22 October 2009

Of Open Source and Open Government

One of the key figures in the open government in Australia - and indeed globally, given the paucity of such people - is Kate Lundy. She's been speaking at the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Conference 2009. Understandably, her talk was mostly about geospatial data, but there was also this nice section:

FOSS is like a living blueprint – a map if you will – for trust, sustainability and interoperability in the implementation of Gov 2.0 principles. FOSS principles and methodologies are the best case studies you can find for tried and proven online collaboration with constructive outcomes. FOSS applications provide reference implementations for pretty much anything, which government can build upon and customise. We have a lot to learn from FOSS methods and practices, and I would ask all of you to assist us, in government, to understand.

Would that more politicians were so perspicacious.

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webmink said...

Of course, it helps to have Pia Waugh helping her with this stuff as well...

Glyn Moody said...

@webmink: indeed - thanks for reminding me of her invaluable input here.

gustavo said...

Very good post, especially with the intention of placing emphasis on the type of government we need to address the citizens of a new era.
Congratulations and greetings from Spain


Glyn Moody said...

@gustavo: thanks - and for the link to your site.