Announcing UKGovweb barcamp
Those of you who read this blog regularly, or get cornered by me in the real world, will know there are two things in particular that I am particularly passionate about
- clarity around government online strategy, and
- how to innovate online, especially piloting the use of social media tools
I think these are important issues for government webbies (and by government, I don’t just mean Whitehall but right across the public sector). Talking to colleagues I know that these issues important to them too.
I’ve been talking for a while with colleagues in the transformational government team (they who are driving the website rationalisation / convergence, and other related, initiatives) about how we can harness the collective knowledge and intelligence of all those with an interest in improving how government does all this web stuff. Its becoming more important as we start to explore the possibilities and opportunities of government online beyond our corporate websites and intranets.
My proposal was to run a barcamp event, where those who want to participate in developing ideas, sharing their expertise and swapping tips can come together as a community. For those not familiar with the barcamp concept, check out the wikipedia page. The key point is that you come if you have something to offer and you participate, rather than simply observe.
I’m delighted to report that they agree, so I’m pleased to seed the message here that we aim to have the event run across the last week of January 2008 (Saturday 26th/ Sunday 27th). I say ‘aim to have the event run’ because it will only work with the input, energy and enthusiasm of the participants. We have suggested a proposition and date, we’re hoping that enough people will want to be part of this to come along and also to help organise the event.
A page has been set up on the barcamp.org website. Please visit it, and sign up if you want to be part of this event.
If you know others who might be interested, let them know about it. In particular, if you blog then please point your readers to the page on the barcamp website.
I really do hope that together we can work together to get a common sense of purpose, and share some innovative ideas about government’s approach to all things online.