12. May 2009 14:39
Welcome to the new Digital Engagement blog at the Cabinet Office. The digital engagement team will be using this to talk about what we are up to, the technical challenges we are facing and to test out early solutions. Everything the Power of Information taskforce did on their blog we will do here, as we take forward their good work.
Today is a bit of a big news day here on the team, so please forgive the lack of detail. We will be picking up on all the themes over the coming days and weeks.
We have a progress update on Digital Engagement (see links below) and what we are doing against all the Power of Information Recommendations. We have split up the recommendations to make break them up by theme, but if you want to check them all they are in Annex A. While everyone should read the full report, the key themes are:
- Open information - To have an effective voice, people need to be able to understand what is going on in their public services; government will publish information about public services in ways that are easy to find, use, and re-use.
- Open feedback - The public should have a fair say about their services. We need more services like NHS Choices or www.publicexperience.com to provide direct feedback to the Innovation Council.
- Open conversation - We will promote greater engagement through more interactive online consultation and collaboration. We will also empower professionals to be active on online peer-support networks in their area of work.
- Open innovation - We will promote innovation in online public services to respond to changing expectations – bringing the concepts behind Show Us A Better Way into mainstream government practice.
We will be talking more on what this all means over the coming weeks and months. Oh and we will be asking you on your thoughts on what a data site for the UK government might look like (recommendation 14) - so please start thinking about it.
We have a new Director of Digital Engagement in the Cabinet Office - Andrew Stott. Andrew Stott was one of the original sponsors of the Power of Information work and has a background in IT and culture change in the civil service. All of this experience will be relevant in this new role. If you would like to follow Andrew on twitter he is @dirdigeng
So a lot going on - watch this space.
Please read our report in the format that suits you. We have:
PDF (795.89 kb)
Open Document Format (e.g. Open Office) (513.55 kb)
Microsoft Word (676.50 kb)
XHTML (731.68 kb) - renders on Firefox and not IE. We're looking into it.