[Linux-aus] Helping the Australian Government learn how to collaborate better
cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Feb 21 09:13:28 AEDT 2018
Will be great to have you on board, and great to have some help
I'm currently collating a draft for a response, and am hoping to have a
straw man to collaborate around by the end of this weekend.
At the moment I'm working in a Google Doc (to allow for easy collection
of review comments). But if someone knows something better to use before
we start collaborating, then I'm ready to switch.
On 20/2/18 10:31 am, Luke Carbis wrote:
> Putting my hand up to help. Any past proposals or responses to
> government that have been submitted by Linux Australia would go a long
> way, should this idea get buy-in / approval.
> I’m confident I could collect a decent amount of signatures from the
> Australian WordPress community.
> I have experience with submitting /petitions/ to the government in the
> past (read in parliament), which was extremely difficult and
> impossible to do digitally (actual papers must be submitted with hand
> written signatures, all sorts of rules about how many signatures per
> page, where on the page they can be written, etc.), but I’m not sure
> if that would apply here?
> – Luke Carbis
>> On 20 Feb 2018, at 8:38 am, Cameron Shorter via linux-aus
>> <linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au <mailto:linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au>>
>> 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 sustainability.
>> 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.
>>  https://www.opengovpartnership.org/open-government-declaration
>> Cameron Shorter
>> Technology Demystifier, Learnosity
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