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Re: New Charter

From: <chris@e-beer.net.au>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:01:21 -0800
Message-ID: <029085321aae798c6c696090d3f0756c.squirrel@webmail.e-beer.net.au>
Cc: "W3C eGov IG" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Hi all.

> Hi eGov,
> first of all I don't see any benefit of including more and more CCs into
> this thread.
> Each of them has subsribed public-egov-ig@w3.org, so why then flood
> their inboxes with duplicates?


> Secondly, we are discussing the new charter. Why then change the subject
> again and again?


> Third, and most important:
> why generate rivality between LOD folks and others (whome: simply
> I-don't-like-LOD-folks? I did not really get the point so far, please
> help me.)
> Obviously we have two ends of the eGov chain.
> On one end, some agencies (namely environmental)  have a legal
> obligation to publish open data. Here we have no reason to discuss about
> *why* they should do so, but only *how* this can be accomplished best.
> On the other end, many agencies have to be convinced to publish open
> data, and here of course the focus is on the "why" and not on the "how"
> at first.
> Once again: this is not competing but complementary.
> As I have stated in an earlier posting, even talking about the "how"
> Linked Data is not the only way to go.
> So please, let us drop any kind of malspeaking and rivality.
> If we cannnot how can we envision that the agencies will?
> Have a nice chistmas ;-)

OK - so this is a re-post, but I'll put it in here so it's part of the

"I am definitely interested in seeing the group rechartered - I strongly
believe that it has an important role and fills a definite need that
exists to promote the use of standards and standardized approaches and
interoperability between government systems and services at all levels
up to and including the International community.

I would like to see a move away from simple chat and discussion on
topics and a move towards increased and extremely coordinated
Education and Outreach for e-Government, both to governments and NFP's
as well as other areas of the W3. Obviously we will be already strongly
represented in the LOD WG when a charter evolves there - (one could say
that the LOD and E&O could both be specific TF's of the e-Gov at the W3
if we were more than simply an IG.), as well as in other areas at W3
where active e-Gov IG members have involvement such as Sem Web,
Accessibility etc.

I realize that generally the focus (and some of the reason why little
consensus or movement forward happens) has been on the e-Governance of
lead Western nations that would be considered to be relatively e-Gov
ready - the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandanavia and the
EU. This seems to be a) because it is where our membership has been
based and b) because it is what we know - it is our comfort zone.

I believe that the IG could contribute significantly to the uptake and
adoption of standards that underpin e-Government in emerging nations,
not only directly, but through supporting W3 and other like minded
efforts such as the W3F. The IG could act not only as mentors in this
regard, but assist in facilitating networking and connections between
emerging e-Gov states and e-Gov ready states"

So anyway - in short - I think we are definitely seeing consensus here,
and one that says to me that the IG will continue on, even if it's not a
W3 activity. We all want a focus on a) Standards based government policy,
b) Standards based government services and c) Standards based government
transparency and information (aka LOD). I would add into that list (as it
hasn't been mentioned) d) Standards based G2G/G2B/G2C engagement
models/services (aka Gov 2.0). All  in no particular order mind you.

That's 4 main areas of focus, all with common drivers - Education,
Outreach, Development.

Enough to keep us busy and give rise to some fine deliverables? (On the
point of deliverables - I'm not sure it works to have them set in stone in
the charter - the eGov landscape has/is changing too quickly, and we are
responsive to other W3 activity in that regards. Better just to say we
will produce some, and decide what they are as the need arises. IMO.)



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