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 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 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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On Beginning to Engage

It was a surprise yesterday to see the response of the Australian Federal Government to the report produced by the Government 2.0 Taskforce (released in December 2009). A surprise not because it wasn’t expected but because of the delay in producing it and, for me, the brevity of it’s response.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. As Minister Tanner said on the new AGIMO blog,

Whilst today is the completion of one phase, it is also very much the beginning of a new one. The task now is to implement these changes, beginning with assisting agencies to make the most of the opportunities offered by Web 2.0.

The response provides signposts to the future of government in Australia, it does not, and is not meant to, be the government’s all encompassing policy in this area. This will be worked out over time (through experimentation and identification of best practice across agencies) and through different legislation (for example the Freedom of Information (Reform) Bill and the Office of the Information Commissioners Bill).

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