Tag Archives: eGovernment

DC goes 3D

A few months back I was at the politics online conference and spoke with colleagues about some of the projects I’d read Washington DC’s new CTO, Vivek Kundra was working on – like putting corporate email and word processing systems into the cloud.

No surprise to see that innovation continuing then.

Dan Herman on the Wikinomics blog points to recently released data of 84,000 3D buildings for inclusion in Google Earths’ Cities in 3D program. Barney Krucoff, the GIS Manager for OCTO gives five reasons for the release of the data on Googles Latlong blog:

1. It is the right thing to do.

2. Because every neighborhood can benefit from 3D.

3. We get better 3D performance from the cloud and we don’t pay for it.

4. We want to communicate with our residents.

Very impressive stuff and something the Power of Information taskforce here in the UK seems to understand


Facebook and the Civil Service

With the release of principles for online paticipation, one of the channels that needs to be addressed is Facebook.

Unfortunately, Facebook says that Civil Service Network Page will be discontinued soon. So, I’ve set up a group page to keep the conversation happening, link is:

More on this ‘group’ later…

A common disclaimer for gov bloggers

There are a lot of discussions at the moment around guidance for civil servants on social media.

I think, as a community, we’re missing a trick here. Most of us have, in one form or another a disclaimer on our blogs. If we could agree to a common disclaimer for civil servants/gov consultants (or better yet public-sector staff world-wide) wouldn’t that put us in a situation where, as practitioners, we agree to hold our selves by a common set of standards and principles that reflect a commitment to being open, professional and part of a wider government community? Wouldn’t a common disclaimer lend itself to use across a wide range of social media tools? Couldn’t this be integrated into overarching guidance when it is released?

Or am I just being naive? What do others think?

Downing Street now on FriendFeed

With the recent downtime in twitter and the arguments around why this has been happening, I thought I would look at friendfeed as an alternative. I have to admit I like what I see, particularly the ability to create a ‘room’ to host conversations – this could be great for ad-hoc consultation activities. I’m still getting the hang of it, but it seems that friendfeed can offer a better ‘lifestream’ of UK Gov activities than shoveling press notices into twitter.

I’ll probably stick to twitter for the moment because the HMGOV feed works for me (when twitter does). Having said that, while I’m exploring friendfeed I’d like to see news I want come to me, so I’ve started aggregating UK Government feeds – I’ll add more as I find the time.

This isn’t an ‘official’ activity – but the content is. If any civil servants want to take ownership of their stream, or can suggest improvements, let me know and I’ll hand it over/do what I can.

Anyway, for now I thought I’d start with one of the more active government players in the social media space: 10 Downing Street is now on friendfeed.