sabotage Field Manual!! (Section 11 for those who want to Google it).
We truly appreciate all our guests coming to our event to share their time and knowledge! To keep the dialog going, I have created a group to discuss the impact of Social Media Day and web 2.0 in general. Please pop by.