State Department's mobile and Web apps go global

Apps@State website and video highlight new program

The State Department begins the launch of its Apps@State global catalog of mobile, Web and social media applications in multiple languages to be distributed online to foreign service officers and the public.

The Bureau of International Information Programs is publicizing the Apps@State program with a beta website, Twitter feed and a five-minute video presentation. The bureau today tweeted a photo of its first application, to be released in two weeks, sponsored jointly with the Smithsonian Institution.

“Today, we are going to share with you one central idea that will connect people with information throughout the world,” the bureau said on the Apps@State website. “This idea can be built upon, shared and tailored to every country and language: an idea to deliver simple applications to foreign service officers and audiences around the globe, applications that will streamline communication and provide value.”


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Proposed applications include visa information and applications, English-language tutorials, media kits for embassies and events and education applications, the bureau said. All the applications will be targeted to audiences in specific areas with specific languages, and will be accessible on the Internet via smart phones or computers.

The goal of Apps@State is for state department and foreign service officers to adapt and modify what others have done as well as to create or distribute new applications, the bureau said.

Another group of applications involves media kits to empower foreign service officers and citizen journalists, the bureau said. For example, to publicize an upcoming visit by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a foreign service officer can prepare a media kit with video and distribute it on the Web and to social media outlets, where citizen journalists can access it and sign up for additional information.

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