Open Government Innovations Gallery

Posted on December 30, 2010. Filed under: government programs, information technology, innovation | Tags: |

Have you heard about the Open Government Innovations Gallery?  It was established to “celebrate the innovators and innovations who are championing the President’s vision of more effective and open government.”  It features projects of federal agencies and others that epitomize the open government initiative call for increased transparency, participation, and collaboration.

Why mention it on the Techinfo-notes blog?  Because browsing any or all of the project descriptions provides the opportunity for a serendipitous “ah-ha” moment – and those are important for innovation 🙂  And because  some of those projects are directly related to business and science and technology. 

Here are a few examples:

Business.gov – a “government-sponsored online community for small business” – includes discussion forums, blogs, idea exchange tool, and a website design intended to make navigation and information retreival easy.

Data.gov – a platform that provides access to federal agency datasets, with a searchable “data catalog”.  Creative members of the public are free to develop web applications to help others access, sort, visualize, and understand this publicly available data.  The site provides examples via its apps showcase.

IdeaFactory and IdeaLab – two terrific versions of internal agency efforts to foster innovation and peer-to-peer communication within widespread employee populations.  We can’t access the actual too0ls because they’re on agency intranets, but I LOVE the concept and wish that private sector employers would explore similar options!

Go ahead, explore these and other projects highlighted at the Innovations Gallery.  Enjoy! –nks

NKS Info Services  – Your research and writing partner

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