Key recommendations for e-Government

28 Mar

David Osimo, Managing partner at Tech4i2 ltd and author of the Benchmarking e-government in web 2.0 blog recently posted on his presentation at the Lisbon iGov workshop on web2.0 in public administration.

His presentation is quite interesting and can be found at his post, but one thing which really stuck out for me are his recommendations for e-Government:

1: DO NO HARM

  • don’t hyper-protect public data from re-use
  • don’t launch large scale “facade” web2.0 project
  • don’t forbid web 2.0 in the workplace
  • let bottom-up initiatives flourish as barriers to entry are very low

2: ENABLE OTHERS TO DO

  • publish reusable and machine readable data (XML, RSS, RDFa) > see W3C work
  • adopt web-oriented architecture
  • create a public data catalogue > see Washington DC

3: ACTIVELY PROMOTE

  • ensure pervasive broadband
  • create e-skills in and outside government: digital literacy, media literacy, web2.0 literacy, programming skills
  • fund bottom-up initiatives through public procurement, awards
  • reach out trough key intermediaries trusted by the community
  • listen, experiment and learn-by-doing

These are some pretty good guiding rules when it comes to e-Government, and some of these themes are closely alligned with some of the issues i’m intending to write about in the coming weeks and months.

Also, David’s rules also prompted an interesting suggestion from another of his readers, Alberto Cottica:

4. MINIMISE CODE

  • don’t duplicate
  • deploy, then customise
  • let the community steer development

Those suggestions like up pretty well with some of the points I raised in my article on using Twitter within Government yesterday.

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