GoPetition cited as Best Practice example for the adoption of Web 2.0 by Government

Leading Internet consultancy firm e8 Consulting has recommended GoPetition to the Australian Federal Government as a Web 2.0 best practice example.

The Government 2.0 Taskforce engaged e8 Consulting to undertake projects involving analysing the sentiment, barriers and best practice of Web 2.0  in Government, and to provide recommendations to Government regarding how Web 2.0 can be best adopted.
The criteria for ‘best practice’ was based on examples:
1. that have proven leadership in making headway in their implementation and have tested relevant boundaries;
2. that have realised longevity of the strategy for utilising Web 2.0, with commitment of infrastructure and resources dedicated to Web 2.0 to realise strategic outcomes;
3. with clear outcomes and benefits that align with the reason for utilising Web 2.0.

A Web 2.0 website allows its users to interact with each other as contributors to the website's content, in contrast to non-interactive websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them.
The characteristics of Web 2.0 are: rich user experience, user participation, dynamic content, metadata, web standards and scalability. Further characteristics, such as openness, freedom and collective intelligence by way of user participation, can also be viewed as essential attributes of Web 2.0.
In the report by e8 Consulting, GoPetiton's best practice approach was identified as including the following benefits:
o People are empowered through the petitioning platform;
o In the US and UK, Government agencies are approaching GoPetition to enable their causes;
o GoPetition is able to determine national and global trends in a variety of realms (e.g. politics, environmental concerns, health) from live streaming of signature data.
For more information on the report please see the links below.
GoPetition will continue to promote leading Web 2.0 strategies to allow our internet petitioning platform to be accessible to all parties in the petitioning process. There are a number of competing interests in the the online petition process: campaigners, targets, signers and the general public are all involved at some level. Data integrity, data protection and data access rights need to be defined and supported. All in the context of a dynamic, scalable and interactive metadata environment. To this end, GoPetition strives to maintain a best practice platform for our Government, NGO, and private clients.