With the recent announcement of the Australian Government that it is seeking proposals for joint private-public projects using big data, I thought it would be timely to add to the discussion by posting a clip of Nicholas Gruen outlining his thoughts on Government as Impresario. The AGIMO blog lists a number of articles associated with big
With the recent announcement of the Australian Government that it is seeking proposals for joint private-public projects using big data, I thought it would be timely to add to the discussion by posting a clip of Nicholas Gruen outlining his thoughts on Government as Impresario.
The AGIMO blog lists a number of articles associated with big data. However, what I suspect ‘big’ means for Government might sometimes be better described as ‘significant’ or simply ‘public’. Certainly, the data available on http://data.gov.au is not currently “…a collection of data sets so large and complex that it [is] difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications.” – via wikipedia.
The AGIMO request for submissions does appear to be the precursor of Government as Impresario, which would be a welcome addition to the range of ICT activity Government already stimulates via its role as a significant buyer of ICT services. As such, the following clip may be relevant for those considering a submission.
For those interested to learn more, Nicholas will be speaking on this subject at the Digital Canberra Challenge Awards Evening on the 26th of March. If you are interested to receive a preview of the paper Nicholas has prepared on Government as Impresario, you can contact him via ngruen@ (which is his gmail email prefix).
Nicholas Gruen on Government as Impresario: Emergent Public Goods and Public Private Partnerships 2.0
We’re used to thinking that public goods must be produced by governments. But there’s a fundamental and growing class of public goods that emerge from private interaction. Today emergent public goods — Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia — burgeon on the internet ushering in a new age. But there must exist a panoply of public goods which could be brought into existence by the right kind of partnership between private and public endeavor. In this talk, Nicholas Gruen — a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator who has been a regular columnist in the Courier Mail, the Australian Financial Review, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald — explores the economic basis for public/private partnerships, and shares examples of innovative partnerships that thrive in the internet age.