[Linux-aus] Helping the Australian Government learn how to collaborate better
cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Feb 27 14:38:22 AEDT 2018
The Digital Transformation Agency has asked for civic participation for
their Open Government National Action Plan:
This open letter aims to be a very compelling statement about how to be
more effective at Open Government.
Warm regards, Cameron
On Mon Feb 26 11:15:09 AEDT 2018, president at linux.org.au wrote:
Hi Cameron, thanks for posting this to the linux-aus list.
What's the trigger for the Open Letter? Is it in response to a review,
call for feedback, off the back of a major issue etc?
On 20/2/18 9:38 am, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> 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
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