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My Own Private SocNet: Defense Dept and Hill Get Customized Networks

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, July 20 2009

At Beth Noveck's event for her new book "Wiki Government" this afternoon in Rockefeller Plaza (write-up forthcoming), the deputy U.S. CTO for open government touched on an intriguing project called Aristotle, a new social networking experiment from the Defense Department. The White House Open Government Initiative describes Aristotle as "a social networking system that provides government and contractor personnel with transparent, but appropriate, access to information regarding tens of thousands of science and technology projects, topics of interest, and collegial networks." After a small pilot launch, Aristotle is being rolled out to 200,000 DOD personnel and contractors this summer. If you're interested in how we can build small but powerful networks of experts in a field to the end of creating better government, this is one project to keep track on.

Also just launched: National Journal's new 3121 project, described by the organization as "a first-of-its-kind network, directory & collaboration tool for people on the Hill." But why's it called 3121? Go ahead and guess. I'll drop the answer in the comments.