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You're Probably Not the Audience

I've been reflecting on the number of comments and decisions I've witnessed lately where people have decided that a particular online approach, website design, engagement channel, interface design, fact sheet or other design or content is no good as it didn't appeal personally to them.There's definitely a tendency in our society for individuals to think they are the central audience for everything they are exposed to - advertisements, entertainment, news and online content.This individual…See More
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GovHack is underway - but what is it?

I'm participating in GovHack this year, spending my weekend working with a team to build a cool tool from open government data.If you're a bit unclear on what a Hack is, the five minute segment below from ABS News 24, featuring GovHack national coordinator Pia Waugh should give you a better idea. If you want to learn more about GovHack, here's the opening video - also featuring Pia Waugh, as well as the Minister for Communication Malcolm Turnbull.eGov AUCraig Thomler's personal Gov 2.0 and…See More
Jul 11
Craig Thomler posted a blog post

Google Glass as a Certain Reality

This morning I attended the Innovation Month event "Google Glass as a certain reality", hosted by the Department of Education. It was a great event, and extremely well attended (well over 100 people in the audience), featuring very engaging talks from Alexander Hayes,…See More
Jul 10
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How Having a Dinosaur in Your Corner Can Help With Innovation

It's quite common for those of us on the pointy end of Government 2.0, innovation, agile and open source/open data and similar 'progressive' thinking to refer to people who seem reluctant and risk-averse as 'dinosaurs'. The terminology crosses the government/corporate divide - indeed I'm hearing it now more often in reference to senior management in large Australian companies than in government agencies. Sometimes it's used as a term of affection, sometimes in derision - but there's always…See More
Jul 9
Craig Thomler posted a blog post

How Having a Dinosaur in Your Corner Can Help With Innovation

It's quite common for those of us on the pointy end of Government 2.0, innovation, agile and open source/open data and similar 'progressive' thinking to refer to people who seem reluctant and risk-averse as 'dinosaurs'. The terminology crosses the government/corporate divide - indeed I'm hearing it now more often in reference to senior management in large Australian companies than in government agencies. Sometimes it's used as a term of affection, sometimes in derision - but there's always…See More
Jul 9
A blog post by Craig Thomler was featured

The Importance for Government of Respecting Open Source and Open Data Copyrights

An interesting situation has arisen in Italy, with the country's Agenzia delle Entrate, the Italian revenue service and taxation authority, accused of copying OpenStreetMap without respecting the site's copyright license. As documented on the Open Street Maps discussion list, Italy's OpenStreetMap community discovered a little over three months ago that the maps used by the Agenzia delle Entrate…See More
Jul 8

Profile Information

Current Title:
Online Communications Director
Current Agency or Organization
Department of Health and Ageing, Australia
Educational Background (Degree, School):
Marketing Degree way back when
Project Management Diploma
The rest of my experience is practical
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
http://egovau.blogspot.com
I work for the government because:
there is a tremendous opportunity to use the online channel to improve the engagement and relevance of government to citizens and the provision of services.

Craig Thomler's Blog

You're Probably Not the Audience

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 10:26pm 0 Comments

I've been reflecting on the number of comments and decisions I've witnessed lately where people have decided that a particular online approach, website design, engagement channel, interface design, fact sheet or other design or content is no good as it didn't appeal personally to them.



There's definitely a tendency in our society for individuals to think they are the central audience for everything they are exposed to - advertisements, entertainment, news and online…
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Celebrate Your Social Media Successes, But Don't Forget Community Trust is the Key

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

In June Baltimore Police Department hit a milestone on Twitter, reaching 50,000 followers.



In celebration of this, they released the following video, reflecting the department's achievement and thanking the community for helping them make Baltimore's streets safer.





It is an awesome video and I totally support and respect organisations celebrating like this. It's important for staff to recognise when their organisation has done well and share in the…
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Round up from GovHack 2014

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:52pm 0 Comments

GovHack is over for 2014, with teams finishing their hacks by 5:30pm on Sunday, 13 July.



With over 1,200 participants organised into 178 teams, 204 projects were developed in under two days, with 146 projects (based on my count) eligible for the approximately $70,000 in national prizes.



Note: GovHack has informed me they are still adding videos for teams with network issues, so the numbers in this post and my spreadsheet will underreport. I'll update it…
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Round up from GovHack 2014

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 2:52am 0 Comments

GovHack is over for 2014, with teams finishing their hacks by 5:30pm on Sunday, 13 July.



With over 1,200 participants organised into 176 teams, 204 projects were developed in under two days, with 138 projects (based on my count) eligible for the approximately $70,000 in national prizes.



Note: GovHack has informed me they are still adding videos for teams with network issues, so the numbers in this post and my spreadsheet will underreport. I'll update it…
Continue

Round up from GovHack 2014

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 11:52pm 0 Comments

GovHack is over for 2014, with teams finishing their hacks by 5:30pm on Sunday, 13 July.



With over 1,200 participants organised into 176 teams, 204 projects were developed in under two days, with 138 projects (based on my count) eligible for the approximately $70,000 in national prizes.



National prizes will be awarded in a red carpet event in Brisbane on 10 August. I'll be attending courtesy of GovHack, to live tweet and blog the event.



All the projects…
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At 1:13pm on December 19, 2009, GovLoop gave Craig Thomler a gift
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Craig - You've been big part taking GovLoop message to OZ and abroad. As such, I'd like to honor you as part of select tribe with 2010 Virtual GovLoop Trophy of Awesomeness.
At 3:29pm on July 6, 2009, Don Jacobson said…
Craig - Thanks for joining the GovLeaders group! Please check out "Why We Need to Lead" (if you haven't already) and consider telling us about the best leader you ever worked for.

Don
At 1:52pm on July 6, 2009, Denise Hill said…
Hi Craig,

I multi-task : ). Thanks for asking. Hope all is well.
At 11:30am on June 20, 2009, Jeff Granger said…
Hi Craig,

Thanks for inviting me to connect up as a fellow Aussie.

I noticed your article on GoverningPeople.com. You might be interested to know that the ABS have started taking registrations for TableBuilder, their next evolution of data dissemination for the Australian Census. I work for the company that developed the CDATA Online and TableBuilder software for the ABS, which has given me an interest in the Gov2.0, open government and public data movements.

All the best,

Jeff Granger
At 12:38pm on June 6, 2009, Dr D.C.Misra said…
Welcome to E-government Group.

Dr D.C.Misra
At 1:51pm on December 4, 2008, Michael O. Johnston said…
Welcome Craig,

Please introduce yourself, read our top 10 tips, check out our top groups, invite your colleagues, and let me know if you have any ideas on making GovLoop even better.

Thank You,

Michael O. Johnston
Govloop Community Leader
 
 
 

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