Collaboration Tools

Power of play: Gamers solve 15-year scientific puzzle in 3 weeks

Making AIDS research into a game pays off big for scientists working toward a cure, which opens the door to using online games for other research.

Boston mobile app shrinks the distance between city and citizen

Boston's Citizen Connect program gives residents the power to report problems and to check on fixes -- all from an Android or iPhone smart phone.

W.Va.'s Schafer steered NASCIO through year of CIO transition

West Virginia Chief Technology Officer Kyle Schafer had one big goal as NASCIO president: successfully transition a record number of new CIOs.

To survive tight budgets, states must collaborate, new NASCIO president says

Oregon CIO Dugan Petty says collaboration should extend to federal and city agencies. His other priorities: cloud computing and IT acquisition reform.

Josh Stephens is vice president of technology for IT management software company SolarWinds.

Agencies don't have to be like Vegas

Mum's usually the word, but the tools to collaborate are proven, available and more secure than agency chiefs seem to think.

How data wizardry can revive America’s cities

Struggling with flat budgets and severe cost-cutting, cities are turning to advanced software analytics to find hidden savings.

NASA iMPrepared app

Mobile app helps NASA prep for emergencies

With critical missions to perform in space, an iPad app helps NASA personnel prepare for terrestrial disasters to ensure that they can be on the job to keep astronauts and spacecraft safe.

Arizona health network building statewide information exchange

The Health Information Network of Arizona and OptumInsight are teaming up to create a state-wide health information exchange.

Social media can spread disaster misinformation like a wild fire

Social media tools can get the news on a disaster out fast, but the possibiity of inaccurate information calls their usefulness into question.

Google, Microsoft cloud crashes: Is this the new normal?

Recent outages for Google Docs and Office 365 add to a string of public clouds going dark.

Sandia tool puts disaster models into one picture

Researchers have developed software, called SUMMIT, that allows different disaster models and simulations to share data to create a real-time picture.

Some tough questions you need to ask your cloud provider

When moving to the cloud, plan, plan and plan. And ask your vendor the right questions, says CBP's Wolf Tombe.

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