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What will the G8 Open Data Charter signed at the Lough Erne 2013 Summit change for Open Government worldwide?

#G8 Open Data Charter - Impact expectations #enterprisearchitecture view - #isic8411 #cofog0132 #Globalpartnership

Answer by Jan Goossenaerts:

The principles stated mean a departure from past (implicit) assumptions and principles that mostly caused the ”underharvesting” of the data.

The principles in the charter can be considered ”societalarchitecture principles.

As such, when governments implement new services, they should be guided by them.
On the other hand, when civil or public actors notice that services do not comply with the principles, they can refer to them in their advocacy and calls for compliance.

In summary: all stakeholders have now an instrument for reference in the transition towards more open government.

The impact of the Charter will therefore depend on at least these factors: 
- the ability of civil society and the public sector actors to utilize the principles in their advocacy work;
- the sectors of government in which the charter’s principles get a high priority.

The announced action plans will be an indicator for the second factor.

some (enterprise architecture) jargon:
  • architecture principles: general rules and guidelines, intended to be enduring and seldom  amended, that inform and support the way in which an organization sets  about fulfilling its mission; guiding it from values to actions and results.
  • societal architecture principle: general rules and guidelines, intended to be enduring and seldom  amended, that inform and support the way in which public (and private) actors set  about fulfilling their mission; guiding them from values to actions and results.
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Given that ignorance of the law is no excuse, shouldn’t the government publish (and maintain) an online, authenticated, fully cross-index…

Answer by Jan Goossenaerts:

On publishing government information online.
Thanks for all the answers. They are mostly specific for the US, yet the question and service needs are pertinent for all citizens of all countries - ref. globalisation.

In the Actor Atlas statute book (same generic structure for all countries) I propose a way of presenting statutes in accordance with the classification of the functions of government (COFOG), in three layers:
  1. statutes close to people,
  2. those relating to economy, environment and community, and
  3. those establishing the society’s foundation

Moreover I created aligned overviews of:
  1. international treaties (Treaty Database at Univ. of Oslo) -( in the statute books)
  2. COFOG/ISIC classifications - (in the statute books)
  3. the (statutory) actor - Actor Maps (separate page per country)
  4. the ongoing initiatives (which could include legislative ones), awareness of these is also an important dimension of citizenhood - in a separate Initiative Book per country

The Actor Atlas and related Social Capital sites have so far be a one person effort. But is high time for others to join the effort - in the spirit behind the question and the other answers.

- Treaty Database - The Faculty of Law (University of Oslo)
Country Statute Books - Actor Atlas
- Statute book for the United States - Actor Atlas
- Statute book for the Philippines - Actor Atlas
- Statute book for India - Actor Atlas
EU Statute Book - Actor Atlas
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Street lighting revolution in the make? Can FIPEL substitute LED in climate-friendly street lighting initiatives?

On June 18 2012, the Climate Group launched a call for making global street lighting LED-based or as efficient.

Recently FIPEL lighting technology has been announced, it may imply considerable ligthing cost reductions.

How soon will the stakeholders of the Climate Group’s Call to Action embrace the new technology?

Join the discussion and fact finding at the Actor Atlas page on Function of Government 06.4.0 - Street lighting (CS).