Utilising Web 2.0 in Government and Local Government
I note that National Computing Centre has featured an article I originally produced for ITAdviser Magazine on the topic of how and why local authorities should be planning to exploit the collaborative features of Web 2.0 technologies. I’m not sure I did justice to the large and growing variety of collaborative initiatives that are underway in both local and central government, but then again it’s difficult to include everything and yet keep to a fairly tight word limit (which I ended up exceeding!). Suffice to say that the opportunities that Web 2.0 provides for connecting with and empowering citizens are still being realised, but it remains to be seen whether the traditional command and control structures inherent throughout government will enable these initiatives to meet their true potential. I am optimistic though.
I’m pleased that the Power of Information Taskforce website has also picked up on this article.
Stephen is Director and founder of Collabor8now Ltd, an organization focussed on developing collaborative environments (e.g. Communities of Practice) and the integration of knowledge management tools and processes to support business improvement. He is a certified knowledge manager with the Knowledge Management Institute (KMI) and the author of several published research papers on collaborative behaviours and information technology.