YourGov is a free 311 iPhone app from Cartegraph that helps citizens easily forward their observations and concerns to local governments. YourGOV users can submit issues â€” such as such as potholes, fallen trees, vandalism, and street light outages â€” complete with location, unique details, and photos. Once submitted, YourGOV will automatically deliver requests to the appropriate participating government agency.
GovFreshTV talked with NASA Nebula CIO Chris C. Kemp about Nebula’s role in cloud computing.
Last year, San Francisco opened up its data stream to the general public, encouraging developers to integrate the data into applications, sites, and bits of information the public could use. Since then, thereâ€™s been more than a dozen applications to utilize the data and turn it in to apps that make residentsâ€™ lives easier in a number of ways ~ from finding the best public transit options, to figuring out how to dispose of that old camera. Youâ€™ll find all this info and much more within these apps.
Government 2.0 author Bill Eggers sat down with GovFreshTV to talk about his new book, If We Can Put a Man on the Moon … Getting Big Things Done in Government.
When I saw this article by Air Force General Craig McKinley (@ChiefNGB) about why he tweets, it got me thinking about military transparency. They are, after all, a huge part of the government â€” I should know, I grew up military, with a dad whoâ€™s still serving.
While I was visiting my parents over Thanksgiving, he was excited to show me a new recruiting video featuring some of his people, in a real-life scenario where they stop a piece of debris from colliding with a satellite. My dad doesnâ€™t tweet, but the fact that he was excited about a video showing the real inner-workings of what we monitor in outer space suggested to me something beyond pride in his team. It dovetails with one of the reasons General McKinley gave for his tweeting habit.
I work in online marketing and social media for my â€œday job,â€ and we are endlessly consumed with how to measure returns on investment (ROI) in the Web 2.0 space.
There are similar issues with measuring Gov 2.0 ROI. You can involve yourself in all sorts of efforts — publicizing data, engaging in social media, utilizing email campaigns, encouraging questions, fostering transparancy. And all these things are great, but (just like with our marketing clients) someone’s got to answer for the bottom line. With governments tightening their belts and funding being cut, showing that investment in government transparency pays off is crucial.
As the newest member of the GovFresh team, I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. I’m going to be working on all things related to GovFreshTV including shooting, producing, hosting, and generally running around related conferences/workshops/barcamps/etc like a madwoman, with a Flip video camera dangling off my wrist (or in front of my face)!