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At last month’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference, U.S. CTO Todd Park and U.S. CIO Steven Van Roekel made an announcement that will change the way we access and use government data.  Their announcement was centered on the launch of a new “digital roadmap” that will encourage wider use of government data while making that data more open and more easily accessible to the public.  As the writers at TechCrunch put it: “With the launch of the new digital roadmap, the U.S. government is hoping to increase the way that users can access data in many different ways. It’s also designed to decrease inefficiency in government and to allow developers to build applications that the government would never have dreamed up.” The digital roadmap is based upon the following concepts:

  • Open Data as the new default
  • Anywhere, any  time on any device
  • Everything should be an API
  • Make government data social
  • Change the meaning of social participation

What does this roadmap mean for government agencies, specifically in the realm of training and learning?  Generally, the digital roadmap will stop the proliferation of new .gov websites, which will consolidate the location government data on the web.  It will also include a plan to streamline the procurement process for mobile devices and wireless services that are safe for federal agencies to use.  The increased access to government data will also allow developers to create more apps that leverage government data, thereby increasing the utility of that data and making it more shareable on mobile devices. Here are the top five ways I predict these digital changes will impact government learning and training:

  • Increased use of mobile devices in training, such as tablets and smart phones that feds are already using.
  • Greater ownership of training techniques and outcomes by federal employees since they will be able to access and create apps with their agencies’ data.
  • Increased use of apps that leverage newly-accessible data for more current and relevant training.  Apps can also be shared between agencies, which could streamline training programs across agencies.
  • More remote training to save costs and reduce time spent out of the office.
  • Increased social media use during training classes so learners can more easily share what they learn and exchange knowledge with peers.

How do YOU think these new policies will impact learning and training in government? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below, and stay tuned for future posts on this new digital government initiative.

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