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  • In January 2007, the Sunlight Foundation launched the Open House Project, a collaborative effort by government and legislative information experts, congressional staff, non-profit organizers and bloggers to study how the House of Representatives currently integrates the Internet into its operations, and to suggest attainable reforms to promote public access to its work and members. John Wonderlich, program director for the Sunlight Foundation, leads the project. The operating principle of its work is known as Paving the Cowpaths. Its recommendations include some very unobtrusive ways to open up the House, low-hanging fruit where the Internet and congressional procedures come together, though its report of recommendations also contains several more high-reaching aspirations. The potential of this project lies in the possibility of experts and citizens from all fields to come together and identify areas where Congress can open up and allows all of us to have more information and access.
  • Welcome to the Open House Project Google Group.

    We're a non-partisan group working to enhance public access to Congressional information.

    Also check out the Open House Project blog.

    (tags: opengov)
  • Conferences are expensive. Let’s face it, the economy is suffering and not everyone has the money these days to attend. Budgets are being scaled back and often conferences and events are the first thing to get the axe.

    However, conferences are extremely important for networking, learning new strategies, and having fun. What should you do if you or your company don’t have the budget to attend conferences? Here are a few tips to help you save money and still attend

  • With CEOs facing unprecedented challenges ahead as businesses struggle with the realities of dealing with the economic downturn, Gartner, Inc. has identified the seven greatest concerns for CEOs in 2009.

    "The tumultuous events of the past 12 months have shocked the world. CEOs are confronting reduced revenues and profits and need to restructure their businesses accordingly," said Mark Raskino, vice president and Gartner fellow. "As a consequence, CIOs should plan for extraordinary requests in 2009 for work and changes."

    "Today's CEO concerns provide an advanced look at what will become CIO priorities in six to 18 months," said Jorge Lopez, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "We've identified these conclusions based on more than a dozen sources of CEO insights, our own analysis of business and economic trends, and changes in the IT landscape."

  • I've titled this post with the clearest, most simple phrase imaginable. In fact, if you google the phrase future of intranets you'll see that it has been spoken about for ages.

    Why have corporate intranets held so much promise for so long? Since the web came to our desktops and workstations, most HTTP activity on corporate LANs and WANs has headed straight to or from the gateway.

    Many corporate applications have moved their UI to the browser, but there is still loads of potential for some clever knowledge integration in organisations of all sizes.

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