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. Listed below are a number of projects which the Taskforce is considering. We are seeking your comments on these proposals by 1.00 PM Thursday August 20th, and your feedback will then influence our discussion about which projects to go ahead with. See this blog post for more details.
Survey of Australian Government Web 2.0 practices
This survey would involve investigating:
• Government IT practices regarding the provision of access to and/or training in Web 2.0 technologies;
• anatomising the reasons for restrictions;
• identifying best practices;
• identifying the costs and benefits; and
• proposing lessons learned.
An additional part of this project could be to locate and bring together a group of people in governments around Australia who have been trying to implement Web 2.0 outcomes.
Strategy to identify key barriers within agencies to Government 2.0
Interview Legal, Media Comms, IT and Security teams in select agencies to identify issues, challenges and opportunities for adopting Web 2.0 within Government. Identify practical, procedural, technical issues so that we can formulate an appropriate recommended strategy to address them.
Web 2.0 and Interagency Activity
A project to investigate the use of Web 2.0 tools to encourage cross-agency collaboration across the Australian Government.
Part of this project could involve a review of GovDex, a secure and private online collaboration tool for Australian Government agencies. This review could involve consulting with stakeholders to gather suggestions for improvements to GovDex, as well as estimating the potential cost of these enhancements.
Case study of Web 2.0 recordkeeping in Government
Find an Australian Government agency that is using Web 2.0 technology for official purposes and analyse how that agency is going about making and keeping full and accurate records of those activities, the difficulties experienced, solutions explored, successes, failures, lessons, etc.
Where relevant seek advice from the National Archives of Australia on Web 2.0 recordkeeping strategies and tools.
Write up the results as a case study, with recommendations for the pursuit of further research, experimentation, development of relevant advice and guidelines, etc.
Government 2.0 Reporting
Require every government department’s annual report to include information on its progress on the Gov 2.0 agenda and each departmental CEO/CIO to include a statement on these issues as part of an annual appearance before parliamentary committees.
The value of public sector information
Assess and quantify where possible the economic and social benefits of making government information more widely available. e.g. a cost benefit analysis of the social value of the additional outreach of the Powerhouse Museum in releasing various ‘orphan’ works into Creative Commons licensing.
Develop a tool to assist agencies – particularly cultural agencies – decide how to price and how to price discriminate. The tool could also be integrated with decision support on intellectual property issues.
Enhancing the discoverability and accessibility of government information
Investigate how government information could be better organised in a cost effective way in order to enhance its discoverability and accessibility.
Survey of international experience in public sector information and digital engagement
Survey how overseas organisations similar to the Information Commissioner are doing their job, and determine if any such organisation could provide an appropriate model for the Australian Information Commissioner.
Project / Competition / Prize for early leadership in Semantic Web
• Identify Australian Government datasets that could benefit from proper semantic tagging; and
• Reward the agency which makes the most progress on it.
Copyright law and intellectual property
Look at the broad policy rationale of copyright and outline a 'first best' response at the same time as anatomising the plethora of micro-problems. The ultimate objective would be to develop a set of recommendations - both at a high level and at a more detailed level designed to free up some of the obstacles as well as producing the evidence and arguments to support such recommendations.
Posted by Taskforce Secretariat on August 18, 2009