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mission, stakeholders -- Re: first rough draft of 2nd charter

From: Jose M. Alonso <josema@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 00:54:41 +0200
Cc: "'eGov IG'" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20D24FCC-9BAA-4DB4-A691-661C6E955695@w3.org>
To: Owen Ambur <Owen.Ambur@verizon.net>
Sharron, I think that mission was fine for Charter 1 but needs to be  
improved for charter 2. What about something along these lines:
"The mission of the eGovernment Interest Group, part of the  
eGovernment Activity, is to help bridge the government policy and  
technology communities in order to help them understand how to better  
use the Web to achieve their public policy goals"

Although I'm missing here the bits of my previous message on the IG  
being a connector and mention of other actors (activists,  
contractors...), but since we have an editorial board now, I'm sure  
they could find the right wording :)

Owen, agree with you on the stakeholders point. We probably need to  
hear from group members what they are willing to do, what of the  
proposed work dovetails with their day-to-day priorities and needs and  
what they would be prepared to contribute to.

-- Jose

El 09/06/2009, a las 17:23, Owen Ambur escribió:
On first glance at the draft, I'd have been inclined to say that:

a) it generally looks pretty good, and

b) that I am pleased to see that it outlines *measurable* objectives,  

c) that the key will be to identify stakeholders of the performer type  
accept the lead roles for achieving each objective, and

d) I look forward to rendering it in StratML format.

However, on second glance, I agree with the thrust of Sharron's  
comments.  I
look forward to seeing her specific editorial suggestions and to  
some of my own.  I also look forward to learning who is willing and  
able to
volunteer to serve as the lead performer for each objective in the plan.


From: public-egov-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org 
On Behalf Of Sharron Rush
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 10:35 AM
To: eGov IG
Subject: RE: first rough draft of 2nd charter

Hello all,

My general comments about the charter draft can be summarized in two  
You will not be surprised to know that I strongly believe this document

1. shorter sentences
2. clear concise statement of mission and goals

The document we delivered under the first charter was opaque and very  
to follow and/or make sense of.  I have shared the "Improving  
doc far and wide and have yet to get anyone who is not part of the W3C  
- not
one person - to read the whole thing.   They get bogged down in jargon  
circular arguments.

If we are serious about having a global impact, we must dedicate  
to modeling the kind of communications we encourage from governments.   
To me
that means clarity above all. Open language - by which I mean statements
that are focused, pointed and as jargon-free as possible - is every  
bit as
important as open data.  In this case it really is important that we  
the talk" of open communications that are understandable to all  
And the bonus is that we will think more clearly as a result.

Here are examples of mission statements from other groups:
- The mission of the Protocols and Formats Working Group is to  
increase the
support for accessibility in Web specifications.
- The mission of the HTML Working Group is to continue the evolution  
(including classic HTML and XML syntaxes).
- The mission of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working  
Group is
to develop guidelines to make Web content accessible for people with
- The mission of the Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest
Group, is to develop, advocate for, and support the use of Semantic Web
technologies for life science, translational medicine, and health care.

Here is ours:
The mission of the eGovernment Interest Group is to explore how to  
access to government through better use of the Web and achieve better
government transparency using open Web standards at any government level
(local, state, national and multi-national).

There are too many subclauses, in my opinion and the entire statement  
is far
too qualified.  Is our ultimate goal - our mission - really only to  
how to improve" these things?  and do we have a dual mission...we also  
to achieve "better...transparency"?   Are we assuming that  
transparency is
in place and we only need to make it "better"?  My preference would be  
express these two things in one unified mission statement.  And do we  
not at
some point want to develop recommendations, best practices, educational
materials, shared models, etc?

The mission statement is only the most obvious place where clarity is
needed.  I know that many will think that I am harping on the same old  
about language, and I am sorry to be so tedious.  But we ignored the  
for clarity in the "Improving Gov..." document and I do not think we  
want to
go forward without making a strong and serious commitment to plain  
as a principle.  I also think that one of our first goals must be to  
the first document with that principle in mind.

In 2007, I worked with a group of government, academic and technology
advocates to develop a ten point statement of principles known as the
"Manifesto on Usability and Accessibility for Mexican Government  
Read it here http://www.uaweb.org.mx/en/documents/manifesto for an  
of how we might model our approach to promoting the use of the web as  
a tool
to support more truly democratic and open government processes.

Thanks for your consideration,

At 07:43 PM 6/8/2009, Novak, Kevin wrote:


As Jose mentioned, please try to take a look at the draft tomorrow  
and share your thoughts via email. I would like to discuss with you  
all on
the call Wednesday.


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-----Original Message-----
From: public-egov-ig-request@w3.org [ mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org
<mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org> ] On Behalf Of Jose M. Alonso
Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 6:40 PM
To: eGov IG
Subject: first rough draft of 2nd charter


It's available at:


Thanks Kevin for drafting this one.

This is still a very rough draft and needs discussion. Please, do not
edit in place just yet but discuss in the mailing list first.


Jose M. Alonso <josema@w3.org>    W3C/CTIC
eGovernment Lead                  http://www.w3.org/2007/eGov/

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