On Objective Connect – the right choice for the environment!

I was talking to a customer recently who is using Objective Connect to enable efficient sharing of information as part of day to day business scenarios within their government agency.

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One of their initial scenarios is a familiar one – that of distributing papers to a number of committees, including the Board.

Most of the members of the various committees are external to the organisation and there were a number of headaches associated with distributing papers to the members ahead of the committee meetings.

In most cases, reports were printed out and distributed as physical copies.

One board would often print between 1 and 2 reams of paper for each member of the committee!

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On Twitter, LinkedIn and Government 2.0

There was an interesting tweet today from @Sherro58 concerning the relative growth in popularity of Twitter and LinkedIn in Australia. It got me thinking about our experience in the gov2qld community here in Queensland.

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On GovCamp Queensland 2012

I opened GovCamp Queensland with a traditional welcome to country.

For me this was more than just symbolic. I wanted to acknowledge the importance to ancient cultures of storytelling and shared experiences in building and sustaining resilient communities. A message that I feel has somehow been lost in modern conferences but a message that is a key tenet of the GovCamp movement worldwide.

My hope was that GovCamp Queensland would be able to emulate the ‘stories round the camp fire’ approach of ancient cultures.

I wasn’t disappointed.

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On Hackfest Brisbane and Open Data Competitions

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at the launch of hack::brisbane

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at the launch of hack::brisbane

Last weekend saw the official launch of the hack::brisbane competition by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk during the one day Hackfest Brisbane mini competition.

Both competitions are based on usage of the 50 recently released data sets from Brisbane City Council under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC BY 3.0) open license.

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Two weeks. Three fabulous events.

gov2qld logoIt’s been a big year for the Government 2.0 in Queensland Community of Practice (or gov2qld as we prefer to call it!).

And we’re not done yet!

It’s so exciting to see our community involved in three big events in Brisbane over the next two weeks. Whatever your particular interest area under the “Government 2.0” banner, there is something for you.

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On Driving People to Online Consultations

Have your sayThe trend in recent years towards online consultation with communities is clearly beneficial to the overall process of engaging communities for a number of reasons.

  1. it provides the potential for a wider range of opinions, experiences and ideas to be garnered
  2. It provides a platform for more efficient management of large scale consultation activities
  3. Its easier and more fun for stakeholders than attending community meetings or being badgered on the streets while rushing to a meeting your late for.

(The latter point is, of course, not to say that traditional methods of engagement don’t have huge value. My IAP2 qualifications and experience have taught me of the unique value of many other community participation techniques and I too get frustrated with the current swathe of smegs who preach that online consultation is the only way to engage).

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On Managing the Crowd: Records Management for a 2.0 World

Managing the Crowd book coverI mentioned Steve Bailey‘s excellent book Managing the Crowd: Rethinking Records Management for the Web 2.0 World at last nights gov2qld community of practice event.

It was published in 2008 and so is a little dated now, but the concepts and challenges faced by the records management community in the light of the meteoric rise in use of social media tools by government agencies – both internally and externally – is as relevant today as it was when first published. Continue reading

On Internal Social Media use in Government Agencies

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The next gov2qld networking event will be held at the Gardens Point Campus of QUT (full details below).

This month we will focus our ‘Government 2.0 Intensive Care’ session on a subject that many of you are talking about if not actively working on at the moment, the use of Internal Social Media within agencies and departments.

We will look in particular at efforts to incorporate tools like Yammer into the culture of organisations with some success stories but also some challenges encountered. This will be another panel discussion with lots of opportunities to ask questions and discuss your own experiences.

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On Beth Noveck’s Visit to Brisbane

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Professor Beth Noveck

UPDATE: Unfortunately Beth Noveck has had to cancel this visit due to health reasons. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her here in Brisbane in the near future.

Exciting to see that Professor Beth Noveck is visiting Brisbane on Monday 25th July and will be speaking at a free event organised and hosted by QUT.

Professor Brian Fitzgerald will be joining her in the session where both professors will talk on Government 2.0 – Theory and Practice.

Professor Noveck has been at the forefront of this work in the USA and internationally. Her book Wiki Government provides conceptual depth to the ideas while her leading role in the Peer to Patent Project and most recently The Open Government Initiative (within the US government) have established her as an expert practitioner in the area. Professor Fitzgerald, a member of the Federal Government’s Gov 2.0 Taskforce in 2009, and his research team at QUT have lead international thinking on new models for licensing of public sector information since their discovery in 2004 that Creative Commons licences could be applied to public sector information. His two volume edited collection on Access to Public Sector Information: Law Technology and Policy is a key resource in this area.

Highly recommended to all of the @gov2qld community. More details and RSVP information here.

On a Single Web presence for Government

June’s gov2qld networking event will be held at the Police Headquarters in Roma Street (Details below).

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After a great panel discussion on the legal aspects of Government 2.0 last month, this month we will focus our ‘Government 2.0 Intensive Care‘ session on another hotly requested topic, that of a ‘Single Web Experience for Government’. Once again we will have a facilitated panel discussion with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Continue reading