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Innovation and Open Government
July 5, 2012
5:24 pm
Alison Stringer
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July 5, 2012

Dear all

At the Innovation and Open Government session we are welcoming discussion on government working with civil society and partnering to foster innovation. The context is the Declaration on Open and Transparent Government, released by the Ministers of Finance and Internal Affairs in August 2011 - see or

The Declaration affirmed government's aim for high value public data to be re-used to grow the economy, help people with their daily lives and illustrate its performance openly. It also promoted better public services and efficiencies through better sharing of public data.

We and others will be outlining some innovative international work with civil society. And then it is over to you to bring along your experience and ideas. Your thoughts and suggestions via this forum are also welcome now - i.e. ahead of Nethui.


Keitha and Alison
Open Government Data and Information Secretariat

July 19, 2012
2:28 pm
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From the declaration:

Through this commitment New Zealand citizens and businesses can expect a more efficient and accountable public sector, more services tailored to their needs, and a greater level of participation in shaping government decisions

It's interesting how the article only talks about encouraging depts to release data, I wonder about the other direction, how to collect feedback from citizens which will create a "greater level of participation in shaping government decisions".

Thought that this project set a great precedent. Obviously on a national level it might take quite a different shape, but the principle behind it is worth looking at:

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