As August is approaching, I am getting nervous for the beginning of school. Summer projects, jobs, and internships are coming to a close. For La Flog, this means change. I envision more use of this space for discussion of research topics and questions from class, as well sharing La Follette and LSSA social events and activities. This upcoming year it will be necessary to get help reviewing, editing, commenting, and publishing posts here to extend La Flog’s reach and scope. With more people involved in finding material, the site’s interests will grow and change – so keep an eye here!
Since I am finding material for La Flog, here are a few items that caught my eye and are worth spending a few minutes looking at:
- Disability.gov and DHS.gov have both been redone recently to incorporate social media/Web 2.0/Gov 2.0 technologies. The designers obviously took a page from Obama’s campaign designs – a more open front page with Twitter, blog, Facebook applications and links. The Disability site is interesting because accessibility of social media websites for people with disabilities has, historically, been a major shortcoming. Here the federal government has tried to address those concerns directly and immediately – the feedback on this site will be interesting to follow. The DHS.gov site is interesting in that the newest large bureaucratic behemoth is using the ‘new’ technology before so many other agencies. Perhaps that is a good sign of innovation within the agency.
- Data.gov – the new one-stop-shop for social science data and concerned citizen participation. Google recently released a tool to allow non-programmers to analyze the datasets from Data.gov. Check it out.
- La Flog received its 1,000th visitor today!