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Posting proposed projects for public pontification

2009 August 18
by Nicholas Gruen

One of the roles of the Taskforce is to decide on how to allocate the Project Fund to further the interests of Government 2.0 in Australia.

We’ve been discussing and refining a number of research ideas for potential projects so far. They’re not written up as fully specified projects yet, but we’re after your feedback on them.

Feel free to

1. approve or criticise the projects we’ve set out
2. propose improvements to those ideas
3. propose alternative ideas
4. suggest people or firms/agencies that might do a good job of these projects

Please do any of steps 1 to 3 in the specific comments threads relating to the project, and if you want to suggest additional ideas for projects, please do so in the general comments box.

If you want to propose additional projects as suggested in point 4 above, please do so in the comments box corresponding to the whole page.

We’ve set up a list of projects on our Consultation page and we’re after your feedback. We’re already pretty sure we want to go ahead with quite a few of the projects but we’re still open to your ideas on how to improve them.

We’ll be formally deciding to go ahead with many of the projects at our next meeting – on Friday Aug 21st (when we’re also throwing open part of the meeting to the community for a question and answer session), so your feedback will be most influential if you get us your feedback by 1.00 PM Thursday.

We’re excited to see what comes out of this process, and look forwarding to hearing your ideas.

7 Responses
  1. 2009 August 18
    Henare Degan permalink

    What’s the Q & A session with the community on Friday? I don’t see any details in the calendar and it’s only a few days away.



  2. 2009 August 21

    See a case study on Community Consultation, on the maintenance/upgrade of a busy local shopping precinct. The upgrade, affects businesses and residents. It involves utilities such as electricity, water, telecommunications as well as the private provider of bus shelters/advertising, state transit authority (STA) bus stop and RTA (as there are major roads) through the area.

    There are links to the write up of two other community consultations here:

    Marghanita da Cruz
    Ramin Communications

  3. 2009 August 23

    Actually, looking back over the proposed projects, they all seem internally focused. Where are the projects that will be visible to the community / citizens and make a difference to their lives? I think we need to add projects that are not driven by an agency but by external groups wanting something to happen and in a need to work with one or more agencies to make it happen.

    I voiced a video-centric idea over in another blog post , but I am sure there are all kinds of other ideas waiting to happen.

    Maybe a tweetmp for government – a site that allows to easily find out about twitter/ access to any government agency with twitter archives to search. Or a blog aggregator for all government agencies that blog.

    I would like to see some real value for citizens come out of the gov2.0 TF.

    • 2009 August 24

      I agree with Silvia’s comments….the list of Project Proposals looks bland and uninteresting…..not quite what “Gov 2.0″ is supposed to be about!

      Gov 2.0 should be about better citizen/govt interactions. We should have projects that build demonstrators of how to achieve this….not just more reports…Web 2.0 did not arrive that way…

      How can we better analyse public Blogs to help feedback to govt agencies?
      How can we better publish govt information with clear permissions and reuse policies?
      How can we provide single Profile login (not just signin) to all govt agencies?

  4. 2009 August 26
    simonfj permalink

    Hi Guys,

    I won’t bother to make the usual criticisms. Youse dun good. I would think that sometime next week, after the submissions are in & the public sphere day is over, you might be able to draw breath and see how you’ve compressed three years into one month, and drawn some pollen filled bees to this hive.

    Just wish you’d left the projects comment press open, so we could get into the pepetual beta mode. Maybe do another cut? It usually takes about three reiterations (one/month) to get a community into the groove.

    Please just keep in mind that what you have in mind to do is good; consulting with silos, be they .gov, .edu, whatever. The main thing is about the way in which you do it, and how you can include as many bees as possible in your travels (don’t swat).

    You asked for ideas about people in private or public orgs, which i would never put in print, as they are the 5% that the other 95% follow. But the two agencies which need to be included now are the National Library, and aarnet. The nla because if we are talking about we need some good records of you travels kept, so we can share the learning, and they’re the agency who can help in structuring (what the BBC call) a creativearchive.

    Aarnet, because they can help us systemize the capture, recording and streaming, etc, of your travels, and new (cheap) communications. Your commercial team members have their employers to consider, and can’t give away their strategies for groundchanging implementations. E.g. Even Cisco, who have been kind enough to loan you their VC tool, shouldn’t be given preference in defining a(n opensource) spec for an open interface to do this kind of stuff. It would be nice to include the Australian NREN backwater in this (kind of) initiative. Including the ABC multimedia guys might be a good idea as well. It’s about network convergence.

    The last group; the creative interface designers, the tool makers, of which Australia has plenty, will need to coordinate their activities with the old professions (above). So a competition would bring them to the surface, and help every silo. But you’ll need t be spec(ific) about what support (design) your secretariat will need. Of course I’m taking for granted your secretariat members have 5 years (/each, /min) of online moderating experience. Regardless, they’ve done well.

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