Taking governments to 2.0

Taking governments to 2.0

Summary: Allowing easy access to public data is gathering pace, with federal and state MPs staging events that promote openness in government — will there be any tangible outcomes or is this another government talkfest?

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Allowing easy access to public data is gathering pace, with federal and state MPs staging events that promote openness in government — will there be any tangible outcomes or is this another government talkfest?

On Patch Monday this week we examine the obstacles facing people advocating a Government 2.0 model — open access to APIs and digitised data — and what the team thinks of the Prime Minister's new look website.

Will Government 2.0 revolutionise the way the public and the public service communicate, or is it a pipe dream that will be mired in reviews and committees? Let us know your thoughts in talkback.

Below is the local government talk by Diana Mounter at Webjam 8 referred to in today's episode.

Topics: Government, Big Data, Government AU, Open Source

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

Suzanne Tindal

About Suzanne Tindal

Suzanne Tindal cut her teeth at ZDNet.com.au as the site's telecommunications reporter, a role that saw her break some of the biggest stories associated with the National Broadband Network process. She then turned her attention to all matters in government and corporate ICT circles. Now she's taking on the whole gamut as news editor for the site.

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Talkback

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  • Publicsphere and "Talkin Bout It"

    Speaking as someone who's presented at both the recent Publicspheres and will be attending the third in Wollongong, I think they are an important step in starting to change the culture of Government. By putting the different groups of Public Servants, Outside Contractors and Politicians in the same room, you start to build the network required for the transmission of new ideas.

    The problem many people seem to have is that it's not going to happen overnight so it's probably best not to try. We have to realise that the cultural shift that will be required in and outside of Government is going to take time.
    anonymous
  • You need to know...

    You should probably know about http://www.openaustralia.org
    anonymous
  • KRudd's patent

    KRudd invented the talk-fest.
    anonymous
  • GILF

    check out www.gilf.gov.au. The QLD Government is looking at creative commons for its data... They are also following what Tim Berners-Lee is saying to OPSI in the UK.. making data accessible, in accessible formats. Other states are looking at GILF
    anonymous