[Linux-aus] Helping the Australian Government learn how to collaborate better
cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Feb 20 09:38:01 AEDT 2018
The Australian Government has asked  for ideas for their next Open
Government National Action Plan. I think we need to respond and call on
government agencies to learn how to collaborate more effectively, and to
learn from our methodologies within the Open Source community.
I think that it has been great that governments around the world have
embraced very positive principles around Open Government , but their
implementation has fallen short due to a lack of understanding of what
makes Open Communities work effectively.
Selection of the term “open” (as in “open source”, “open data”, “open
government” ...) is a bit of a marketing blunder. It focuses on “what”
(free software) and distracts us from the more important questions of
“how” and “why”. Governments have been publishing "open" datasets but
not considering the more important aspects of collaboration and project
I propose that Linux Australia submit an open letter recommending that
the Australian government recognise the limitations of current
government collaboration initiatives. We should provide practical
guidance on how government should address collaboration in the upcoming
Open Government National Action Plan.
If others believe this is worth pursuing, I'm prepared put in a
significant amount of the work required to get such a proposal written.
(I have quite a bit of material which I can draw upon already).
* What's involved in getting buy-in/approval to write something on
behalf of Linux Australia?
* What process has been used in the past to collaboratively craft
responses from Linux Australia?
* I suspect it would be valuable to collect signatures from multiple
organisations and individuals in order to add weight to the open letter.
Any suggestions on ways to achieve this?
* Anyone else interested in helping crafting such as response?
Who am I?
For those who don't know me, I've been involved in the geospatial open
source community for over a decade. Of note, a few years ago I
co-authored  an open letter on behalf of open source community which
resulted in us successfully defending geospatial open standards.
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