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ITx 2016 - Open sourcing the open source policy

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Telling the story of using open source tools and methods for an open government policy consultation process while developing an open source licensing guide for government agencies

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ITx 2016 - Open sourcing the open source policy

  1. 1. Name | Position NZGOAL Software Extension: 
 Open sourcing the open source policy Open Government Information and Data Programme
  2. 2. Introductions Paul Stone Cam Findlay
  3. 3. Overview Paul will cover: NZGOAL framework Why add software into the mix? Why do things differently? Policy outcome and result Cam will cover: Open source tools we used Open sourcing public consultation What’s in the policy? Where we're at and what's next?
  4. 4. NZ Government Open Access and Licensing (NZGOAL) Framework Guidance to publicly funded agencies on how to apply Creative Commons licences to publicly funded information, data and content.
  5. 5. NZGOAL Software Extension Guidance to publicly funded agencies on how to apply free and open source licences to publicly funded software development
  6. 6. Why? Ensure consistent best practice Potential for accelerated innovation Efficient improvement to government digital services Increase value from public investment in software
  7. 7. Walking the talk… Open Source and Open Government Image copyright of Animation Factory and reused according to terms of use
  8. 8. Some may see it more like this… Image copyright of Animation Factory and reused according to terms of use
  9. 9. Walking Open Government Image copyright of Animation Factory and reused according to terms of use
  10. 10. Walking Open Source Image copyright of Animation Factory and reused according to terms of use
  11. 11. Public participation and policy revision Robust discussion Consensus building Transparent changes to policy Superior policy result
  12. 12. Name | Position Open sourcing policy creation
  13. 13. Open source tools Loomio - Online consensus building discussion tool GitHub - Social coding platform Jekyll - Static website server and documentation generator Atom - Used to edit the policy wording Pandoc - Document conversion tool (command line) LibreOffice - Final document editing and PDF generation
  14. 14. Open source as a process Robust collaboration process used in practice Code is computer instructions, policy is people instructions Can we apply open source process to public policy writing? Open Government Partnership & D5 Charter - transparency & participation
  15. 15. Name | Position Set time frame for consultation Calendar* by Dafne Cholet, CC-BY 2.0, https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948
  16. 16. Name | Position 2-way dialogue with participants
  17. 17. Name | Position Decision making and visible action Dragon Con 2006 - Dice Wallpaper by Hillary, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://www.flickr.com/photos/lamenta3/2532597735
  18. 18. Policy co-creation
  19. 19. By the numbers 37 participants 16 topics 10 decisions 175 comments 28,000 words! Designed by Freepik and distributed by Flaticon
  20. 20. In contrast 1 email submission Designed by Freepik and distributed by Flaticon
  21. 21. What’s the 4 key policy sections? Section 1 - Purpose, scope, definitions, licences Section 2 - Legal and policy context Section 3 - Policy principles Section 4 - Review and release process
  22. 22. Some interesting policy points Helps licence if an agency choses to open source Adapted open source, use same licence (if possible) Balanced GPL/MIT for new open source Options for other licences Suggests version control and existing repos for release Contributions
  23. 23. Where we are at and what’s next? Awaiting sign off Once approved will be published for use on ict.govt.nz Looking at further guidance notes to help agencies We end up with a single framework (NZGOAL) covering information, content, data and software
  24. 24. Name | Positiontwitter: @opendatanz #opendataleadership #nzgoal opendata@linz.govt.nz Questions?

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