After reading yesterday's news that the city of San Francisco is offering convenient access to more than 100 datasets including police, public works, and transportation data, it struck me how technology is the key player in Government 2.0 - that being open, transparent, and collaborative.
The new CIO for the U.S., Vivek Kundra, has stated goals that include:
- Cutting costs and increasing efficiency, including using off-the-shelf software
- Making data accessible and public online
- Engaging the public in an open discussion on programs - especially through non-traditional means
Because of these goals and a fast-approaching federal government end-of-year (and a focus on stimulus funds accountability), many organizations have begun evaluating how software solutions can help drive innovation in their agency.
Here are five ways agencies can jumpstart their 2.0 initiatives similar to San Francisco's (based on Kudra's goals and a recent speech by David Stephenson at the Tableau Customer Conference).