Archives: January 2013

Open Data Culture Change

In the time I’ve been involved in the government’s open data activities I’ve seen a genuine change in the attitude of agencies in making their data more open and available. Since Cabinet approved the Declaration on Open and Transparent Government in August 2011, we’ve seen a real increase in the amount of data agencies are releasing for re-use. All government agencies are starting to incorporate the Declaration into their core business, and they have all assigned senior managers as data champions to lead this work. However, this is a huge culture change.
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Web Optimisation at Internal Affairs

Over the last year Internal Affairs has been running a project to optimise our use of the online channel. This followed previous work to merge several sites into a redeveloped corporate site. Did we whip everything into shape in a year? Did we manage to turn a large department into Web Channel Utopia? Well, no. But we did make progress, and the wheels are still in motion. In the interests of cross-agency sharing, I’d like to take you through our journey. Continue reading Web Optimisation at Internal Affairs