The Centers for Disease Control can envision a future where it uses social media as a data source for the early tracking of emerging diseases, but it's not without obstacles. Nontraditional data sources are an increasing necessity caused by the great recent decline of public health staff at local governments, said Joanne Andreadis, senior advisor within the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. She spoke on a panel Oct. 28 during the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.
In the next few years, the Health Data Initiative plans to focus on publicizing its openly available data to ensure it's put to use. A strategy document dated Oct. 23 says the initiative, which the Health and Human Services Department launched in 2010, should make healthdata.gov more user-friendly and boost outreach to businesses and developers who can realize the data's potential.
As the federal government reopened Oct. 17, agency and department websites went back online and new media and public affairs officials took to social media to announce their return.
Donations increase signiﬁcantly after politicians adopted Twitter, but the donations are primarily from outside their constituencies, with little increase from within their constituencies, finds a paper published Sept. 10 in the Government Information Quarterly.
Law enforcement and intelligence officers at the Homeland Security Department have used social media in investigations, but there's not enough guidance to prevent inappropriate activity, the DHS office of inspector general says. Social media has factored into an array of investigations within the department, including at the Secret Service.
Federal employees utilizing multiple official email accounts doesn't go against record management practices so long as each email account is traceable to its single user, says the National Archives and Records Administration.
Social media platforms offer a variety of analytics, but agencies shouldn't just report for the sake of reporting. They must ensure they're getting actionable data from measurement efforts, said Nicole Callahan, new media analyst at the Education Department's office of federal student aid.
The U.S. government requested the greatest number of "total requests" and "user accounts requested" of any other government from Jan. 1 to June 30 of this year. The finding echoes results published by other technology companies in similar reports-- most recently Twitter--that the United States leads in requesting information from email and social media companies.
Hangouts, which allow up to 10 people to join a virtual conversation while thousands watch via Google+ or YouTube, are great tool for outreach and education, says Jason Townsend, NASA's deputy social media manager. To get started, agencies need a YouTube account and a Google+ page where the YouTube account is linked as an admin user.
A study finds a correlation between candidate name mentions on Twitter and election outcomes, a finding study authors say persists even when controlling for other variables such as media coverage, incumbency, district partisanship and demography.