Andrea DiMaio

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Recovery is in the Public Cloud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 13, 2010  |  3 Comments

Today the US Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board announced that their web site went live on Amazon EC2 (see also here for coverage by O’Reilly Radar and here for the White House blog). According to the announcement, this is the first government-wide system to go to the cloud, although I thought that the move […]


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When It Comes to Open Government, Nobody is Perfect

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 15, 2010  |  4 Comments

Last Friday, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the Implementation of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, where it highlighted some shortcomings of, the government web site providing transparent information about how the US federal government spends its money. The report says that: While currently contains […]


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GSA Awards Implementation To An Unlikely Web 2.0 Player

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 13, 2009  |  3 Comments

Last week GSA awarded an 18 million dollar contract to redesign to Smartronix, a firm headquartered in Maryland, through the Alliant contract vehicle, which was conceived a few years ago (although this is the first contract awarded under the scheme). This looks like a hefty price, although just a slice of the 84 million […]


Category: web 2.0 in government     Tags: , , Shows A Different Approach to Crowdsourcing

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 9, 2009  |  4 Comments is the US federal government web site giving the public access to all regulations and rulemakings, allowing people to post comments to documents that are open for comment. The site has been in existence for a few years, but has never enjoyed great success – a fate that is common to many official web […]


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What’s the Real Cost of Crowdsourcing?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 4, 2009  |  3 Comments

Yesterday I was reading David Osimo’s blog (always a good read) and stumbled across an interesting comparison he is developing between traditional government IT initiatives and web 2.0 ones. One particular line in his comparison table caught my eye: web 2.0 “bottom-up” initiatives require small or no investment in technology, while we know what’s the […]


Category: web 2.0 in government     Tags: , , from crowdsourcing to outsourcing

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 3, 2009  |  3 Comments

Some time ago I posted about the innovative initiative taken by the US government to gather ideas about how to build, the web site that is supposed to allow every dollar from the stimulus package to be tracked to relevant outcomes (such as projects and jobs created). According to today’s news, the Recovery Accountability […]


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Let Data Free: Two Great Ideas for

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 3, 2009  |  3 Comments

As indicated in a previous post, ideas about how to develop (the web site reporting about how the ARRA money is being used) are being submitted between April 27th and May 3rd. Browsing through the list of submission (little short than 100 so far), there are two that stem out of the lot for […]


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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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