Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Why Use Google Wave?

This is a cross-post from my blog on the Military Social Networking system milBook.

This will be the first of a series of posts that will look into use cases for Google Wave (or more specifically FedWave, which is the effort to use Wave in the Federal Government). While these use cases will have a military/ government focus, they have much in common with other articles that cover uses for Google Wave (here, here, and here).

NOTE: this and subsequent posts on this topic are strictly the opinions of the author, and do not represent any official Government policy or endorsement, nor are endorsed by any entity that is or may do business with the Government in any capacity.

By way of review, here is a synopsis of one of my earlier posts:

Definition: Google Wave is a product that could replace email, instant messaging, and threaded discussion using a collaborative platform and an open-source protocol.
- Product: Currently Google hosted
- Platform: Includes Extensions, bots, etc.
- Protocol: Facilitates having independent Wave servers on any network, but still able to federate over a single port

Assumptions and Warnings:
- Not all the functionality shown in the following use cases is fully developed
- Some existing Wave features are not available in open source version of Wave (FedOne) including attachments and many extensions. 
- The use cases are for illustration only, do not represent any official sanction of the technology or its use by the Government in any form

1. Joint Use Case: Targeting
All information and approvals for target execution in one place on the Network that can be edited in real-time by multiple users

2. Interagency Use Case: Significant Activities (SIGACTs)
Effective Real-time and Time-Delayed Collaboration across multiple-networks for information gathering, analysis, and response

3. Intergovernmental Use Case: Border Enforcement
Real-time multiple-echelon and multiple-network collaboration to coordinate response to border incidents

4. Multinational Use Case: Simultaneous translation coupled with event planning
Use of simultaneous translation extensions to facilitate event planning such as a G8 or G20 summit

5. Social Media Integration (VIP Social Media)
Authoritative capture of official communications via non-Federal controlled systems such as Facebook, Twitter, or other Web 2.0 apps

6. Secure Messaging

Replacement of aging E-mail (SMTP) based organizational messaging systems with a platform that inherently supports a similar authority model and meets the criteria of multi-author, multi-destination authoritative organizational messages

In subsequent posts I will expand on these six FedWave Use Cases and provide an example of each.

Please let me know what you think about this. I have to admit that I am less than objective about this new technology, as I believe it is truly revolutionary and has tremendous potential. If you have other use cases, please share them in the comments, and I will look at adding them to my unofficial list. As always, thanks for reading.

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