I thought if I added the word "audit" to this post it would make it sound more fun :) I'm trying to visualize the OpenGov community and I welcome your perspective. It would be wonderful to hear your answers to the following questions.
Question #1: What are the major U.S. opengov subcommunities?
Which other organizations belong in the diagram below? The only prerequisite is that they have a community forming around their organization. I'll continue to update this diagram as comments roll in.
Question #2: How do you visualize the ideal relationship among opengov concepts?
In other words, how can transparency, participation, collaboration, and open data make each other stronger? Which major concepts related to opengov are missing from the image below? Would you arrange them differently to communicate how they are related? Is there a difference between how they are related now and how you think they should work together in the future? Below is just one way of seeing how these concepts relate. Do you see the relationships differently?
What can happen at the intersections?
Thanks to those who have been replying via the mailing lists and directly via email. With those suggestions, I am continuing to update the chart. There's no limit to the number of organizations that we can include there, so please do keep sending them. This chart will be helpful for people who are just now getting introduced to the concept of opengov.
Here are some additional links related to this conversation:
After several revisions, these diagrams are now posted on the OpenGov Playbook wiki: https://opengovdirective.pbworks.com/ where you can click on larger versions.
The conversation about this diagram has been spread out across several Google Groups. One of the main responses is posted here for those that are not in the Google Group:
Lucas et al -
I hope you had your tongue firmly planted in your check with respect to an "audit" sounding fun!
1) The 3 column format you've chosen here is oddly limiting. Many of the organizations you reference span two or all of the listings, like CityCamp or Code for America. As a side note, this is entirely US-centric; might make sense to note that for Govloop's other members.
Also, do O'Reilly Media and Govfresh not rate at all in your sub-community?
2) When I look at that Venn diagram, it shows that open data isn't "participatory?" That might be news to a lot of developers I've talked to over the years. And it's certainly a bit of a kick in the teeth to anyone who's put up an open data platform with hopes that civic developers will use the data.
"Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances the Government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge. Executive departments and agencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public input on how we can increase and improve opportunities for public participation in Government."
3) What's the point of doing this now?
At this point, these relationships have been explored. Maybe even ad nauseum.
If exploring this is important to you, I highly recommend Pia Waugh's post, which explores some of the relationships between the concepts:
I will say, however, that after I wrote this:
…the overwhelming feedback I've heard is not to avoid any more time defining what this is or how it relates but to focus on what people are doing, measuring what impact it's having and why it matters.