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Day 100: The Great Federal Mobile Product Hunt

Sep 10, 2015 |

A long time ago in a federal agency building far, far away on F Street… the Great Federal Mobile Product Hunt launched at the DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit in Washington, DC. Read »

The Content Corner: Using Natural Language Processing to Improve Rulemaking

Aug 17, 2015 |

For the past several weeks, I have been inflicting you with my recent dive down the rabbit hole of natural language generation and the larger discipline of natural language algorithms. Most of the focus has been on the power of natural language generation and how it can help you rapidly produce content on a wide Read »

DigitalGov Summit Recap: Leveraging Open Analytics

Aug 7, 2015 |

Seven million dollars is a big price tag. That is the amount Forbes predicts organizations will spend on analytics-related initiatives in 2015, according to a recent report. While government agencies may not have big budgets for data analysis, we do have tons of data—survey data, usability data, campaign data—that should be leveraged to drive decisions. Read »

Analytics Restoration: Improving on a Classic

Aug 6, 2015 |

Sometimes it is important to take a fresh look at a classic. As we digital analysts can attest, the array of software now available to our respective analytics programs has grown tremendously over the past few years. Even as we play catch-up to our private sector leaders, many digital analytics programs across the federal government Read »

Content Syndication of NIH Grants Information Now Available

Jul 2, 2015 |

Now you can pull the latest NIH grant content directly into your site. Read »

Real Internationalization Isn’t Just Geographic: It’s Linguistic

Jun 19, 2015 | , , ,

Twenty years ago, the chances of watching an NBA game with commentary in a language other than English were small. Today, the NBA transmits games in 47 languages to 215 countries across the world. This is a perfect example of how organizations have evolved over time to meet the demands of their audiences. Evidence like Read »

DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit: Reflections from Our Livestream Host, and Full Recording Now Available!

Jun 12, 2015 |

The second annual DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit was held at GSA headquarters in Washington, DC on May 21. This year’s Summit sold out early to in person attendees, attracted nearly 1,200 folks to sign up, and for the first time a live stream was offered for online viewers across the country. I was honored to serve Read »

How Governance Supports Your Agency’s Digital Government Strategy

Jun 12, 2015 |

It seems that everyone these days is talking about “governance.” But what is it, really, and how can you make good governance usable in your agency? The federal government developed the Digital Government Strategy to deliver better Web services to the American people. The strategy is based on the notion of focusing on customers—the American Read »

When Catastrophe Strikes, Provide Support: SAMHSA’s Disaster Response App

Jun 11, 2015

Disasters can strike at anytime, and responders now have another tool in their repertoire to aid survivors. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed the Behavioral Health Disaster Response Mobile App to assist mental health responders with pre-deployment and on-the ground information and resources. SAMHSA has Read »

#SocialGov Round Up 2015

Jun 8, 2015 |

The #SocialGov Community is coming up on three years of hard work and pushing the boundaries on using social tools across the federal government. I’d like to start this round up by taking a look at the event we hosted last year, State of the #SocialGov 2014: 2 Years of Smashing Silos + Elevating Citizen Read »

Using Section 508 Guidance to Improve the Accessibility of Government Services

Jun 5, 2015 |

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires federal agencies to use accessible information and communication technology (ICT), whether procured, developed, or maintained. Since the U.S. Access Board issued regulations for the law in 2000, much implementation guidance has been prepared by various agencies. While the regulations are being refreshed to account for changes in ICT over Read »

DigitalGov Summit: Live From the Comfort of Your Desk

May 18, 2015 | ,

The DigitalGov platform helps federal agencies meet 21st century digital expectations, and we’ve planned our second DigitalGov Summit with this mission and your needs in mind. The theme is open and the agenda is packed with presentations about how “opening” data, content, contracts and talent makes digital citizen services better, more effective and even cheaper. Read »

Empowerment, Innovation, and Improved Health Outcomes: the Blue Button Initiative

Mar 27, 2015 |

Finding and getting access to our own health information can be a complex process. And most of us don’t really think about having our health information readily accessible until we really need it – like in the event of an emergency, or when switching doctors or traveling. Combing through stacks of paperwork and contacting providers Read »

Structured Content in Government: How HHS and NCI Are Getting Started

Mar 20, 2015 |

Metadata, tagging, content modeling … they’re not identical concepts, but they’re driven by the same basic principle: when you structure your digital information, it can be more easily searched, reused, connected, shared, and analyzed. If you’re new to structured content, where should you start? Ideally, your metadata strategy will be part of your overall content Read »

DigitalGov Monthly Theme: How Data and Code Improve Government Services

Mar 10, 2015 | ,

Data and code are the foundation, building blocks, and cornerstone of government digital services. They are the keys that open the door to a better digital government future and are fundamental in making government more open. No matter who you are or where you work in the federal space, data and code enable your projects Read »