As the first phase of the Open Government Dialogue is almost drawing to a close, here’s Intellitics’ humble contribution (as posted a couple of days ago):

Create an Open Government project directory and knowledge base

The basic idea is to make sure that any important information about past, current or upcoming government projects or programs in the areas of transparency, participation and collaboration is captured and shared in a timely manner and easily accessible to anyone interested in or affected by these projects/programs.

The project directory would contain project briefs, contact information, key performance indicators, lessons learned, media coverage, citizen feedback etc.

The knowledge base could include information on key people and organizations, tools, metrics, case studies etc. as well as checklists, how-tos and other best practices.

This information would benefit everyone involved (citizens, government, research, media, vendors etc.) by helping design better projects/programs as well as increase the likelihood of project/program success.

Why Is This Idea Important?

Because a lot of the work that will be performed in this area is relatively new and fairly experimental, it is important that successes as well as failures (or experiences in general) be captured and shared so as to avoid reinventing the wheel too many times.

The idea has since garnered 73 net supporting votes (74 for, 1 against) and has quickly entered the top 100 highest-rated ideas (out of over 1,000), which — given the short amount of time it’s been up — seems to indicate that tracking is high on many people’s agenda.