Tag Archives: mobile

Mobile Gov guest blogger for “Mobile Products Thursday”

Closed - a photo of a pie with 20% missing20%: Someone to help improve mobile implementations by writing the “Mobile Product Thursday” weekly blog post for the Mobile Gov Blog. The blog consists of frequent, quick posts on what government is doing in mobile, general mobile news, trends in mobile use, and issues on implementing mobile for the public. Continue reading

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MobileGov guest blogger for “Mobile Products Thursday” weekly feature

20% of a pie.20%: Someone to help improve mobile implementations by writing the “Mobile Products Thursday,” a weekly feature on DigitalGov.gov. Continue reading

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Help explain structured data and content models to make data anytime, anywhere ready

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: Make your presence at the  September 16 Open and Structured Content Hands On Workshop invaluable to the larger DigitalGov community! While there will be a hands on portion, there will also be presentations from government individuals who are implementing the article and event models. Continue reading

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Search U.S. labs and special district repositories for open source mobile code

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: The Mobile Code Sharing Catalog contains a list of open-sourced mobile code (mobile web and/or native apps) including full applications, modular code, SDKs, and frameworks that can be re-used or re-purposed to jump start government products.  Here, agencies can access whole frameworks for a mobile web site, modular code to solve common problems, or even links to complete apps to use as a template for their own apps. Continue reading

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Help create quality anytime, anywhere government by developing and managing a crowd-sourced Mobile Product Testing program

Closed - a photo of a pie with 20% missing20%er: Help create quality anytime, anywhere government by developing and managing a crowd-sourced Mobile Product Testing program. Continue reading

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Federal CrowdSource Mobile Testing Manager

Closed - a photo of a pie with 20% missingHelp create quality anytime, anywhere government by developing and managing a crowd-sourced Mobile Product Testing.

The Mobile App Development program, part of the Digital Government Strategy, includes help for agencies in mobile product testing across a ton of different devices and operating systems.

This 20%er will manage a pilot program that will leverage the Open Opportunities program to solicit people (federal employees) to use their own devices to help agencies test mobile products. The candidate will manage the match-making between testers and agencies and lead the evaluation of the program. Your experience with mobile products and project management is a plus.

With the Assistance of the Digital Services Innovation Center team, your role will be:

Program Management

  • Provide guidance for agencies conducting tests
  • Provide instructions, guidance for testers during test cycles
  • Tweak the program based on agency and tester experience

Recruiting

  • Create user group for testers
  • Promote App to agencies
  • Look for opportunities for people to create agency-wide testing scripts
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Design A Cool Mobile Code Chop Shop Graphic

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: Imagine having your designs highlighted to all of government for an innovative project. With every post and event we publish on DigitalGov.gov, we’re looking for engaging art. We need someone with a knack for graphics to come up with an engaging and interesting graphic for our MobileGov Code Chop Shops. Whenever we post or talk about the chop shop on DigitalGov, we will use your art. We have some cool ideas but want your input!

Deadline: August 22nd, 2014

Duration: up to 6 hours

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Mobile Trends on Tuesday Tracker

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: Help us track down mobile trends for DigitalGov Mobile Trends on Tuesday posts! We are always on the trail of trends to highlight the case for mobile, and you can help us by finding two current mobile trends that cover changing user habits, social media and other ways mobile technology is changing the digital landscape.  We’ll provide a list of likely sources, then turn you loose to trap two recent trends (within the last two months). Continue reading

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David Hale – NIH

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James Marshall – HHS

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Leigh Anne Rankine – FAA

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Jenna Steele – FAA

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JoAnn Napolitano – FAA

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Be a Mobile Tester for the National Cancer Institute

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Help us improve the USA.gov Apps Gallery!

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: We need a few good folks to help us update the Federal Mobile Apps Registry API by updating the icon URL of 20 mobile apps located in the USA.gov Apps Gallery. Here’s how it will work: Continue reading

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Be a mobile tester!

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: Want to:

  • Learn more about responsively designed websites?
  • Directly contribute to making a federal website better?
  • Collaborate with other Federal Employees? Continue reading
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Federal CrowdSource Mobile Testing Program Facilitator

Closed - a photo of a pie with 20% missing20%er: The Federal Crowdsource Mobile Testing program is a service that helps agencies conduct compatibility testing on mobile websites. Testers from across the government volunteer to test these applications to ensure that they look and work well on various devices. The crowdsource mobile testing team wants your help with test cycles.

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Federal CrowdSource Mobile Testing Manager

Closed - a photo of a pie with 20% missing20%er: Help create quality anytime, anywhere government by developing and managing a crowd-sourced Mobile Product Testing.

The Mobile App Development program, part of the Digital Government Strategy, includes help for agencies in mobile product testing across a ton of different devices and operating systems. Continue reading

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Be A Mobile Tester!

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: Want to:

  • Learn more about responsively designed websites?
  • Directly contribute to making a federal website better?

  • Collaborate with other Federal Employees? Continue reading

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Create a Conference App for the SEC

Closed - a photo of a pie with 20% missingTapas: The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for someone to create an internal conference app for their agency’s upcoming 1st Annual Budget and Performance Summit, offered to SEC employees nationwide. For 3 days, agency staff will participate in training and attend panel discussions on budget and performance-related topics. Continue reading

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Feed the Beast: Mobile Code Sharing Catalog Code Snippets Uploader

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: Federal agencies can use the federal Mobile Code Catalog to help them make content and services available anytime, anywhere, and from any device. Here, agencies can access whole frameworks for a mobile web site, modular code to solve common problems, or even links to complete apps to use as a template for their own apps. Continue reading

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Mobile App Icon URL Hunter

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: Help us improve the USA.gov Apps Gallery!

We need a few good folks to help us update the Federal Mobile Apps Registry API by finding the icon URL of 20 mobile apps located in the USA.gov Apps Gallery. Here’s how it will work: Continue reading

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Become A Mobile Code Miner

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: Federal agencies can use the the federal Mobile Code Catalog to help them make content and services available anytime, anywhere, and from any device. Here, agencies can access whole frameworks for a mobile web site, modular code to solve common problems, or even links to complete apps to use as a template for their own apps. Continue reading

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MobileGov guest blogger for “Trends on Tuesday”

Closed - a photo of a pie with 20% missing20%: Let your federal colleagues know the latest trends in mobile adoption by writing “Trends on Tuesday” blog posts for the DigitalGov Platform. Continue reading

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Copy edit the Mobile Testing 101 Mobile Gov Wiki

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please copy edit the Mobile Testing 101 Mobile Gov Wiki page by:

  • adding headers,

  • shrinking the images slightly so that the page doesn’t scroll horizontally,

  • reformatting all links so they are in plain English, not the hyperlinked URL and

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Copy edit the Promotions Mobile Gov Wiki

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please copy edit the Promotions Mobile Gov Wiki page to:

  1. clean up the formatting

  2. verify the publications are still publishing and relevant to mobile gov and add other new publications

  3. add an appropriate image Continue reading
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Write a Mobile Gov Experience on the launch of StudentAid.gov for the Mobile Gov Wiki

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Following the Mobile Gov Experience Template , use the blog posts StudentAid.gov: Improving the College Financing Experience and StudentAid.gov’s 1st Year: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going, to draft a Mobile Gov Experience on StudentAid.gov. Please see the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki.

You can submit your draft via email or attached Word doc.

Duration: 2-4 hours

Deadline: Task should be completed within two weeks after acceptance.

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Digital Analytics Program Goes To The Moon!

NASA logoNASA joined the Digital Analytics Program (DAP) and started using Google Analytics Premium on Feb. 1, 2013. We saw its power almost immediately.

On Feb. 15, 2013, a meteor weighing 10,000 metric tons exploded 14 miles above Chelyabinsk, Russia. Users flocked to NASA.gov for info, and we spiked to nearly 12 million page views that day, ~16 times the daily average. Our real-time analytics showed over 300,000 active visitors on the site at peak, about 100 times more than normal traffic.  And, not surprisingly, we could see a huge chunk of this traffic was coming from Russia.

Before joining DAP, we used Urchin for nasa.gov analytics. Urchin is great at handling the raw tonnage, and we do miss some of its features, but, we never had the insight into real-time events that we have now.  Even data that was always there in Urchin is now much easier to access and cross-reference with other data in the Google Analytics interface.

We always see the expected spikes with mission events like launches or landings, but we now also often see the unexpected:  for example, a story we’re not even promoting much goes viral on Reddit, or mobile use goes way up because of an Angry Birds update that’s pushing traffic to our website.

LADEE Launch: A Mobile Event

On Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, we launched the Lunar Atmospheric Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, on a mission to the moon.  What made this different from any other launch?  People up and down much of the Eastern Seaboard were able to see LADEE streaking through the sky on the way to orbit.  Our analytics suggested that people were watching their mobile devices while they were watching the skies.

At peak, we saw this incredible chart — more than half of our traffic was coming from mobile, and nearly two-thirds was coming from mobile and tablets:

RIght Now 34,669 active visitors over 1/2 from mobile!

The leading locations were in the area where people could watch the launch – Maryland/DC/Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina, with California also in the mix (the mission is managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley).

Zooming in on one of the top locations – Alexandria, VA — we could see an astonishing 86% were using either an iPhone or Android phone:

87% of the views in Alexandria VA were on mobile devices (ios and android)

In addition to the mobile insight, we got our usual traffic metrics:

  • 37K active visitors at launch, most visiting the LADEE mission page
  • 67,000 simultaneous webcast streams going out at launch (including UStream, not measured with GA)
  • 100K total live video stream plays for the day, about a 10-fold increase
  • 1.8 million page views to www.nasa.gov, about 2-3 times higher than average
  • Mobile page views 1-2 times higher than average
  • More than half of traffic was direct or Google Search
  • 56% of NASA TV page traffic was from referrals, 13% of traffic to that page came from CNN.com

All told, this added up to our third-biggest traffic day since we started using DAP GA in February:

Traffic spikes Feb 2013 Russian meteor, Sept 2013 LADEE

Frog Footnote

And, it turned out the LADEE launch wasn’t done impacting our traffic. The week after launch, a photo went viral on the Internet showing an airborne frog “photobombing” the launch.  At mid-day on September 12, “frog” is our number two search term, trailing only perennial champion “mars.” The frog photo and a related photo showing a bat clinging to the space shuttle during a 2009 launch are our top two pages on nasa.gov (excluding the home page).

We never know when traffic will make this sort of unexpected leap, but we have the DAP data to show us when it does.

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Open Opportunities Mobile Application Testing Program Monthly Newsletter Writer/Editor

Closed - a photo of a pie with 20% missing20%er: Testers in the Open Opportunities Mobile Application Testing Program get the opportunities to learn from each other and share ideas. One way will be via a monthly newsletter that will be distributed to testers to keep them up to date on current topics related to mobile application testing. We would like a Writer/Editor to help write/edit the newsletter each month.

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Update the Past Events page on the Mobile Gov Wiki

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please update the Past Events page [http://mobilegovwiki.howto.gov/Past+Events] with descriptions of events held Feb-Aug 2013 and linking to either the respective blog post or webinar page.

Once you have accept this task, we’ll send you a list of the events and you will be responsible for writing a brief description of the event.

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Alphabetize the Resources/Services Under Each Section of the Functionality and Usability Testing Resources Mobile Gov Wiki Page

Closed tapas taskTapas: There are various sections of the page, please rearrange the resources/services listed from A-Z in the following sections: Government Guidance, Web Resources, Relevant Communities, Mobile Resources, and Web Resources. Please see the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki.

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Reformat the “Real World” and “Types of Testing” sections on the Guidelines to Testing Mobile Gov Wiki Page

Closed tapas taskTapas: The sections use numbers, change the subsections within these sections to either bullets or letters.  Please see the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki.

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Add a Picture to the Camera Page on the Mobile Gov Wiki

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: Please find and insert an appropriate image for the page (possibly one of many people taking photos with their phone.) See the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki.

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Add a Picture to the Citizen-Centric Government page on the Mobile Gov Wiki

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please find and insert an appropriate image for the page.

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Create cross links between the Performance Testing Resources Mobile Gov Wiki page and other related pages

Tapas plate with the word Closed across.Tapas: Please create cross links between this page and other related pages within the Mobile Gov Wiki.

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Add a Picture to the mHealth Mobile Health page on the Mobile Gov Wiki

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please find and insert an appropriate image for the page.

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Update the links in the Mobile Trends and Research Mobile Gov Wiki Page

Closed tapas taskTapasPlease update the links in this page (some are returning 404 errors) and try to link to main pages rather than specific reports so that data does not become dated.  

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Create cross links between the Performance Testing Resources Mobile Gov Wiki page and other related pages

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please create cross links between this page and other related pages within the Mobile Gov Wiki.

 

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Add Some Data and a Picture to the Multilingual Mobile Gov Wiki Page

Closed tapas taskTapas: Add some data on the Multilingual Mobile Wiki page on the uptake of mobile from non -English speakers (check Pew Internet project for some data and can also link to any relevant report.) Add a picture of the Gobierno.usa.gov mobile site (there’s a screen shot on the apps.usa.gov site)

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Create a Mobile Gov Wiki page called Data Mashups

Closed tapas taskTapas: First, provide a definition of data mashup and why it can be useful for mobile gov.  Next, provide the government example of the recalls.gov app.

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Mobile Gov Guest Blogger for “Trends on Tuesday” Posts

Closed - a photo of a pie with 20% missing20%: Someone to write one “Trends on Tuesday” blog post per week for the Mobile Gov Blog. The blog consists of frequent, quick posts on one of the following what government is doing in mobile general mobile news, trends in mobile use, or issues on implementing mobile for the public.

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Improving our digital services to better serve you

Throughout this past year, the National Archives and Federal agencies have been working to implement the Digital Government Strategy by improving digital services to better serve you.

We’ve worked toward specific milestones that improve access to government information and we launched Archives.gov/digitalstrategy to report on our progress.  We sought your ideas for improvement in August and now you can see our progress toward making available mobile appsand web APIs.

Mobile:  We’ve mobile optimized FederalRegister.gov, released a mobile site for Presidential Documents, and a mobile app called “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” which makes available photos, documents, and recordings from the related exhibit.

Screenshot of Smartphone Pres Docs

Presidential Docs Mobile Site

Screenshot To the Brink Mobile App

To the Brink Mobile App 

Web APIs: We’ve expanded the FederalRegister.gov API to include the Public Inspection Desk and integration with Regulations.gov.  We’ve also included created an interactive dataset and API for Executive Orders from 1994 to 2012 on Data.gov.

We continue to increase the records we make available on sites like Wikipedia and Flickr, which have robust mobile and web API capabilities.  These projects, in addition to our work on the Digital Public Library of America, greatly expand public access to government records.

Map of National Day of Civic Hacking

Engaging Developers:  We launched Archives.gov/developer to promote innovative uses of our data and tools in the public and private sectors.  We’re participating in the National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1-2, 2013, by sponsoring several challenges related to visualizing historical datasets and developing a mobile app for researchers to easily upload digital images of historical records.  We’re looking forward to see what innovative solutions might be developed by the public.

All of our efforts, however, are only a piece of the larger Federal Government effort to improve digital services.  You can check out other agencies’ developer hubs and new mobile services and APIs, including a new API for the State Department’s Office of the Historian Ebook Catalog, which contains all of the ebooks from the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series.

Reblogged from NARAtions, the blog of the National Archives, with a hat tip to OCIO.GOV

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Update the Mobile Webinar Series Wiki Page

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please add links to all of the mobile-focused webinars from September, 2012 onward, to the Mobile Webinar Series Wiki Page.

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Easy Source Code Clean Up on Mobile App Design Best Practices Mobile Gov Wiki Page

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please remove the SPAN tag formatting from the source code on the Mobile Gov Wiki page Mobile App Design Best Practices.

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Make Mobile Gov with the Mobile Application Development Program

Mobile Application Development ProgramAnytime, Anywhere, Any Device.

The 21st century imperative to deliver government information and services to the public anytime, anywhere and on any device makes mobile a critical tactic in the federal Digital Government Strategy. Today, GSA’s Digital Services Innovation Center and the Federal CIO Council launch the Mobile Application Development Program to provide agencies with tools they need to make great mobile products available to the public.

The program–developed with and by 25 agencies across government–will help agencies in each stage of mobile development.

  • Plan –Build a mobile strategy, see what other agencies have done, use new acquisitions tools to find top mobile developers.
  • Develop –Create great mobile apps and sites using mobile user experience guidelines. Jump start development by leveraging pre-existing code.
  • Test –Make sure your app works on all devices by leveraging automated and in the wild testing support. Test for security & accessibility.
  • Launch –Let people know yours is an official government app by registering it. Get your app in the app stores and leverage API’s for promoting your apps.

What’s In It?

The program is chock full of useful resources and tools. For starters there is

  • RFP-EZ helps link agencies and small businesses for tech projects below $150,000–definitely a sweet spot for many mobile products. The idea is to help agencies reach the talent in startups more quickly and at reasonable cost. We worked with the RFP-EZ team at SBA to include mobile statement of work templates. Now when agencies create a new project in RFP-EZ, they can jumpstart their efforts by choosing the “Mobile Application Development” project type.
  • Agencies can easily create mobile ready websites using Sites.USA.gov. This GSA-hosted content management tool supports open content, is secure, compliant and uses only responsive themes that work well on any-sized screen.

The Federal Apps Registry helps verify that apps and mobile sites are actually government mobile products–and provides an API so agencies can easily create galleries around their mission areas.

Just Do It

You can use these and many more tools and resources today. And, you can join us for a discussion about the Mobile Application Development Program May 30th at our webinar, or come see us live later that day at our Mobile Gov Wikithon.

Last, we need YOU to help us as we continue to develop new tools to help you develop citizen-focused mobile products. Tell us what you need at digitalgov@gsa.gov.

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Easy Source Code Clean Up for the User Experience Mobile Gov Wiki Page


Closed tapas taskTapas: 
Please remove the SPAN tag formatting from the source code on the User Experience Mobile Gov Wiki page [http://mobilegovwiki.howto.gov/User+Experience]

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Replace image on the Apps.USA.gov Mobile Gov Wiki page

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please update the Apps Gallery (http://apps.usa.gov/) image on the page (the Apps Gallery has recently redesigned their site and the current image is now out of date) and provide a caption for it.

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Federal Mobile Code Sharing Catalog Is Here

Federal agencies have a new resource to help them make content and services available anytime, anywhere, and from any device–the federal Mobile Code Catalog sponsored by the Digital Services Innovation Center.

This catalog is hosted on GitHub (more on why that matters in a moment). Here, agency developers looking to jump-start their efforts can find source code for native and web projects from a variety of sources: federal agencies, other governments, and third-parties in the private sector.

Developers can access whole frameworks for a mobile web site, modular code to solve common problems, or even links to complete apps to use as a template for their own apps.

More than code

It’s not all about code, though.  Any successful mobile program needs to be able to test the quality and the accessibility of their apps.  The catalog also includes  test scripts to help your agency validate the functionality and accessibility of their app.  You can also find links to data, APIs and other federal developer pages.

The Mobile Code Catalog is hosted on GitHub for a reason.  In addition to the form that agencies can use to submit their open source project or resource, the catalog itself can be “forked.”  Forking the catalog is the process of making a copy of it so improvements can be made without affecting the original copy.  Those improvements can then be submitted to us through what’s called a “pull request.”  If everything’s in order, we’ll incorporate those improvements with just a few clicks.

What’s next

This catalog has been initially populated with the cooperation from several agencies, but the work is not done. Over the next few months we will be hosting events but we need you.

  • Are you a government mobile innovator with some code you’ve developed to share? Submit your code.
  • Are you a developer who wants to tweak one of the existing government apps or modules? Fork the content and make a pull request.
  • Are you looking to get involved in government mobile code sharing? Ask your questions.
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Source Code Clean Up on the Mobile Gov Wiki Accessibility Testing Resources page

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please remove the SPAN tag formatting from the source code on the Mobile Gov Wiki page Accessibility Testing Resources.

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Add Links to the Mobile Gov Wiki User Experience Page


Closed tapas taskTapas
: Please edit the User Experience page tools section of the Mobile Gov Wiki by adding links to specific UX tools which we will provide upon acceptance of the task.

See the guidelines creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki.

Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Mobile Gov Wiki (tho’ we’d like you to join), you do need a Wikispaces account (user name, password and email).

 Duration: A few minutes to 1 hour.

Deadline: One week after task is assigned

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Source Code Clean Up on the Mobile Gov Wiki Performance Testing Resources page

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please remove the SPAN tag formatting from the source code on the Mobile Gov Wiki page Performance Testing Resources

1. Click the “”Edit”” button to the right of the page title “Performance Testing Resources”
2. Click the arrow button on the right-hand side of the “”Save”” button in the page editing tool bar
3. Click on “”Wikitext Editor.”” This will switch you from the WYSIWYG editor to the source code
4. Delete all of the <SPAN> tag coding.
5. Save the page

See Mobile Gov Wiki’s “How to Remove the <SPAN> Tag” page for an illustrated explanation, and the guidelines  on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki for further assistance.

Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Mobile Gov Wiki (tho’ we’d like you to join), you do need a Wikispaces  account (user name, password and email).

Duration: A few minutes to 1 hour.

Deadline: One week after task is assigned

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Provide alt-text language for the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) page on the Mobile Gov Wiki


Closed tapas taskTapas:
Write up an alt-text description that completely and succinctly describes the image and includes the data shown in the graph on the following page in the Mobile Gov Wiki: Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

Description will be in plain text (no bold, italics, bullets, links, etc) that will be read via a screen reader. The description can be submitted via email or in a document–so long as it can be cut and pasted into our file. Thanks for helping to make content more accessible!

Duration: A few minutes to an hour.

Deadline: One week after the task has been assigned.

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Provide a descriptive caption for the Apps.usa.gov page on the Mobile Gov Wiki

Closed tapas taskTapas: Write up a descriptive caption to the image on the following page in the Mobile Gov Wiki: Apps.usa.gov. See the guidelines  on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki. Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Mobile Gov Wiki (tho’ we’d like you to join), you do need a Wikispaces account (user name, password and email).

Duration: A few minutes to an hour.

Deadlines: One week after task is assigned

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Edit the Mobile Gov Wiki Guidelines for Testing Page

Closed tapas taskPlease edit the Guidelines for Testing Mobile Gov Wiki page to make it conform with newly created mobile testing resources pages. For this task, complete the following:

1) Revise content in the “Testing should focus on the following” section to include links to the following wiki pages (and link back to this page from them): Accessibility Testing ResourcesFunctionality and Usability Testing ResourcesPerformance Testing Resources, Security and Privacy Testing Resources.

2) Create a section on testing scripts that will provide links to sample testing scripts that reside in the Mobile Code Sharing Catalog on GitHub. The links will be provided to you once the assignment has been accepted.

3) Create a table of contents for the page after you have completed the first two tasks. See the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki. Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Mobile Gov Wiki (tho’ we’d like you to join), you do need a Wikispaces account (user name, password and email).

Duration: Two to 4 hours

Deadline: One week after the task has been assigned

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Solve the Outbreak (Mobile) Application from CDC

Get clues about outbreaks, analyze the case and save lives in a fun engaging iPad app from CDC.

Introducing CDC’s new iPad app: Solve the Outbreak (Where you get to be the disease detective!)

New outbreaks happen every day and CDC’s disease detectives are on the front lines, working 24/7 to save lives and protect people. When a new outbreak happens, disease detectives are sent in to figure out how outbreaks are stared, before they can spread. In our new, free iPad app, you get to Solve the Outbreak.

In this interactive, engaging app, you get to decide what to do: Do you quarantine the village? Talk to the people who are sick? Ask for more lab results? The better your answers, the higher your score – and the more quickly you’ll save lives. You’ll start out as a Trainee and will earn badges by solving cases, with the goal of earning the top rank: Disease Detective.

Fun to play and learn

Perfect for teens, young adults, and public health nerds of all ages, Solve the Outbreak is a great way to take the study of epidemiology outside the classroom.

  • Learn about diseases and outbreaks in an engaging way.
  • See how disease detectives save lives around the world.
  • Try your hand at solving an outbreak.
  • Post your scores on Facebook or Twitter and challenge your friends to do better!

Reposted from CDC.gov.

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Build out the Mobile Gov Wiki Accessibility Testing Resources Page


Closed tapas task
Tapas:
Please help us add content to the Mobile Gov Wiki Accessibility Testing Resources page. We are in the process of building out our resources on mobile app/web testing and have gathered some resources you can use to create this wiki page which we will email to you.

The Accessibility Testing Resources page includes both instructions on what to put where (the italicized text which should be deleted once you’ve completed the page) and some general description language in the different sections that act as introductions to the different sections (plain text).

Choose this task, and we’ll email you the resource material to get you started. In the meantime, please see the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki.

Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Mobile Gov Wiki (tho’ we’d like you to join), you do need a Wikispaces account (user name, password and email).

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Build out the Mobile Gov Wiki Performance Testing Resources Page


Closed tapas taskTapas:
Please help us add content to the Mobile Gov Wiki Performance Testing Resources page. We are in the process of building out our resources on mobile app/web testing and have gathered some resources you can use to create this wiki page which we will email to you.

The Performance Testing Resources page includes both instructions on what to put where (the italicized text which should be deleted once you’ve completed the page) and some general description language in the different sections that act as introductions to the different sections (plain text).

Choose this task, and we’ll email you the resource material to get you started. In the meantime, please see the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki.

Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Mobile Gov Wiki (tho’ we’d like you to join), you do need a Wikispaces account (user name, password and email).

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Build out the Mobile Gov Wiki Functionality and Usability Testing Resources Page

Closed tapas taskTapas: Please help us add content to the Mobile Gov Wiki Functionality and Usability Testing Resources page. We are in the process of building out our resources on mobile app/web testing and have gathered some resources you can use to create this wiki page which we will email to you.

The Functionality and Usability Testing Resources page includes both instructions on what to put where (the italicized text which should be deleted once you’ve completed the page) and some general description language in the different sections that act as introductions to the different sections (plain text).

Choose this task, and we’ll email you the resource material to get you started. In the meantime, please see the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki.

Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Mobile Gov Wiki (tho’ we’d like you to join), you do need a Wikispaces account (user name, password and email).

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Pilot Manager for Crowd-Source Mobile Testing

Closed - a photo of a pie with 20% missing20%: Help create quality anytime, anywhere government by developing and managing a crowd-sourced Mobile Product Testing pilot.

The Mobile App Development program, part of the Digital Government Strategy, includes help for agencies in mobile product testing across a ton of different devices and operating systems.

This 20%er will develop a pilot program that will leverage the Open Opportunities program to solicit people (federal employees) to use their own devices to help agencies test mobile products. S/he will help develop the scope of services for the testing pilot, develop and implement a concept of operations that provides “match-making” service between testers and agencies and lead the evaluation of the pilot. Your experience with mobile products and project management is a plus.

With the Assistance of the Digital Services Innovation Center team, your role will be:

Program Development

  • Define Mobile Product Testing Open Opportunities Pilot scope of services/operations
  • Develop guidance, instructions and/or play book to help agencies use the Open Opportunities program
  • Develop guidance, instructions and/or play book for application testers
  • Develop an initial SOP including intake of volunteers and creation of a stable of various devices for testing
  • Develop SOP for agencies to access testers
  • Tweak the process based on agency and tester experience
  • Help agencies access the testers
  • Identify and guide agencies to any existing app testing checklists as templates for agency testing protocols

Recruiting

  • Create process for recruiting app testing volunteers via Open Opportunities
  • Promote App Testing pilot to agencies

Evaluation

  • Identify measures (as part of the initial scoping) for evaluation
  • Work with Center staff on Pilot evaluation and reporting.
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Add an image, alt-text and some stats to the Mobile Gov Wiki

Tapas: 1. Add an image of a basic phone with alt-text to the Mobile Gov Wiki page “Basic Phones

2. Please add current feature phone market penetration in the US. (What percentage of the population currently still uses a feature phone and the demographics of that population – find some report with stats that are less than one year old)

See the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki.

Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Mobile Gov Wiki (tho’ we’d like you to join), you do need a Wikispaces account (user name, password and email).

Duration: These two items should take approximately 40 minutes to complete.

Deadline: Entries are due one week after accepting the task.

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Add quick links

 

Tapas: This is for the Mobile Gov Wiki page “Mobile Frameworks.” Please add links to Wikipedia definitions for the terms libraries and classes found in the first paragraph on this page.

See the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki.

Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Mobile Gov Wiki (tho’ we’d like you to join), you do need a Wikispaces account (user name, password and email).

Duration: This should take 20 minutes.

Deadline:  Entries are due one week after accepting the task.

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Easy source code clean-up

Tapas: Please remove the SPAN tag formatting from the source code on the Mobile Gov Wiki page “Android, Open Source, Accessibility Applications”
1. Click the “”Edit”” button to the right of the page title “”Android, Open Source, Accessibility Applications””
2. Click the arrow button on the right-hand side of the “”Save”” button in the page editing tool bar
3. Click on “”Wikitext Editor.”” This will switch you from the WYSIWYG editor to the source code
4. Delete all of the <SPAN> tag coding.
5. Save the page

See Mobile Gov Wiki’s “How to Remove the <SPAN> Tag” page for an illustrated explanation, and the guidelines on creating and editing pages in the Mobile Gov Wiki for further assistance.

Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Mobile Gov Wiki (tho’ we’d like you to join), you do need a Wikispaces account (user name, password and email).

Duration: 20 minutes

Deadline: One week after accepting the task

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Job Search Tools are Going Mobile


Searching for jobs on a mobile phone
The Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration has a number of great online tools to help Americans find new employment or learn new skills from training providers in their community. In the past year alone, more than 40 million people have accessed these tools from their desktops. However, as technology changes, more and more people are using mobile/phone-based browsers to conduct the majority of their Web browsing. The department’s online resources are changing to keep up with the rapid growth and increased use of these devices and systems.

This week, we’ve made some of our most popular online tools available as mobile-optimized websites. These mobile sites give smartphone or tablet users quick access to key job search and training resources. Users can:

  • Locate and contact the American Job Center closest to them.
  • Conduct a Job Search by searching local job listings throughout the entire United States. Job listings are updated daily and can be searched by job type or keyword as well as by city, state or ZIP code.
  • Perform a Veterans Job Search to match military job experience to civilian careers, and then view local job listings for those careers. Users can search by their military job title or their occupational classification (MOC/MOS) code and can view job listings by city, state or ZIP code.
  • Browse the Salary Finder, which provides average hourly wages or annual salaries by occupation and location. The data come from the Occupational Employment Statistics program of the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Search the Training Finder for education and training programs in a specific area. Users can search by occupation, program or school, and then find contact information for the relevant program.

These changes are part of the department’s ongoing efforts to make workforce resources more open and accessible to the communities who need them most, and to ensure that job seekers have a range of tools at their fingertips.

Reblogged from Work in Progress, The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Redesigned www.dot.gov draws a crowd… and goes responsive

In October, we launched a redesigned and re-energized www.dot.gov to make it easier for you to find the information you need. The results from the past 60 days show we’ve made very good progress. And the best part? We’re just getting started.

For example, because they know that mobile device use is the future, last week our web team launched a truly responsive design. So now, when you visit our site using a mobile device, you won’t just benefit from a page that scales to your smaller screen–instead, you’ll see a page that rearranges itself to fit your device. We’re all pretty excited about this new development, and I think it’s a wonderful holiday gift to everyone who uses their smartphone or tablet to visit www.dot.gov.

Screen shot from DOT site

Our goals for www.dot.gov are simple:

  • To help you find what you need as easily as possible;
  • To make the most popular resources more accessible; and
  • To arrange our resources in line with how you think about transportation.

Just two months after our launch, our site statistics show that the decisions we made–using public input–are driving real results.

Website on tabletVisits to www.dot.gov have increased by 30 percent. That means our site is easier to find. And because the number of page views has grown even faster, that means that when people visit the site, they’re looking at more of what we offer and staying with us longer.What are they finding? Well, our new topic pages andaudience pages are among the most visited on the site. With these topic landing pages, we tried to organize our resources around the kind of transportation you might be interested in, instead of organizing it around DOT offices and agency acronyms.

These numbers show we’re heading down the right path, but there’s plenty of work left to be done. Our web team is testing the site regularly and reviewing the results to be sure you can find what you need, when you need it, and on whatever device you want to use.

One part of that is our customer survey. If that pops up while you’re browsing our site, please take the time to let us know how we’re doing and how we can make the site even more useful.

There’s also a feedback button on every single page so you can let us know what’s working and what isn’t.

After all, it might be our site, but you’re in the driver’s seat.

Reblogged from fastlane.dot.gov

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Seeking Your Input for USDA’s Digital Strategy

This entry was reposted from the USDA Blog.

On May 23, 2012, the White House released the Federal Digital Strategy aimed at building a 21stcentury government provides open data and digital services to the American people and its employees.

As part of our Digital Strategy, USDA has identified several first-move candidates that can be improved to meet the call for web APIs and mobile optimized services by May 23, 2013.

We’d like your input in deciding which two candidates in each category we will commit to completing by OMB’s May 23, 2013 deadline. We’d love to hear your feedback – which of these candidates would be most useful to you? What should we consider when creating web APIs and optimizing for mobile? Did we miss anything?

We have identified the following first-move candidates to make available as web Application Programming Interfaces (APIs):

Name: World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates
Description
: Provides USDA’s comprehensive forecasts of supply and demand for major U.S. and global crops and U.S. livestock. The report gathers information from a number of statistical reports published by USDA and other government agencies, and provides a framework for additional USDA reports.
Main Customers:
Government, Business, Media, Education Institutions, Consumers

Name: National Farmers Market Directory
Description:
Agricultural Marketing Service-produced directory containing information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment. Supports local and regional food systems, as well as development of local economies.
Main Customers:
Consumers, Business, Community leaders

Name: List of Disaster Counties
Description:
Farm Service Agency list of Counties with a specific disaster designation.
Main Customers:
Producers, Farmers, Government, Media

Name: Office Information Profile System
Description:
USDA Service Centers are designed to be a single location where customers can access the services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies. This tool provides the address of a USDA Service Center and other Agency offices serving your area along with information on how to contact them.
Main Customers:
Government, Business, Public

Name: SNAP Retailer Locator information
Description:
Find a retailer welcomes Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transaction (EBT) customers. Currently available as an interactive map with geocoded information available by download as a .CSV file. Locations updated monthly
Main Customers:
Public

The following list includes high-value USDA service candidates to potentially be optimized for mobile use:

Name: Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory
Description:
The Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory is a listing of establishments that produce meat, poultry, and/or egg products regulated by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) pursuant to the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act. Directory is updated monthly.
Main Customers:
Business, Industry, Government, Consumers

Name: USDA Newsroom
Description:
The USDA Newsroom holds official news releases, statements, transcripts and speeches released by the Department.
Main Customers:
Government, Public, Media

Name: USDA Blog
Description:
The Blog features content from all USDA agencies and features the latest news, events and features. The Blog also provides the public an opportunity to ask questions or share their thoughts about the latest issues.
Main Customers:
Government, Public, Media

Name: AmberWaves eZine
Description:
As the Economic Research Service’s (ERS) flagship publication, Amber Waves provides a window into ERS research through highly readable articles geared to educated but non-specialized audiences. Amber Waves covers important issues on U.S. markets & trade, diet & health, resources & environment, rural issues in easy to digest articles, with comprehensive links to ERS website for more details.
Main Customers:
Government, Media, Researchers, Education Institutions

Name: Office Information Profile System

Description: USDA Service Centers are designed to be a single location where customers can access the services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies. This tool provides the address of a USDA Service Center and other Agency offices serving your area along with information on how to contact them.
Main Customers:
Government, Business, Public

Please leave comments on regarding your choices on the USDA blog post.

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Building-Blocks of a 21st Century Digital Government

Cover from report: Digital Government, Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People, May 23, 2012Today marks three months since we released the Digital Government Strategy (PDF/ HTML5) – as part of thePresident’s directive to build a 21st Century Government that delivers better services to the American people.

Executing on this vision of government cannot happen alone. To provide the highest value of services, we must rethink from step one how government builds and provides services for the American people. We must unlock rich government data, information and services so that everyone from citizen developers and private sector entrepreneurs, to our very own Federal agencies can help provide the American people with the access to these services “anywhere, anytime, on any device.”

Today agencies are making great strides towards putting a solid foundation for a 21st Century Digital Government in place.

For example, the Census Bureau recently released its first mobile app, called “America’s Economy,” and just today released an iOS version. The app mashes up Census data with economic statistics from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics and provides the latest economic indicators that drive business hiring, sales, and production decisions throughout the nation in real time. Economists, planners, business owners, and the public can use the app to get a quick and easy snapshot of the health of the U.S. economy, look at trends, and receive notifications when indicators change. But as powerful as the app is, just as powerful is the way Census is releasing the underlying data through its first publicly available application programming interface (API).

The Census API, which pulls from the American Community Survey and the 2010 Census, has yielded an unprecedented level of interest from citizen developers. Over 800 external developers have already accessed the API since its release, and users have generated over 24 million data requests. And as an indication of how valuable and accessible this data is, it took only 24 hours for the first third-party app to be developed and we are excited to see the many more applications that will be developed using this data.

This is just one example of the power of unlocking rich government data sets and services to the public and is exactly what the Digital Government Strategy is trying to accomplish. But it is just the beginning.

Today, every major Federal agency is posting candidate data sets and services to open up over the next several months. While many focus on providing better services directly to the public, others focus on increasing internal government efficiencies to save taxpayer dollars. For example, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is planning to develop a mobile app for its revenue agents that will allow them to accept a paper check from a taxpayer, take a picture, and automatically deposit it for posting to the taxpayer’s account.

You can link to each of the agency lists via http://www.whitehouse.gov/digitalgov/deliverables, and I encourage you to weigh in on which candidates you think are the highest value. There, you can also find links to other recent products of the Strategy aimed at providing agencies with the tools they need to be successful and scaling existing best practices across government:

  • A bring-your-own-device (BYOD) toolkit for agencies considering implementation of a BYOD program;
  • A report on how the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) standards and guidelines are evolving to meet the challenge of mobile security;
  • Recommendations on how agencies can stand up effective digital services governance structures; and
  • Performance measurements tools that will help drive data-driven decision making around the Federal web space.

It’s been a busy three months, and I look forward to adding more building-blocks in the months ahead as we continue to deliver on the President’s vision of a more modern, efficient, and accessible government for the 21st Century.

Reposted from The White House Blog.

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