GTEC: Government as a Platform

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GTEC: Government as a Platform

  1. Government as a Platform Tim O’Reilly O’Reilly Media, Inc. www.oreilly.com GTEC Ottawa, Canada October 7, 2009 Saturday, October 10, 2009
  2. I’m perhaps best known as a computer book publisher covering topics from the frontiers of emerging technologies. Saturday, October 10, 2009
  3. What We Really Do at O’Reilly •Find interesting technologies and people innovating from the edge •Amplify their effectiveness by spreading the information needed for others to follow them. •Books, Conferences, Online Publishing, Investing, Research and Consulting Saturday, October 10, 2009
  4. Watch the Alpha Geeks • New technologies first exploited by enthusiasts, then entrepreneurs, then platform players • Two examples – Wireless community networks predict universal Wi-Fi – Screen scraping predicts web services and the internet as platform Rob Flickenger and his potato chip can antenna 4 Saturday, October 10, 2009
  5. "The future is here. It's just not evenly distributed yet." --William Gibson Saturday, October 10, 2009
  6. The "Killer Apps” of the New Millennium Saturday, October 10, 2009
  7. The network as platform •Software delivered as an online service •Driven by huge databases that literally get better the more people use them •“Harnessing collective intelligence” •“Data is the Intel Inside” Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  9. The smart phone plus local search. Today pizza, tomorrow news? Saturday, October 10, 2009
  10. Now hold that thought. Saturday, October 10, 2009
  11. Remember What I Said Earlier? Hackers are “lead users” who tell us where the future is going. Companies apply their insights in new contexts to build next-generation products. 11 Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  15. Making government data accessible to ordinary citizens? Saturday, October 10, 2009
  16. There’s got to be more to it than that. Saturday, October 10, 2009
  17. theyworkforyou.com Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  23. New tools for government transparency and accountability? Saturday, October 10, 2009
  24. There’s got to be more to it than that. Saturday, October 10, 2009
  25. A vision of technology in government "We need to connect citizens with each other to engage them more fully and directly in solving the problems that face us. We must use all available technologies and methods to open up the federal government, creating a new level of transparency to change the way business is conducted in Washington and giving Americans the chance to participate in government deliberations and decision-making in ways that were not possible only a few years ago." – From Barack Obama's campaign platform on technology Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  30. Use of Social Media by Government? Saturday, October 10, 2009
  31. There’s got to be more to it than that. Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  35. Use of Mashups by Government? Saturday, October 10, 2009
  36. There’s got to be more to it than that. Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  39. Gov 2.0 •Citizen contribution and collaboration •Use of social media •Transparency •Rapid application development •New methods of procurement •Cloud computing Saturday, October 10, 2009
  40. Gov 2.0 •Citizen contribution and collaboration •Use of social media •Transparency •Rapid application development •New methods of procurement •Cloud computing •Government as a platform Saturday, October 10, 2009
  41. Government is a vehicle for collective action Frank DiGiammarino, recovery.gov: –Convener first, problem solver second –Pull the right people together –Enable action through knowledge, resources and visibility Saturday, October 10, 2009
  42. This is not a new idea “We must all hang together or we will assuredly all hang separately.” —Ben Franklin Saturday, October 10, 2009
  43. The most important lesson of Web 2.0 Saturday, October 10, 2009
  44. Build a platform. Let users add value. Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  57. Let your citizens help you to do more with less Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  60. Top Sites on the Internet - 2005 Rank Company # Employees 1 Yahoo 9,000 2 TimeWarner 85,000 3 Microsoft 61,000 4 Google 5,000 5 eBay 11,000 6 News Corp 38,000 7 Craigslist 18 8 Disney 129,000 9 BBC 60,000 10 IAC 26,000 Saturday, October 10, 2009
  61. The Craigslist Philosophy “If most people are good and their needs are simple, all you have to do to serve them well is build a minimal infrastructure allowing them to get together and work things out for themselves. Any additional features are almost certainly superfluous and could even be damaging.” --Gary Wolf, Wired Magazine, Sept 2009 Saturday, October 10, 2009
  62. Vending Machine Government Vending Machine Gov concept from Donald Kettl: The Next Government of the United States Saturday, October 10, 2009
  63. The consequence Saturday, October 10, 2009
  64. An alternative model - throw open the doors to partners More than 50,000 iPhone applications in less than a year! Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  71. “Cities today are like an Amazon that only allows in the #1 best-seller from each category” Saturday, October 10, 2009
  72. Preferred application partners •Struggling to catch up in the application marketplace Saturday, October 10, 2009
  73. So why do governments still make deals like these? •No bid contracts •Preferred providers •Earmarks •Sole source licensing of government data to single-source providers Saturday, October 10, 2009
  74. Government as a platform means an end to the design of only complete, closed “applications.” Instead the government should provide fundamental services on which we, the people, (also known as “the market”) build the applications. Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  78. The Three Laws of Open Government Data 1. If it can’t be spidered or indexed, it doesn’t exist. 2. If it isn’t available in open and machine readable format, it can’t engage. 3. If a legal framework doesn’t allow it to be repurposed, it doesn’t empower Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  80. •Government to Citizen (G2C) •Citizen to Government (C2G) •Citizen to Citizen (C2C) •Government to Government (G2G) Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  86. Citizens, Give Us Your Hands, Not Just Your Voices! Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  88. We Need to Do More Than Shake the Vending Machine! http://image06.webshots.com/6/2/57/50/190125750NgQXwu_ph.jpg Saturday, October 10, 2009
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  92. civic meetups - 19000 cleanups Saturday, October 10, 2009
  93. “When the best leader leads, the people say ‘we did it ourselves.’” --Lao Tzu Saturday, October 10, 2009

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