Government 2.0 Taskforce competition a win for crowdsourcing

Brainstorming and Gov 2.0 Innovation awarded

The Government 2.0 Taskforce has declared its Structured Brainstorming competition a win for the technique of crowd-sourcing resulting in a number of ideas for new Government projects and services.

The competition, run through the Taskforce’s IdeaScale page has come up with a first round of winners across two initial categories -- Brainstorming: aimed at project ideas that the Taskforce can fund, and Gov 2.0 Innovators: awarding agencies, projects or individuals which have championed Gov 2.0.

Under the Brainstorming category, Brad Peterson, was awarded the gong for his proposal of making all Government Gazettes available in a single XML feed, and a whole of government persistent URL resolver service to put an end to dead web links.

The Gov 2.0 Innovators award was won by ABC Pool for its work in building an online ‘town square’, Mosman Municipal Council for its Community Engagement Strategy which uses a range of online tools and techniques to reach out to its local community, and eGovAU blogger Craig Thomler for his promotion of Government 2.0.

“The Structured Brainstorming competition we ran through our IdeaScale page was a great experiment in reaching out to the crowd and seeing what ideas they (you!) had to contribute to the work of the Taskforce,” Peter Alexander of the Taskforce Secretariat posted.

“There were some intriguing ideas put forward, including suggestions for new Government projects and services that have provided us with some food for thought.”

A second round of awards covering the Not for Profit PSI and Web 2.0 Accessibility Makeover categories will be announced in December.

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