PANEL: Mayor Emanuel’s Digital Trio

Today I moderated a panel with two members of the Mayor’s administration. Here’s the description:

Upon taking office in May 2011, Mayor Emanuel created two new positions in his office: Brett Goldstein as Chief Data Officer and Kevin Hauswirth as Director of Social Media. These two work to ensure that data-driven decision making, technology advancements and public engagement are at the core of Emanuel’s drive to make City government more transparent, accountable and efficient. This panel discussion will be the first time Goldstein and Hauswirth have shared the stage to talk about Chicago’s digital work and where the City is headed. The conversation will be moderated by Daniel O’Neil, Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic organization devoted to making lives better in Chicago through technology.

We talked about how data affects policy (and the other way around), as well as the general process behind publishing social media content by the Mayor’s office. The third person in the trio– Chief Technology Officer John Tolva– was unable to attend because he was at the White House being recognized as a Champion of Change.

Here’s a shot from the crowd:

At the Digital Trio Panel for Social Media Week Chicago 2012

Training: Discussion Board Software for The Jane Collaborative

Today I helped out with training on discussion board software with dozens of Illinois libraries at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Here’s how they describe the project:

Welcome to The Jane Collaborative Forums, sponsored by the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois in partnership with sixty-one small urban and rural public libraries throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

If you’ve reached this page, you have been invited to join the Jane Collaborative Forums, a unique community space for librarians and museum staff to interact with each other, learn about the Jane exhibitions, and increase interest in and traffic to the museum and participating libraries.

You will be able to pose questions, start discussions, and interact with each other as we plan and execute activities surrounding the Jane exhibition and special library programs.

The Jane Project