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Archives for April, 2009

Google Public Data: Threat or Opportunity for

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 30, 2009  |  5 Comments

On April 28th Google’s blog announced Google Public Data, a new search feature to make easier the retrieval and comparison of public data published on government web sites, by using data extracted from official sources and by visualizing them with Trendalyzer. As their post says The data we’re including in this first launch represents just […]


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Twitter’s Low Retention Rates Teach Governments A Lesson

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 30, 2009  |  2 Comments

A recent research by Nielsenshows that Twitter’s retention rates are around 40 percent, which is on the low end for social media. While Twitter still is a relatively new phenomenon and its growth rate remain impressive, the study casts doubt about its long-term sustainability. Irrespective of whether one agrees with this research or not, this […]


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US Federal CIO Shows A Conservative Attitude On Social Media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 29, 2009  |  Comments Off

I used to be Facebook friend with Vivek Kundra, the US Federal CIO, when he was the CTO in Washington DC. His page would include a nice mixture of personal and professional information. As far as I recollect, he was not very active on his Facebook wall, but his presence is something I would have rated […]

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Is It Better To Have Your Head Or Your Feet In The “Cloud”?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 28, 2009  |  Comments Off

Over the last couple of weeks I had many opportunities to discuss the potential of cloud computing with several government clients over the phone or in face-to-face meetings. This has been very helpful as I’m in the process of writing research on this exact topic, following an earlier piece that I coauthored with my colleague […]

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Here comes a new term: Context-Driven Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 27, 2009  |  Comments Off

According to what was reported by Nextgov, last Thursday, at a meeting he was moderating with the CIOs of the Departments of Energy and Interior, the US CIO Vivek Kundra mentioned the term context-driven government to refer to how information (and presumably services) can be provided to people seamlessly considering the context in which they […]

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Health Emergency Does Not Trigger Healthy Practices at the US Border

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 26, 2009  |  5 Comments

When I landed in Newark a few hours ago, I switched on my phone and got a CNN alert about the US having declared a health emergency due to the outburst of swine flu. Reminiscent of the SARS crisis when I was traveling a few years ago in South East Asia, I was expecting to […]


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When Everything Becomes Social Software

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 25, 2009  |  Comments Off

On April 23rd, the UK citizen portal Directgov launched moneyspeak, a simple interactive tool that allows people to search for several economic terms related to the current crisis and to find links to the web and to the UK portal that are relevant to that term. So for instance if you try to search for […]

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Should Governments Use Consumer Tools for Social Networking? – Continued

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 24, 2009  |  4 Comments

Yesterday I posted a conversation with a colleague about whether government organizations (and parliaments in particular) should use consumer social media also for internal purposes. I thought I’d share the rest of our email conversation, as I suspect this is quite exemplary of discussions several government clients are having. Here is what my colleague said: […]


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Crowd-designing Transparency, Innovation or Just Too Big A Problem?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 23, 2009  |  9 Comments

Starting on April 27th, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and the OMB in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration will run a national online dialogue to engage leading information technology (IT) vendors, thinkers, and consumers in answering the following question: What ideas, tools, and approaches can make a place where all […]


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Pick 5 for the environment: the EPA makes a splash on social media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 23, 2009  |  1 Comment

On Earth day (April 22nd), the Environmental Protection Agencies has launched its “Pick 5 for the Environment” campaign. People can pick 5 actions out of a list of 10 actions (ranging from saving water and electricity, to recycling and check local air quality). The interesting aspect of this campaign is that it has been launched […]

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