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eaves.ca: Government, Digital Services & IT Procurement Reform

Next semester I’ll be teaching a course on why healthcare.gov initially turned into a disaster. Why? Because sadly, the failure of healthcare.gov was not special. Conservative estimates suggest over half of all IT projects are not completed on time or on budget. Others suggest the numbers are higher still. What did make healthcare.gov special was . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Government, Digital Services & IT Procurement Reform

eaves.ca: The Empire Strikes Back: How the death of GDS puts all government innovators at risk

The UK Government Digital Service(GDS) is dead. I’m sure it will continue to exist in some form, but from what I’ve read it appears to have been gutted of its culture, power and mandate. As a innovator and force for pulling the UK government into t… . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Empire Strikes Back: How the death of GDS puts all government innovators at risk

eaves.ca: Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study

Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and government, there is a wonderfully . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study

eaves.ca: The Importance of Open Data Critiques – thoughts and context

Over at the Programmable City website Rob Kitchin has a thoughtful blog post on open data critiques. It is very much worth reading and wider discussion. Specifically, there are two competing things worth noting. First, it is important for the open data community – and advocates in particular – to acknowledge the responsibility we have . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Importance of Open Data Critiques – thoughts and context

eaves.ca: What Traffic Lights Say About the Future of Regulation

I have a piece up on TechPresident about some crazy regulations that took place in Florida that put citizens at greater risk all so the state and local governments can make more money.

Here’s a chunk:

In effect, what the state of Florida is saying is that a $20 million increase in revenue is worth . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: What Traffic Lights Say About the Future of Regulation

eaves.ca: Some Nice Journalistic Data Visualization – Global’s Crude Awakening

Over at Global, David Skok and his team have created a very nice visualization of the over 28,666 crude oil spills that have happened on Alberta pipelines over the last 37 years (that’s about two a day). Indeed, for good measure they’ve also visualized the additional 31,453 spills of “other” substance carried by Alberta pipeline . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Some Nice Journalistic Data Visualization – Global’s Crude Awakening

eaves.ca: The Value of Open Data – Don’t Measure Growth, Measure Destruction

Alexander Howard – who, in my mind, is the best guy covering the Gov 2.0 space – pinged me the other night to ask “What’s the best evidence of open data leading to economic outcomes that you’ve seen?”

I’d like to hack the question because – I suspect – for many people, they will be . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Value of Open Data – Don’t Measure Growth, Measure Destruction

eaves.ca: Canada Post and the War on Open Data, Innovation & Common Sense (continued, sadly)

Almost exactly a year ago I wrote a blog post on Canada Post’s War on the 21st Century, Innovation & Productivity. In it I highlighted how Canada Post launched a lawsuit against a company – Geocoder.ca – that recreates the postal code database via crowdsourcing. Canada Posts case was never strong, but then, that was . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Canada Post and the War on Open Data, Innovation & Common Sense (continued, sadly)

eaves.ca: Toronto Star Op-Ed: Muzzled Scientists, Open Government and the Limits of Rules

I’ve a piece in today’s Toronto Star ”Rules are no substitute for cultivating a culture of open government“ about the Information Commissioners decision to investigate the muzzling of Canadian scientists.

Some choice paragraphs:

The actions of the information commissioner are to be applauded; what is less encouraging are the limits of her ability to resolve . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Toronto Star Op-Ed: Muzzled Scientists, Open Government and the Limits of Rules

eaves.ca: Ontario’s Open Data Policy: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and the (Missed?) Opportunity

Yesterday the province of Ontario launched its Open Data portal. This is great news and is the culmination of a lot of work by a number of good people. The real work behind getting open data program launched is, by and large, invisible to the public, but it is essential – and so congratulations are […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Ontario’s Open Data Policy: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and the (Missed?) Opportunity

eaves.ca: The UK’s Digital Government Strategy – Worth a Peek

I’ve got a piece up on TechPresident about the UK Government’s Digital Strategy which was released today. The strategy (and my piece!) are worth checking out. They are saying a lot of the right things – useful stuff for anyone in industry or sector that has been conservative vis-a-vis online services (I’m looking at you governments […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The UK’s Digital Government Strategy – Worth a Peek

eaves.ca: How Government should interact with Developers, Data Geeks and Analysts

Below is a screen shot from the Opendatabc google group from about two months ago. I meant to blog about this earlier but life has been in the way. For me, this is a prefect example of how many people in the data/developer/policy world probably would like to interact with their local, regional or national . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: How Government should interact with Developers, Data Geeks and Analysts

eaves.ca: Containers, Facebook, Baseball & the Dark Matter around Open Data (#IOGDC keynote)

Below is a extended blog post that summarizes the keynote address I gave at the World Bank/Data.gov International Open Government Data Conference in Washington DC on Wednesday July 11th.

Yesterday, after spending the day at the International Open Government Data Conference at the World Bank (and co-hosted by data.gov) I left both upbeat and concerned. . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Containers, Facebook, Baseball & the Dark Matter around Open Data (#IOGDC keynote)

eaves.ca: Should we Start a Government as Platform Business Association

I have an idea.

I want to suggest starting a community of disruptive software companies that are trying to sell products to local and regional governments. I know we can make city’s better, more participatory, more accessible, to say nothing of saving them money. But to be effective I think we need a common message . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Should we Start a Government as Platform Business Association

eaves.ca: The End of the World: The State vs. the Internet

Last weekend at FooCamp, I co-hosted a session titled “The End of the World: Will the Internet Destroy the State, or Will the State Destroy the Internet?” What follows are the ideas I opened with during my intro to the session and some additional thoughts I’ve had. To avoid some confusion, I’d also like to . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The End of the World: The State vs. the Internet

eaves.ca: The US Government’s Digital Strategy: The New Benchmark and Some Lessons

Last week the White House launched its new roadmap for digital government. This included the publication of Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People (PDF version), the issuing of a Presidential directive and the announcement of White House Innovation Fellows.

In other words, it was a big week for . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The US Government’s Digital Strategy: The New Benchmark and Some Lessons

eaves.ca: The I Lost My Wallet – Doing Government Service Delivery Right

A couple of years ago I was in Portugal to give a talk on Gov 2.0 at a conference the government was organizing. After the talk I went for dinner with the country’s CIO and remember hearing about a fantastic program they were running that – for me – epitomized the notion of a citizen . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The I Lost My Wallet – Doing Government Service Delivery Right

eaves.ca: Lessons from Michigan’s “Innovation Fund” for Government Software

So it was with great interest that several weeks ago a reader emailed me this news article coming out of Michigan. Turns out the state recently approved a $2.5 million dollar innovation fund that will be dispersed in $100,000 to $300,000 chunks to fund about 10 projects. As Government Technology reports:

The $2.5 million innovation . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Lessons from Michigan’s “Innovation Fund” for Government Software

eaves.ca: Mainstreaming The Gov 2.0 Message in the Canadian Public Service

A couple of years ago I wrote a Globe Op-Ed “A Click Heard Across the Public Service” that outlined the significance of the clerk using GCPEDIA to communicate with public servants. It was a message – or even more importantly – an action to affirm his commitment to change how government works.

Well, the clerk . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Mainstreaming The Gov 2.0 Message in the Canadian Public Service

eaves.ca: Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government: A Review

The other day the Canadian Government published its Action Plan on Open Government, a high level document that both lays out the Government’s goals on this file as well as fulfill its pledge to create tangible goals as part of its participation in next week’s Open Government Partnership 2012 annual meeting in Brazil.

So what . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government: A Review

eaves.ca: Using BHAG’s to Change Organziations: A Management, Open Data & Government Mashup

I’m a big believer in the ancillary benefits of a single big goal. Set a goal that has one clear objective, but as a result a bunch of other things have to change as well.

So one of my favourite Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG) for an organization is to go paperless. I like the . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Using BHAG’s to Change Organziations: A Management, Open Data & Government Mashup

eaves.ca: Next Generation Open Data: Personal Data Access

This post matters. If you’re involved in the healthcare sector or a energy utility, please read.

Background

This Monday I had the pleasure of being in Mexico City for the OECD’s High Level Meeting on e-Government. CIO’s from a number of countries were present – including Australia, Canada, the UK and Mexico (among others). But . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Next Generation Open Data: Personal Data Access

eaves.ca: Data.gc.ca – Data Sets I found that are interesting, and some suggestions

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the Canadian federal government’s open data portal. Over the past year government officials have been continuously adding to the portal, but as it isn’t particularly easy to browse data sets on the website, I’ve noticed a lot of people aren’t aware of what data is now available (self . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Data.gc.ca – Data Sets I found that are interesting, and some suggestions

eaves.ca: Access to Information, Open Data and the Problem with Convergence

In response to my post yesterday one reader sent me a very thoughtful commentary that included this line at the end:

“Rather than compare [Freedom of Information] FOI legislation and Open Gov Data as if it’s “one or the other”, do you think there’s a way of talking about how the two might converge?”

One . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Access to Information, Open Data and the Problem with Convergence

eaves.ca: Let’s Hack data.gc.ca

In just under two weeks data.gc.ca will celebrate its one year anniversary. This will also mark the period that the pilot project is officially supposed to end.

Looking at data.gc.ca three things stand out. First, the license has improved a great deal since its launch. Second, a LOT of data has been added to the . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Let’s Hack data.gc.ca