February 14th Was DigitalGov’s Third Birthday

Content From: AIDS.govPublished: February 28, 20173 min read


Editor’s Note: We wanted to let you know about these digital resources from DigitalGov.



Today is DigitalGov’s third birthday and over the last three years, we’ve achieved so much—many thanks to you and your feedback.

We’ve published more than 1,000 articles, which have been seen by over 800,000 people resulting in over 2.4 million page views. Our tens of thousands of daily and weekly newsletter subscribers represent every branch and agency in the U.S. government, as well as state and local governments. DigitalGov is also a key source of digital innovation information for governments big and small around the world.

Our communities unite federal teams with nearly 10,000 memberships across 16 active mission areas, including: mobile development, open data and innovation, social technologies, agile/lean, and customer experience.

2016In December, DigitalGov was included in FedTech Magazine’s annual list of 50 must-read federal IT blogs Exit Disclaimer for the second year in a row.

The past year saw many launches, including:


  1. The U.S. Digital Registry, which improved performance reporting, data analysis and accessibility of public services across platforms;
  2. The CitizenScience.gov website, which is the central hub for citizen science and crowd-sourcing projects across the federal space
  3. The Challenges and Prizes Toolkit Exit Disclaimer, the comprehensive guide to prize competitions for federal employees at every level;
  4. And 5 new communities — Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, Agile/Lean, Digital Audio/Video, Virtual/Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services— bringing the current number of communities up to 16!


  1. By the end of our first year, we had published more than 480 articles, including some of our most popular articles to date which cover metrics and customer service.
  2. Based on feedback from its community, MobileGov released six Mobile User Experience Guidelines, distilling the 42 previously issued.
  3. The Challenges and Prizes Community celebrated the 5th anniversary of Challenge.gov, and the nearly 500 challenges launched.
  4. In 2015, our session traffic nearly doubled and our weekly and daily email subscribers increased by 15%.
  5. DigitalGov was also named as a 2015 must-read blog Exit Disclaimer by FedTech magazine, which is due to the great contributions from our many guest authors.


  1. DigitalGov.gov launched Feb. 14, 2014, with an article on the importance of social media engagement between agencies, not just with the public, by Dorothy Amatucci of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  2. Our visitors liked what they read, as our returning visitors rose to 30%, according to stats from the Digital Analytics Program, which provides web metrics and other resources to federal agencies.
  3. Facebook used one of our community-driven products, the U.S. Digital Registry, to verify 1,000 agency accounts.
  4. Six months in, we had articles written by more than 40 digital government innovators who worked in agencies other than GSA, including our first weekly column, Mobile’s Trends on Tuesdays.

We have big year ahead of us on DigitalGov and would very much like to hear from you. Send us an email and let us know how DigitalGov has helped you or how we can better serve you going forward.

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