Archive for July, 2009

GoC Web 2.0 wish list

10 departments, 10 wishes:
[Edit: updated the list because - well, you'll see]

  1. Explicit support from Privy Council Office (PCO)‘s new clerk Wayne Wouters for Web 2.0 (and maybe have an RSS feed and a blog, pretty please). I’ve written about this before with the past clerk, with the idea to send a letter. I’m still sitting on it.
  2. Library & Archives Canada (LAC)‘s new Chief Librarian Dr. Daniel Caron to reinvigorate past support for Open Data and Open Government (or communicate his support for it);
  3. Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) to stop blocking internet websites within their department and encourage other departments to unblock as well;
  4. Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC) to get on the ball with Web 2.0. What is PWGSC doing for departments who want to get on the ball themselves with Web 2.0? Depends if they’re depending on PWGSC for support, direction, facilitation. This wish may also include wishing that PWGSC support Open-source software, to offer it with equal access and service. Maybe they already do, I don’t know. But it doesn’t seem they provide guidance or support on their site or in-person; › Continue reading…
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web-2.0-practitioners-groupIf you’re a long-time reader, you know I can’t blog about my work, as I won’t blog with information privileged to my work.

A little over a week ago our group organised a successful Web 2.0 Practitioners Event. Well attended, with Web 2.0 practitioners across government well engaged, sharing, collaborating, openly and all that pizzazz. I posted an inocuous post with a link to information about the event, that only Government of Canada employees can access. Until today, I don’t think I could blog about it. But I can do something else. I can write about what someone else publicly wrote about it.

Anna Bélanger, Senior Advisor to the CIO at NRCan recently posted the blog entry “#W2P” on GTEC‘s blog about the event. I think this is a great thing. › Continue reading…

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Happy Canada Day!

I wrote this post in advance to be published only today.

Are you researching Web 2.0 in your governmental organisation? Have you been in endless discussions talking over another Web 2.0 guru about this public Web 2.0 tool or that internal Web 2.0 guideline and find that you’re not learning anything and debating even less? That’s probably because you’re not contrasting how they are similar before comparing how they are different.

You’ll need to categorise your Web 2.0 projects, so you’re comparing fruits to fruits and comparing apples to other apples. By properly classifying Web 2.0 projects, you can see how they can be related, and how they can add value to each other.  By asking the right questions, you may be surprised how seemingly dissimilar web 2.0 projects are actually quite related, and by properly classifying your Web 2.0 projets, you can identify gaps in your research and coverage. › Continue reading…

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