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Government as a platform
Services built on a shared core
Government as a platform means we:
- influence core common platforms and channels across government to improve consistency and efficiency
- enable systems and data to have application programming interfaces (API), where possible, to support flexible design of systems and, in many cases, public access and re-use
- present our individual portfolios and agendas as one government, supporting a whole-of-government user experience.
Why must I?
The Australian Government needs to continuously enhance service delivery that’s meaningful for our users. We also need to be the trusted source of information, acting as a central repository for open-government data that adds value to our users, including intermediaries.
How do I?
The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) will be providing guidance and support on government as a platform in the coming months to assist agencies in adopting this approach to service and information delivery. In the meantime, agencies are encouraged to continue publishing appropriate datasets on data.gov.au.
Meanwhile, some useful reading on this concept is available:
- Tim O’Reilly’s Government as a platform
- Mike Bracken’s blog on Why GOV.UK matters: A platform for a digital government
Last updated: 27 March 2015