Grassroots boost for 'bottom-up' info-sharing

Online groups workshop to be held in Wellington

As the Government encourages collaboration using ICT between central and local government agencies — as part of its 2010 e-government plan — a grassroots effort is generating similar collaboration, but from the bottom up.

Accordingly, a five-hour free workshop for “those involved in planning, setting up or running community and government online groups” is planned for November 23, to be held in Wellington.

The workshop aims to enable participants to find out more about what others are doing regarding setting up online groups to foster collaboration between community and government groups.

One of the key groups behind the workshop is The National Shared Workspace Group, which describes itself as “a small group of government and community experts initially brought together by the Public Health World Wide Web Networking Project (PHWN).

“The purpose of the group is to encourage increased cooperation in the development of online group activity for and in the community and government sectors,” says the group.

The workshop is aimed at those planning and managing such online groups at the strategic level, rather than individual users. It will run from 11am to 4pm at the Betty Campbell Centre, Harbour City Towers, Level 2, 40 Panama Street, Wellington.

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