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  • June 17, 2008, Improved Access to EPA and Interagency Information: Before and After with Web 2.0 – Part 7
  • June 12-13, 2008, 4th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition.
  • June 1-3, 2008, Government Leadership Summit. Change Leadership 2.0: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies in Government.
  • May 18-23, 2008, Before and After Web 2.0 There Was Really Web 3.0 (the Semantic Web): Report from the 2008 Semantic Technology Conference.
  • May 12-14, 2008, Web Services Security and SOA Conference.
  • May 11, 2008, A Time for Transformations in Role Reversal: Before and After Web 2.0, by Brand Niemann, Web 2.0 Community Leader.
  • April 18, 2008, Proven Practices: Methods and activities that are "tried and true" including, but not limited to "best practice." Source: OMB Circular A-16, Appendix D. Informative Definitions. Geospatial Line of Business Web 2.0 Wiki.
  • April 6, 2008, Enterprise Mashup: A Practical Guide to Federal Service Oriented Architecture for the 5th SOA for E-Government Conference, April 30-May 1, 2008
  • April 4, 2008, AFFIRM Web 2.0: The Myths, The Realities, The Opportunities, Members & Government Only Reception, April 3, 2008.
  • April 3, 2008, IBM 'DoD Use of SOA' Workshop, January 9, 2008.
  • April 2, 2008, 2008 OMG Government Information Days, March 10-11 and DoD Architecture Activities.
  • April 1, 2008, Federal Depository Library Conference Presentation on Web 2.0: Before and After. Setting up a new Wiki: EPA Data Architecture Pilot (Tutorial).
  • March 26, 2008, Enterprise Data Architecture and Implementation: Federated, Faceted, Semantic Search of Both EPA Metadata and Data with Governance. Slides. (Collaboration with EPA Contractors and Vendors) Updated with CentrifugeSystems to show connection of data architecture with Exploratory Data Analysis (Statistics), Business Intelligence, and GIS (April 5, 2008).
  • March 23, 2008Role Reversal: Before and After Web 2.0, by Brand Niemann, Web 2.0 Community Leader.
  • March 18, 2008, A Web 2.0 and SOA Pilot by Brand Niemann, Senior Enterprise Architect, US EPA, for the 6th Annual DoD Architectures Conference, March 17-19, 2008, Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner, Vienna, VA.
  • March 8, 2008, A Joint Conference of the Open Group, Federal Semantic Interoperability Community of
  • Practice (SICoP), and Federal Metadata Management Consortium (April 27, 2006). Still very relevant to the business case for IPV6 today!
  • March 4, 2008, NIH Wiki Fair (February 28, 2007) with Video and Podcast (see timing).
  • January 31, 2008, Examples of Web 2.0: Locate, Collaborate, and Integrate.
  • January 26, 2008, Some of the key advantages of the new wik Wiki I have learned so far:
    • 1. It supports the way people work and requires much less training because it is like word processing in Word instead of learning and using a proprietary markup language in a foreign environment.
    • 2. The pages are easier to read and navigate because they are shorter and linked as a hierarchy. See January 22nd versus January 29th.
    • 3. The entire Wiki is easier to use and navigate because of hierarchical structure (e.g. Site Map) rather than just a list of pages with no apparent relationships (e.g. Page Index)
    • 4. The file attachments to a page are visible at the bottom of the page versus not apparent. Again see the examples for item 2.
    • 5. The content is exportable in standard XML format that supports interoperability rather than proprietary Wiki format that creates interoperability problems.
    • 6. The linking to other Wiki pages, Web pages, file attachments, and multi-media formats is done with a point and click interface rather than with complicated cut-and-paste. The same is true for uploading attachments.
    • 7. There are many extensibility features that support mashups, web services, and SOA that are not supported in most Wikis.
    • 8. My biggest concern is in the Records Management context and is that Wiki's that use so-called "purple numbers" are not only confusing to users, but make the strong records management support features of Wikis for versioning, problematic to records managers. Members of the EPA Web Work Group like John Shirley and prominent Wiki Advocates like Chris Rasmussen (Intellipedia) were among the first to express these concerns.
  • January 22-23, 2008: The SOA CoP helped the Federal Chief Architects Forum create a "Best Practice" (that attendees can walk away with and use immediately in their organization) for SOA, Collaboration Technologies and the Web 2.0, and DoDAF 2.0 by using our new Wikis as follows:
    • 1. Preparation for the meeting (post agenda and presentations from email to the Wiki page and print the agenda from the WYSIWYG Wiki page).
    • 2. Use during the meeting (screen display and notes to be posted soon).
    • 3. Followup after with a meeting on Wednesday afternoon with the DoD CIOs Office on the Federation of DoD Architectures (being done in the Knoodl Semantic Wiki) and the SOA CoP Demo 5 and 5th SOA for E-Government Conference using the Community Infrastructure Sandbox for 2008.
      • This also supports the  National Academy of Public Administration work on helping federal chief information officers collaborate on new information technology - see GCN Blog - for their upcoming session on January 31st.
      • The AIC/CAF is working on the "Practical Guide to Federal SOA" (architectural guidance for SOA) and the SOA CoP is producing implementations with SOA that the AIC/CAF and the whole world can use (e.g. its Federal SOA Jump Start Kit is freely available for download and a number of its open source, reusable components have been registered at for reuse by all). This was made clear from the outset when the SOA CoP was announced at the CAF meeting on January 26, 2006.
  • January 23, 2008, SICOP's needs for collaboration support (Brand Niemann to Mills Davis):
    • 1. Email and PowerPoints -  see Chris Rasmussen's new collaboration architecture for the IC 
    • 2. December 14th email on TWINE: I viewed the 10 and 60 minutes videos and made notes and a list of ideas for discussion. Bottom Line: I think Nova Spivak has made amazing progress, but I also see some different requirements for NCIOC and government data and information than I see him addressing yet. I am not sure that one has to do all of the data mining that I saw him do to get the esential relationships we need for NCOIC and government data and information. I see it as more extracting and specifying those relationships from data and information from more refined, value-added sources created by subject matter experts than are generally on the Web (Word, PDF, Excel, and PowerPoint) in Web formats.
    • 3. Concepts in recent paper on Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
      • The Annual Statistical Abstract is an excellent example of what the government needs in collaboration tools to aggregate this document from over 200 programs in over 70 agencies each year (text and tables) and publish live with RDF/OWL and reason over it. Lee Feigenbaum, Cambridge Semantics, and lead for the W3C SPARQL, is meeting with the Census Bureau folks tommorrow to better understand their needs and will report to us and at SemTech 2008 in our joint presentation on Getting to Semantics with Government Spreadsheets.
  • January 16, 2008, Semantic Web takes big step forward, ComputerWorld.
  • July 17, 2006, - July 16, 2007, Best Practices Committee.
  • 2006, Knowledge Management Working Group .


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