On the Preservation and Record Keeping Aspects of Government 2.0

Gov2 invitation august 2011

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Exciting times for the gov2qld community as we have just welcomed our 400th member to the group and are actively working with practitioners and advocates in other states around Australia to roll out similar Communities of Practice in other locations. More details soon!

The next gov2qld networking event will be held at the headquarters of Queensland Police (full details below). Continue reading

On Internal Social Media use in Government Agencies

Gov2 invitation july 2011

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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).

Gov2qld invitation june 2011

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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

On building a local Government 2.0 Community of Practice

It was an idea spawned from a conversation between Amelia (@Emotivate) and I (@DavidJEade) lamenting the lack of community for people in our State keen to share ideas, experiences and tools relating to this emerging trend known as government 2.0. A month later, 12 changes makers from agencies and service providers within the Queensland government ecosystem came together, and so the ‘Government 2.0 in Queensland‘ (@gov2qld) community of practice was born.

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On Managing Consultations Efficiently

Stressed by number of responsesI’ve heard the same question a couple of times this week in a couple of different contexts, so I thought I’d offer some thoughts here.

“How do we effectively manage large volumes of responses to consultations with limited resources, especially when these volumes are likely to increase as a result of more accessible online engagements”?

It’s a great question. The growth of the internet as a means for spreading our ‘engagement net’ ever wider brings with it the potential for a much greater degree of community participation.

Unfortunately, this is a double edged sword.

Greater engagement leads (theoretically) to better outcomes (be they policy, planning or community outcomes). However, increased consultation responses has traditionally led to more work for already over stretched engagement staff.

So how do we manage large volumes of responses to consultations with limited resources? Continue reading

On Reducing the cost of Freedom of Information requests

image: Department of Justice, Government of Victoria.

Those of you in State Government in Australia will be well familiar with recent changes in legislation around Freedom of Information legislation, specifically the Right to Information reforms in Queensland and the Government Information (Public Access) Act in New South Wales (affectionately referred to as ‘GIPA‘).

I talk about them a little in the related post ‘On the Current State of Government 2.0‘ if you’d like to learn more.

Myself and a number of my collegues have been doing a lot of thinking as to how technology and process can enable already stretched agencies to meet and even exceed the new ‘pro-active disclosure’ requirements of the legislation – the push model whereby information is provided to the public in advance of it being asked for in order to promote greater openness in Government – a key tenant of the Government 2.0 initiatives underway around the world.

More on the outcome of that thinking soon.

However, I saw last week a great example of using web based technology and the ‘push’ model to save resources and thus money in State government in one specific, yet common, scenario.

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On Communicating Mind Boggling Stats

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I’m a sucker for statistics. Especially BIG statistics. Especially when related to things I’m passionate about.

I know many of you will have seen the Social Media Revolution and Did You Know? videos before. But some of you won’t have.

So I present them here partly because I was at a conference last week where the former was used to great effect in a presentation on the use of social media tools in government, and partly cos I wanted to listen to Fat Boy Slim just One More Time!

Incidentally, they are also a great case study in the ‘Picture Book’ presentation technique favoured by many adopting the Presentation Zen approach to great presentations.

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On Hans Rosling – the Master Storyteller

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Hans Rosling

My admiration of the work and presentation skills of Hans Rosling is well known. Rosling is the master of presenting vast data sets in an entertaining, inspiring and educational way.

He’s also the creator of the Gapminder tools which provide stunning visualisations of those datasets.

This week, TED released the sixth TED Talk given by Rosling. (My admiration of TED is probably even more well known). In this presentation Rosling uses what he amusingly terms ‘Analogue’ presentation techniques (TED terms it ‘colorful new data display technology’!) to tell the main part of his story – a technique well known to Sunday School or Primary School teachers desperately trying to keep children entertained and in the process hopefully provide them with some visuals to remember an important truth. Continue reading

On the Leadership Spill – As Predicted ;)

I’m watching as history is being made in Australia – a leadership spill will this morning install Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

Nice timing for me as I used the following slide in a presentation earlier this week – before any talk of a spill.

Interesting to see the uproar about a ‘Prime Minister we didn’t elect’. Of course, no Prime Minister is ever directly elected in Australia, however, it is true that the personality and policies of the party leader have a massive influence over how people choose to vote in an election.

I wonder what the outcome of an election tomorrow might be?

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