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Open government and technology —new directions and challengesPresentation to 30th Anniversary of the Freedom ofInformation...
• Government publications are vital to  understand policy and its implementation• In an era of evidence based policy  docu...
Government informationTypes             PurposesReports           What has the agency done?                  Accountabilit...
Some key developmentsYear   Report/change1964   Commonwealth Parliamentary Select Committee on Parliamentary       and Gov...
Year   Report/change2009   Engage: Getting on with Government 2.02010   Electronic distribution of the Parliamentary Paper...
Policy responsibilities include• Attorney Generals Department• Department of Finance and Deregulation,  including AGIMO   ...
Towards an Australian GovernmentInformation PolicyPrinciples on open public sector information1: Open access to informatio...
What has happened to governmentpublishing?• Devolved responsibilities• Overall trend reduction in ―publications‖ of  aroun...
Commonwealth government publications recorded in                          National Bibliographic Database         8,000   ...
Agency in 2011•   Consistent with figures from the NBD which show reduced publishing (NBD)    by about 50% from 2001 to 20...
One agency – a decade of change• 2001 publications – where did online publications go?             Agency A: 2001 online p...
Agency B – early adopted of onlinepublishing              Agency B - 2001 publications        80%        70%        60%   ...
Agency B 2001 electronic publications                                                    Available                        ...
Discoverability                  14
Issues: Long term access  – Agencies often have only the most up to date    manual or guidance  – Around 10% of material i...
Challenges: finding                      16
Issues• Do we have the right policy mechanisms?• Are individual agencies the appropriate  solution?• Is creative commons o...
Developments• DOFD and NLA in discussion• Publications are  – A Policy record  – Fundamental to transparency  – Potential ...
Questions• Do agencies have a common  understanding that long term access is  important?• Do we have an infrastructure tha...
2013• An election before 30 November 2013• Machinery of government changes  coming                                        20
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  1. 1. Open government and technology —new directions and challengesPresentation to 30th Anniversary of the Freedom ofInformation Act 1982 conference
  2. 2. • Government publications are vital to understand policy and its implementation• In an era of evidence based policy documents used to support policy development will increasing be public – short term access models are not adequate 2
  3. 3. Government informationTypes PurposesReports What has the agency done? Accountability Can be issue specificWhite papers For consultation on policyGreen papers Policy announcementsResearch Evidence base/open policy makingGuidelines Implementation/service delivery 3
  4. 4. Some key developmentsYear Report/change1964 Commonwealth Parliamentary Select Committee on Parliamentary and Government Publications report (Erwin report)1997 Management of Government Information as a National Strategic Resource (Wainwright report)1997 AGPS moves to NOIE2006 Joint Committee on Publications Distribution of the Parliamentary Papers Series 4
  5. 5. Year Report/change2009 Engage: Getting on with Government 2.02010 Electronic distribution of the Parliamentary Papers Series2010 FoI Act changes including the Information Publications Scheme Establishment of Office of the Australian Information Commissioner2012 Senator the Hon Penny Wong announces ―greater reliance on publishing online only‖ 5
  6. 6. Policy responsibilities include• Attorney Generals Department• Department of Finance and Deregulation, including AGIMO 6
  7. 7. Towards an Australian GovernmentInformation PolicyPrinciples on open public sector information1: Open access to information – a default position2: Engaging the community3: Effective information governance4: Robust information asset management5: Discoverable and useable information6: Clear reuse rights7: Appropriate charging for access8: Transparent enquiry and complaints processeshttp://www.oaic.gov.au/publications/papers/issues_paper1_towards_australian_government_information_policy.pdf 7
  8. 8. What has happened to governmentpublishing?• Devolved responsibilities• Overall trend reduction in ―publications‖ of around 50% over the past decade (recorded in NBD) 8
  9. 9. Commonwealth government publications recorded in National Bibliographic Database 8,000 7,000 6,000 5,000Titles 4,000 3,000 2,000 1,000 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 9
  10. 10. Agency in 2011• Consistent with figures from the NBD which show reduced publishing (NBD) by about 50% from 2001 to 2011.• Now majority are online. 120% 100% 80% Not online 60% Online 40% 20% 0% 2001 2011 10
  11. 11. One agency – a decade of change• 2001 publications – where did online publications go? Agency A: 2001 online publications locations in 2012 On agency No longer website available online 28% 29% Pandora 24% On another website (university, OECD) 19% 11
  12. 12. Agency B – early adopted of onlinepublishing Agency B - 2001 publications 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% published electronically not published electronically 12
  13. 13. Agency B 2001 electronic publications Available online 21% No longer available online 79% Available online includes title available on PANDORA (20%) and a university website (20%) 13
  14. 14. Discoverability 14
  15. 15. Issues: Long term access – Agencies often have only the most up to date manual or guidance – Around 10% of material is not online (see http://www.anao.gov.au/uploads/documents/2 008-09_Audit_Report_37.pdf and this study) – Directories - only latest information online – Machinery of government changes mean website addresses change and documents are ―archived‖ or lost 15
  16. 16. Challenges: finding 16
  17. 17. Issues• Do we have the right policy mechanisms?• Are individual agencies the appropriate solution?• Is creative commons or public domain the right policy framework? 17
  18. 18. Developments• DOFD and NLA in discussion• Publications are – A Policy record – Fundamental to transparency – Potential use cannot be predicted 18
  19. 19. Questions• Do agencies have a common understanding that long term access is important?• Do we have an infrastructure that supports this?• Do we have the right legal environment?• What can we do about the ―dark age‖? 19
  20. 20. 2013• An election before 30 November 2013• Machinery of government changes coming 20
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