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Social Media Governance in Federal Agencies

In 2011 organizations are increasingly moving from prohibiting social media tools or merely experimenting with them to incorporating them into key work processes. And government is certainly no exception – in fact, many agencies have created presences on commercial services like Facebook and Twitter and have begun to put together “command centers” with comprehensive listings of all their social activities.

But as these tools are used to conduct government business, the information created through them has to be managed just as any other type of information created through more traditional means. This means that agencies have to incorporate social media into their existing governance structures where they exist and to the extent they are applicable.

At the same time, social technologies present some unique challenges including co-creation, fragmentation, aggregation, and geolocation. These make it much more difficult to simply extrapolate and apply existing information management practices to social content.

In my workshop on social media governance, taking place at FOSE on Wednesday, July 20th at 1:30pm, I will begin by outlining the elements of an effective governance framework including roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, technology, and change management.

Next, I will describe some specific policy statements to include in a comprehensive social media policy. I will draw heavily from a number of existing Federal and other agencies’ social media policies.

Finally, I will describe specific steps agencies can take today to capture and manage social content as part of an effective records management program. As part of that discussion I will review existing guidance from NARA as well as resources from ACT-IAC, the CIO Council, ARMA, AIIM, and the IBM Center for the Business of Government. I will also discuss ways to address the unique challenges identified above.

Post Your Messages of Gratitude to Our Troops!

Have you ever wanted to express your appreciation to our men and women of the U.S. Armed Services to just say “Thanks” for serving our country? Now you can – just by posting them right here on the FOSE Insights Blog!

Through our partnership with Operation Gratitude, we’re collecting your messages of gratitude for our troops, which will be included with care packages sent to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way. To participate and express your gratitude, simply post your message in the comments below. Your messages will be included with care packages put together and shipped by the good people at Operation Gratitude, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support!

Operation Gratitude seeks to put a smile on a service member’s face & express our nation’s appreciation by sending care packages and letters personally addressed to U.S. Military deployed in harm’s way, their children left behind and Wounded Warriors recovering in transition units. Help support their mission and show your appreciation for our troops by posting your Message of Gratitude below today!

Support Our Troops: Retweet & Recycle Your Phones at FOSE

Great news – FOSE is partnering with Operation Gratitude on a phone recycling initiative to support our overseas troops!

Operation Gratitude seeks to put a smile on a service member’s face & express our nation’s appreciation by sending care packages and letters personally addressed to U.S. Military deployed in harm’s way, their children left behind and Wounded Warriors recovering in transition units.

Simply bring your old cell phones and smartphones to FOSE, July 19-21, and drop them off at the 1105 Media booth on the Expo floor – booth #521. All phones collected will be recycled to benefit Operation Gratitude and help them send care packages toU.S.troops.

Plus, 1105 Media, Inc. will donate one care package for every 30 retweets of the following between now and Tuesday, July 19th:

Pls RT: #Recycle old #cellphones at @FOSE & help @OpGratitude – 30 RTs=1 care pkg donated to #troops!

So, gather your old phones and collect them from friends and co-workers to bring to FOSE – and don’t forget to retweet the message above to help FOSE and Operation Gratitude send care packages to our brave military men and women serving our country in harm’s way!

See a Summer Movie on FOSE – Retweet to Win!

Ah, the lazy days of summer. We know you work hard all year, and the summertime is the perfect time to sit back and relax, even for for just a little while. There’s nothing like taking some time out to enjoy a summer movie, so we’re giving away gift cards to catch a flick at your local theater!

All you have to do is retweet the following for a chance to win:

RT to win: #FOSE is just 3 wks away – are you going? Register & get a 20% conf discount:

We’ll choose 2 people at random from everyone who retweets the message above to each receive a $15 Fandango gift card. Just make sure to retweet by Friday, July 8th at 12:00pm (noon) ET!

Good luck!

You vs. Watson?

Think you can stump Watson? Give it a try! Stop by the IBM booth on the FOSE Show Floor for your chance to out-wit Watson!

Did you see Watson compete on Jeopardy!?

In February 2011, the IBM Challenge on Jeopardy! pitted the two greatest champions in the show’s history against a computing system that rivaled their ability to deliver a single, precise answer to a Jeopardy! clue.

In case you missed it, we’ve got everything you need to know about the ground-breaking technology behind Watson and its potential for the future of goverment IT!

Join Dr. David F. McQueeney, Vice President of Software at IBM Research as he presents:

Beyond Jeopardy!: The Implications of IBM’s Watson
Wednesday, July 20
9:00 AM | Washington Convention Center

Learn more about this FREE keynote presentation!

Get your free pass now to experience Watson!

Exhibitors Prepare for FOSE

Exhibitors Prepare for FOSE


The count-down is on! FOSE 2011 opens in less than 5 weeks…so to all the companies preparing to exhibit, we have one question for you:


Is your exhibit ready?


For anyone who may be new to exhibiting, that really isn’t just one question because so much goes into preparing to exhibit at a show, it’s really a series of questions. As the seasoned pro know, you can’t just show up to your booth, a lot of work goes into preparing for the opening of a show.


Calling All FOSE 2011 Exhibitors

So, on that note, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind all FOSE 2011 exhibitors that discount order deadlines are fast approaching for the following booth services:

  • Hi-Tech Electrical Discount Deadline = June 28
  • Freeman Advance Order Discount Deadline = July 1


You can find all discount deadlines and order information in the FOSE 2011 Exhibitor Resource Center. And, stay on top of all upcoming deadlines and important dates with the FOSE Cheat Sheet.


We look forward to seeing you next month at FOSE!


Questions about your booth? Contact Stephen McCollum at or 703.876.5058.


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Geospatial 101

Is your agency using GIS technology and data as decision support tools? Should you be? Do you even know what GIS technology is?

Well, you’re in luck: Michael DeMers, Professor of Geography at New Mexico State Universiry and Author of GIS for Dummies is moderating this can’t miss session:

GIS for DummiesGeospatial 101 – GIS as a Decision Support Tool

@ FOSE, Wednesday, July 20 | 2:00 PM

Washington Convention Center

Learn the right steps for designing and implementing a GIS system that really works and how to get buy-in for a GIS project from panelists Erik Johnson, NREMT-P, CPM, DC Fire & EMS Department; Jerry Johnston, PhD, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Tom Tricot, PhD, GISP, City of High Point, NC.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL…you could win 1 of 5 signed copies of GIS for Dummies by simply re-tweeting the message below:

‘@FOSE speaker & @GeoSpatial2011 keynote Michael Demers is giving away 5 signed copies of his GIS for Dummies book! Simply RT to enter!’

P.S. – You can also hear Michael DeMers as keynote presenter of the Geospatial Summit September 13-14 in Herndon, VA!

Join the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ Mobile Tour @ FOSE!

BlackBerry Playbook Truck

The BlackBerry Playbook Truck

Have you been following the launch of Blackberry®’s new multi-tasking, app-loving, web-rocking, ultra-portable tablet?

Well, if you’re like most folks, you probably want to know what it can do and how it stacks up to the competition. Look no further – the BlackBerry® Mobile Tour Truck will be at FOSE 2011 at the Washington Convention Center in DC July 19-21.

Hop on board the truck to experience everything this professional-grade tablet has to offer – from the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ Theater to demo stations and the BlackBerry® Bridge™ – it’s all on the truck at FOSE! Plus, stop by the BlackBerry® Power-Up Lounge to take a break, recharge yourself and your mobile device and find out how you could take home a brand new BlackBerry® PlayBook™!


How Does the PlayBook Stack Up?

The Playbook’s interface and its capability in terms of memory, screen size and available programs could definitely fill a niche in the government according to Greg Crowe, technology analyst for Government Computer News magazine. For the entire article on how the Playbook™ could outperform the iPad in the government, click here.

We’re psyched to see the Truck in action on the show floor. So be sure to register for the FREE FOSE expo for your chance to check it out—and did we mention you could win a PlayBook™?


Win One Today!

We’re giving away a #BlackBerry Playbook just for registering for FOSE! Find out how to enter: