[@OKau] A Missing Link

Steven De Costa steven.decosta at linkdigital.com.au
Fri May 8 01:20:18 UTC 2015

Many of the Federal level secretary and dep secretary folks will retire and
allow a new generation through. However, minds are unique and not something
one can classify and typecast.

There is a lot of good info about Senior Public Servant objectives, skills,
development strategies and statistics found here:

If you look at the leadership and core skills strategy refresh for
2014-2015 you'll see that the APS has identified the need to be more
effective via nurturing opportunities for collaboration. I believe this is
just one indication of why we are seeing solid digital leaders being
employed, trained-up and promoted within agencies. I also think it goes in
hand with what we see being established via the DTO, the message we hear
from Minister Turnbull on Public-Private partnerships and the WoG emphasis
we see in programmes like data.gov.au and govCMS.

*A highly efficient and highly effective institution*

*Faced by a tighter long-term fiscal environment and a drive to improve
productivity, a successful APS institution is one that is highly efficient
and highly effective. As an institution responsible for administering
taxpayer resources, the APS has a strong imperative to improve the
efficiency and effectiveness of public programmes and agency operations.*

*In the current long-term business environment, a highly effective APS
institution is one which works effectively with other sectors and
jurisdictions, including the private sector, not-for-profit sector, states
and local government. Given the cross-cutting nature of much of the APS’s
work, with policy and delivery challenges rarely the sole domain of a
single agency, an effective APS is one that works with a One APS ethos,
collaborating to find genuine solutions.*

*In pursuit of efficiency, the APS institution will need to be commercially
adept, designing and implementing new business models (including commercial
partnerships) to deliver services and advice. In some instances, this will
include transitioning from taking a direct service delivery role to being a
purchaser of services.*

*EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR*www.linkdigital.com.au

On 8 May 2015 at 10:25, Ben Searle <bensearle54 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Great discussion Steven…..
> At a macro scale I totally agree with you….no argument on the points you
> are making.  But, I understand how the mind of a Director level manager in
> a department such as Health would respond.  The arguments you use would
> have no influence on this manager.  if they were in a situation where they
> could influence increased or decreasing taxes, they would have no genuine
> interest.  It would not impact them in any real way, at least not in the
> period of a few years.  The only thing that influences them is their direct
> responsibilities and the budgets allocated to their specific tasks and I
> can assure you that apart from having ‘Open Data’ as part of an
> organisational interest, as individual managers, there is no incentive, in
> fact there are generally dis incentives…
> I am not meaning to be harsh here, just realistic in how a government
> organisation and its people operate.   I have had contact with many
> different levels of people across all levels of government both here and
> overseas.  While most appreciate open data concepts and benefits, they
> struggle to support the initiative if it means the diversion of their own
> scarce resources to meet open data objectives.
> We all know that cars produce significant pollution, but most of us keep
> driving…. public good is great, but only if it doesn’t impact me….and this
> is the situation in government agencies…
> Sorry for raving on….
> Ben Searle
> Email:    bensearle54 at gmail.com
> Mobile:  +61 (0) 400 453 601
> On 8 May 2015, at 10:12 am, Steven De Costa <
> steven.decosta at linkdigital.com.au> wrote:
> Oh, I should add that an econometric model should also demonstrate how
> value is shifted in other ways. For example, if there were incumbent
> contracts and monetary flows tied to an existing data paradigm then you'd
> want to model how that changes with the release of that same data in an
> open manner. An existing agency may lose direct revenue from a few
> contracts with data barons, but if it grows a new market segment that
> raises tax revenues via growing trade and employment then there is a net
> win for the jurisdiction (a mix of federal and state revenue).
> Unfortunately, if you just left the cost-benefit analysis to the agency
> then they would not see the bigger picture and may not not release the data.
> *EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR*www.linkdigital.com.au
> On 8 May 2015 at 09:47, Steven De Costa <steven.decosta at linkdigital.com.au
> > wrote:
>> No!
>> Don't get drawn into a hostage negotiation ;)
>> That argument is one where the data holder will say, "Show me proof I'll
>> get value, then I'll release the data".
>> Instead, we need to keep the conversation on the data itself.
>> However, if you must preemptively demonstrate value I think there are two
>> sensible and non distracting ways to do it.
>> 1. The macro economic argument. Talk about the economy, information
>> goods, theory of the firm and transaction costs - all in broad terms. When
>> you do this you can then find evidence of other changes in the
>> (information) economy to cite as examples.
>> 2. The micro economic argument. Talk about the shift in
>> government-citizen dynamics brought about by modern communication mediums
>> and the learned behaviors of digital natives. You can then cite examples of
>> large changes in consumer behaviour born from peer to peer networks, social
>> networks and consolidated consumer markets (amazon, app stores, etc).
>> If a government agency is serious about working out the best areas where
>> the release of data will improve the economy within their jurisdiction, or
>> enable more effective G2C and C2G interactions then they should consider
>> employing economists and statisticians to develop econometric models which
>> demonstrate the likely value of releasing data. They should also consider
>> what stimulation they'd need to provide to ensure that a supply-demand
>> relationship emerges to maintain the long term value they expect to create.
>> Cheers,
>> Steven
>> *EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR*www.linkdigital.com.au
>> On 8 May 2015 at 09:10, Ben Searle <bensearle54 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> An open data related thought based on a number of years working in the
>>> data management space across different levels of government.
>>> Most government organisations and individuals in those organisations
>>> understand the benefits of making their data available to the public.  That
>>> debate has generally been won.  But, most organisations are suffering
>>> reduced budgets and appreciate that they must expend some resources to
>>> comply with the open data philosophy.  This costs their organisation.  But
>>> what benefit do they get back from releasing their data?
>>> Generally not much direct benefit, other than complying with broad
>>> government objectives.  So, what is their answer to the question of “whats
>>> in it for me?”….generally not much.  Until we can effectively answer that
>>> question the supply side of open data will continue to be limited and we
>>> will continue to have data released purely to increase data set numbers and
>>> meet KPI’s but will that data be useful?  Based on current activities, much
>>> of the existing open data would not be consumed by organisations wishing to
>>> generate digital products.
>>> What is missing?
>>> Ben Searle
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>>> Email:    bensearle54 at gmail.com
>>> Mobile:  +61 (0) 400 453 601
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