Notes from the Digital Governance Forum (#DGF15)

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Hey folks, so I got back from my 10-day Vipassana Meditation Retreat last week and must say i feel fully re-charged, super-positive and healthier than ever. Overall it was an absolutely life-changing experience. For any of you interested in finding out more about what it was like, I’d be more than happy to chat about it offline.

In the meantime, I wanted to share my rough notes with you from the Digital Governance Forum, which I attended this past week here in Ottawa. Continue reading “Notes from the Digital Governance Forum (#DGF15)”

“Social Media At Work” Video for Canadian Public Servants

Any time I see a government effort in using video these days I like to applaud it. Providing information in an appealing visual format that is designed with the web in mind first , will soon be standard practice (that’s my hope anyway). Remember, it’s not about getting the most views on YouTube, but rather understanding that YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine. Any time you post up a video you place a powerful digital footprint on the web for others to find. This is especially true if you tag and title the video strategically based on search patterns. The embedded video below was created and released by Transport Canada. It was adapted, with permission, from an original version developed by the Department of Justice (Victoria, Australia). The video explains in a simple , visual manner the key points (relevant to all public servants) of the Guideline on External Use of Web 2.0 , which was released by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in late 2011.  It should be watched by every public servant and in my own personal opinion added as a supplemental video to the Treasury Board website (on the guideline page) for added visibility. Enjoy.

The French version can be found here.

Canadian Government & the Mobile Space in 2012

Back in early 2011, I created a collaborative Google Spreadsheet (available at www.mobilegovernment.ca) to compile a list of Canadian government organizations (federal, provincial , municipal +crown/agency) that have created  mobile websites and/or mobile apps. As a supplement to that spreadsheet I also created a visual presentation with screenshots of each entry, which I try to update every 12 months and have embedded below. Continue reading “Canadian Government & the Mobile Space in 2012”