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'Used Gov' and Social Messaging

October 20, 2009 Usability guru Jakob Nielsen and his team at the Nielsen Norman Group recently released a research report on the design and usability of social messaging and RSS feeds. In the outline of the findings Nielsen posted on his Web site, he bluntly states, "we have a long way to go...

Be an Analysis Ninja

October 19, 2009 Google Analytics Evangelist Avinash Kaushik detailed how to measure the success of a government Web site on Google's Public Sector Blog last week. And his first instruction was not to turn to any of the tools Google offers in its analytics toolset. Rather, Kaushik recommends stepping away from the data...

Apps for America 2 Finalists Announced

August 26, 2009 The following item was written by Gautham Nagesh. This week the Sunlight Foundation announced the finalists in its Apps for America 2 contest, which challenged the public to come up with innovative applications using the data feeds from the recently launched Data.gov. Sunlight Labs received 47 entries since the contest...

Quiz: How Much 2.0 Do You Know?

June 17, 2009 Click here to begin the quiz. Do you surf the Web for at least 30 minutes a day, read the news online and correspond with colleagues via e-mail all day long? Congratulations. You would have been leading the pack a decade ago. Or, are you a microblogging, social networking, media...

Word-by-Word: Federal Tweets

April 15, 2009 Nextgov looked at a random sample of 100 updates from 10 different government organizations to find out what feds are talking about, 140 characters at a time. We ran some frequency analyses, discounted words like "in, out, at, that, this, the, and of," and generated lists of the 40 most-used...

Making Great Government Web sites

February 2, 2009 Launch Best Practices for Government Web Sites It's clear the Web will play a more central role in governing in the Obama administration. As President Obama took the oath of office, members of his staff were launching a new Web 2.0 savvy WhiteHouse.gov Web site. The administration also plans to...

Bye-Bye TSAT

December 23, 2008 The following was posted by Nextgov's Bob Brewin. The Air Force today killed off its over-budget and long delayed $16 billion Transformational Satellite Communications program, but promised a slimmed-down reincarnation minus some expensive and challenging technologies. The Air Force said it canceled the ongoing TSAT contract competition between Boeing and...

Agencies must cooperate on joint radio system

December 16, 2008 Congress should require the Justice, Homeland Security and Treasury departments to develop a nationwide joint radio communications system to coordinate responses to emergencies such as a terrorist attack, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Friday. The Integrated Wireless Network, first conceived in 2001 after the Sept. 11...