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NARA Issues Guidance for Web 2.0 Technologies

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) explores some of the applications that characterize the emerging web and their impact on records management. In its early days, the web was seen largely as a place to post static documents that were Internet-accessible. More recently, it is seen as a tool for facilitating collaboration across geographic and institutional boundaries. This document examines four applications that create content likely to exist only on the web. Agencies must continue to manage content created via these applications in compliance with NARA’s records management guidance, including its Web Management and Transfer Policies.  Web Portals, Really Simple Syndication (RSS), Web Logs (Blogs) and Wikis are the four increasingly popular web applications discussed here.

Implications of Recent Web Technologies for NARA Web Guidance.

Best Practices for Government Websites released an article this week citing 5 government agencies employing the best practices needed to make a good federal web site.

They are not necessarily the best federal web sites out there, but rather sites that employ what consultants say are best online practices. They don’t all make use of the latest and greatest in Web 2.0 technology or sport cutting-edge designs, and that, Nextgov noted, can be a good thing.  Each of the agencies responsible for these sites paid careful attention to what their users wanted to see and do online.

NASA, Library of Congress, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Social Security Administration, and Transportation Security Administration were selected.  Nextgov highlights the agencies achievements with interactive screen shots of the agencies web site as well as examples of how they are doing the right thing outsite of their own site.

Read the full article here.

Public Beta of New GPO System Open for Testing

The US Government Printing Office (GPO) has opened the beta version of its new FDsys system for testing by the public.   FDsys is short for Federal Digital System, the planned replacement for GPO Access.   FDsys provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes.

  • It will contain information gathered through three methods:
  • Files submitted by Congress and Federal agencies;
  • Information gathered from Federal agencies’ web sites (often referred to as “harvesting” information);
  • Digital files created by scanning previously printed publications.

Some of the main functions of the system include:

  • Publishing — The U.S. Congress and Federal agencies will be able to submit files and orders electronically to GPO for printing and publishing services, electronic distribution, and inclusion in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP);
  • Searching for information — Government information will reach a wider audience by providing authentic; published Government information to the public through an internet based system;
  • Preserving information — The preservation function of FDsys will ensure public access to government information even as technology changes;
  • Version control — Multiple versions of published information are common;  FDsys will provide version control for government information.

To use the public beta, go to

What Makes Government 2.0 Different from Enterprise 2.0?

What makes implementing social media on the intranet of a government agency like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) different than say, General Motors (GM)?  There are several fundamental differences between implementing social media behind the firewall in the government as opposed to a Fortune 500 company.  Read the top six reasons listed by Steve Radick at Social Media Strategery.

Federal Computer Week highlights State Department’s use of Web 2.0

Yesterday Federal Computer Week posted an interesting article on how the State Department is using social media tools in its public diplomacy efforts.
The article highlights some Public Diplomacy 2.0 principles:

* Indirection is generally best for achieving public diplomacy aims.
* Expertise resides in the private sector, and the department’s job is to find it, use it and serve as a partner.
* Some of the best public diplomacy programs have long been based on collaborative approaches.
* Speed is essential, rapid engagement is required, and the department must give diplomats the ability to move quickly.
Read the full article here:

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