The Vox Pop 2.0 Learning Journey
We’ve just finished a couple of weeks of full on touring the country. There’s more to come, but we’ve visited Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. I’m in the States this week and then we’ll get onto some regional visits. I think there’s a bit of a buzz about. Of course what really matters is if we live up to it, but so far so good. My last visit comprised a great couple of sessions in Adelaide with some great discussion – for instance on whether or not identity and authentication was a Web 1.0 or a Web 2.0 issue. Taskforce member Glenn Archer and I didn’t agree to start with, but I think we managed to work it out as we discussed it. And is ‘joined up government’ even possible? And what role can Web 2.0 play in helping to join up government?
We took recordings of those sessions we could and we’re hoisting them up on the site. Now within government this raises some ticklish questions. Since we haven’t recorded all the sessions, some people could complain that they’ve got the rough end of the pineapple (either by virtue of being recorded or not, depending on their perspective). More importantly it would be best to be able to post the recordings with transcripts, particularly for those who need these to properly access the material (for instance for hearing impaired people). But we have the recording now. So since we have plans to get a transcript into existence should we wait till the transcript is available before we release the MP3s? That seems silly to us. So we’re releasing the MP3s when we can.
And in fact that can help us generate the transcripts.
- Perhaps you are willing to help transcribe them into text in a range of languages to improve their accessibility for domestic and international purposes, or have another suggestion in this area?
- Perhaps you can suggest an audio format that would produce smaller files (still with clear audio)?
- Perhaps you can suggest an innovative way of analysing these sizeable chunks of information to uncover some common threads or new insights?
- Perhaps you have had previous difficulties accessing government information online and know of helpful tools and technologies we can use for this and other such transcription tasks.
If you have an idea to suggest, then post it as a comment below or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of next week – Friday 18 September. Please don’t send us any commercial proposals though – this is strictly an experiment in crowdsourcing and collaboration (and another chapter in our attempt to learn by doing, something it seems to me governments need to get more comfortable doing if we’re ever going to get Government 2.0 living up to its potential).
And if we can’t crowdsource or collaborate to find a solution, we have a backup plan. If we don’t have transcripts within two weeks we’ll arrange to have them made ourselves.