CommsCamp 2013 brought together practitioners from across UK Government to Birmingham for an unconference about all things communication in the public sector. Ann Kempster from the UK Government Communications Network, and one of the co-organisers of the event, shares some of the key themes and insights from the event.
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.
With the emergence of new trends like open government and open data, there is a perception by many that eGovernment is yesterday’s news, and has largely been completed. In a candid conversation, Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi, head of the OECD’s eGovernment unit, explains that there is much work still to be done to bring eGovernment into the daily work of the public sector.
The US Data.Gov platform now features more than 470,000 datasets from 172 agencies, as well as thematic communities representing such diverse interests as health and education through to developers and consumers.
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.
The emerging discipline of service design is playing an increasingly important role in the public sector. In this special live recording from Paris, we speak with Christophe Tallec of Utilisacteur/Uinfoshare and Anne Marie Boutin, head of the French National Design Centre (Agence pour la promotion de la création industrielle) to learn how service design and design thinking helps organisations to focus on asking the right questions before looking for solutions.
Jenny Clark and David Kane from the UK’s National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) are bringing civil society to the open data table through their Voluntary Sector DataStore and associated initiatives.