The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will be providing technical and financial assistance to help countries in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) implement their initiatives, announced Joe Powell, Deputy Director, OGP Support Unit. “The ADB’s support will focus on exploring opportunities to provide technical and financial assistance to help countries meet OGP eligibility criteria and to develop and implement OGP action plans,” he wrote this week in an OGP blog announcing the partnership.
The Australian Government is preparing an Open Data Toolkit to consolidate policies and guidance for agencies managing and sharing government data. “This Toolkit will consolidate policy, guidance, case studies and technical advice on how to manage, publish and share government data more effectively and efficiently for greater benefits to the public service, industry and the broader community. The Toolkit will be updated on a regular basis as new information, guidance, best practices and policies emerge, and you can subscribe to wiki updates there,” the data.gov.au team wrote in its latest blog.
Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act goes live today: organisations must now get the consent of individuals when their data is collected. Although public agencies are exempted from the Act, the government has told FutureGov that it has introduced its own set of rules which are based on the same principles as the new law. From 2 July 2014 “organisations will have to notify individuals of the purposes for which their personal data is being collected, used or disclosed, and obtain their consent to do so”, said a statement by the Personal Data Protection Commission.
It can take up to 90 days to make new IT infrastructure available for a government agency. “With cloud, you don’t need days, just minutes,” Glenn West (pictured), Cloud Business Unit Manager, Asia Pacific, Red Hat told FutureGov. Governments need an open source cloud to deliver their digital public services with “speed and scalability”, West said. For example, a tax agency provides a portal for its citizens to file their taxes every year – the capabilities of this portal need to be able to expand rapidly as millions of citizens access the portal at the same time. “When you go from 100 users to the [whole] population instantaneously… you need [the portal] to scale up quickly,” he said.
The New Zealand Government will be presenting its Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan in July, Internal Affairs Minister, Peter Dunne has announced. The action plan will be built around improving public services, increasing public integrity, more effectively management public resources and creating safer communities. OGP is an international partnership of 64 countries committed to making their governments more open accountable and responsive to citizens.