Download two free preview chapters of new ‘Open Government’ book from O’Reilly Media

Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice Two preview chapters from Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice are available for download. The book, available January 2010 from O’Reilly Media, is a “collection of essays, interviews, and case studies provides a multi-faceted and nonpartisan account of government as it becomes more transparent, collaborative, and participatory.”

Preview chapters include ‘Disrupting Washington’s Golden Rule’ by Ellen S. Miller and ‘Visualizing Policy and Politicians’ by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg.

From the publisher:

This collection of essays, interviews, and case studies provides a multi-faceted and nonpartisan account of government as it becomes more transparent, collaborative, and participatory. Each chapter expresses the views of its prominent author, and the book as a whole offers a persuasive argument for transparency and interactivity in government at all levels. As a handbook for advocates of openness and e-government, Open Government provides a valuable mosaic of opinions from leading politicians, journalists, programmers, professors, and visionaries, making it a must-read, particularly in light of current events and technologies.

Topics include:

  • The beautiful vision: seamless access to government information that is remixable, meaningful citizen interaction with government officials, and improved government effectiveness through realtime data analysis and visualization
  • Transparency in the U.S. and abroad: solutions to bureaucratic indifference as well as government procurement biased towards proprietary, closed-source vendors
  • Open, semantic government using Web 2.0 technologies: mashing up government data, knowledge management via wiki, and the open source approach to government
  • Government 2.0 agenda for public participation: reforming government procurement, mandating the use of open standards, and bringing citizens into the government process

About Luke Fretwell

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh. He is also co-founder and CEO of ProudCity. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn or email at luke@govfresh.com.

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