USA.gov has put together the Government Gadget Gallery, a collection of gadgets (or widgets) from around the federal government, to embed into your blog, homepage, email and more.
The gallery went live in December with a small number of gadgets. The categories currently available are:
- Defense and International Gadgets
Thank the troops…
- Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Gadgets
Environmental tips, Earth Day countdown…
- Family, Home, and Community Gadgets
U.S. Postal Service Track and Confirm…
- Health Gadgets
Drug safety, drug recalls, drug search, medical products…
- Public Safety and Law Gadgets
FBI’s most wanted fugitives, FBI news, predators, missing persons, FBI history…
- Reference and General Government Gadgets
Breaking Government News, GovGab blog…
What gadgets would you like to see added to the gallery?
View the complete list here and check back often for updates.
CDC’s mobile site, m.cdc.gov, now includes updated content, including Winter Weather Safety and CDC Features, which covers a variety of health and safety topics to be updated weekly.
The US Government Printing Office (GPO) has opened the beta version of its new FDsys system for testing by the public. FDsys is short for Federal Digital System, the planned replacement for GPO Access. FDsys provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes.
- It will contain information gathered through three methods:
- Files submitted by Congress and Federal agencies;
- Information gathered from Federal agencies’ web sites (often referred to as “harvesting” information);
- Digital files created by scanning previously printed publications.
Some of the main functions of the system include:
- Publishing — The U.S. Congress and Federal agencies will be able to submit files and orders electronically to GPO for printing and publishing services, electronic distribution, and inclusion in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP);
- Searching for information — Government information will reach a wider audience by providing authentic; published Government information to the public through an internet based system;
- Preserving information — The preservation function of FDsys will ensure public access to government information even as technology changes;
- Version control — Multiple versions of published information are common; FDsys will provide version control for government information.
To use the public beta, go to http://fdsys.gpo.gov/.
On January 14th, Steve Raddick will be moderating a Government 2.0 panel discussion at the next Social Media Club of DC meeting. The panel participants include some of the DC-area’s top Government 2.0 insiders – Chris Dorobek, Steve Field and Mark Drapeau. They’ll discuss the overall government strategy and what the potential roadmap for 2009 looks like, how government agencies and contractors have collaborated so far, what works and what doesn’t, how to harness the collective intelligence of people to contribute to government, and what’s next in the relationship between social media and government. If you’re interested in attending, make sure you RSVP!
BlogPotomac 2009 will be held on the second Friday of June this year (June 12) at the State Theatre. Like last year, 2009’s line-up features seven sessions from some of the sharpest minds in the business including this year’s keynote Shel Holtz ace Political Blogger Shireen Mitchell on Government 2.0 and political blogging.