October 8, 2009Doug Hadden
The GTEC 2009 conference was held in Ottawa from October 5 – 8. One of the main themes of the conference was finding the right mix of Web 2.0 technologies to support Government 2.0 initiatives.
It’s clear that governments are excited about the prospect of using new technologies to engage and interact with citizens and civil servants. The conference featured numerous speakers including Tim O’Reilly who spoke about Government becoming a Platform to fuel innovation by citizens and civil servants.
Government Resource Planning is about designing, implementing, executing and adapting plans to meet government objectives. In this context, plans will continuously evolve and improve. Government 2.0 allows governments to be more transparent. Platforms that support government resource planning allow governments to share meaningful, up to date information with citizens and civil servants. Government 2.0 technologies can be used to present information and to gauge the reaction to information presented.
It’s clear that governments understand that the Web 2 services that are attractive to the public today could quickly change tomorrow. It’s also clear that governments understand that no single Web 2 service will appeal to all of its customers. This means that Government Resource Planning initiatives must factor the great Web 2 technologies of today and have a platform that can easily adapt to the Web 2 technologies of tomorrow.
Government Resource Planning needs Government 2.0 to present accurate information to citizens and civil servants in an engaging manner. Government Resource Planning needs Government 2.0 to monitor public response to government performance, and adapt to the needs of citizens and civil servants.