Results of Questionnaire Input for eGov IG Meeting

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This questionnaire was open from 2011-10-04 to 2011-10-31.

7 answers have been received.

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  1. Do You Plan To Attend?
  2. Recommended eGovernment Resources
  3. Needed Information Resources
  4. Agenda Items

1. Do You Plan To Attend?

Do you plan to attend the meeting?


ChoiceAll responders
Yes, in person 1
Yes, remotely 3
Not sure yet 1
No 2


Responder Do You Plan To Attend?Comments
Rachel Flagg No
Dave McAllister Yes, in person Dependent on actual location, may impact time i can arrive.
Brian Handspicker Yes, remotely
Bernadette Hyland No
Mohamed ZERGAOUI Not sure yet
Paul Hermans Yes, remotely but only partially since 1 november is a public holiday in Belgium with family gatherings.
Paola Di Maio Yes, remotely

2. Recommended eGovernment Resources

One objective of the meeting is to gather and sort best practices, policies, and other resources. Please think for a moment and then list here a few of the resources that you think are important to include.


Responder Recommended eGovernment Resources
Rachel Flagg 1. Requirements & Best Practices for Federal public websites: http://www.howto.gov/web-content/requirements-and-best-practices/checklists/long
2. .gov reform: http://www.usa.gov/WebReform.shtml
Dave McAllister Should invite currentCA IT group. Have made impressive progress
Brian Handspicker The strong push for semantic-web enabled public and inter-agency information is, I think, well and appropriately represented on eGov and GLD. This is critical for making the vast amount of data stored in government systems accessible to humans in the public as well as inter-agency environments. But the majority of federal and state information is still buried in information silos, not just within agencies, but often within specialized single-purpose applications within agencies. Many agencies need to walk before they can run.

We need to define best practices, policies, etc. just for getting data to the level of one, two and three stars. In addition, we cannot overlook the need for agency systems to efficiently privately (agency-to-agency) exchange information electronically. Happily, there is no shortage of standards to which such "walk-before-run" best practices can refer. (NIEM, GJXML, ebXML, HL7, etc.) Of course, such "walk-before-run" efforts are not quite as exciting as driving semantic linked data, but is still critical if we are to surface the data we need to create semantically qualified information.

In addition, independent of syntactic and semantic opportunities, there are some basic ontology challenges in accurately identifying the information you wish to access. For example our agencies have been vexed by the problem of how to accurately identify an individual person's records across multiple agencies in the absence of a unique id associated with each person. (The US Social Security number is neither unique, nor universal, nor always legally acceptable as a UID.) Matching records to a request often becomes more a matter of statistical likelihood than a certainty... problematic for some types of information.

Finally, there is a lot of information that we would like citizens to be able to access, or agencies to be able to exchange that is either personally sensitive (private) or agency sensitive. Thus we also need to develop a model for privacy, security, auditability, and even non-repudiation of access to and/or modification of web-accessible government data.

So I would encourage us to consider a broader interpretation of our charter than just semantic-web best-practices.
Bernadette Hyland Procurement advice for US Government contract officers, GSA reps, others.
Paul Hermans
Paola Di Maio

3. Needed Information Resources

Are there documents (best practices, policies, etc) which your organization or related organizations are in need of? Please tell us some of your most-needed items, to help drive the collection and organization process.


Responder Needed Information Resources
Rachel Flagg 1. Examples of successful eGov programs & citizen/govt collaborations
2. Updated/modernized US Federal web policies. OMB is working on this - but needs input from eGov practitioners to identify needed changes
3. Examples of successful web governance models, including funding, management, resources. Websites are now the #1 way the public interacts w/govt, but are still not always treated an a core business function. How can we change the dynamic, and ensure web operations are properly funded/resourced to provide good service and easy-to-understand information?
Dave McAllister
Brian Handspicker
Bernadette Hyland
Paul Hermans All related to Linked Open Data
- Guideliness for minting URI's
- advice on choosing/building metadata element vocabularies
- establishing world-wide applicable value vocabularies
Paola Di Maio

4. Agenda Items

Are there other topics you'd like to see discussed at the meeting? Please note if you'd be willing to lead and/or present on the topic.


Responder Agenda Items
Rachel Flagg
Dave McAllister
Brian Handspicker Surfacing silo'd data (best practices for evolving agency data to each of the five stars of Open Linked Data)

Agency-to-Agency, Application-to-Application interoperability

Ontological Challenges of Open Linked Data (e.g. unique Person Identification, potentially being the most challenging example)

Security and Privacy Considerations for Web-Accessible Government Data
Bernadette Hyland
Paul Hermans
Paola Di Maio Would like to identify a set of core challenges, and approaches to address these challenges, to forming and promoting -supra national self-governance principles, culture and solutions using the web. l

More details on responses

  • Rachel Flagg: last responded on 4, October 2011 at 13:56 (UTC)
  • Dave McAllister: last responded on 4, October 2011 at 14:36 (UTC)
  • Brian Handspicker: last responded on 4, October 2011 at 14:42 (UTC)
  • Bernadette Hyland: last responded on 4, October 2011 at 16:47 (UTC)
  • Mohamed ZERGAOUI: last responded on 5, October 2011 at 10:18 (UTC)
  • Paul Hermans: last responded on 6, October 2011 at 07:57 (UTC)
  • Paola Di Maio: last responded on 28, October 2011 at 10:03 (UTC)

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