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(@jamespurser)

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GovForge

One of the problems that people keep bringing up is the fact that each department/governemnt body keeps re-inventing the wheel to a certain extent. Why not setup a code sharing site or project hosting site for the development of Government Applications. As an example of such a project why don't we have a look at plonegov in the states. This is a shared project between multiple Local Government bodies with the stated ...more »

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(@craig.thomler)

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Crowdsourced - single Australian source of truth for geospatial mapping of electorates, postcodes, placenames and landmarks

To support agencies in mapping data to geospatial references, let's provide a central site which any agency can use to geospatially identify its data. This could start by drawing on all local, state and federal government geospatial reference materials, building a single national service independent of any mapping solution. This should include all electorates, postcodes, placenames and geographic features - but to preserve ...more »

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(@bradpeterson)

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data gov au - central metadata repository for government data sets and their meaning/context

data.gov.au - cathedral/warehouse/bazaar for stuctured, meaningful descriptions of government data sets and information about how to access them. Machine readable metadata is made available in RDF based on standard Dublin Core/AGLS/AGRKMS vocabularies supported by standard SKOS/OWL ontologies. This allows anybody to find, download, use and re-use data sets generated and held by the government by building APIs, conduct ...more »

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(@craig.thomler)

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Training program for public servants in the effective evaluation and implementation of Gov 2.0 initiatives

To build capability across government, there needs to be training courses available for public servants in how to evaluate, implement and manage effective Gov 2.0 initiatives. Skill needs range from risk assessment, moderation and engagement principles, approach and tool evaluation again agency needs, reporting and issues management - plus more. Perhaps the first step is to map the skills required, then develop programs ...more »

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(@darrenm)

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allaboutme.gov.au: Centering the government around the individual

** The vision ** It’s Monday morning, and you’re checking your email over a cup of coffee before heading off to work. You notice a message from allaboutme.gov.au, telling you that you have three new notifications and a reminder in your allaboutme in-tray. You click the link at the bottom of the email and your browser opens up, taking you to the allaboutme.gov.au login page. Once you’ve signed in, you scan the four new ...more »

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(@alexander.sadleir)

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Reduce Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt about Creative Commons and Open licencing

Several submissions have shown concerns that Creative Commons licencing is potentially harmful. While there is work under way to broadly analyse the Intellectual Property barriers to open licencing, a specific statement about the real risks of open licenses to government information (if any) and how to still achieve openness despite them is required.

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(@andrae.muys)

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Site for targeted collaboration around policy

I'm taking this site at its word, and throwing out a raw concept --- this is mostly stream-of-consciousness and not fully thought through --- Brainstorming in fact. It would be interesting to develop a site that allows targeted discussion on issues of policy. This would be a cross between a forum, a mailing-list, a wiki, and ultimately a collaborative faq. This would allow a convener to post a specific matter of interest. ...more »

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(@craig.thomler)

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Templated and wiki-ed standard guideline documentation for gov 2.0 (for agencies)

Similar to the UK Twitter Template for Government and the USAF counter-blogging model, the Australian government could tap into best practice initiatives within Australia and overseas to provide standard template documentation for some of the common requirements for government 2.0 initiatives. This would include documentation such as blog moderation principles, twitter guidelines, forum management guidelines and guidelines ...more »

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(@jamespurser)

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Gov App Store

Washington DC has just launched their own App Store. This store contains web apps and phone apps covering everything from bus route calculators to parking, crime stats and more.

 

Imagine a Gov App Store that allows developers to promote their Gov2.0 applications, and provides a central repository for users to access these applications.

 

For the DC Version have a look here: http://appstore.dc.gov/

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(@craig.thomler)

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Create an 'innovation dividend' for departments

Encouraging innovation would enormously advantage Gov 2.0 initiatives, as they are largely innovative endeavours. Similar to the efficiency dividend, government could mandate that government departments allocate a percentage of their spending towards innovation-focused initiatives. The danger with this approach would be that these funds would be channeled into activities which are not genuinely innovative. To help ...more »

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(@craig.thomler)

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Establish a Web Managers' Council - similar to the US model

I'd like to see the Taskforce establish a whole-of-government Web Managers' Council similar to the US model. This is NOT a group of CIOs/CTOs - whose primary focus is on the technological infrastructure - it is a group of hands-on Web Managers with direct responsibility for the effective delivery of government messages and management of online engagement and open data initiatives from a business perspective. This group ...more »

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(@bradpeterson)

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Government Gazettes in XML

Just last week the US Government started publishing the Federal Register in XML. A useful Australian equivalent would be publishing a daily listing of updates to all Gazettes (Government Notices Gazette, Australian Public Service Gazette, AusTender, Business Gazette, Tariff Concessions Gazette, Chemical Gazette, Food Standards Gazette, etc), legislation and statistics in a single XML feed. A single feed for all publications ...more »

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(@craig.thomler)

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whole-of-government project documentation sharing site (no code)

I've submitted this separately to the proposed code market idea as the purpose is expressly to NOT share code - which is often hard to translate across departments due to platforms, copyright and security. However government project documentation can be easily shared. It is generally created by, or totally owned by government and it is often platform independent. For example, the requirements, design and technical specifications ...more »

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(@peterross)

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www.mybenefits.gov.au

Determining which benefits a citizen is entitled to today is a difficult and time-consuming task. The citizen needs to go to the centrelink website and examine each benefit individually to determine whether or not they are eligible for the benefit. In fact it's not even easy for a citizen to determine if they've examined all possible benefits. A much better system would work as follows: You visit the www.mybenefits.gov.au ...more »

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(@craig.thomler)

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Whole-of-government intranet (with Gov 2.0 tools)

To support interaction within disciplines across government, and promote the understanding and use of online collaboration tools, the government should develop and appropriately fund a whole-of-government intranet. The Victorian government already does this, supporting public servants across the state to learn from each other and collaboratively develop ideas and solve issues. The expertise within government is immense ...more »

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