there are myriad categories of raw data that are locked up inside the boundaries of government. If governments were simply to publish this data, then private companies, civil society organisations, citizens and other government agencies will self-organise to use this data to create public value. This holds the promise of better, cheaper government.
Don Tapscott - 03m43s to 4m06s
The fifth and final episode of CBC's ReCivilization was "Rebooting the Public Square". Ignoring the apocalyptic "this is the end of everything we know" tone at the beginning, it looks at the infrastructure of open sharing online (through discussions with Google and Mozilla), open data (through a discussion with Sir Tim Berners-Lee), and the kinds of activities that are enabled in the government sphere (through a discussion with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy).
I think it's an ok starting point for understanding some of the pieces, although there is a lot more to open government than is covered in the segment. I was disappointed that as a Canadian show there was no mention of Canadian open government initiatives, which include
- national - open.gc.ca and participation in the Open Government Partnership
- provincial - data.gov.bc.ca
- municipal - ottawa.ca/opendata
(More sites are listed on Wikipedia - Open Data in Canada.)
The audio is available as broadcast on the web, there are also extended interviews available. For those interested specifically in open government, the extended interview with Thomas Kalil is the most informative. The series is also available (for free) in iTunes.
December 30, 2006 Tapscott: turn your organization inside-out
December 28, 2006 Tapscott on collaboration and Wikinomics in the Globe
June 6, 2005 SLA2005 - live, semi-awake blogging of opening session - Monday 9:30 AM (featuring Tapscott keynote)