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The FCC and First Year of Open Government

December 7, 2010 by Steven VanRoekel, Managing Director
In the modern federal landscape, the FCC finds itself increasingly at the intersection of technology, law, and citizen participation. It's a challenging place to be—these arenas change quickly, and move in ways that advancements in one ripple out and can change the others. But the opportunity
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Spectrum Dashboard Gets An Upgrade

November 18, 2010 by James Brown
On Wednesday, November 17, the first in a series of enhancements to the Spectrum Dashboard were released. Along with this release, we are excited to announce that the Dashboard is no longer in beta.The response we've received about the Dashboard has been remarkably positive and in the eight
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Wrapping up Open Developer Day

November 12, 2010 by Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer
On Monday, November 11, the FCC successfully held (we think) a first-of-its-kind event in the U.S. federal government! FCC Open Developer Day attracted about 100 web developers and other technology professionals to our headquarters building in Washington. We spent a day learning about open
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Open Developer Day's First Chapter

November 9, 2010 by Steven VanRoekel, Managing Director
In a packed Commission Meeting Room on Monday, a coalition of tech developers and accessibility advocates made FCC history.By organizing and hosting the FCC's first Open Developer Day – one of the first of its kind in the federal government, and the first hosted at a federal HQ – the
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Gearing Up for Open Developer Day

November 4, 2010 by Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer
Ed. Note: Visit the Open Developer Day wiki for more info.This coming Monday the commission will play host to a one-of-a-kind event in federal government. We’re calling on coders, programmers and developers of all stripes to join us at FCC headquarters for our first ever Open Developer Day.
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Announcing Open Developer Day at the FCC

October 28, 2010 by Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer
On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission will sponsor an "Open Developer Day" event at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC to promote collaboration between web developers in the public and private sectors.The goal of Open Developer Day is to further innovation in
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Big Data

October 28, 2010 by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
The emerging discussion around "Big Data" is capturing imaginations quickly, and with good reason. The arenas that compose Big Data -- transaction records (e.g. banks, telephone service providers), social networks, and geospatial data all fall into this field.Thanks to a combination of the
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Open (FCC.gov) Redesign

October 28, 2010 by Steven VanRoekel, Managing Director, Federal Communications Commission
Take an early look at some of the initial wireframe concepts for the redesign and let us know what you think.These wire frames are just the first stage in the design process that show us how and where our information will be laid out. Rather than waiting for the release of the 1.0 version of
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Clearing things up with a Cloud

October 25, 2010 by Irene Wu
Imagine you were a reporter and wanted to compare budgets for each of the 50 states.  Or, you wanted to compare the official schedules of governors in 20 states?  Dan Oblinger, Program Manager at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration) suggests that if there were a
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Moving FCC.gov into the cloud

October 20, 2010 by Steven VanRoekel, Managing Director, Federal Communications Commission
To create lasting change in the dot gov atmosphere, its incumbent on us to build better websites on top of better architectures. But too often, government agencies have struggled to keep pace with technological change at a fundamental level. Cloud computing environments haven't been within
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