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  • Last year, MIT professor Andrew McAfee published a landmark book on the business use and impact of social software platforms titled Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges. The book is a collection of McAfee's research since the spring of 2006 when he coined the phrase Enterprise 2.0. Shorthand for enterprise social software, Enterprise 2.0 is the strategic integration of Web 2.0 technologies into an organization's intranet, extranet, and business processes. Those technologies, including wikis, blogs, prediction markets, social networks, microblogging, and RSS, have in turn been adopted by government agencies, a phenomenon that falls under the mantle of Gov 2.0. As the use of such technology has grown, Congress is now considering the risks and rewards of Web 2.0 for federal agencies.
    (tags: gov2.0)
  • Neil Gaiman American Gods Gathering
    The House on the Rock has long been known to fans of popular fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. His 2001 novel, American Gods, depicts the World’s Largest Carousel at The House on the Rock as a portal into the mind of Odin, the “All-Father” and a central figure in the story. Over the years, Neil has had to repeatedly explain that The House on the Rock was not a figment of his imagination but really exists; in fact, he "had to tone down [his] description of it and leave things out of the book in order to make it believable." Since the book’s publication, countless fans have visited The House on the Rock to relive the scene.

    As announced in Neil's blog, The House on the Rock is planning a special celebration for fans of American Gods. On October 29th and 30th, join Neil Gaiman and other American Gods fans for literary panels, talks, presentations, a limited number of chances to ride the World's Largest Carousel…

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