Government 2.0 Taskforce » Innovators Design by Ben Crothers of Catch Media Tue, 04 May 2010 23:55:29 +0000 en hourly 1 Suggest a dataset – IdeaScale competition part three Tue, 08 Sep 2009 00:45:00 +0000 Peter Alexander [Taskforce Secretariat] It’s been interesting to watch the activity on the Taskforce’s IdeaScale page. There’s been some great ideas put forward and some productive discussion going on — keep it up! Today we open the third (and last one for now) category in our structured brainstorming:  Datasets.

We are seeking your suggestions for datasets to be made available under the open access to public sector information principle (such as the Australian Toilet Map). These datasets will form the basis for our upcoming mashup competition.

Feel free to nominate a dataset from any level of government – state/territory, local or federal.  Some suggestions might include:

  • Traffic data
  • Crime statistics
  • Postcode boundaries
  • Passport office locations
  • Pollution reports

Stuck for ideas?  Not sure if your desired dataset exists? You may want to browse some government sites to discover what data is already stored and published online by government:

Note that we are not seeking mashups just yet, only ideas for datasets to be made available.

While we can not guarantee to make all nominated datasets available, if a popular dataset cannot be released, we will tell you the reason why wherever possible.

Category Prize

No prizes will be awarded in this category, although we may include the best suggested datasets in the final report of the Taskforce. And we’re hoping your suggestions give us some ideas about how to make our upcoming mashup competition even better. But please note that the competition closing date of 5PM September 20 still applies to the Datasets category. The reason for this is that we’re going to need some time to actually look into your suggested datasets…

Also note that as before all submissions will be subject to the IdeaScale Terms and Conditions, which also has instructions about how to create an account for our IdeaScale page.

Visit Government 2.0 Taskforce Ideas – Datasets

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Nominate a Government 2.0 Innovator Mon, 07 Sep 2009 05:37:52 +0000 Peter Alexander [Taskforce Secretariat] We have had a great response to our first category of structured brainstorming.

Today, a new category on our IdeaScale page has opened up: Government 2.0 Innovators.

Despite existing constraints, various government agencies are trying and succeeding at innovative uses of technology, including Web 2.0, and promoting greater openness.

We are seeking examples of excellence in Gov 2.0 that have been implemented over the past 18 months or are being implemented now. We want to recognise  agencies and public servants at all levels of government in Australia who are Gov 2.0 champions.

Your nomination may be:

  • An agency or department;
  • A specific project; or
  • An individual

You will need to give us your reason(s) for your nomination and specifically tell us why it is a great example of Gov 2.0 innovation. Where possible, we’d encourage you to provide a URL to an example of your nominee’s work.

We will also be writing out to agencies to ensure that they have maximum opportunity to get involved.

Category Prize

The Taskforce will select the best examples of Gov 2.0 in agencies and the best Gov 2.0 champions and recognise them with certificates signed by Minister Tanner and Minister Ludwig and presentation and formal recognition at an awards ceremony.

But that is not all we will also select the very best of both categories and invite them to attend the eGovernment Forum next year and eGovernment awards dinner (on us of course). We will even hope to get them to present on their Gov 2.0 innovation.

Entries for the competition are due by 5pm September 20, although after that we’ll leave the IdeaScale page open and running for continued discussion and participation.

Note that all submissions will be subject to the IdeaScale Competition Terms and Conditions.

You should also know that we’re making one slight change to the way we’re running our IdeaScale page. Originally we wanted to allow people to participate without having to create an IdeaScale account. What this meant is that ideas and comments appeared without any sign of who wrote them. But now that we’ve seen the page in action, and seen some of the conversation and collaboration going on, we think it would work better if you could see whose ideas you’re looking at and who you’re actually talking to.

So we’re changing the page’s settings so that it displays usernames. But what this means is that from now on you’ll need to make an IdeaScale account to enter the competition. The terms and conditions have instructions on how to do this. If you’ve already submitted an idea or comment and aren’t happy about your IdeaScale username being displayed online, let us know and we’ll delete it from the page. Or if you’re worried about sharing the first part of your email address online (everything before the “@”) thorugh an IdeaScale account, we’d recommend that you set up a new pseudonymous email account. We won’t hold it against you when it comes time to give out the prizes!

Visit Government 2.0 Taskforce Ideas – Government 2.0 Innovator

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