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Author: Ano Tisam

Idea: How to build a Pacific Human Sensor Network

In government the traditional approach of data collection focuses on survey data or data generated from government information management systems that have been aggregated (Big Data Approach) into a centralised data warehouse. These are then analysed and used for informing policy. The problem is people lie on surveys all the time and the operational systems only capture a small part of what’s really going on. The truth is people evolved to make sense of the world through stories. Unfortunately collecting individual stories and making sense of it doesn’t scale as well as the traditional approach, but what if we could scale the capturing of stories and making sense of it at scale. That’s what I’ll outline below.

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How to Design Government Architectures for Change

Government information systems in the Pacific are too often ‘built to last’ rather then ‘built for change’, which is the real requirement is for them to be. This creates problems because the modification of any part of a system results in the creation of unintended ripple effects cascading across the system. So what typically should have been a simple update of a business policy, calculation or business rules requiring a few hours’ work often turns into a complex, bureaucratic and code-intensive process that instead takes months of tedious effort.

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Why Business Models are important for your e-Government initiative

A core problem we find with e-Government initiatives in the Pacific is the lack of clearly articulated business models. Well thought out business models ensure that any e-Government or digital transformation initiatives remain sustainable once the initial project funding runs out. To fix this issue we’ve adapted the business model canvas framework from Strategyzer to help people understand what the business model options could be for their e-Government projects. These can then be tested and validated for sustainability during the lifetime of the project.

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Strategy Development for e-Government using Wardley Mapping

Before developing an IT Strategy you need to conduct a situational analysis of the the current landscape. An IT situational analysis involves understanding the current technological landscape and mapping out the value chains that will be required for delivering on the strategy.

When working with clients we help them to do this using a technique called wardley mapping.

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