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State Department redesigned web site

The U.S. Department of State announced a redesign of its web site and its blog, DipNote.

You might want to check your bookmarks and OPACs for broken links.

See also: Another New Site, By Aliya Sternstein, TechInsider (12/17/09).

Report on State Department Office of the Historian and FRUS

Steven Aftergood describes a new report on the State Dept. Office of the Historian and the Foreign Relations of the United States series:

With plummeting employee morale and departures of experienced staff historians, “something in HO is very wrong,” the Inspector General concluded. “HO is suffering from, and has for some time been handicapped by, serious mismanagement…

Under present circumstances, the task of the FRUS series, although mandated by law, is “almost unachievable,” the IG said.

State Dept. Hosts TED Talk

State Dept. Hosts TED Talk, Tech Daily Dose, June 2, 2009.

The State Department on Wednesday afternoon will host the first ever U.S. government-sponsored Technology, Entertainment, Design, or TED, event. Speakers include social-media analyst Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody; philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of the Acumen Fund; futurist Stewart Brand, author of the Whole Earth Catalog; economist Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion; and data visionary Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institutet Professor of International Health…. Video from the State Department event will be posted on the TED Web site, www.TED.com.

Dept. of State Office of the Historian

There is a nice overview of the “new, sleeker, and more interactive” web site of the Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State, on the blog of the American Historical Association: Office of the Historian’s New Web Site, By Elisabeth Grant, AHA Today, April 06, 2009.

Note, particularly, that the series Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) is being transferred to this site.

State Department’s Social Networking Site: ExchangesConnect

The U.S. Department of State has launched a new web site, ExchangesConnect (connect.state.gov), to promote international exchanges and enhance the United States’ image abroad, particularly among young people. ExchangesConnect is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. According to the Washington Post, “It’s a new online home for Americans and Web users overseas interested in interacting with other participants or potential participants in U.S. educational or foreign exchange programs.” Use of the site requires registration. See also: State Department unveils social networking site, by Kellie Lunney, GovExec, December 1, 2008.