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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.

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Feds Launch Social Media Group


In December 2008, the members of the Federal Web Managers Council presented a white paper to the Obama transition team addressing perceived and real barriers as well as opportunities for government entities to engage in a social media environment.

Recognizing the challenges many government agencies face in moving towards implementing a social media strategy, the Federal Web Managers Council formed a Social Media Subcouncil to grapple with these issues. Later that month, the Subcouncil was formed out of a diverse and highly charged group of Web managers and public affairs social media practitioners from all levels of government, led by Jeffrey Levy and Joyce Bounds.

Our charge is to pull together best practices and other resources for the benefit of government agencies. Our members are working hard to develop formal recommendations and guidelines for using these technologies to the Federal Web Managers Council.

The quality of content and collaboration that has occurred in a virtual space is impressive, especially given that many of us have never met in person. We want to provide research and engage in discussion at familiar and trusted locations. The Subcommittee will share information and provide updates through the Webcontent.gov portal as we work through various issues of social media engagement. You can find us on GovLoop, Twitter and the government-only Web Manager’s Forum’s social media community blog – please drop us a line and introduce yourself!

The Subcouncil wiki will enable us to engage and work with the community at large – whether you are a civil servant or outside of government and interested in social media use. Your participation throughout the process is vital to help us learn and succeed. We’re just getting off the ground, but do have some information already posted to the wiki.

This is your government, our government, and we want to hear from you. If you have a network that we’re not reaching directly, please share it and let us know what conversations we might be missing. If you have a great story to tell in how your agency has made it happen, we want to know. If we’re not doing something that you think we should, let us know!

Whether you are in government or simply interested in social media use in government we welcome your input.

We will be posting regularly to the Wiki and through blog posts to share information and announce research projects and results. To see what we’re reading or find interesting, check out our Delicious account as well. Invite us as a friend, follow our Tweets or subscribe to the wiki feed – we’re excited to work with you!

Amanda Eamich is Director of Strategic Communications and New Media at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and member of the Social Media Subcouncil. You can connect with her on Twitter or GovLoop

This blog was first posted at Govloop by the Social Media Subcouncil  on 3/16/2009.  Importing here with the hope to reach a broader audience.

Best Practices for Government Websites

Nextgov.com 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.

Don’t Miss Government 2.0 Camp

Government 2.0 Camp is the unconference about using social technologies (aka web 2.0/social media tools) to create a more effective, efficient and collaborative U.S. government on all levels (local, state and federal).

Government 2.0 Camp is the inaugural event of Government 2.0 Club, a newly-launched national organization that creates opportunities for government, academia and industry to share ideas and solutions for leveraging social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to create a more collaborate, efficient and effective government.

There are already a lot of great attendees including the organizing committee of Maxine Teller (@mixtmedia), Peter Corbett (@corbett3000), Mark Drapeau (@cheeky_geeky), and Jeffrey Levy (@levyj413).  You can view the event details as well as take a look at who’s already signed-up on the Government 2.0 camp event page.

This is a don’t miss event!

When
Friday, March 27 (7pm Happy Hour) – Saturday, March 28, 2009 (8am-8pm)

Where
Washington, DC, venue TBD.

BlogPotomac 2009 to Feature Great Minds

BlogPotomac 2009 will be held on the second Friday of June this year (June 12) at the State Theatre.  Like last year, 2009’s line-up features seven sessions from some of the sharpest minds in the business including this year’s keynote Shel Holtz ace Political Blogger Shireen Mitchell on Government 2.0 and political blogging.

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.

Don’t leave home Without It – EPA Goes Mobile

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(Washington, DC – Dec. 9, 2008) Why not blog on important environmental issues while waiting to pay for holiday gifts at the mall? No, you don’t have to ask Santa for this present. EPA is launching one of the first government Web sites tailored specifically for cell phone users: http://m.epa.gov.

The world is getting more mobile, with estimates of more than 250 million cell phones in use in the U.S. – and EPA is going with you. The site has been tailored to load fast on a small screen, providing EPA information that visitors might need when they are away from their large-screen desktop computer. Services available on m.epa.gov include:

  • how to contact EPA – national and regional offices
  • Find environmental information by ZIP code
  • EPA news releases
  • Greenversations blog, including the question of the week
  • links to other government mobile websites.

Over the coming months, EPA will be adding more features. We invite readers to help us improve – there’s a feedback form right on the home page

EPA’s mobile site: http://m.epa.gov


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