We hear a lot about Web 2.0 technology and applications on the consumer side — think MySpace, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Less so on the government side. But that’s slowly changing. Recently, TIME Magazine listed A-Space among the top 50 best inventions of 2008. Launched in September by the Federal Government, A-Space is a “highly restricted Facebook-style website,” as TIME puts it, that serves as a platform of engagement for various intelligence agencies, including the CIA, FBI, and NSA.
A key player in the successful launch of A-Space has been Bob Coleman and the ManTech team. “There have been a lot of solutions developed over the years for the analytical community to help them collaborate and share information, but none of them has fully exploited modern networking techniques such as Web 2.0 and social networking concepts like MySpace or Facebook,” said Coleman in an interview with us earlier this year with us. “The new generation of analysts will want to work with tools that they are familiar with, similar to those they use on the Internet. ManTech is developing key components of A-Space, including the collaborative tools and capabilities that were being developed by McDonald Bradley before we acquired them.”