Thursday, June 25, 2009


Monday's Public sphere2.0 was a terrific and inspiring. Congratulations the Senator Kate Lundy and Pia Waugh and the team for all the hard work and direction.

Monday also saw the offical launch of the Government 2.0 Taskforce whose terms of reference are to advise and assist the Government to:

* make government information more accessible and usable — to establish a pro-disclosure culture around non-sensitive public sector information;
* make government more consultative, participatory and transparent — to maximise the extent to which government utilises the views, knowledge and resources of the general community;
* build a culture of online innovation within Government — to ensure that government is receptive to the possibilities created by new collaborative technologies and uses them to advance its ambition to continually improve the way it operates;
* promote collaboration across agencies with respect to online and information initiatives — to ensure that efficiencies, innovations, knowledge and enthusiasm are shared on a platform of open standards; and
* identify and/or trial initiatives that may achieve or demonstrate how to accomplish the above objectives.

You can participate by going to and adding your comments.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Government 2.0: Policy and Practice: participate next Monday 22 June 2009

"Welcome to the 2nd Public Sphere topic - Government 2.0: policy and practice for Australia. An initiative by Senator Kate Lundy.

Government 2.0 is a rising topic of debate across the world. Trends in technology, media and public opinion have made it both more possible and more necessary for governments to reconsider what and how information is made freely available to the public."

A Public Sphere event will be held on 22 June to gather views on how creating an even more participatory form of government in Australia will improve the effectiveness of public administration, enable communities to better help themselves, promote renewed engagement in the democratic process and enhance our capacity to respond to emerging complex social, geopolitical and environmental challenges.

Read more and register at the web site

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Putting the pieces together: NLA launches single business delivery service prototype

The National Library of Australia have launched a new Discovery service prototype.

The release says:

There’s a host of helpful background information on the National Library’s new discovery service.

Before you start to search, check the information under the “About” link on the top right of the home page.

You can send comments about the prototype to the Library’s development team through the “Feedback” box on the home page.

Go to the prototype at: