in the WSJ
International Business Machines
* More on Virtual Alabama
Alabama Homeland Security Department's Virtual Alabamawrote about last weekBuzz of the Week in the 05.12 issue of the magazine
at 1105 GovInfo's Government Leadership Summit, formerly known as the CIO Summit, which will be held down in Williamsburg, Va. on June 1-3. There will be Alabama officials there talking about what they did, giving demonstrations. I can't wait to get more information...and hear the discussion.
* Census ramifications
reported that this was having ramifications
* Testing Xobni
Flooded by e-mail? I know I am. The NYT had this story last week about this application called Xobni. (Others have written about Xobni too.) Xobni will index all your Outlook e-mail and make messages quick and easy to find.
I'm giving it a test run. I'll try it out for a week and report back next week. In the week I have been using it, it is cool, but not a 'silver bullet.' But I'm giving it another week and I'll report back.
* Circuit items
Birthdays... past and future... I failed to mention a bit one last week. Bob Suda, who now heads up DOT's Volpe Center up in Cambridge, Mass. celebrated his birthday last Thursday. Happy birthday Bob... PR guru Evan Weisel, a principal with the Welz & Weisel Communications company, celebrated his birthday May 7... GSA's Bev Godwin, director of USA.gov Content and Web Best Practices, celebrated her birthday on Sunday... and Wednesday, May 14 is the birthday of Peter Tseronis, the Education Department's director of network services and co-chair of the CIO Council’s IPv6 Working Group. Happy belated birthday... and happy upcoming birthday. If you know somebody who is celebrating, send it along. [NOTE: Updated. I didn't put Tseronis' birthday in there.]
Running for a cause... I mentioned Weisel. He is running the Marine Corps Marathon later this year and he has decided to join the Fisher House racing team to help raise money for that very worthy cause. If you don't know about the Fisher House, they provide free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. If you want to sponsor Evan, you can donate by going to this link: https://www.active.com/donate/FisherHouse2008MCM/1EWeisel. It is a remarkable organization.
A Washington celebrity sighting... So I was with my in-laws this weekend on Maryland's Eastern Shore -- Saint Michaels, Md. to be exact -- and, as I mentioned, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff was there. He had his contingent of Secret Service agents there too. Having grown up in LA, its cool to see these people in the flesh. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law were in the same room with him at one point. I never was, or else I would have pointed him toward Virtual Alabama.
CJD viewing this week... If you want to talk about collaboration and the government, I'm going to be speaking at the DC Social Media Club on Thursday, May 15 in Falls Church, Va. starting at 6:30p. I'm going to be talking about this blog, blogging, what the government is doing and why, and why I think it is important. As always, I would always prefer for it to be a conversation, so... come join in. More information can be found on Facebook... or get more information on SMC-DC's blog here.
The federal government strives for collaboration between the different departments and units it holds. The government is still experimenting with social media, with the wiki Intellipedia already in use for the intelligence community, and even the Department of the Navy’s CIO dipping his toes into blogging.
So how else is the government using social media? Are they ready for it, and what’s the value for them? Come discuss the current and future state of Web 2.0 as the government views it.
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