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=Activities=
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This LCA is shaping up to be full of astronomical goodness, and we're very near a bunch™ of very cool radio astronomy facilities.
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= Open infrastructure =
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References on open source and standards, case studies like OpenStack, Drupal, and what FOSS brings to government
  
To complement the Astronomy Miniconf, we're aiming to organise at least one site visit to an operational astronomy facility - most likely the [http://www.ivec.org/ivec-projects/pawsey/ Pawsey Centre], a new supercomputing facility that will be part of the SKA project.
 
  
==Proposed BoF activities==
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== Drupal - open web platform for governments ==
  
* Visit to the [http://www.ivec.org/ivec-projects/pawsey/ Pawsey Centre]
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Global list of Government sites - https://groups.drupal.org/government-sites
* Astronomy BoF lunch
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Please suggest any other activities below...
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=== Distributions & Themes ===
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aGov
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* website http://agov.com.au
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* project https://drupal.org/project/agov
  
==Confirmed BoF activities==
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Open Public
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* website http://openpublicapp.com/
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* project https://drupal.org/project/openpublic
  
===Perth Observatory Stargazing Night===
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Canada - Web Experience Toolkit
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* https://github.com/wet-boew/wet-boew-drupal/
  
We've had very strong interest from delegates on the LCA2014 chat list in attending the Perth Observatory for a night-time stargazing tour. Everyone needs to make their own booking, and bookings need to be made soon as spots will fill up quickly. The observatory doesn't have an online booking/payment system, so you'll need to call them with your credit card details to reserve your spot.
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Dutch government house style theme
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* https://drupal.org/project/rijkshuisstijl
  
Bookings can be made by phoning (08) 9293 8255 between 8.30am and 3.30pm (AWST, 3 hours behind AEDT), Monday to Friday. Tickets are $38 for adults, $28 for children/concession card holders.
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US HowTo
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* http://www.howto.gov/web-content/technology/content-management-systems/drupal-best-practices-for-government
  
'''The night we're booking for is Monday 6th January.'''
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= Open data =
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References on opening up raw government data, what is needed from government, case studies, etc
  
Once you've made your booking, please add your name below so that I can keep track of those attending.
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* The government data landscape in Australia was mapped out at http://agict.gov.au/blog/2013/10/26/government-data-landscape-australia including data projects, policies, standards, communities and other initiatives relating to government.
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* Request and vote up datasets from government at the data.gov.au Data Request Site http://datagovau.ideascale.com/ :)
  
====Observatory tour attendees====
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=== Public Sector Data Workshop ===
  
* Jessica Smith
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Practical workshop with a focus on developing research skills in the field, both online and offline.
* Sharon Harnett
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Run by http://www.twitter.com/helenensikat
* Elizabeta Sørensen
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* Daniel Hall
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* Andrew Buckeridge
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* Sarah Allard
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* John McCabe-Danstead
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* Nick Bannon
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* Eyal Lebedinsky
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====Transportation====
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Key issues covered:
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* Groundwork for research
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* Getting the most out of Google
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* Searching beyond the surface web
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* National and State libraries
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* Working with messy data
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* Using existing research to find leads
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* Requesting data and information from other people
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* Data quality, copyright, and referencing
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* Discussion of useful resources of various flavours
  
The logistics of getting everyone to the observatory is possibly going to be tricky. Getting there by public bus would take a little over 2 hours, which almost certainly rules that out. The only viable options would seem to be car-pooling (locals and/or sharing hire cars and/or sharing cabs). The observatory is 38km from UWA. If enough people book for the observatory ~and~ if we can coordinate things well enough, it may be possible to book (a) mini-bus(ses) for the evening if we can find people with the appropriate licence amongst delegates, or we may be able to book a charter bus if we get 40+ people going. But that all takes organisation and (most importantly) the ability to collect money in advance - which usually proves difficult, at best.
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The slides are largely a set of visual prompts for the talk rather than a standalone pack; ping Helen on Twitter if you want further detail on any of the topics mentioned:
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http://bit.ly/publicsectordataslides
  
To get a feel for how doable car-pooling is, if you're a Perth local (or will have a hire car on the Monday evening) and are able to assist with transport, please put your name and number of spare seats available below.
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A link bundle containing all the websites, resources, and example searches mentioned in the workshop is available here: http://bit.ly/publicsectordatalinks
  
=====Available rides=====
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= Open information =
'''Name'''                    '''Available seats'''
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References on FOI and related topics, case studies
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Andrew Buckeridge       2
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= Open communities =
Sarah Allard            4
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References on open government work happening in the community, getting FOSS developers and methdologies into government, building bridges between gov, community and industry
John McCabe-Dansted    4
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EditName                EditSeats
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[http://www.govpond.org GovPond]: A searchable index of Australian State and Federal Government data + federated searching of Government and domain specific data catalogues (e.g. CSIRO, AODN, Social Sciences Data).
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EditName                EditSeats
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=Discussions=
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===Government organisation===
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* Discussed HM Revenue and customs who can refund in seconds, but also debit your account instantly as well. The key point is that there are upsides and downsides to being able to do this.
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* The use of Bitcoin for transparency and accountability
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* Currently http://data.gov.au/ publishes read-only data; allow community collaborators (members of the public, contractors to public works, etc) to directly update or contribute to http://data.gov.au/ data sets; possible use cases:
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** Extend the API to allow data to be updated
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** Directly update data via web form
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** Indirectly update data by synchronising previously-exported data; for example: http://data.gov.au/ data might have been submitted to http://www.openstreetmap.org/; when that data is updated on http://www.openstreetmap.org/, those changes could be synchronised back into http://data.gov.au/
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* [https://lca2014.linux.org.au/wiki/User:Andrew_Buckeridge Andrew Buckeridge] in my preferred plaintext.
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** Discussed ignorance of the CC-BY attribution license recommended by the Government 2.0 Taskforce.
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** Discussed those helpful people that manipulate the data that you want.
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* 2014 wishlist for Western Australia (contact Helen Ensikat with any queries or follow-up: http://www.twitter.com/helenensikat/)
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** A mandate & commitment to progress in ICT / Open Data by the Premier, catching up to other States
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** Allocating on ICT / e-Gov as a Ministerial Portfolio
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** Establishment of an ICT / data / e-Gov team in Premier and Cabinet or Finance
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** Roadmap and policy document based on international best practice
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** Establishment of responsibility for implementing this policy at a senior level in departments and agencies
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** Public release of progress in implementation of and compliance with policy
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** Public KPIs for senior staff and for the Minister responsible for the area
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** Mechanism to support and reward departments innovating in the area
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** Establishment of programme to showcase existing work and datasets in this area to public/other departments/industry
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** Annual Perth-based Open Gov and Digital Citizenship conference
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** Roadmap to data.wa.gov.au with CKAN install / accessible API
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= References =
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* Gov 2.0 blog posts from Federal Government CTO, inc data.gov.au team http://www.finance.gov.au/category/gov-20/
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* State of the Nation slides/notes - http://www.slideshare.net/greebo/state-of-the-nation-open-gov-miniconf-2014
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* Lightning talk on food compostion data - http://www.foodcomposition.co.nz
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* WFS map feature data downloader: http://github.com/grahame/whiffy

Latest revision as of 13:02, 10 January 2014

Please log in to the wiki and add any links or reference material you think is useful, under the appropriate theme. This will then be published after the conference as a wrap up post for others in the OpenGov community across Australia.

Contents

Open infrastructure

References on open source and standards, case studies like OpenStack, Drupal, and what FOSS brings to government


Drupal - open web platform for governments

Global list of Government sites - https://groups.drupal.org/government-sites

Distributions & Themes

aGov

Open Public

Canada - Web Experience Toolkit

Dutch government house style theme

US HowTo

Open data

References on opening up raw government data, what is needed from government, case studies, etc

Public Sector Data Workshop

Practical workshop with a focus on developing research skills in the field, both online and offline. Run by http://www.twitter.com/helenensikat

Key issues covered:

  • Groundwork for research
  • Getting the most out of Google
  • Searching beyond the surface web
  • National and State libraries
  • Working with messy data
  • Using existing research to find leads
  • Requesting data and information from other people
  • Data quality, copyright, and referencing
  • Discussion of useful resources of various flavours

The slides are largely a set of visual prompts for the talk rather than a standalone pack; ping Helen on Twitter if you want further detail on any of the topics mentioned: http://bit.ly/publicsectordataslides

A link bundle containing all the websites, resources, and example searches mentioned in the workshop is available here: http://bit.ly/publicsectordatalinks

Open information

References on FOI and related topics, case studies

Open communities

References on open government work happening in the community, getting FOSS developers and methdologies into government, building bridges between gov, community and industry

GovPond: A searchable index of Australian State and Federal Government data + federated searching of Government and domain specific data catalogues (e.g. CSIRO, AODN, Social Sciences Data).

Discussions

Government organisation

  • Discussed HM Revenue and customs who can refund in seconds, but also debit your account instantly as well. The key point is that there are upsides and downsides to being able to do this.
  • The use of Bitcoin for transparency and accountability
  • Currently http://data.gov.au/ publishes read-only data; allow community collaborators (members of the public, contractors to public works, etc) to directly update or contribute to http://data.gov.au/ data sets; possible use cases:
  • Andrew Buckeridge in my preferred plaintext.
    • Discussed ignorance of the CC-BY attribution license recommended by the Government 2.0 Taskforce.
    • Discussed those helpful people that manipulate the data that you want.
  • 2014 wishlist for Western Australia (contact Helen Ensikat with any queries or follow-up: http://www.twitter.com/helenensikat/)
    • A mandate & commitment to progress in ICT / Open Data by the Premier, catching up to other States
    • Allocating on ICT / e-Gov as a Ministerial Portfolio
    • Establishment of an ICT / data / e-Gov team in Premier and Cabinet or Finance
    • Roadmap and policy document based on international best practice
    • Establishment of responsibility for implementing this policy at a senior level in departments and agencies
    • Public release of progress in implementation of and compliance with policy
    • Public KPIs for senior staff and for the Minister responsible for the area
    • Mechanism to support and reward departments innovating in the area
    • Establishment of programme to showcase existing work and datasets in this area to public/other departments/industry
    • Annual Perth-based Open Gov and Digital Citizenship conference
    • Roadmap to data.wa.gov.au with CKAN install / accessible API

References