Innovate, Mash, Camp: Govt 2.0 Contest Update
A while back, we outlined some of the contests we hoped to hold that would demonstrate gov2.0 objectives, engage the community and be fun.
Given some months (and lots of work) has now elapsed, it seems timely to give a little update about where we are up to…
# a government innovation contest:
The government innovation contest was launched in early September, along with a structured brainstorming contest and a dataset nomination contest. These closed two days ago, on Sunday 20 September, and we had a great response. Thank you!! The results from these contests will be announced shortly.
# an open access to PSI + the â€˜tools of liberationâ€™ contest:
This is the one that I personally am most excited about. We are on track for launching this, possibly as early as next week. The combined forces of the Secretariat and my colleagues at DBCDE (thanks Judi and James) have been hard at work securing the agreement of at least 12 (yep, count them) federal agencies and at least four (possibly more) out of our seven states and territories to release datasets for use in the contest â€¦ (drum roll) in RDF, XML, JSON, CSV or XLS formats and under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia license.
Consistent with global trends for the release of government data and a significant achievement for a country with Crown Copyright and without (presently, at least) a national information policy, we have enough people working with foresight within our federal and state governments who were happy to release data for this contest on real open access terms/formats.
# NEW NEW NEW: mashup camp(s)
We realise that data doesnâ€™t just mash itself up. We also want to bring the community together to share and collaborate. In an effort to do this, we are working on organising at least one mashup camp to be held in Sydney in late October/ early November. We also hope to hold one in Canberra in mid-October. Just to give yâ€™all a heads up that we are trying to give you a formal forum to get your innovative juices flowing to mashup the data that we have liberated.
# a gov.au makeover:
Unfortunately, this contest will not be going ahead. We havenâ€™t been able to get enough agencies interested in sufficient time to allow this to be completed during the Taskforceâ€™s lifetime (which ends in December). All experience is good experience though and it shows us all how challenging it can be to get the necessary sign-offs for new and innovative ideas within a short time-frame within government.
More soonâ€¦.feedback welcomeâ€¦.