AGIMO opens up on Gov 2.0 plans

New scheme planned to manage the potential privacy and confidentiality impacts of releasing greater amounts of public sector information

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has opened up on its plans to push forward with its Gov 2.0 agenda.

Responding to Computerworld Australia the office said its plans to push forward with initiatives around the privacy and confidentiality implications of Gov 2.0 would see the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) develop an ‘Information Publication Scheme’ for Australian Government agencies.

The scheme will include advice for agencies about the potential privacy and confidentiality impacts of releasing greater amounts of public sector information and will begin in November 2011.

“This project is an important element of the Government’s broader Government 2.0 work plan and the drive to release more public sector information online and will assist agencies to assess and resolve privacy and confidentiality issues before publishing data online,” an AGIMO spokesperson said.

“As an example, this could include stripping any potentially identifying information from a data set before publishing it.”

As reported by Computerworld Australia, AGIMO’s recently launched Steering Group will introduce two sets of Government 2.0 awards, one aimed at projects and the other at individual public servants.

These awards will be part of AGIMO’s 2011 e-Government awards, which aim to inspire Australian government agencies to excel and innovate in the use of information and communications technologies. Both awards will be open to agencies and public servants from all levels of government in Australia.

“The Government 2.0 project award will be a new category within the existing e-Government awards, which already include geospatial, project management, systems architecture, applications development and service delivery categories,” the spokesperson said.

“The Government 2.0 category will recognise high-quality agency projects involving online engagement, the release of government data or increased transparency in government operations.”

The individual award will be similar to the ICT Professional of the Year Award and will recognise public servants who have led the way in implementing innovative and effective Government 2.0-related projects or practices within their agencies.

“The Steering Group believes that it is important that the public be able to nominate agencies and public servants for these awards,” the spokesperson said. “AGIMO will develop options to allow online nominations for these awards, and post details of how the nominations process will work on the AGIMO Blog.”

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