Gov 2.0 Summit - Co-produced by TechWeb & O'Reilly Conferences, September 09 - 10, 2009, Washington, DC
Co-produced by TechWeb & O'Reilly Conferences, September 09 - 10, 2009, Washington, DCDigital Engagement | Director of Digital Engagement
Twitter guide written by UK Government
Government's Twitter guidelines in 20 pages (oh the irony)
Director of Digital Engagement
New government guidance has been published urging civil servants to use the micro-blogging site Twitter. Launched on the Cabinet Office website, the 20-page document is calling on departments to "tweet" on "issues of relevance or upcoming events". The website is already used by Downing Street, the Foreign Office and many individual MPs.Template Twitter strategy for Government Departments
/.../Finally, some of the benefits I've found of having this document in my armoury are: -To get buy-in, explain Twitter's importance to non-believers and the uninitiated, and face down accusations of bandwagon-jumping -To set clear objectives and metrics to make sure there's a return on the investment of staff time (and if there isn’t, we’ll stop doing it) -To make sure the channel is used consistently and carefully, to protect corporate reputation from silly mistakes or inappropriate use -To plan varied and interesting content, and enthuse those who will provide it into actively wanting to do so. -As a briefing tool for new starters in the team who will be involved in the management of the channelGovernment 2.0: USA.gov
USA.gov: Connect with Government -- RSS feeds, blogs, videos, podcasts, social networking, and much more...
This page lists all the ways the US government is on the social web.
US government on the (social) web (via @levyj413)
Site do Governo dos EUA com diversas ferramentas de web2.0 para interação com o cidadão americano.Government releases 20-page guide to using Twitter | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Guía para utilizar Twitter en las comunicaciones entre gobierno y ciudadanía
• Human: He warns that Twitter users can be hostile to the "over-use of automation" - such as RSS feeds – and to the regurgitation of press release headlines: "While corporate in message, the tone of our Twitter channel must therefore be informal spoken English, human-edited and for the most part written/paraphrased for the channel." • Frequent: a minimum of two and maximum of 10 tweets per working day, with a minimum gap of 30 minutes between tweets to avoid flooding followers' Twitter streams. (Not counting @replies or live coverage of a crisis/event.) Downing Street spends 20 minutes on its Twitter stream with two-three tweets a day plus a few replies, five-six tweets a day in total. • Timely: in keeping with the "zeitgeist" feel of Twitter, official tweets should be about issues of relevance today or events coming soon. • Credible: while tweets may occasionally be "fun", their relationship to departmental objectives must be defensible.
Fascinating breakdown of how a bureaucracy tries to fit itself within 140 characters. Some aspects are right on, others are only fascinating. At least they're looking at what government "digital engagement" might look like.
Guidelines suggest tweets should be frequent, timely and credible
Even its author (Neil Williams) admits that a 20-page strategy paper for government departments on how to use Twitter might be regarded as "a bit of over the top" for a microblogging tool with a limit of 140 characters a message. (...) He suggests that nothing too onerous is involved. Each department's "digital media team" should only need to spend less than an hour a day running their Twitter streams. A quick discussion of potential tweets at the morning press cuttings meetings should be followed by emails to minister's private offices to gather more material, and any incoming messages should be replied to. However, the idea of official government use of a tool that provides a confidential and confessional glimpse into somebody's personal life and views appears at first sight to be something of an oxymoron.Why Aneesh Chopra is a Great Choice for Federal CTO - O'Reilly Radar
Reading: Why Aneesh Chopra is a Great Choice for Federal CTO [feedly] http://tinyurl.com/c9vq5q [from http://twitter.com/br524/statuses/1565453164]
@timoreilly makes an excellent case for "Why Aneesh Chopra is a Great Choice for Federal CTO": http://bit.ly/15t7t [from http://twitter.com/dhinchcliffe/statuses/1554514397]
"The news has now been leaked that President Obama intends to nominate Aneesh Chopra as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer."Gov 2.0: It’s All About The Platform
In this regard, there’s a CNN story from last April that I like to tell: a road into a state park in Kauai was washed out, and the state government said it didn’t have the money to fix it. The park would be closed. Understanding the impact on the local economy, a group of businesses chipped in, organized a group of volunteers, and fixed the road themselves. I called this DIY on a civic scale. Scott Heiferman corrected me: “It’s DIO: Not ‘Do it Yourself’ but ‘Do it Ourselves.’” Imagine if the state government were to reimagine itself not as a vending machine but an organizing engine for civic action. Might DIO help us tackle other problems that bedevil us? Can we imagine a new compact between government and the public, in which government puts in place mechanisms for services that are delivered not by government, but by private citizens? In other words, can government become a platform? We have an enormous opportunity right now to make a difference. There’s a receptivity to new ideas tThe Most Interesting New Tech Startup of 2009 - Anil Dash
The USA as the most interesting tech startup of '09, Anil Dash style.
was at 16 min in video... really interesting interview from US gov CIO/Wired
Ireland needs to reward govt APIs.
I think the most promising new startup of 2009 is one of the least likely: The executive branch of the federal government of the United States.
Each site has remarkably consistent branding elements, leading to a predictable and trustworthy sense of place when you visit the sites. There is clear attention to design, both from the cosmetic elements of these pages, and from the thoughtfulness of the information architecture on each site. (The clear, focused promotional areas on each homepage feel just like the "Sign up now!" links on the site of most Web 2.0 companies.) And increasingly, these services are being accompanied by new APIs and data sources that can be used by others to build interesting applications.Google Public Sector
Tools for Public Sector
one-stop shop of tips and tools for the public sector from Google
Most people reach government and other public sector websites by using Google and other search engines. This site is a guide to the tools and best practices that can help you reach, communicate and engage with your community. Most of these tools are free, so they can also help you do more with less.
Google: Tools for Public Sector Organizations. Make your agency website, and the information it offers, easier to find.Thoughts on the Whitehouse.gov switch to Drupal - O'Reilly Radar
kommentar von o'reilly "Giving modifications back to the Drupal community is the next breakthrough announcement that I'll be looking for."
Yesterday, the new media team at the White House announced via the Associated Press that whitehouse.gov is now running on Drupal, the open source content management system. That Drupal implementation is in turn running on a Red Hat Linux system with Apache, MySQL and the rest of the LAMP stack. Apache Solr is the new White House search engine.data.australia.gov.au – beta
data.australia.gov.au is the home of Australian government public information datasets. We encourage you to make government information even more useful by mashing-up the data to create something new and exciting! Make sure you pay attention to the licence attached to the datasets you are interested in using.
data.australia.gov.au is the home of Australian government public information datasets. Like Data.gov, it has a wide variety of downloadable government data on topics such as crime, weather, and public lands--as well as some very Australian topics, such as the location and attributes of barbecues on public lands.
the home of Australian government public information datasets. We encourage you to make government information even more useful by mashing-up the data to create something new and exciting! Make sure you pay attention to the licence attached to the datasets you are interested in using. Each licence should make clear what you can and can’t do with the data. If you’re unsure, please contact the contributing agency.
data.australia.gov.au is the home of Australian government public information datasets. We encourage you to make government information even more useful by mashing-up the data to create something new and exciting! Make sure you pay attention to the licence attached to the datasets you are interested in using. Each licence should make clear what you can and can’t do with the data. If you’re unsure, please contact the contributing agency.Government 2.0 Meets Catch 22 - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
“We have a Facebook page,” said one official of the Department of Homeland Security. “But we don’t allow people to look at Facebook in the office. So we have to go home to use it. I find this bizarre.”
best stuff is in the comments
Hoe ga je om met web 2.0 en bestaande richtlijnen? Die kunnen elkaar gelukkig heerlijk in de weg zitten ... Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fbits.blogs.nytimes.com%2F2009%2F03%2F17%2Fgovernment-20-meets-catch-22Government 2.0: A Theory of Social Government
"Given that governments are inherently reactive, rather than proactive (I need give no examples), how can this be compatible with the rapidly evolving world of social software?"
Dr. Mark Drapeau about government 2.0.
"Ironically, however, many government agencies block such sites for use at work. For example, I cannot access MySpace or YouTube from the computer in my office at the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) blocks most social networking sites besides LinkedIn. At least one part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) blocks Google Chat. Not only do these policies make little sense (there are legitimate research uses for all of these sites, while email, iTunes, and non-blocked websites are ‘abused’ daily), the policies are inconsistent. Despite this, there are overt sprinklings of Web 2.0 influence all over the federal government. For example, in mid-2007, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sponsored a public blog about pandemic influenza, which I contributed to due to my work on global health security. This was a great early example of a government agency engaging with an interested, and in many cases, expert audience. "
Mark Drapeau blog on social government