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Gov 2.0 on the go: Agencies hit it big with mobile apps -- Federal Computer Week

Here are four examples of agencies tailoring public information and services to mobile users.
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Defense Department Adds Social Networking To Developer Site

Forge.mil Community offers an online venue for connecting and sharing information about open source projects managed within the DoD's collaborative development site.
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Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Tools in Virtual Online Disaster Relief Scenarios | Armed with Science

Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Tools in Virtual Online Disaster Relief Scenarios | Armed with Science | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
Last month, TIDES (Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) participated in Exercise 24 Europe (X24EUR), a virtual online disaster relief scenario that leveraged social media, crowdsourcing, and collaborative tools in an innovative cloud computing environment. The event took place from March 29th-March 31st and was co-lead by San Diego State University’s Immersive Visualization Center and the United States European Command, and supported by an array of public/private organizations.
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Launching Soon: PopSci's Online Innovation Pavilion | Popular Science

Launching Soon: PopSci's Online Innovation Pavilion | Popular Science | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
We're going to be launching an online "open innovation" pavilion in partnership with Innocentive.com, where anyone — companies, nonprofits, government agencies, universities — can put up science and engineering challenges for the general public (that's you) to solve. Whether it's some company looking for a better waterproof material, or a research lab asking for a better design for a satellite, it will be your opportunity to not just read about the future, but to be part of it. And the best part: winning entries will win cold, hard cash.
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In Oakland, A Creative Strategy for Financing the City's Solar Roofs

In Oakland, A Creative Strategy for Financing the City's Solar Roofs | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
Using a new "crowdfunding" program called Solar Mosaic, the city is selling solar tiles to locals for $100 a pop and installing them on public buildings.
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Weddar Makes Weather Reporting a Social Affair

The crowdsourced approach to weather reporting used by new iPhone app Weddar means you'll have an impression of how weather on the ground actually feels, instead of just static numbers.
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Plain writing is “indispensable” for open government

Plain writing is “indispensable” for open government | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
Open government is not expressly defined as embracing technology, although it can and is be empowered by smart use of it. Last year, Cass Sunstein made plain language an essential part of open government. Last week, Sunstein, who serves as the administrator of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, finalized his guidance for the use of plain language in government communication a core part of open government.
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Crowdsourcing the U.S.

Crowdsourcing the U.S. | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
Today Google Map Maker becomes available in the U.S. With Map Maker, any Google user can add details to maps of university campuses, biking and walking trails or any other points of interest beyond roads.
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Poll: Social networks used for study, friends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Young people use social media like Facebook and Twitter for more than simply staying in touch with their friends; they're also a means to make school and career connections, according to an Associated Press-Viacom poll.
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Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Since 1847!

Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Since 1847! | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
A recent New York Times article that called attention to some of the recent crowdsourcing projects currently underway at the Smithsonian also noted that crowdsourcing has long been a part of the Institution’s strategy.
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Citizen Journalists Could Outpace Government in Times of Crisis

The federal government has yet to master social networking websites and may find itself losing out to amateur reporters when disasters strike.
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Berkeley Students Crowdsource Clean Water

Berkeley Students Crowdsource Clean Water | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
"Will I get water today?" NextDrop found that in almost all cities in South Asia and at least a third of cities in the rest of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, families face this question every day.
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How Much Social Networking is Right for Government?

No doubt, we are in tight budget times, and the ROI from social media investments is difficult to quantify. While defining and refining your social networking strategy may be difficult for leading private sector businesses, the business opportunities and issues are no less complex or less important for governments.
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Where even cellphones aren't safe

Where even cellphones aren't safe | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
In authoritarian regimes, sending emails and using Facebook can be dangerous for activists. The U.S. State Department seeks to train them to protect themselves online.
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Collaborative tools to achieve green aims

With six schools communicating through videoconferences and Microsoft Live Meetings, a global initiative, called DeforestACTION, has come alive with students made aware of deforestation and raising funds to buy back land to establish an orang-utan sanctuary.
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Q&A: Jon Gosier on crowdsourcing and the ‘Silicon Valley of Africa’

Q&A: Jon Gosier on crowdsourcing and the ‘Silicon Valley of Africa’ | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
Jon Gosier is one of the most impressive figures from the African technology scene to make it internationally. He is a TedX senior fellow, and works as the Director of Product for SwiftRiver at Ushahidi, which is a “platform for making sense of streams of realtime data.” Gosier is also the founder of Appfrica, a business incubator for East African technologists. Gosier spoke to Memeburn about the future of crowdsourcing and why East Africa is such a thriving technology hub.
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Got iGeigie? Radiation Monitoring Meets Grassroots Mapping with RDTN.org | OnEarth Magazine

Got iGeigie? Radiation Monitoring Meets Grassroots Mapping with RDTN.org | OnEarth Magazine | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
Could average citizens equipped with mobile phones and geiger counters have stepped in where TEPCO fell down? Yes, say Marcelino Alvarez and David Ewald -- which is why they've started RDTN.org, an online platform for sharing and mapping real-time radiation data.
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Guillaume Besset's comment, November 5, 2011 4:41 AM
Superb app !
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State Department creating employee-only 'Corridor' internal social networking site

The State Department's eDiplomacy office is testing its new Corridor social network for department employees, according to several online reports.
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SatelliteTechnology Helps Human Rights Monitors

Satellite technologists watched the events of Sri Lanka civil war unfold from above.
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Appirio Turns Cloud Development Wheels With CloudSpokes

Cloud developers have flocked to cloud solution provider Appirio's CloudSpokes cloud-focused crowdsourcing community for application development, and the community continues to grow and evolve.
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Leveraging social media in location-enabled Gov 2.0

Leveraging social media in location-enabled Gov 2.0 | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
All levels of governments now are increasingly using GIS to engage the public, deliver transparency, simplify information, and enhance policymaking. Combined with the powers of social media, it has now made governments more agile and responsive than ever before.
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How to Do Intelligent Crowdsourcing

How to Do Intelligent Crowdsourcing | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
Crowdsourcing is popular but it causes problems – too many ideas, not enough solutions being one of them.
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How Openness Is Changing the World

There was once a time when companies didn't much care about what consumers had to say. It was the same relationship between governments and citizens for that matter. Ever since the Internet arrived, however, that separation has been slowly but surely chipped away. Today, we live in a world in which new doors are opening every day and ordinary people are being involved in everything from product design and refinement to running the very governments that rule the land.
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NIST Crowdsources Historical Artifact Identification

NIST Crowdsources Historical Artifact Identification | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
The standards agency has posted photos of scientific instruments developed over its 110-year history to its digital archive and is asking for help identifying and placing them in historical context.
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'Crowdsourced translations' thesis scoops Cipherion Translations, DCU prize

A dissertation on crowdsourced translations, one of the hottest topics in the translation and localisation industry, scooped the Cipherion Best Thesis Award at DCU today.
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The 'Crowdsource Rebuild Christchurch' project

The 'Crowdsource Rebuild Christchurch' project | Collaborating and Crowdsourcing | Scoop.it
Over the next few weeks 3news.co.nz will be publishing a series of feature stories looking at the past, present and future of Christchurch’s unique CBD. Still out of bounds to the general public and with many buildings having to be demolished it is likely that the new centre may look radically different. But what do the people of Christchurch think their city centre should look like?
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