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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 maniplulate the data that you want.

References