Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy New Year

2010 begins another exciting year for IAP2. South Africa now has emerging Affiliate status which means we can look forward to more connections with our members, networks and friends in South Africa!

If you have connections or networks you would like IAP2 to draw on in South Africa please let us know iap2hq@iap2.org

The Member Engagement process is continuing for another two months. Over 700 people have logged onto the site to learn more - if you haven't done so yet - please read and send your advice in to assist the Board in their decision-making in March 2010. Log on here and join in the discussion.

It isn't too early to start thinking about and identifying potential organisations and projects for the 2010 Core Values awards. In 2010 there will be a new award to honour and recognise emerging practitioners - individuals new to the field who are demonstrating excellence and promise in their practice. You can read winning applications in the Annual State of the Practice Reports available on line at www.iap2.org

IAP2 HQ wishes you all a Happy and Prosperous 2010!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More News from White House

On Tuesday, December 8, the Open Government Initiative published the new Open Government Directive. The Directive is the latest in a long timeline of open government milestones during the course of the last year. Since the US President signed the executive memorandum on Transparency and Open Government as his first executive action, innovators across the government have been working to create a more accountable and effective government. The Progress Report on Open Government for the American People explains what’s been done to date and where we go from here.

If you want to get involved and have something to say see the following:

1. Open Government Dashboard: The Open Government Directive calls for the creation of an Open Government Dashboard to measure progress and impact. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Beth Noveck is looking for your input, including as to the metrics by which we measure success. Click here to participate.

2. Future of Data.gov: The Open Government Directive instructs all federal agencies to make available high-value data that promote national priorities and improve the lives of everyday Americans through Data.gov. Yet the current version of Data.gov is just the beginning. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra asks for your help in shaping the future of this key open government platform. As part of the Data.gov Dialogue, you can download the draft plans, submit a new idea, or comment on someone else’s.

What do you think of this initiative? How do you think it does or doesn't advance public participation?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

White House Announcement

Here is the video of the announcement from the White House on Transparency and Open Government.

Monday, December 7, 2009

News from USA Adminstration to IAP2 Members in USA

ADVISORY: Administration Officials to Launch Comprehensive Open Government Plan
with Webcast Open to All Americans

WASHINGTON – Dec 8th 11:00am ET, U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra will launch the administration’s comprehensive Open Government Plan, furthering the President’s commitment to increasing transparency and accountability in Washington and ensuring greater access and information for the American people.

This announcement will be streamed live on whitehouse.gov, and will be followed by a web forum where individuals will be given an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions about the administration’s Open Government Plan.

WHO: U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra and U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra
WHAT: Administration Launches Comprehensive Open Government Plan
WHERE: Watch it live and participate at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
WHEN: Tuesday, December 8
11:00am ET

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


In the USA, President Obama's directive on Open Government is subject to considerable discussion in the P2 community. What do you think ? Have a read of these ideas and add let us know.