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The Data Briefing: I, For One, Welcome Our New Chatbot Blockchain Digital Autonomous Organizations

Jul 6, 2016 |

It is at the intersections of fields where you find the most fascinating and innovative concepts. Recently, a conference on “Open Human Resources and the Cognitive Era” explored the use of chatbots and blockchain technologies in human resources. Human Resources (HR) is quietly undergoing a revolution as many HR practitioners are transforming HR by using Read »

Modernizing Federal IT Part 5: Modernizing Software Architecture

Jun 16, 2016 |

This is the fifth in a series describing how the Social Security Administration is working towards a more modern IT infrastructure. You can find part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here and part 4 here. In the next three posts we will consider the problem of modernizing old legacy software. In this post we will start a Read »

Collaboration and Innovation, Beyond Government Borders

Jun 10, 2016 |

How to start an innovation movement: Connect innovators with fellow innovators, and find more innovators to collaborate with. Read »

How Can Civic Hacking Help Micro-businesses?

May 18, 2016 |

National Day of Civic Hacking on June 4th, D.C. Edition The fourth installation of the National Day of Civic Hacking aims to be another stellar event, bringing together civic-minded innovators in cities across the nation under one big tent. Just as in years past, it will be powered by the passion of citizens to improve Read »

The Data Briefing: Engaging Citizens through CitizenScience.Gov

May 4, 2016 |

Last month, I worked to create a “Citizen Science Passport” for the federal agencies participating in the USA Science and Engineering Festival. Seven federal agencies offered some form of crowdsourcing or citizen science activity at their booths such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s exhibit on food safety or Environmental Protection Agency’s build-your-own air monitoring Read »

An Introduction to Open Data and APIs

May 3, 2016 |

The federal workplace is abuzz these days with talk about open data and how agencies can leverage that data through APIs. According to the federal Open Data Policy, data should be managed as an information asset, and making it discoverable and usable (in other words, open). Open data “not only strengthens our democracy and promotes efficiency Read »

Three Teams Using the Draft U.S. Web Design Standards Talk about Their Experiences

Apr 6, 2016 |

In the five months since we launched the Draft U.S. Web Design Standards — the U.S. government’s very own set of common UI components and visual styles for websites — over a dozen websites have used components of the Draft Standards on their sites. Recently, we talked to three federal web designers about their experiences Read »

Additional Data Options With DAP

Apr 5, 2016 |

Agencies can participate in the Digital Analytics Program (DAP) by implementing the DAP script block. It’s a simple line of of code that enables you to take advantage DAP. Read »

Your Trek to Vesta & Mars Starts Now

Apr 1, 2016 |

The NASA Open Innovation team is pleased to announce the availability of the APIs that power Mars Trek and Vesta Trek on api.nasa.gov. The APIs for Mars provide data from the Mars Express, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter missions with 21 different data products such as MOLA Altimetery Hillshade, Viking and THEMIS. Read »

Tag Management: A Digital Analyst’s Best Friend

Mar 31, 2016 |

Tag managers can assist in collecting valuable data about visits to your website. Here at CFPB, we use Google Tag Manager (GTM), which is a free tool that works in tandem with Google Analytics to record and send data on how users interact with your website on an aggregate level, including which pages they view, where they Read »

The Content Corner: Code is a Tool, Content is the Solution

Mar 28, 2016 |

It seems of late that the focus on coding and technology within the federal space has become out of balance with that of good, solid content. As I believe I have said before with regard to user experience, great technology with poor content is still worthless. Amazing code that delivers poorly written or designed content Read »

Leveraging American Ingenuity through Reusable and Open Source Software

Mar 10, 2016 |

Summary: Today, we’re releasing for public comment a draft policy to support improved access to custom software code developed for the Federal Government. America has long been a nation of innovators. American scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs invented the microchip, created the Internet, invented the smartphone, started the revolution in biotechnology, and sent astronauts to the Read »

Using Code to Spur Innovation

Mar 8, 2016 |

This week, President Obama will travel to SxSW (South by Southwest) to talk about how we can use technology to tackle tough challenges. This underscores how important data—government data, in particular—is to improving and fueling our democracy forward. 2015 saw many open data milestones by agencies, including: New advancements in HHS’s syndication storefront New features Read »

The Data Briefing: The Challenge of Opening up Federal Government Algorithms

Feb 24, 2016 |

Algorithms are becoming more important as the amount of data grows, and the complexity of government and business processes grows. Put simply, an algorithm is just a set of steps for solving a problem. If you shop online, use an online social network or a mobile app to plan your route, then you are using Read »

The Data Briefing: Improving the Federal Government Through Mobile Apps

Jan 27, 2016 |

Federal agencies are doing well in fulfilling the 2012 Digital Government Strategy by providing numerous mobile apps for American citizens. According to a report from IBM’s Center for the Business of Government, 76 federal agencies have at least one mobile app. As of July 2015, there are nearly 300 federal government mobile apps that provide Read »