Andrea DiMaio

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A Year in Review: Top Ten for Smart Government in 2012

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 20, 2012  |  5 Comments

For the fourth year in a row, here is my (absolutely personal) top ten in the area of government innovation.  Over the last three years the title was “Top Ten for Government 2.0”, but this term is less relevant today. What is relevant is to focus on how governments around the world are looking for [...]

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With Perfect Timing, UK Audit Office Review Warns Open Government Enthusiasts

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 18, 2012  |  2 Comments

Right in the middle of the Open Government Partnership conference, which I mentioned in my post yesterday, the UK National Audit Office (NAO) published its cross-government review on Implementing Transparency. The report, while recognizing the importance and the potential for open data initiatives, highlights a few areas of concern that should be taken quite seriously [...]

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Yawning or Waking Up To Open Data

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 2, 2011  |  8 Comments

Yesterday I read that both Statistics Canada and the British government have announced the publication of new opn data sets The latter in particular seems to have created quite some interest, as data sets include personal health records, transport data, house prices and the weather As usual the blogosphere has been buzzing with enthusiasm and [...]

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Openness Is A Matter of Perspective

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 12, 2011  |  1 Comment

Yesterday the UK Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that action might be taken to limit the use of several social media platforms in order to reduce their use by rioters. While the public safety and law enforcement perspective of this approach is fully understandable, it strikes me (and others) that the same platforms that have [...]

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Recent Events Are Pushing Governments to Be Both Smarter and Cheaper

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 10, 2011  |  2 Comments

What has been happening in the world during the last few days gives a glimpse of the level of uncertainty government and business are and will be operating within for the foreseeable future. A country like the U.S., where many economists and political leader thought they were out of a recession and growing at a [...]

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From "more for less" to "good enough for (almost) free"

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 11, 2011  |  2 Comments

There is one particular sentence that I have heard countless times over the five or six years: doing more with less. First time I heard it was during the first efficiency review conducted by Sir Peter Gershon for the UK government, where for the first time after many years the case for government cost containment [...]

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UK IT Strategy Sets the Pace for All European Governments, But Can They Deliver?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 31, 2011  |  8 Comments

On March 30th the UK Cabinet Office published its long-awaited IT strategy, which is interesting and aggressive in many respects. It touches upon several areas of concern for IT effectiveness and efficiency. It does start by recognizing that there are waste and failures in government IT and suggesting that this is the priority to be [...]

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Open Data For Sale: Not A Bad Idea

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 21, 2011  |  7 Comments

On January 12 the UK government announced plans for the creation of a Public Data Corporation. which would “bring together Government bodies and data into one organisation and provide an unprecedented level of easily accessible public information and drive further efficiency in the delivery of public services”. In describing the case for its creation, the [...]

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