The third element in the connected government ’troika’ is the rapidly evolving arena of open data, transparent processes and new forms of trans-agency or trans-sectoral collaboration to build applications and deliver services with a public purpose.
Examples of themes to be explored include:
• Open data
The Open Government Partnership is a 60-nation network and growing. After some two years, Australia’s Federal Government has just committed to joining the OGP. We talk with John McMillan, the Australian Government’s Information Commissioner, about what the OGP might mean for a nation well-known for its early adoption of Gov 2.0 and other forms of connected government.
As the deadline for submissions approaches for the News Challenge on Open Government, John Bracken, the Knight Foundation’s Director of Media Innovation shares his observations on the journey so far and provides some insights for making project submissions, as well as how everyone can contribute to this timely Challenge to accelerate better ways that government and citizens can interact.
Ahead of taking formal applications, an “inspiration phase” has been launched for the 2013 Knight News Challenge. Some $5 million of Knight Foundation funding will be announced in June for innovative projects around Open Government.
Jean-François Gauthier and Mario Asselin from Démocratie Ouverte discuss how they have been working with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) as well as their colleagues across the French speaking world to support Governments to broaden and deepen the opengov and open democracy movement.
Theresa Pardo is well known for her work leading the Center for Technology in Government (CTG). This discussion looks at public value and taking a portfolio approach to open government, as articulated through the CTG’s Public Value Assessment Tool.
Beyond the buzz, for many agencies the journey to open government and open data is tempered by a need to see and understand the evidence of benefits.
Digital public sector recordkeeping is one of the unsung cornerstones in the open government and open data discussion.
Dr Anne Thurston talks about past and current challenges of digital recordkeeping and preservation for government – particularly in developing countries. She also highlights how the open government movement holds opportunities for the public sector recordkeeping profession.
Open access to Government information is a key element of the open government discussion, both in policy and practice terms.
Baden Appleyard shares his experience in developing and applying the Australian Government’s Open Access and Licensing Framework, and highlights the opportunities and challenges faced in opening up information from Governments as well as public research bodies through licensing options such as Creative Commons.
Sunlight’s Director of Policy John Wonderlich shares national and international perspectives on open government, where collaboration between government and civil society, and good decision-making about data are the next open government frontiers for public agencies.