Our focus on the adoption of Open Government within Canada can be accessed at OpenGovernmentCanada.com.
Fundamentally this fledgling practice has had two major landmark events to date: 1) The Open Government Resolution by the Privacy Commissioner, and 2) Beth Noveck addressing the parliament on March 2, 2011.
In this address Beth lays out a best practice framework for other governments to repeat the great strides made by the world leading USA.
Fundamentally this is based on: “Beginning the process of creating an open and collaborative culture in the public sector requires a combination of 1) policy; 2) platforms; and 3) projects. “
and can be implemented through 10 key steps:
1. Go Open – Commit to holistic openness.
2. Open Gov Includes Open Access – Make open efficiencies repeatable.
3. Make Open Gov Productive Not Adversarial – Maximize process efficiencies possible through Openizing government
4. Be Collaborative – Transform from old and closed to new and collaborative.
5. Love Data – Implement an Open Data culture.
6. Be Nimble – Open Government is about transformation from old and slow to new and quick.
7. Do More, Spend Less – Leverage the efficiencies Open Government offers.
8. Invest in Platforms – Invest in the required technologies.
9. Invest in People – Create new skills and roles.
10. Design for Democracy – Make process inherently democratic.