Archives: November 2014

Plain English Awards – close, but no cigar

No shiny trophy for us this year, but it was great to be a finalist again in the WriteMark Plain English Awards. It doesn’t matter that didn’t win because it’s not about us. It’s about the people who use our site, who have to navigate their way through the multitude of government sites. Continue reading Plain English Awards – close, but no cigar

Getting government to use plain English

How do we get government to communicate in plain English? There are a number of reasons why we should be using more simple language, and also a number of challenges we face to achieve this. We will be having a plain English workshop on 9 December. The intention is to hear from colleagues about how they have ensured their content is in plain English and discuss how to make plain English a higher priority for government. Continue reading Getting government to use plain English

Common Web Platform wins Open Source Award

The Common Web Platform (CWP) was the winner in the ‘Open Source Use in Government’ category at the 2014 NZ Open Source Awards. This blog post talks about the event, how another finalist Piwik is being considered for CWP, and how CWP fits into the broader context of open source. Continue reading Common Web Platform wins Open Source Award

Discussion: Open Government and engaging with stakeholders

Want to know more about New Zealand’s Open Government Partnership and Action Plan? Join GOVIS for a discussion about how the public sector can facilitate better engagement practices in the policy development process. Continue reading Discussion: Open Government and engaging with stakeholders

Upcoming combined workshop on Web Consolidation and Domain Integrity

For more chances to learn, join DIA for a combined workshop on:
• Result 10’s Web Consolidation Strategic Assessment – an overview and next steps
• Domain Integrity – how to get started on managing security and protecting users’ privacy on the web, and meeting the principles of information and data management Continue reading Upcoming combined workshop on Web Consolidation and Domain Integrity

What we can learn from the Design Intensive

Service design is about examining every aspect of the journey a user will go through in their interaction with an agency. It’s about how we ensure people can access the services they want and need, easily. It’s about how we are able to deliver better public services. Continue reading What we can learn from the Design Intensive