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Plain Language Basics In-Person Workshop

Plain Language Basics In-Person Workshop

October 2 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
PlainLanguage dot Gov website logo

IN-PERSON This seminar will provide an update on plain writing principles and the law. If you write for customers and the public—press releases, emails, articles, newsletters, etc.—this seminar will allow you to: -Discuss plain writing principles -Learn strategies and tactics for making content plain -See before-and-after examples -Hear how the Plain Writing Act of 2010 affects government agencies -Find where to get additional plain language training and resources -Learn about the federal plain language community

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Tech@State: Mobile Diplomacy

Tech@State: Mobile Diplomacy

October 3 @ 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Tech at State, Mobile Diplomacy

IN-PERSON: The U.S. Department of State's Office of eDiplomacy is pleased to announce its 13th Tech@State event, Tech@State: Mobile Diplomacy, at GWU's Jack Morton Auditorium on Friday, October 3rd, 2014. Join Dept. of State for a day of stimulating presentations and engaging discussions on the effects of mobile technology and their impact on diplomacy. This event hopes to stimulate conversations between State Department personnel and a wider community about ways mobile technologies may transform the State Department's work.

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Intro to APIs: Working with URLs, JSON, APIs, and Open Data — Without Writing Any Code

Intro to APIs: Working with URLs, JSON, APIs, and Open Data — Without Writing Any Code

October 6 @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Children's building blocks letters spelling A P I.

IN-PERSON GSA's digital teams are offering a user-friendly intro course to APIs. Regardless of your skill level, you will walk away from this lesson understanding what APIs are and how developers use them. Every federal agency is scaling out its use of APIs so even if they are not a part of your normal daily work, learning what they are, how they work, and why they are changing government. This is an in-person, interactive session led by Eric Mill, a key developer on GSA's 18F team and an expert in open data and government technology. Again, this session is designed so that even complete beginners will be able to follow along, so if anyone you know is wondering what all the fuss about APIs is about - this is for you.

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Recruiting with LinkedIn for Government

Recruiting with LinkedIn for Government

October 8 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LinkedIn can be an extremely powerful tool. But like any tool, its power is based on how well it’s used. In this webinar, we’ll discuss effective ways LinkedIn is being used currently in government. The Open Opportunities is using it to build a network of innovators, comprised of federal employees that will lead to a more […]

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Performance Analytics: UX & Social Media

Performance Analytics: UX & Social Media

October 9 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

How do you measure your success in both User Experience and Social Media? Join us to hear about two examples from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). You’ll hear from Silvia Salazar about how NCI has conducted research on social media, developing apps, mobile platforms, and Spanish language websites, and transitioning from printed booklets to online versions using a variety of UX methods including eye tracking. You’ll also learn how the Open Call Usability testing program at NCI has informed the development and improvement of more than 90 projects. Steve Lewis from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency will also share his experiences on the different free analytics tools he uses to measure the performance of social media campaigns at USTDA. Steve will provide examples of how he ties in data gathered from services He will also discuss how he uses data from Google Analytics combined with social media analytics tools to make changes to messaging tactics that has helped the Agency see increased engagement and followership.

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IdeaBox: an Open-Source Internal Ideation Tool from CFPB

IdeaBox: an Open-Source Internal Ideation Tool from CFPB

October 16 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

WEBINAR Have you ever attempted, or considered to develop an ideation initiative and it just seemed daunting? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has done the work for you. After intense research and labor, the CFPB has built IdeaBox. IdeaBox is chock full of great functionality. Join us and learn about how its open and fully customizable code allow it to be implemented as an effective and free ideation tool for internal use.

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APIs in Government: Beginner and Intermediate Level

APIs in Government: Beginner and Intermediate Level

October 28 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

IN-PERSON This is an in-person, interactive session led by Gray Brooks, API strategist on GSA’s 18F team. Again, this session is designed so that even complete beginners will be able to follow along, so if anyone you know is wondering what all the fuss about APIs is about – this is for you.

Plain Language: Writing for the Web

Plain Language: Writing for the Web

October 28 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Dictionary definition of the word language, highlighted in pink

WEBINAR Writing for the Web requires different approaches and skills than writing for print publications. People come to your website for quick bits of information—NOT to read War and Peace. Luckily, many Web writing techniques, such as organizing for your reader, designing for scanning, cutting text, favoring active voice, and using ordinary words, are all central to plain language. We’ll discuss plain writing principles and how they apply to the Web, and update you on the Plain Writing Act of 2010.

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October Mobile Gov Around the Horn Call

October Mobile Gov Around the Horn Call

October 30 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
MobileGov Wikithon, June 17, 2013

WEBINAR Join us for October's Mobile Gov Around the Horn Call where we'll chat about performance standard challenges posed by responsive web design. The discussion will be led by Jeremy Vanderlan from AIDS.gov. Jeremy will talk about ways to Measure performance for mobile Establish a performance benchmark/budget, and Make front-end performance matter in the same way that usability testing and 508 compliance are regularly discussed and integrated into project plans.

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