Government 2.0 Taskforce » Prizes Design by Ben Crothers of Catch Media Tue, 04 May 2010 23:55:29 +0000 en hourly 1 Over the Rainbow – Not for Profit PSI Project Ideas Fri, 09 Oct 2009 00:08:58 +0000 Peter Alexander [Taskforce Secretariat] The not-for-profit sector constantly juxtaposes visionary ideas for improving society against a reality of limited resources and expertise – including cheap and timely access to relevant public sector information.

But what if we could change one of the ground rules by opening up public sector data sets for use in a not-for-profit setting?  What possibilities for improving our society and our democracy would this seemingly simple mind-shift open up?

Rather than waiting around for this to happen, the Taskforce has decided to run another contest to fast-track the generation of ideas for using public sector data in a not-for-profit setting, and help the winner turn this idea into a project proposal.

Category Prize

The Taskforce will select the best idea(s) for using public sector information in a not for profit setting and award a cash donation of $5,000 to a charity/not-for-profit organisation of the winner’s choice.  The winner(s) (or their nominated not-for-profit organisation) will be provided assistance from Connecting Up Australia to scope their idea as project proposal that the Taskforce can consider funding from the Project Fund.

Entries for the competition are due by 5pm, October 30 5Pm, November 6, although after that we’ll leave the IdeaScale page open and running for continued discussion and participation.

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.

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Your Invitation to MashUpAustralia Wed, 30 Sep 2009 06:09:56 +0000 Mia Garlick

Today the Government 2.0 Taskforce is launching its MashupAustralia contest that we blogged about earlier here and here. To fuel your innovative mashup juices, around 59 datasets from the Australian and State and Territory Governments have been released at on license terms and in formats that permit and enable mashup. The contest will begin accepting entries next week on 7 October 2009 and close on 6 November 2009.

You can enter as an individual or as a team. Anyone who is an Australian resident/citizen is eligible for prizes (teams must have at least one Australian resident/citizen as a member).

Over 15 Australian Government agencies have released data as diverse as Australian Federal Electoral Boundaries, Location of Centrelink Offices and World Heritage Areas in Australia. Through the Online Communications Council’s Digital Economy Group, State and Territory Governments have released datasets such as Surface Water Gauging Stations Queensland, South Australian Boat Ramp Locator and ACT – Barbecue (BBQ) Locations. There are cultural collections and plenty of quirky datasets too!

All datasets are released on license terms that permit and enable mashup (e.g., Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Attribution license) and in formats such as CSV and XML.

Prizes include:
• $10,000 for Excellence in Mashing category
• $5,000 for Highly Commendable Mashups
• $2,500 for Notable Mashing Achievements

In addition, we are also offering some additional prizes for the following categories:
• $2,000 for the People’s Choice Mashup prize
• $2,000 for the Best Student entry
• $1,000 bonuses awarded for the data transformations

We may even award more than one prize for each category if we are overwhelmed by quality mashups.

We are thrilled to have a starting panel of expert judges including Mark Pesce, Futurist/Author/Judge of ABC’s “New Inventors”; Nathan Yergler, Creative Commons Chief Technology Officer; Abigail Thomas, Head of Strategic Development, ABC Innovation, ABC; Regina Kraayenbrink, Web Futures Strategy Team, Australian Bureau of Statistics; and Seb Chan Head of Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum (and Taskforce member).

More information about the contest can be found on the About page and in the Contest Rules.

Remember, this is a prototype in many ways for Australian governments to do this type of thing and we are looking forward to learning as we go. We welcome your feedback either through the blog or via the contest site or wherever you choose to share your views. We do hope, however, that your use of the data, your feedback and nature of community engagement will be in keeping with the spirit of the contest, namely to showcase the benefits of open access to public sector information.

In the meantime, happy mashing and we can’t wait to see what you create…

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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.

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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!

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Structured brainstorming – suggest ideas and projects for the Taskforce Fri, 04 Sep 2009 09:15:40 +0000 Peter Alexander [Taskforce Secretariat] To some, the title of this post will sound like an oxymoron. Traditionally, offline brainstorming normally occurs in a conference room, with lots of butcher’s paper, whiteboard markers, sticky notes and a degree of chaos. The problem with this approach, however, is that it does not scale.

For those who have attempted to collate hundreds, even thousands of responses to consultations, making sense of these submissions can be expensive and time-consuming, with little transparency of the methods involved.

Fortunately, technology has come to our aid.

Ever since our first post, we’ve been receiving feedback about additional tools that we could use to receive your ideas and suggestions. From today, as Mia Garlick told you was coming, we’ll start using our very own IdeaScale page to capture those ideas and allow others to vote them up and down.

And if you are thinking why are they adding something else to the mix – isn’t this confusing – we hope not – and we are meeting one of our aims which is to try things out and see how they roll.

If you want to enter the competition you will need to give us a valid email address by setting up an IdeaScale account. You can do this by following the instructions below from the terms and conditions:

To create an IdeaScale account, click on the “New Idea” button on the IdeaScale page, then enter your preferred email address and choose the “No, I am a new user” option. You will then be prompted to enter a password of your choice. After doing so and clicking on “Sign Up”, your account will be created.

Your username will be publicly displayed on IdeaScale as the first part of the email address used to create the account (everything before the “@” symbol). The second part of your email address (everything after the “@” symbol) will not be publicly visible, and we will not share it with anyone. Using a pseudonymous email account will not affect the judging of your entry to the competition.

Our first category of ideas will be suitably open-ended…


Reading through the submissions to the issues paper, we’ve observed some fascinating, and occasionally recurring, proposals for Government 2.0 projects. Now that submissions have closed, we’d like to hear what you think of others’ project ideas.

Alternatively, if you weren’t able to make a detailed submission to the response, you may want to propose a new project idea (one or two sentences is often enough), or vote others’ project ideas up or down.

When adding a new idea to the “brainstorming” category, we’d encourage you to consider answering the question:

“How can the Government 2.0 Taskforce best meet its Terms of Reference?”

Category Prize

The Taskforce will select the best brainstorming ideas and award cash prizes of $1000. The best ideas may even become projects that the Taskforce will pursue and if we do we may give the person who made the idea first chance to undertake the project.

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.

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