Showing posts from August, 2010

The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

OpenLabourNZ Public Event This Saturday (28th Aug)

(and when there's a similar open event for National, ACT or The Green I will pop that up as well) From Clare Curran (@clarecurranmp), Dunedin South Labour MP and "open government advocate": I realise that you may not be able to attend this event. If you can't I hope you will participate in some way from afar and details on the live streaming will be announced soon. But I do ask that you circulate details of the OpenLabourNZ event to as many people as possible in your networks inside and outside NZ. This is a genuine attempt to develop a policy for a political party in an open way. And if you believe in the principles of open government I hope you'll support, critique and even help, with advice and suggestions. You don't have to support Labour or consider yourself political. It's about strengthening our democracy and opening up. See my latest Red Alert post which contains details of registration (email ) Doing things differently: OpenLabo

NZ Moves To Embrace Public Sector Information Re-use And Open Data

Thanks to Julian , a stalwart of the Open Govt Ninja's ( become one ), I have read Keitha Booth's excellent review of the New Zealand Government's moves to embrace public sector information (PSI) re-use and open data. She has concisely and fully described the "how we got here" and "the NZ environment" pointing to real-life examples of where data openness has lead to increased service for the community. If you're working within a government agency, check it out to see what your colleagues are doing and how you already have the permission to open up your information and where you can too benefit from ensuring re-use via open data. Topic Report 15: New Zealand moves to embrace PSI Re-use and Open data European Public Sector Information Platform Topic Report no. 15 (published 13 August 2010) Author: Keitha Booth, New Zealand State Services Commission This report summarises the key features of New Zealand’s information policy environment and then describ