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Gov 2.0 week in review

Open Government, transparency, Earth Day and WhiteHouse.gov 3.0

Taking a page straight from Mark Coddington’s excellent week in review at the Nieman Journalism Lab, my inaugural Radar post looks at government 2.0 news from the past week. If you have news and tips about the government 2.0 space, please let me know at alex@oreilly.com or @digiphile on Twitter.

WhiteHouse.gov 3.0

Gov 2.0 Expo 2010The White House called for a CEO Advisory Board, reported Information Week. The new “Management Advisory Board” will act as a complement to the President’s Management Council, according to a post by Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, on the agency’s blog. The news that President Obama had issued an executive order creating an official advisory council on science and technology didn’t go unremarked by techPresident’s Nancy Scola, who wondered if the new PCAST was the same as the old PCAST.

In other tech news from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dark Reading reported that the White House revamped its approach to FISMA compliance to better address the cybersecurity threats of the 21st century. Federal CIO blogged about “faster, smarter cybersecurity” at WhiteHouse.gov.

When you look back at the history of Whitehouse.gov, it’s easy to see the site has come a long way since it launched in 2004. Now in “version 3.0,” the White House has released open source Drupal modules used in WhiteHouse.gov. The modules included Node Embed,” which will allow government .gov websites using Drupal to meet the accessibility standard, Section 508, by ensuring all rich media and images to have the metadata required to make them readable on by screen reading software.

More steps toward transparency?

Google said it would provide greater transparency around government requests for censorship of online media. Google launched a new site for government censorship requests, re-emphasizing its commitment to the Global Network Initiative.

Sunlight Labs launched its national data catalog, which Clay Johnson wrote will be “a great resource for government data. Most importantly, the system has its own built in documentation system powered by our community.”

Open Data, Open Source, Open Government?

The World Bank opened up their data, including over 2000 indicators and a public API. The bank launched Data.worldbank.org as an information browser for the data sets. Expect more useful infographics to appear. World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick describes the Bank’s new open data initiative in the video below:

World Bank’s Open Data Initiative from World Bank on Vimeo.

Up north, David Eaves guestimated that open data saved Canada a cool $3.2 billion. And over in Europe, the Danish government asked for advice on open government and open data atData.norge.no.

Heather West wrote that flagship initiatives shine in open government plans.

State governments are also contributing to open source: The NYSenate.gov codebase contributed to Drupal. Adriel Hampton reported more on the story from DrupalCon on open source and open government for Gov2.0 Radio.

Celebrating Earth Day

The nation celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 20th. Along with recognizing the history of the event that helped to precipitate its creation, the EPA asked people to pick five actions to celebrate Earth Day at EPA.gov and chose a winner for it “My Environment” video project (below).

Federal clouds

The General Services Administration is preparing plans to acquire cloud computing infrastructure services. NASA’s cloud computing guru, Nebula CIO Chris Kemp, now has a new role: he was named CTO for IT.

Archiving tweets in the Library of Congress

Following the announcement that the Library of Congress had acquired the entire Twitter archive, the chief archivist of the U.S., David Ferriero, explained what we might all learn from mundane details.

Now that it has all of those tweets, should the Library of the Congress have an app contest? Steve Lunceford also had a few more important questions about Twitter and government.

Gov 2.0 bits and bytes

In other news from around the government 2.0 world:

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  • Vaughn Hagerty

    Just thought I’d share an example of what sort of services can be developed when LOCAL governments do share data. I’m a Web developer at a paper in li’l ole Wilmington, North Carolina. Our governments, though, are quite enlightened when it comes to providing some data, including online crime reports, property sales and more. As a result, we we’ve been able to put together an hybrid news and information product that we thing is fairly unique for a community of our size (appx. 100K). It’s still in development, but check it out and let us know what you think:

    http://mybackyard.starnewsonline.com

  • http://dnanews.org/dna-science-news-meat-grown-in-a-laboratory-may-come-to-your-store-shelves/ DNA Science News

    We can only hope that all of the scientific advances in DNA studies that have advanced so rapidly in the past twenty years are also being archived for all future use. We are always interested in the latest DNA news.

  • http://www.googleaffiliate-x.com Ray Johnson

    Whats the use of celebrating earth day?

    Ray

  • http://www.forestandwaterside.info Steve Camping in the New Forest

    Does not recent events affecting our planet emphasis the importants of Earth Day.

    As far as governments claiming to be transparant makes me fall off the seat with laughter. Here in the UK, successive governments have been found to have “skeletons in the cupboard”. Also decission made on different proposals like that of the UK New Forest have shown just how far away from reality these people really are.

  • http://www.bankozarks.com S. Rogers

    I know, I’m late to this blog post. But I had to comment on the idea of Google becoming more transparent with government documents. Has anyone experienced proof that this is the case? It seems that during the last year, especially as WikiLeaks became more notorious, government document security has become even more important.

  • http://www.kinderkledingmode.com Marloes

    This is great!

  • http://homemakerfurniturestore.com Katlyn

    What exactly needs to be hidden in a government document? methods of control? hypocrisy? misspent money? Are we confusing government with military…