American’s are interacting online with Government increasing numbers. Unfortunately, most of that online interaction is a one-way conversation. Americans are getting information, or submitting transactions through government sites. Instead, Americans are turning to online policy groups, social networks, and micro blogs to talk about government, away from government web sites.
In this introductory session, we will quickly review the results from the How Americans Interact online with Government, http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1575/how-americans-interact-with-government-online. We will explain what social publishing is, and how it can allow the conversation American’s are having with and about government to be integrated into government websites.
We will help set-up every attendee up with a local or online copy of Drupal if they have a laptop.
We will then review Drupal sites from the Department of Commerce, including commerce.gov, and data visualization site from the Department of Education, and a collaboration intranet from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Presenters include: Neil Sroka – Director of New Media Dennis Sutch – Project manager, Commerce.gov Tim Wood – IT Specialist, Commerce.gov Jason Hoekstra – Technology Solution advisor Kirsten Burgard – IT Specialist, Department of Veteran Affairs
After reviewing what’s possible with Drupal, we will finish with a quick overview of basic Drupal concepts like: content nodes, content types, blocks, menus, modules, and views.
We will finish the session with a Q&A session and explain how to get involved, and engaged with the Drupal community.
Kieran Lal is the Drupal community adventure guide for Acquia, which provides commercial support, hosting, and training for Drupal. He works in business development to help Acquia and customers to understand how to succeed with Drupal.
He is a board member of the Drupal association, coordinates qa.drupal.org, and the Drupal security team. He has helped raise over 1M for the Drupal association, and was one of the architects for the over 3000 attendee Drupalcon San Francisco event. He is also driving the Drupal.org redesign.
Kirsten Burgard entered federal service as a loan specialist at the Cleveland Regional Loan Center (RLC), an office of the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1997. Ms. Burgard moved to the St. Paul RLC in the winter of 1999 to assist in the implementation of a Quality Control team for home loan reviews. She was promoted to VA’s central office in the summer of 2000 to write VA loan policy. At Central Office, Ms. Burgard became involved in the Loan Guaranty division web presence, maintaining content for the site and recommending innovative solutions to meet the needs of veterans and lenders. In the spring of 2007, Ms. Burgard moved to the Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)to work in the office of IT Strategic Planning where she routinely provided gap analyses, managed the office’s web presence and developed material to report on the IT strategic plan’s measures and performance. Recently, due to her experience with Drupal (acquired through Drupal sites like UnionReview and the People’s Inaugural Ball), she was detailed to the General Services Administration to develop a web based application using the open source technology Drupal. Ms. Burgard has continued to provide experience, organizing and presentations on Drupal and the power of the Drupal community for government web development. Ms. Burgard currently serves as a program analyst in OI&T and provides Web based assistance to multiple offices.
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