In 2010, leading Internet consultancy firm e8 Consulting recommended GoPetition to the Australian Federal Government as a Web 2.0 best practice example. Since that time, GoPetition has been working hard to maintain and develop best practice standards.

The Government 2.0 Taskforce engaged e8 Consulting to undertake projects involving analysing the sentiment, barriers and best practice of Web 2.0 in and for Government, and to provide recommendations to Government regarding how Web 2.0 can be best adopted.

The criteria for ‘best practice’ is based on examples:

GoPetition petitions enjoy Web 2.0 Best Practice Environment
1. that have proven leadership in making good 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 overlapping interests in the the online petition process. Campaigners (non-profits, charities, companies, individuals), targets, signers and the general public are all involved at some level. And with best-pratice Web 2.0 strategies being central to GoPetition's philosophy, the petitioning process can be a win/win experience for all involved.
John Pope