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  • Blog Post: A few thoughts on making open government data more valuable…

    I recently shot a video that captured some of my thoughts on the state of “open government,” specifically open government data. I’ll summarize in a post sooner or later – but in the meantime, you can see the video up on FutureFed ( www.futurefed.com ) or directly on the FutureFed...
  • Blog Post: I need an app for that….

    If you happen to read my bio, you’ll see that I’m a Public Sector guy… I’m all about building solutions for government agencies, schools, NGOs – you name it. Being in the thick of it, I see TREMENDOUS opportunity for developers in the Public Sector space – especially...
  • Blog Post: Gov 2.0 = Open Source? Not really, IMO...

    Been a while since I've been able to post... thanks to a glut of internal planning and meetings... my head may be getting above water now, I hope. I had the chance to respond to a post up on GovLoop ( http://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/gov-20-is-open-source ) - and wanted to cross post here... I know...
  • Blog Post: Government Data and the "Mom Test" - GCN article featuring yours truly

    I spoke on a panel at the Open Government Innovations Conference last week - great event with some really insightful speakers. I particularly enjoyed Dave McClure's lunchtime keynote and Chris Kemp's discussion on open source in open government. All very down to earth, practical discussions... it was...
  • Blog Post: Open Government: Publishing Data isn't enough

    I had the chance to interact with Teresa Carlson, VP of Microsoft Federal Sales, on the FutureFed Blog regarding my previous post "Open government starts with open data... but.." You can find the discussion here: http://blogs.msdn.com/uspublicsector/archive/2010/05/04/open-government-publishing-data...
  • Blog Post: Students see the forest through the tweets - the US Imagine Cup Finals

    I’ve openly lamented about the challenges that the U.S. faces with the decline in technical student enrollment and what I have perceived as a lack of enthusiasm for technical jobs among American students. To be competitive into the future, we need graduates with strong technical skills and a tremendous...
  • Blog Post: US Imagine Cup: People's Choice - voting ends April 24 at midnight PST. Vote for your favorite Student application now!

    For those who haven't heard of Imagine Cup - it's a Worldwide software development competition for students. We're holding the US Finals in Washington DC this weekend - where the best of the best (the final 10) will be judged to determine the US winner. Good luck to everyone! There's also a "People...
  • Blog Post: The hazards of presenting to a networked audience

    I’m noticing this more and more lately. Not sure how I really feel about it :) -Dan
  • Blog Post: Ooooh-Pen Data!

    And when we say Yeeow! Ayipioeeay! We're only sayin' You're doin' fine, Open Data! Open Data O.K. (With sincere apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein – and probably everyone who chances to read this blog… ) Some great announcements out of Mix today – from the press release at: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Write an Azure app to win a NetBook!

    Well... at least be entered into a contest to win one of three Dell Minis. I really like it when I find interesting projects like this: a contest for Azure apps that is being done by an independent organization, not affiliated with Microsoft. Just a great developer community engaging their developers...
  • Blog Post: Slides from my FedScoop presentation last week

    I've been a little remiss in making my slides available from last Tuesday's Fedscoop "Roadmap to the Clouds" event. I'm attaching them to this post. I'd like to thank everyone who attended... it was a pleasure meeting so many folks, and I really enjoyed presenting Azure... writing code in front of...
  • Blog Post: Making OpenGov useful… and wicked cool

    I’ve been railing on the concept that the focus on Open Government needs to shift to effective use of open government data – and creating user experiences that make people WANT to use such applications and WANT to participate and collaborate more. Came across this great example today… http://vanguide...
  • Blog Post: Open311 with .NET and Visual Studio

    Many of you (well, some of you) may have listened in to the call (or read about) regarding San Francisco’s Open311 API – if you missed it, you can find more details at these sites: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/03/03/open-311 http://wiki.open311.org/San_Francisco http://www.youtube...
  • Blog Post: Thinking about the Cloud and Government? Don't miss Fedscoop's "Roadmap to the Clouds" - March 9, in D.C. - and I can get you in for free

    On March 9th, Fedscoop is holding a TREMENDOUS event: "Roadmap to the Clouds" Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC Time: 8am-5:30pm (including reception after the sessions) More info: http://fedscoopevents.com/index.php Powerful agenda with a lot of diversity - If you are exploring...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s REAL choice for Governments…

    I'm fresh from the US Public Sector CIO Summit - it was an amazing week and I had some truly enlightening conversations and experiences. Everyone I spoke with had very positive perceptions and feedback on Microsoft’s strategy - but I happened to come across Matt Asay's blog comments, " Software industry...
  • Blog Post: Open Government and the Cloud... a Perfect Storm

    It’s been just over two months since the release of the Open Government Directive (hereby referred to as “The Directive”), and the state of awareness continues to grow steadily, especially among those of us in the technology community. This isn’t unexpected; we’re the innovators and early adopters on...
  • Blog Post: Open Gov… Dallas and Bing – done.

    Well, that was easy. So easy that I spent the rest of the evening playing around with the UI of my App just for fun (yes, I consider that fun). First, Dallas … I thought it would be a little challenging… after all, the idea of engaging services from a Data Marketplace itself just seems complex...
  • Blog Post: Vote for the BEST Windows Azure Application for State & Local Gov Partners

    Let your voice be heard and spread the word!  The submissions are in and public voting is now open for the Windows Azure Application Development Contest targeted towards State and Local Government agencies.  Click here to vote for the best application! Voting is open until Feb 19 th at 5pm...
  • Blog Post: Open Government starts with Open Data... (but...)

    But it doesn't end there. Aggregating and exposing information is the initial hurdle to compliance with the Open Government Directive ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/open ), and is the basic prerequisite for everything else. But the Open Government Directive isn't just an exercise in publishing data ...
  • Blog Post: Try Windows Azure for free!

    Well... it's not really news, these offers have been around since PDC... what's new is that we actually broadcast the availability of these programs. Check out the Windows Azure Team Blog for more info: http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsazure/archive/2010/01/27/try-windows-azure-at-no-charge.aspx Of course...
  • Blog Post: US Public Sector Developer Web Site - Launched!

    I'm extremely pleased to announce the launch of the US Public Sector Government Developer website ! In my opinion, the timing couldn't be better as the need for information couldn't be greater. The focus on solution development in the Government sector is huge - particularly for applications that help...
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