Navy team evaluates weblogs

Navy team evaluates weblogs

Long popular with Internet surfers, weblogs are getting a review by Defense Department users for project management.

The Office of Naval Research is using a weblog to build a business case for using them elsewhere in DOD, said Greg Lloyd, president of Traction Software Inc. of Providence, R.I.

Earlier this fall, Naval Research started using Traction's enterprise blogging software to track its Liberty Project, an effort to develop night vision technology.

The research staff uses the blog as a communications hub for posting and responding to project updates, as well as troubleshooting difficulties.

The Navy's Rapid Acquisition Incentive-Net Centricity initiative has chosen the pilot as a basis for a business case for a project to evaluate the usefulness of blogs throughout DOD. The initiative evaluates IT that can significantly help in procurement and program management.

The Navy launched the five-year initiative this past summer. Traction's software was one of 12 technologies chosen for evaluation over the coming year.

Lloyd said that use of Traction's TeamPage Weblog provides a common workspace for project management, eliminating the need to send documents by e-mail.

Besides Naval Research, other Liberty Project participants that will evaluate the Traction software are the Army Night Vision Lab, Defense Acquisition University, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Marine Corps and New York City Police.

About the Author

Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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