Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice

Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice

Through a collection of essays and case studies, leading visionaries and practitioners both inside and outside of government share their ideas on how to achieve and direct this emerging world of online collaboration, transparency, and participation.

Publication date: 01 Feb 2010

ISBN-10: 0596804350

ISBN-13: 9780596804350

Paperback: 432 pages

Views: 1,900

Type: Book

Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported

Post time: 01 Dec 2016 12:00:00

Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice

Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice Through a collection of essays and case studies, leading visionaries and practitioners both inside and outside of government share their ideas on how to achieve and direct this emerging world of online collaboration, transparency, and participation.
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Publication date: 01 Feb 2010
ISBN-10: 0596804350
ISBN-13: 9780596804350
Paperback: 432 pages
Views: 1,900
Document Type: Book
Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Post time: 01 Dec 2016 12:00:00
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Just as the Web has fundamentally altered retail, real estate, media, and even manufacturing, Gov 2.0 advocates seek to redefine the relationship between citizens and gov‐ ernment officials. It's not about replacing representative democracy with some kind of online poll, but instead engaging the citizen as a full participant rather than an observer of their government.

Take San Francisco, where the city has created an API (application programming interface) to distribute information from its 311 system about city services to developers in a way that they can integrate and distribute that information into new software and web applications (see http://apps.sfgov.org/Open311API/). Everyone will be able to get information about citizen requests and issue new requests (such as reporting potholes) directly to city departments via their own web software. The concept breaks down the line between citizens and government—letting someone other than a government official determine how to route citizen requests.

As if this radical transformation were not enough, the Gov 2.0 movement seeks to make a similar transformation within government itself: empowering employees inside governments to go beyond the traditional boundaries and limitations of bureaucracy to act across organizational lines and move from top-down to bottom-up structures of management and decision making.

In this book we have found leading visionaries, thinkers, and practitioners from inside and outside of government who share their views on what this new balance looks like, how to achieve it, and the reforms that are needed along the way.




About The Editor(s)


Daniel Lathrop is Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. He is a former investigative projects reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he covered politics in Washington state, Iowa, Florida and Washington D.C. His continuing focus is on datajournalism, working at the intersection of data visualization, data analysis and investigative reporting.

Daniel Lathrop

Daniel Lathrop is Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. He is a former investigative projects reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he covered politics in Washington state, Iowa, Florida and Washington D.C. His continuing focus is on datajournalism, working at the intersection of data visualization, data analysis and investigative reporting.


Laurel Ruma is a Strategic Content Director at O'Reilly Media. She's had many roles at O'Reilly, including Director of Talent and Acquisitions, Gov 2.0 Evangelist, editor, and chair for a number of conferences, such as Cultivate, Gov 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0, and OSCON Java. She is the co-editor of Open Government, O'Reilly Media, 2010.

Laurel Ruma

Laurel Ruma is a Strategic Content Director at O'Reilly Media. She's had many roles at O'Reilly, including Director of Talent and Acquisitions, Gov 2.0 Evangelist, editor, and chair for a number of conferences, such as Cultivate, Gov 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0, and OSCON Java. She is the co-editor of Open Government, O'Reilly Media, 2010.


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