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Spacebook: Lessons Learned from NASA's Enterprise Social Network

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Emma Antunes, Web Manager from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will talk about lessons learned from Spacebook, an enterprise social network she’s developed for NASA. Spacebook is an enhanced Intranet designed around user profiles, forums, groups, and social bookmarking. Each employee has his or her own home page, where they can publish their own status, share files, “friend” others and follow their activity, and join communities of interest. Spacebook helps employees find expertise, form online groups with which to share files and write wikis, and even help locate or dispose of surplus gear.

While social networks like Spacebook are new and exciting tools to help us get our work done, they bring with them impact to the organization. There is a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt about change. Do the old rules still apply? How? What are the rules of behavior? What training do we need? What are the consequences of “friending” people at work? Emma will talk about the change management challenges she’s had to overcome to implement Spacebook.

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Emma Antunes


Emma Kolstad Antunes is an IT Specialist for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. An early adopter, she has been the Center’s Web Manager since 1995, and also serves as the lead for NASA’s Web Managers group. In this role, she is responsible for technology expertise, web policy and governance, and community leadership. Emma has pushed for the web to be seen not simply as a communications medium, but as a powerful tool for business transformation. Her passion is information management and collaboration. Emma holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University.

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