Navy Evaluating Blogging Software

by Ray Matthews on November 05, 2003 at 10:46 AM

Government Computer News reports that the Navy is building a business case for using weblogs for project management. Enterprise blogging software by Traction Software, Inc. called TeamPage was selected for evaluation for being one of the first weblog systems designed for business use.

Weblogs provide for collaboration between experts on an as needed basis and virtually eliminate the need to send correspondence and documents by e-mail. Many aggregation technologies allow you to view multiple blog feeds in a single place. TeamPage, rather, has a permissioning and architectural model with a project based design where articles, comments, labels and links can cross project boundries. A project could be considered a blog - one for the team, one for the core team, one per individual. There is a front page that rolls up content by project, depending on any single individual's read permission.

"So, in the DoD pilot example," says Traction's Jordan Frank, "the core team may login and see a field report in the more public project, but are able to comment on it within a more private space, as necessary (to protect confidential information) or as relevant (to keep their chatter to themselves, if it is not relevant to the team at large - preventing overload.)"

According to Washington Technology, Traction's server-based enterprise software ranges in price from $5,000 per server to $10,000 per server plus $125 per account, depending on features. A single user version runs for about $250.

This Rapid Acquisition Incentive-Net Centricity (RAI-NC) pilot study, funded at $450,000, involves Department of Defense agencies in the Liberty Project (night vision technology). Besides The Office of Naval Research, other participating organizations include the Army Night Vision Lab, Defense Acquisition University, Naval Underwater Warfare Center, Marine Corps, Ford Motor Company, and the New York City Police.

This same software is being used by the Western States Information Network, one of six regional offices of the Justice Department set up to share information with other law enforcement agencies about narcotics dealers and terrorists. This office services 1,200 local law enforcement agencies in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

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