USDA.gov/Open is a place where you can post your ideas, and rank and discuss our ideas. We’re also looking for feedback on our top data sets and need your help forming our Open Government Plan. The site uses two platforms: “Discuss our Ideas” and “Share your Ideas”. Both of these idea-sharing tools help us to gauge the popularity and viability of those ideas, whether they’re yours or ours. When your idea gets posted, others can help promote or demote the idea and provide comments. Popular ideas will bubble to the top.
Help is available for the following IdeaJam features:
What is an IdeaSpace?
Posting an Idea
Top Idea Tags
Blog or Embed an Idea on a Web Page
Please avoid duplicate ideas. To check and see if another IdeaJam user has submitted a similar idea use the search box in the upper right hand corner. If a similar idea already exists all you need to do is vote on the idea and/or add your comments. Search results can also be exported into a spreadsheet.
IdeaSpaces are categories that have been setup by your IdeaJam administrator that reflect the areas that are used to group ideas together. Be sure to select the correct IdeaSpace when submitting your idea. Use the “Select an IdeaSpace” dropdown menu to select an IdeaSpace.
Each IdeaSpace has six different views. You can view recent ideas, popular ideas, ideas with the most comments, ideas that are in progress, ideas that have been completed, and all comments made within an IdeaSpace.
Click on the “Share Your Idea” button to add your idea to IdeaJam. Select an IdeaSpace and enter the title of your idea. When you leave the description field IdeaJam will check to see if any similar ideas are already in IdeaJam. You can view any similar ideas that IdeaJam finds by clicking on the idea. It will open in a new window for you to review.
You can now add one or more tags to help further categorize your ideas. IdeaJam will suggest tags for you as you type. Separate tags with a comma. Now enter a detailed description of your idea. You can also link your idea to another idea by selecting it from the “Link to another idea” dropdown. This field is not required.
Up to five attachments can be added to your ideas. Graphics files (.PNG, .JPG and .GIF) will be displayed above the idea description. All other file attachment type will be displayed as links.
Click on the Promote, Demote or No Opinion to cast your vote for an idea. You can vote from any of the IdeaSpace views or when reading an idea. You can also withdraw your vote at any time. To withdraw your vote click on an idea and the click the Withdraw my Vote button.
In the “Discuss Our Ideas” section, you can rank the importance of a proposed idea or topic to you. Ranking will help us prioritize future actions for datasets, the Open Gov Plan and other activities.
While voting is an important part of IdeaJam so is leaving comments on ideas. You can post a comment on an idea by clicking on the idea title and then entering your comment. You can see a list of comments left by others as well. Comments left by IdeaSpace or IdeaJam administrators will be highlighted in different colors.
The Dashboard shows you your ideas and also shows you a list of suggested ideas that you may be interested in. To access the Dashboard click on the Dashboard button below the Post an Idea button on the right side of IdeaJam.
The list of your ideas will show you the idea title, the number of votes, the number of comments and the last activity date. When you hover your mouse over an idea it will show you a popup with the last action performed on your idea (either a vote, a comment or a status change) and by whom the action was performed.
The list of Suggested Ideas contains a list of ideas, their status and IdeaSpace. IdeaJam generates this list based on the IdeaSpace and tags of the ideas you have submitted, voted or comment.
The Top Idea Tags cloud will be displayed on the right hand side of IdeaJam. It includes a list of the most popular tags used within IdeaJam. Click on a tag to show a list of all ideas using that tag.
IdeaJam allows each use to display information about themselves. Click on the My Ideas link at the top of IdeaJam to access your profile. You can also see your ideas, your comments and votes from your profile. You can also click on any users name in IdeaJam to see their IdeaJam profile. Your profile also allows you to select the language that you would like to display IdeaJam in and also allows you to choose whether you want to recieve email notifications from IdeaJam.
If your IdeaJam administrator has enabled the Blog or Embed an Idea option in your IdeaJam you can easily display your idea on any web page. Open an idea and then copy the HTML code into your blog or web page.
It's easy to stay connected to IdeaJam by using news or RSS feeds. Anywhere you see the orange RSS icon you can click on it and add it to your RSS reader. RSS feeds are available for IdeaSpaces, ideas, tags, comments and much more.