Recommendations for Web2.0 in public administration

Posted: April 29, 2010 in Gov20
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I don’t always dare to bring up Web2.0 in public administration with my co-workers. The IT-nurtured colluagues see it as The New Waffle From Management, the project managers and process analysts consider it as Another Attempt To Change Specifications Midcourse and those with society/community background eagerly will point at the definitions war that still is going on.

But I think Web2.0 in public administration actually is very simple. So for your convenience and being at risk to be labelled The Waffling Spec-Changing Definition Mixer my first attempt in defining key recommendations for Web2.0 in public administration.

A: DO NO HARM
1. don’t hyper-protect public data from re-use
2. don’t launch large scale “facade” web2.0 project
3. don’t forbid web 2.0 in the workplace
4. let bottom-up initiatives flourish as barriers to entry are very low

B: ENABLE OTHERS TO DO
5. publish reusable and machine readable data (XML, RSS, RDFa) > see W3C work
6. adopt web-oriented architecture
7. create a public data catalogue

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

And may I also suggest
D. MINIMIZE CODE
13. don’t duplicate
14. deploy, then customize
15. let the community steer development

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