Andrea DiMaio

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Archives for January, 2010

US EPA Social Media Policy: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 29, 2010  |  14 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just issued an interim policy for employees who officially represent the agency online. I assume this apply to whomever is either writing on a blog, or running a group or editing a page on a social media, or responding to a post in his or her official capacity. The policy […]


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Could the iPad Redefine Public Service Delivery?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 29, 2010  |  3 Comments

In my post yesterday I alluded to why the new Apple’s device may have an impact on decreasing certain types of digital divides and become a compelling platform for certain users. Let me take this one step further, and make a three more considerations about the potential impact of this new device (as well as […]


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Apple’s iPad Could Do For Governments More than the One-Laptop-Per-Child

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 28, 2010  |  20 Comments

Yesterday most of us have been following the unveiling of the much anticipated Apple tablet, now officially named the iPad. My colleagues Allen Weiner, Ray Valdes, Mark McDonald, and others commented about the launch on their respective blogs. Among the many issues that are being discussed, one that pops up quite a lot is whether […]


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New UK IT Strategy: Cheaper is Stronger than Smarter or Greener

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 27, 2010  |  4 Comments

Today the UK Cabinet Office released the much awaited document describing the UK IT strategy for the next 10 years: Government ICT Strategy: smarter, cheaper, greener. This is a very comprehensive and well structured strategy document, which lays out the priorities for the UK government and the broader public sector in rather clear terms. Unlike […]


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Open Government Directive: A First Wave of Data, or Rather A Trickle?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 23, 2010  |  6 Comments

January  22, 2010 was the first deadline for US federal agencies to comply with the Open Government Directive issued on December 9, 2009. In particular agencies were requested to identify and publish online in an open format at least three high-value datasets. These sets must be registered for and should not be previously available […]


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The UK Joins the Open Government Data Train

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 21, 2010  |  7 Comments

As anticipated in its report Putting the Front Line First: Smarter Government (see earlier blog post), the UK government has officially launched its open data repository Early comments (see here) are positive, when comparing this to its US counterpart, which has fewer data sets than the UK one, although it has been in […]


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Obama and IT: First Year in Review

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 21, 2010  |  5 Comments

Yesterday I was interviewed about the impact of the Obama administration on the IT industry after his first full year in office.This made me think about my first post during his administration, which welcomed his executive order on open government and was at the basis of the Open Government Directive issued on 8 December 2009. […]


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Can We Categorize Participation and Collaboration?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 20, 2010  |  12 Comments

In my previous post I shared my frustration with the ambiguous difference between participation and collaboration in the Open Government Directive. In drafting my advice to Gartner clients about how to develop their Open Government Plans, I have highlighted this ambiguity and made the following assumption: The distinction between participation and collaboration is very subtle […]


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What’s the Difference Between Participation and Collaboration and How Do I Comply with the Open Government Directive?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 17, 2010  |  7 Comments

While working on a Gartner research note that advises about how to develop an Open Government Plan (which is one of the requirements of the Open Government Directive), I found myself reflecting about the distinction between participation and collaboration. These are the definitions given in the directive: Participation allows members of the public to contribute […]


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Why President Obama Should Read Homer’s Odyssey

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 15, 2010  |  2 Comments

When I tried – and failed – to convince my 8th-grader son to pursue what we call “classical high school” in Italy, which focuses on human science and the study of old languages like Latin and ancient Greek, it was because I am deeply convinced that Greeks laid the basic foundations of most disciplines. Poetry, […]


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