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Get Mooned

May 2, 2008 You can go to the Moon with NASA late this year. Well, sorta, at least your name can go. NASA is offering to add anyone’s name to a database, which will then ride on a microchip inside the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Just go to the designated Web site to...

Forrester predicts a flat year for tech

April 28, 2008 Key federal information technology efforts such as the Real ID Act and Internet protocol version 6 conversion will miss deadlines this year, and spending will remain flat. Funds not sucked up by war-related projects will be earmarked primarily for improving disaster recovery, consolidating infrastructure, and replacing or upgrading servers and...

Agencies getting serious about virtual worlds

April 28, 2008 The National Defense University is building a 600-seat auditorium above an island in a virtual world. Ten days ago, the Air Force put out a call to gauge companies' interest in prototyping a virtual base. The Transportation Department has constructed a synthetic world with IBM. Last year, the State Department...

Consider computer games as training, say congressional researchers

April 23, 2008 With the military and other agencies training and recruiting via computer games and virtual spaces, congressional researchers urged legislators to get involved. Comment on this article in The Forum.On April 9, the Congressional Research Service released "Avatars, Virtual Reality Technology and the U.S. Military: Emerging Policy Issues," a brief review...

IBM Suspension and Intel Collaboration

April 1, 2008 The new partnership between IBM and virtual-world-builder Forterra Systems Inc. won't be affected by IBM's suspension from federal contracting, according to Forterra's Vice President for Marketing, Chris Badger. "Nothing has changed with Forterra's plan to partner with IBM around the Babel Bridge program," he said April 1 via email. "This...

Gettin' Wiki With It

March 28, 2008 As a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, I feel I am entitled to take a gentle poke at the group now and then, and goodness knows, I have. Sometimes it has seemed to me more like a cigar-smoke-filled gentleman's club home to endless arguments about the "M"...

Virtual job fair aimed at attracting disabled workers

March 25, 2008 Recruitment agency TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications is seeking more than a few good agencies to join a job fair in the virtual world Second Life. Comment on this article in The Forum.Riding the success of its private sector recruiting fairs in the virtual world in May and August 2007...

Millennials: They're Here. They're Wired. Get Used to Them

March 24, 2008 As the 53-year-old editor chiefly responsible for the controversial photograph of a young woman with a nose piercing on the December 2006 cover of Government Executive magazine, I straddle the workplace generational divide. My gray hair gives me street cred among aging boomers. My regular use of YouTube videos on...

Using virtualization to create policy

March 20, 2008 Thanks to a new computer model of the entire U.S. population, agencies soon will be able to test the various strategies, policies and programs for combating epidemics, responding to disasters, improving health habits and more. Comment on this article in The Forum.The model is big enough to almost encompass the...

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Software allows agencies to model disease, disaster response

March 20, 2008 Thanks to a new computer model of the entire U.S. population, agencies soon will be able to test the various strategies, policies and programs for combating epidemics, responding to disasters, improving health habits and more. The model is big enough to almost encompass the current world population of 6.7 billion...