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Working Together: Governments, Businesses, Non-Profits...

Other OpenGov Ideas & Information Resources

Rather than post each of my "OpenGov" Ideas at 27 different websites, I have posted them at the GSA's website (since they are in the forefront of the OpenGov initiative). So, by this notice, the members of the OpenGov Team for your agency have been informed of those ideas. (At least, now, you can't say you were unaware of them.) http://opengsa.ideascale.com/a/pmd/29640-6960 ALSO -- Your OpenGov Team members, ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

BlackHighlighter: Make Private Dialogue w/.gov *Mostly* Public

I'm so happy to see this crowdsourcing of ideas carried out in such a public fashion! But the particular idea I want to share is for cases when talking to the government requires a more delicate balance between transparency and privacy. So I'll describe a tool that strikes that balance, which I happen to have already written for you and want to give to you right now. :) The tool is a completely free and open source ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools..

Applying Nash Equilibrium models to decision making

In an old StarTrek episode the robot Nomad sailed the universe seeking life, and upon finding it, implemented the fatal PrimeDirective. It is imperative that our organizational mission statements comply with a negative PrimeDirective, which may be stated: "It is our mission to improve the conditions for life, to grow in the ability to nurture life, and to explore all realms possibly related to life, universally seeking ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Put public documents online and citable to a paragraph level

WHAT Urge governments to publish granular permalinks for all documents on their websites. WHY * Enable citizens to reliably cite government websites on their personal blogs, on public sites like Wikipedia, or elsewhere. * Provide unique identifiers that enable aggregation of citations. * Make the civic discourse surrounding government websites more discoverable. HOW * An easy-to-deploy archival ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools..

chickens + lasers - a pandora-style high-tech urban farm 4 kids

http://downtownfarm.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/chickens-lasers-the-avatar-feeling/ downtownfarm combines three passions of mine into one operation and uses cutting edge military-grade light-scanning technology (popularized by Radiohead’s innovative “House of Cards” video—see below) to broadcast our activities to ipods, ipads, iphones, and facebooks around the globe: * enable children to make informed decisions by ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Develop an OpenOSTP Social Strategy

Disruptive Technologies: A Holistic, Pragmatic Approach New technologies are emerging at a faster pace than Agencies can swallow. The rate of obsolescence outpaces the rate of change. Despite the new technology flood, Agencies lack a strategy to on-board these disruptions. As a result, they often react, flounder, or simply ignore them. We can solve these problems in four major areas of practice: Leadership ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Software Accountability

One of the Strategic Goals and Objectives defined on the OSTP website is to "Energize and nurture the processes by which government programs in science and technology are resourced, evaluated, and coordinated." I have yet to see adequate evaluation of IT projects in the government. I suggest a more robust process for evaluating technology programs (particularly related to software development). Anyone with experience ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools..

Enhancing access to assistive technology software

America's excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) -related research, development and business is a major underpinning of our country's global competitive advantage. On November 23, 2009, the President announced his "Educate to Innovate" Campaign for Excellence in STEM Education. The goal of this broad-based public-private investment is to move American students to the top of the pack in science ...more »

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Collaboration on Fusion Propulsion

I would suggest a collaboration between NASA, DARPA, DOE, Laurence Livermore Labs, The Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and STAR Group regarding fusion propulsion utilizing C60 as a container for Deuterium and Tritium. This could possibly provide a 1G acceleration propulsion system with a high ISP. Rick Smalley and I discussed this prior to his Nobel Prize. The benefit of any system ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

inform

Good morning I write from Italy I would like to introduce you my invention pollution, this invention, I propose to governments, I would like you watch my blog, so 'you know what it is. Producing this system will create tens of thousands of jobs indefinitely, as it requires labor also not qualified. Then this system has a continuous cycle, having to replace filters. to continue to work well. The government will ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Transparency

I once wrote a paper to Congressman Volkmer's office which allowed a vote on space station when it's funding had been cancelled. It saved the Manned Space Program. I also got the Rules Committee to allow the vote. I was a favorite son for a few days. I would present the following observation. The world we live in today is not that world, America is not the same America, and Space is nolonger the same. We talk about the ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

"It's a Wonderful Life."

Part of transparency, is helping people realize what they are looking at. If it weren't for NASA and the Manned Space Programs Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab. If it weren't for the competition with the Soviets, the world we know today wouldn't exist. NASA Spin-offs that we take for granted exist everywhere in our lives. Many of us owe our lives and the lives of our loved ones to advances directly associated with ...more »

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Sustainability of human-natural systems (sustainable society)

The narrative of sustainability should be overarching guiding paradigm of all human activities. Sustainability narrative covers all issues: global climate change, biodiversity, ecological services needs, economic and human activities, etc. More importantly the narrative of sustainability means not only human needs, but needs of all other species. The time frame is not 30 or even 50 years, but it is indefinite. It cannot ...more »

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The role of NASA

Congress does not understand the REAL importance of NASA. All they can do is discuss how much they want man to go to Mars, national leadership in space, etc. But every space-oriented scientist knows that the REAL importance of NASA is the unmanned scientific missions they launch. Science and mankind have been IMMENSELY enriched by these, MUCH more so than any results from manned missions. Scientists understand that ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

What do you need from us?

I've been looking through the OSTP web site, and there is a fair amount of information there. However, I do not get any impression that you need anything from the people. Instead, it clearly states that OSTP is attempting to further the President's agenda. If there is a genuine desire for public participation, perhaps some of the site should be reworded to questions, as opposed to statements. As a citizen, I have no ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

High Value Data for Data.gov - Agency Public Web Sites/Apps

Building on several of the top-rated ideas on the OpenOSTP IdeaScale site(I wish your links worked!): http://openostp.ideascale.com/a/dtd/22713-7129 http://openostp.ideascale.com/a/dtd/24839-7129 http://openostp.ideascale.com/a/dtd/29420-7129 http://openostp.ideascale.com/a/dtd/27467-7129 Some of our greatest challenges simply have to do with how we communicate, and how we engage our citizens, and how difficult ...more »

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Space Solar Power Conference

The Office of Science and Technology policy should host a conference on space solar power which brings together NASA, the Department of Energy, The Department of Commerce, University researchers as well as corporations such as Solaren, PowerSat, Space energy, Space Island Group, Boeing etc. Also inviting the Japanese, European, Russians and Canadians who are who are working on Space Solar power. The conference would develop ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Better leverage open source software and open IT

The 1,600 members of Open Source for America are dedicated to supporting and guiding federal efforts to make the US government more open through the use of open source software. We have established recommendations for all agencies to consider in their Open Government Plans, with these recommendations especially highlighting the need to remove barriers to the successful leveraging of open source software and open IT more ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

"THE PROTEIN OF THE COCKROACHES " THE SOLUTION OF THE VACCINE

NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Mr.Dr Michael R Mowatt Building 6610 - 6610 Rockledge Dr, 2831 6610 Rockledge Dr Bethesda, MD "THE PROTEIN OF THE COCKROACHES " THE SOLUTION OF THE VACCINE. Enquiry VIH/Aids Vaccine+Cokroaches To International Community VIH/Aids Vaccine To all Members of the Coordinating Committee: M. K. Bhan (Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, India), S. Berkley (International ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Important Notes...

And Claude Bernard says: "A man who discovered the simplest fact served more to humanity than the greatest philosopher in the world." Einstein: "I do not believe in education. You yourself must be your only model, although this model is frightening. " The real big discoveries have been provided with simple means. Any discovery of the level of the essential structures is both positive and negative. But some day they ...more »

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Networks of Federally Funded Scholars/Experts

The U.S. funds a number of scholars and experts through NSF, NIH, and numerous agency scholarships, fellowships, labs, post-docs, and mores. OSTP should create collaboration networks between these experts and allow agencies opportunities to post problems they want these already U.S.-funded experts to solve. Additionally, we should make sure to offer these individuals opportunities to enter the federal workforce. As ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Prepare to Think Bigger

After agencies develop their open government plans, I recommend making the focus of open government more ambitious. Releasing some data sets and finding new ways to receive public comments is great, but so much more is possible. Transparency, participation, and collaboration bring new capabilities. New capabilities should open our minds to thinking bigger. Rather than just solving old problems in new ways, we ...more »

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RSS/Atom feeds from departments producing technology

Some government departments producing technology do not have RSS/Atom feeds to notify interested parties of new technology being available. It would be easier for everyone (including your department) to keep up to date on what new technology was available for use from government departments by being able to aggregate data in an RSS/Atom feed reader instead of having to enter queries on individual websites. Example: ...more »

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Open Expert Database/Social Network

Create (or tap into an existing) social network/database of experts in various fields. In order to fulfill the mission of OSTP (http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/about), OSTP needs immediate access to experts in scientific fields. While expert opinion can be accessed through many means, a social network/database that self-selected experts could register for could provide the OSTP with greater access to ...more »

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Add agency description/mission

These sites should include a brief description of what the agency does. I think I know quite a bit about the structure of US government, but I really don't know the scope of the Office of Science and Technology Policy's responsibilities, much less it's sphere of influence. Something short and simple, and a web link if more is needed, would be great.

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