May 2, 2012

Quick link: Nextgov, "the all-day information resource for federal technology decision makers"

I've been thinking more about interactive data exploration interfaces lately, and what might be needed to support people who do not have technical or mathematical backgrounds.  From time-to-time, I will share information related or somewhat related to this topic.

I came across a link to the Nextgov website in my FB newsfeed and thought I'd bookmark it for future reference. Although the Nextgov is geared for people who work as CIOs in government settings, it contains a lot of interesting food for thought if you happen to be a knowledge junkie or just want to be a a well-informed citizen.  

 Below is a quote from "About Nextgov" page of the website:
"Nextgov is the all-day information resource for federal technology decision makers. Through news, analysis and insights from our award-winning journalists and a nationwide community of expert voices, Nextgov provides the first word on technology and government." 

"Nextgov’s editorial mission is to lead the national discussion about how technology and innovation are transforming the way government agencies serve citizens and perform vital functions. Central to this mission is the exploration of emerging technologies and their potential impact on government. Nextgov contributors include influential thinkers across government, academia and the private sector providing fresh and provocative insights on key federal IT topics."

Nextgov is produced by Government Executive Media Group...."

For your convenience, below are links to various sections of the Nextgov website:
CIO Briefing
Emerging Tech
Big Data

I was disappointed that there wasn't a section about education, so I've some related links below:

Big Data - Avalanch? Flood? Tsunami?  What does big data mean for educators?
Evidence Framework for Innovation and Excellence in Education
Karen Cato, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Dept. of Education

The article contains a link to a draft of a related publication released for public comment:

Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics: an Issue Brief 
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology
April 10, 2012

FYI: The above document was prepared by Marie Bienkowski, Mingyou Feng, and Barbara Means, under the guidance of Karen Cator and Bernadette Adams. A number of experts were interviewed for the report, including Shelby Andrews, Linda Chaput, Michael Freed, Dror Oren, Dave Gutelius, Michael Jahrer, Andreas Toescher, Jeff Murphy, Peter Norvig, Sunil Noronha, Ken Rudin, Steve Ritter, Bror Saxberg, David Niemi, and Chuck Severence.  Others cited in the document include Ryan S.J. d. Baker, Gautam Biswas, John Campbell, Gredg Chung, Alfred Kobsa, Kenneth Koedinger, George Siemens, and Stephanie Teasly

Nonprofit Data Visualization: a Gallery
Philanthropy:  Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas
Nicole Wallace, 3/4/12

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