Government 2.0


Army has new iPhone app, DHS terminates blog, Craig Newmark debuts site

The Army has made its popular social media handbook go mobile with a new iPhone application. The service's social media unit teamed up with a mobile application team at the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Va., to begin testing the new application in early February. It is now available at the iTunes store. Next, the Army is promising an iPad application for the handbook.

The Homeland Security Department’s Leadership Journal took a three-month break, and now it is officially no more. Officials announced today the leadership blog is being consolidated it the department’s other official blog, which is named The Blog @ Homeland Security, for the purpose of forming “one unified blog.” The consolidated blog will continue to feature occasional posts from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the announcement said.

Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, today announced on Twitter a new website named craigconnects.org for creating personal connections with charitable and activist organizations, and fostering connections between those groups. He tweeted that the new project is “the biggest thing in my life now.”

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Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Mar 08, 2011 at 10:02 AM0 comments


HHS starts health data section on Data.gov

The Data.gov site has a new section devoted to health-related datasets with special features such as a catalog of health-related applications for displaying and analyzing the data, a forum for discussion, a blog and links to other data.

The Health and Human Services Department launched the HealthData.gov site Feb. 14 on Data.gov. The new site has 197 datasets available to the public for free, including community health indicators, a farmers market database and a search of infant formula recalls.

Todd Park, chief technology officer at HHS, introduced the new HealthData.gov blog with its first entry on the new website that featured seven comments from health industry leaders and vendors.

In other Gov 2.0 news, Google announced it is opening its Public Data Explorer application to additional data in the Dataset Publishing Language, an XML-based format that enables visualizations and animations.

“We’ve been using DSPL internally to produce all of the datasets and visualizations in the product; you can now use it to upload and visualize your own DSPL-formatted datasets in your own applications,” Google said.

The 27 datasets on Public Data Explorer include statistics such as labor productivity and municipality population density. More data is being added on a weekly basis.





Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Feb 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM0 comments


CIA website goes social, mobile apps coming soon

The Central Intelligence Agency today launched social media enhancements to its public CIA.gov website and said it was preparing to debut mobile applications to allow users to access its Web content from smart phones.

The new features include links to the CIA’s YouTube channel and Flickr site, the agency said in a news release.

More enhancements are planned in the next few months, including content available in foreign languages, the agency said.

“Because more than half of Internet users browse with mobile devices, CIA.gov is developing a truncated, text-based version of the full site,” the CIA said.

Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Feb 07, 2011 at 10:01 AM0 comments


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