Tag Archives: Platforms

Open Source: Social Media, Web, Government, & US 2.0 #oscon

Open Source: Social Media, Web, Government, & US 2.0 #oscon

Mobile Enterprise 2.0 and Social Media growth explosion happens because of Crowd Sourcing and Open Source. The world is changing and we have great opportunities in front of us. The Web 2.0 and Government 2.0 movement is taking us into new frontiers where we will explore fresh new ways of communication and collaboration. There have been many things going on this week that has me thinking more about the internet as an operating system. Open Source: “Some of the best things in life are free”. While the value of open source is recognized by more private companies and government agencies, I am wondering more about the future of open source. Here are a few videos I hope you share with your friends.

Happy Fav Five Friday!

“Once again, this nation has said there are no dreams too large, no innovation unimaginable and no frontiers beyond our reach.” ~ John S. Herrington

“Rebuilding the World” by Don Tapscott

The global economic crisis is a wakeup call to the world: we need to rethink and rebuild many of the organizations and institutions that have served us well for decades, but now have come to the end of their life cycle. The financial services industry, for example, does not just need fresh infusion of capital or some new regulations; it needs a whole new operating model — one based on transparency, sharing of intellectual property and global governance.

The new keynote “Rebuilding the World” by Don Tapscott from Sander Duivestein on Vimeo.

Tim O’Reilly: Open Source & Government 2.0 – DIO #oscon

US Now

A film about democracy, mass collaboration and the internet. Featuring interviews with Alan Cox, Matthew Taylor, Liam Daish, Clay Shirky, George Osborne MP, and Ed Milliband MP.

Net Neutrality Open Source Documentary

Remember this? Barack Obama: On Net Neutrality

Mobile Enterprise 2.0: Web on Apple iPhones & RIMM BlackBerry Phones #ME20

Supporting Mobile Devices in Your Enterprise 2.0 Solutions #ME20

Mobile Enterprise 2.0

Mobile devices are already in the Enterprise, why not make simple modifications to your data so it will easily display on mobile devices.  Take a look around your workplace.  Do you see anyone with a mobile device?  I see people coworkers with Apple iPhones, Blackberry, Android, and many other types of smart phones.  Many coworkers also access emails with their mobile device and many of these emails are HTML rich.  Your Enterprise 2.0 teams and sub-teams also still send eNewsletters, you can use some free online tools to improve display.  Mobile Enterprise 2.0 actually came before Enterprise 2.0.  The workforce has been using mobile devices in the workplace for years.  The new capabilities of smart phones are helping us to be more productive in our Mobile Enterprise 2.0 environment.  Here are a few resources to help our fellow coworkers that choose to take advantage of Mobile Enterprise 2.0.

The Mobile Web Initiative

Mobile Web

“The Mobile Web Initiative’s goal is to make browsing the Web from mobile devices a reality”, explains Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the Web. “W3C and mobile industry leaders are working together to improve Web content production and access for mobile users and the greater Web.”  Learn more http://www.w3.org/Mobile/

Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group

Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group

The W3C Members chartered the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group in 2005 as part of the Mobile Web Initiative (sponsors) to develop a set of technical best practices and associated materials in support of development of web sites that provide an appropriate user experience on mobile devices. Learn more http://www.w3.org/2005/MWI/BPWG/

Mobile markup – XHTML Basic 1.1

Mobile markup - XHTML Basic 1.1

While this article covers the markup options for mobile-specific sites, you should think carefully if this is the approach that you wish to take. Just like creating an additional version for printing or a high-accessibility version, additional sites require more maintenance and run the risk of becoming out of sync with the main version of the site. Learn more http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/mobile-markup-xhtml-basic-1-1/

Designing for the Mobile Web

Designing for the Mobile Web

A few different types of markup are available for building a mobile web site. You’ll need to choose one that suits the needs of your customers and stick with it. Learn more http://www.sitepoint.com/article/designing-for-mobile-web/

Mobility Made Simple

Mobility Made Simple

MobileAware is the world’s leading provider of Mobile Customer and Employee Self-Service Solutions with over 125 active customers, nearly 50% being Forbes Global 2000 companies.  Learn more http://www.mobileaware.com

Mobile Web Tools for WordPress Bloggers

Looking for a way to see how your web creations will look on iPhone? Look no further. iPhoney gives you a pixel-accurate web browsing environment—powered by Safari—that you can use when developing web sites for iPhone. It’s the perfect 320 by 480-pixel canvas for your iPhone development. And it’s free. http://www.marketcircle.com/iphoney/

MobilePress is a free WordPress plugin which turns your WordPress blog into a mobile friendly blog when viewed on a cell phone. MobilePress also allows you to create custom mobile themes for different handheld devices and mobile browsers such as the iPhone, Opera Mini and Windows Mobile.   http://mobilepress.co.za/

WordPress Mobile Plugins http://otrops.com/archive/2009/07/06/wordpress-mobile-plugins/

Mobile Enterprise 2.0 is here to stay!

I hope these resources help you support the workforce using Apple iPhones, Blackberry, and other mobile devices in the Enterprise.

Open Data & Transparency in Government 2.0: Yale Paper

Government as a Platform: Letting Others Bridge the GaaP #GOV20

Our government has a tremendous amount of data to manage.  Government agencies also spend a lot of money and time sharing information with the public.  This effort has moved to the internet over the past few years with the creation of web sites, that usually require great effort to update.  A huge amount of money and time can be saved by the government simply sharing data.  We see the improvement in the movement toward Government 2.0 with the creation of web resource http://data.gov

Gov 2.0, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, iPhone Apps, & Mashups

Government 2.0 supporters can plainly see examples from internet giants like Twitter, Google, Yahoo, and Apple.  Twitter has an easy to understand  Application Programing Interface (API), that is well documented and easy to use http://apiwiki.twitter.com/. Others have used “Twitter Data” to create some very amazing things that people use every day.  A ton of people have contributed to Google in many ways, I really like Google Gadgets.  How about “Gov Gadgets“?  Yahoo, the God Father of Social Media has taken advantage of “user generated content” for years.  They have also surfaced interesting “collective intelligence” from everyone’s efforts.  I really like Yahoo Pipes http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/, a simple user interface for creating data mashups.  How about “Gov Pipes“?  How much money and time would Apple need to invest, if they had to create every app in the iPhone App store?  A simple API and delivery method has added unmeasurable value to the Apple iPhone.  How about “Gov Apps“? The internet is packed with successful stories and examples of how users add value.  This holds true for blogging tools too, like WordPress. WordPress Widgets is a simple method of users adding information and value to their blogs.  What about “Gov Widgets“?  A library of “Gov Widgets” would allow people to share important government information with their targeted audience.  When it comes right down to the core needs, it is about the data.  Most users will need a simple API to use the data.  It’s hard to imagine that new government sites will not be created in the future.  I hope future developers will design with SOA in mind.

Government Data and the Invisible Hand

By David Robinson, Harlan Yu, William Zeller, and Edward W. Felten
11 Yale J.L. & Tech. 160

This paper proposes an approach to online government data that leverages both the American tradition of entrepreneurial self-reliance and the remarkable low-cost flexibility of contemporary digital technology. The idea, though it can be implemented in a comfortably incremental fashion, is ultimately transformative. It leads toward an ecosystem of grassroots, unplanned solutions to online civic needs.


Government Data and the Invisible Hand

Gov 2.0: Government as a Platform #aif09 #GOV20

Government 2.0: Government as a Platform – Aspen Ideas Festival 2009 #aif09

Happy Fav Five Friday!

I believe Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly) outdid himself here.  His presentation at Aspen Ideas Festival on “Government as a Platform” was outstanding.  I encourage you to take a quick look at the presentation below.  This presentation will help you catch a glimpse of our future government, how we can help, and current opportunities.  Government 2.0 seems to be about moving forward by getting back to the basics, by the people for the people.

“divide it among the many”

The Government 2.0 ideas about we talk about today are not new.  Tim included a full screen-shot of a document by Thomas Jefferson dated February 02, 1816 in his presentation.  This “letter” by Thomas Jefferson starts with, “No, my friend, the way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among many,..”


Presentation: Government as a Platform #aif09

7 Simple Principles of Government as a Platform

  1. Embrace Open Standards
  2. Build A Simple System
  3. Design For Cooperation
  4. Learn From Your Users, Especially Ones Who Do What You Don’t Expect
  5. Lower The Barriers to Experimentation
  6. Build a Culture of Measurement
    • If it works, do more of it
    • If it doesn’t, stop doing it
    • Build systems that respond automatically to user stimuli
  7. Throw Open the Doors to Partners

Government as a Platform / Anatomy of a Linux System

The anatomy of a linux system can help us visualize open source systems.  There is a difference between making web pages/applications and creating a platform.  Platforms can be extended and integrated, usually by people other than the creator.

Atomy of a Linux System

How to get Involved with Government 2.0

Fav Five in Gov 2.0

Open Government Initiative

On January 21, 2009, his first full day in office, the President issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government and called for recommendations for making the Federal government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/blog/

Gov 2.0 Summit

The Platform For Change – Over the past fifteen years, the rise of the World Wide Web has resulted in remarkable new possibilities and business models reshaping our culture and our economy. Now the time has come to reshape government. With the proliferation of issues and a scarcity of resources to address them all, leaders inside and outside government are turning to the principles of participation, collaboration, transparency, and efficiency to address the challenges facing our country and the world. This is the agenda of the Gov 2.0 Summit. http://www.gov2summit.com/


GovLoop is the premier social network connecting the government community. http://www.govloop.com/

Gov 2.0 Radio

Steve Ressler, GovLoop.com founder and two-time Fed 100 winner, Steve Lunceford of GovTwit and Deloitte and Adriel Hampton of LocalGov20/Gov20Radio, talking tech-enabled governance with the best of government and Web 2.0. http://gov20radio.com/

Apps For America

Apps for America is a special contest we’re putting on this year to celebrate the release of Data.gov! We’re doing it alongside Google, O’Reilly Media, and TechWeb and the winners will be announced at the Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase in Washington, DC at the end of the Summer.  http://sunlightlabs.com/contests/appsforamerica2/

Bonus Pick for Gov 2.0

Apps for Democracy

Apps for Democracy was created by iStrategyLabs to fulfill the DC Government’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer’s need for visualizing their Data Catalog for the benefit of citizens, visitors and businesses of DC. They hope this model for technology innovation can be adopted by other municipalities in order to strengthen their own technology communities by developing open source solutions for the good of all. Please contact Peter Corbett, CEO, iStrategyLabs with any questions regarding the Apps for Democracy contest, or to run one in your city. http://www.appsfordemocracy.org/

What do you think about the “Government as a Platform”?

Challenges to Apple iPhone Adoption in the Enterprise WE 2.0

Will Enterprise 2.0 (E 2.0) Lead Us to Wireless Enterprise 2.0 (WE 2.0)?

The success of Enterprise 2.0 can be measured by its adoption rate.  The adoption rate increases when people find new ways to communicate and collaborate in which they are familiar.  The more intuitive the interface feels, the more people will use it.  The point of web-based tools in the enterprise is to support communication and collaboration between people anywhere anytime.  The workforce is changing.  People are working on the go and sometimes need to get something done when they are not at a computer.  WE 2.0 seems to be the next logical step for a dispersed workforce.  Steve Jobs and his team at Apple seem to know a thing or two about user interface design, so the iPhone and the iTouch seem to be natural wireless devices to use in the Enterprise.  The Apple iPhone is like having a mini-computer in your pocket.  WE 2.0 should support other mobile devices, but the Apple iPhone is an easy start because of all the development support.  The slides below will review several things to consider before implementing WE 2.0.

What do you think about Apple iPhone in the Enterprise?