Video – Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra
Vivek Kundra covers a lot of Government 2.0 ground in this video and the audience had several good questions about the Government’s Open Data initiatives. This is a long video, but it is also packed with information about where we are headed with Government 2.0.
This is an intelligent idea, an app store for the Government. This is a very interesting concept, I think we all learned a thing or two from Apple’s iPhone app store which can be applied to how we all use technology. I recommend taking a quick look at their “Cloud Computing” video (upper right corner) on https://apps.gov/cloud/advantage/main/home.do
See what others have done: Open Government Intitative – Innovations
All kinds of people have created all type of apps and solutions using Government data to help citizens. You can now see their great work on display in the Innovations Gallery at http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/innovations
Government Data is available on Data.gov for your Gov 2.0 Apps
The U.S. Government has released high-value datasets to meet the Open Government Directive http://www.data.gov/
How do I connect with other Gov 2.0 people?
There are many organizations and citizens involved with Government 2.0. You can find many of them by searching “Government 2.0″ on Twitter or the web. There are also many groups on Google and Facebook. Here are just a few of my favorites.
GovTwitGovTwit ( @GovTwit ) hosts the world’s largest list of government agencies on Twitter, tracking state/local, federal, contractors, media, academics, non-profits and government outside of the U.S.
Gov 2.0 RadioGov 2.0 Radio ( @govwiki ) is where government and technology reformers come to talk. The live weekly podcast captures the thoughts of public and private sector leaders using Web 2.0 to make government more effective, collaborative and transparent.
How many minutes does it take for someone to mention Facebook or Twitter in an Enterprise 2.0 presentation? Usually I hear someone explaining Enterprise 2.0 by saying “It’s like facebook inside the firewall. You may also hear references to Twitter when covering enterprise 2.0 communication channel topics. We also hear about twitter and facebook when people are discussing “Activity Streams“. Dion Hinchcliffe covers “Activity Streams”, Microblogging, & more in this article: Ten emerging Enterprise 2.0 technologies to watch Other interesting news about “Activity Streams” is the patent granted to Facebook. These are great tools in the Social Media/Networking space, however, most Successful Enterprise 2.0 Solutions are created around specific business needs & workflows. Enterprise 2.0 is not facebook or twitter, but it is important for us to understand why these Social Media and Networking sites are so popular and apply our knowledge within our Enterprise 2.0 Architecture.
Enterprise 2.0 Architecture
Enterprise 2.0 Architecture is a complete expression of the enterprise. The equation values of collaboration and communication provide solutions for supporting goals, visions, & missions of the enterprise. The equation of business remains fluid, therefore the structure should not be rigid. You can see more of my thoughts and resources on Enterprise Architecture in this article E 2.0: The Strategic Planning of Enterprise Architecture
Seems like most people in the Social Media world have adopted these services like a fish to water. Most features are very intuitive, which leads to rapid adoption. This experience feels like a result of Design Thinking.
Design thinking is a process for practical, creative resolution of problems or issues that looks for an improved future result. It is the essential ability to combine empathy, creativity and rationality to meet user needs and drive business success. Unlike analytical thinking, design thinking is a creative process based around the “building up” of ideas. There are no judgments early on in design thinking. This eliminates the fear of failure and encourages maximum input and participation in the ideation and prototype phases. Outside the box thinking is encouraged in these earlier processes since this can often lead to creative solutions.
In organization and management theory, design thinking forms part of the Architecture/Design/Anthropology (A/D/A) paradigm, which characterizes innovative, human-centered enterprises. This paradigm also focuses on a collaborative and iterative style of work and an abductive mode of thinking, compared to practices associated with the more traditional Mathematics/Economics/Psychology (M/E/P) management paradigm. [Wikipedia]
5 Quick Dev/Design Tips from Twitter & Facebook
How we interact with technology is evolving. Our expectations are higher and our patience is lower. The World Wide Web is a very competitive place, but twitter & facebook are seeing unbelievable growth. Solutions inside the Enterprise have less competition and should experience rapid adoption. Adoption rates may vary, so here are some areas to review, if adoption rates are not meeting expectations.
Adoption by Design is superior to any well written manual with petty pictures.
User Experience using Web 2.0/3.0 technologies to improve speed & behavior.
Use of standard Design Patterns for intuitive interfaces.
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) supporting sharing information across multiple devices in multiple formats & views.
Experimenting with Features along with collecting feedback, helps to keep users interested and shows you care.
Thoughts on Enterprise Architecture (EA) for E 2.0 Solutions
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The Cornerstone of Enterprise 2.0 ROI
The cornerstone of enterprise architecture in your organization unites people and process. Yes, I put “people” first because I believe if you put process or even technology before “people” is the fast-track to failure and your organization will soon look like a scene from that movie 2012. I hear so many organizations say they value people, “Our customers come first…”, “We value our employees…”, this core value seems lost on some enterprise projects. The strategy of capturing return on investment (ROI) is “listening”. Listen to your employees.
What is in their way of helping you and your organization on the path to success?
Who has the next great idea that will catapult your organization past your competitors?
What if this great idea came from multiple sources? How would you connect them?
Your customers are smart about your products and services. Your customers are also smart about your competitors products and services. You may not be able to find a customer that knows everything, but a gathering of your customers can help you learn more than you know now. Listen to your customers.
What do they like most about your products or services?
What do they like least about your products or services?
Who prevents them from always using your products and services?
When do they need your products or services most?
Where are they and how can you get more?
You are smart. You have thoughts and ideas about a strategy for a positive future. You also have many resources at your disposal to help shape these thoughts and ideas into plans. You can connect with unlimited resources to help execute these plans. Listen to you.
The art of enterprise architecture is all about connecting people and leveraging resources.
You may not be ready for the cloud yet, but there are many resources to help you with your needs. The key to information architecture is to capture knowledge in “Shareable Content Objects”. I believe the day of creating “web sites”, “portals”, and such will soon come to an end. The future is about less risk and distributed responsibility with Platforms, “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) [ Cloudware ] We will be free to focus on connections and content for distribution channels. The content distribution channels will continue blending together as we see mobile, web, and traditional media becoming one.
Government 2.0: The Use of Drupal and Open Source Technologies
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The web and other news sources have been buzzing about the White House site using open source technology, Drupal. Many influential people have shared their thoughts on this subject, but I like this post by Tim O’Reilly the best. He makes a good point about how the Government has been using open source, but it’s adoption by http://whitehouse.gov should improve the government adoption rate. The New York Times also published an article titled “Drupal Moves into the White House”, which you can find here. I recommend you review these two articles, because they are packed with related resources.
Calling a Friend with a Coconut
The right tool for the job is important! Can you make a phone from a coconut? You probably could, if you were a professor stranded on a desert island with the Skipper and crew. Would you hang a picture with a shovel? Would you cook a meal in the dishwasher? These ideas may seem silly, but most jobs are easier with the right strategy and correct tools. The mission is better served when more options are available. Drupal is not going to be the “magic bullet” that kills all overspending in Government IT, but it is good to see more tools available in the Government 2.0 toolbox.
What is this “Drupal, Open Source PHP CMS” Thing?
Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites for Enterprise 2.0 solutions, Government 2.0 platforms, Social Networking portals, and much more.
The built-in functionality, combined with dozens of freely available add-on modules, will enable features such as: Collaborative authoring environments, Collaborative authoring environments, Blogs, Discussion Forms, Podcasts, and much more.
Drupal is open-source software distributed under the GPL (“GNU General Public License”) and is maintained and developed by a community of thousands of users and developers. Please visit http://drupal.org for additional information.
Drupal (#OpenSource CMS): Tutorials & Webinars for Beginners
5+2 Webcasts About Drupal
These “how to” Drupal webcasts are part of my favorite Drupal collection. You will find five presentations to help you quickly understand what Drupal is and what it can do. I have also included the important “Drupal Security” presentation, a quick overview before you buy the book. I added the “Drupal Garden” video, because it allows you to see how simple & cool content management can be. You should also listen to the “JackBe” video “Developer Community Ignites Customer Engagement, Reduces Costs and Delivers Measurable ROI with Drupal”, he uses some very interesting words to describe Drupal. You can review other Drupal presentations here.
The Future Gov 2.0 Toolbox Will Hopefully Also Contain Tools Like Zend Framework
Extending the art & spirit of PHP, Zend Framework is based on simplicity, object-oriented best practices, corporate friendly licensing, and a rigorously tested agile codebase. Zend Framework is focused on building more secure, reliable, and modern Web 2.0 applications & web services, and consuming widely available APIs from leading vendors like Google, Amazon, Yahoo!, Flickr, as well as API providers and cataloguers like StrikeIron and ProgrammableWeb. Learn more at http://framework.zend.com
Social Media, Widgets, & Gadgets with OpenSocial?
How about Government web sites with customizable widgets, like the iGoogle dashboard? Apache Shindig is an OpenSocial container and helps you to start hosting OpenSocial apps quickly by providing the code to render gadgets, proxy requests, and handle REST and RPC requests. Apache Shindig’s goal is to allow new sites to start hosting social apps in under an hour’s worth of work. Learn more here http://incubator.apache.org/shindig/
What about Open Source Training and Education?
Drupal does not offer any type of “Developer Certification” at this time. It just does not seem to be part of their business model. You can become “Third Party Drupal Certified”. Will Government 2.0 Developers really need certification? There are a few places you can get an “open source” type of certificaiton. Zend offers Training and Certification Programs. You may want to take a look at O’Reilly Technology School. O’Reilly has been spreading the knowledge of innovators for close to 30 years. With an academic approach to publishing, trend spotting, research, and conferences, O’Reilly has gathered and distributed the information needed for innovation, helping to drive the development of the Internet as seen today.
Moving Forward with Government 2.0
Discover, Participate, & Engage with Data.gov
The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Learn more at http://data.gov