- I learned that Terence Eden is working on open standards for GDS, which means that very shortly it will all be sorted and we can all go home.
- I learned that Andy Mabbett has sketched out a framework for 5 stars of open standards, similar to the Sir Tim Berners-Lee model for open data, except there are only four stars at present but that’s ok because that seems to be how many there need to be.
- I heard a lot of people asking how we get things done when we are working alone or in tiny under-resourced teams back at our day jobs, and the answer is ‘through the support and generosity of friends like these’ accompanied by flailing arm gestures taking in the gov camp attendees and the extended network on Slack, Twitter and Basecamp.
- THERE ARE NO NEW PROBLEMS – maybe this is why we are sometimes accused of having the same conversations at each successive Gov Camp, eh? But some of us haven’t fixed those problems yet, and maybe your solution isn’t feasible for me, and so we still need to talk about it. So there you go.
- For a whole govcamp session today I became Bernard. Long story, you had to be there. Thanks to the real Bernard Tyers for being cool with the whole assuming-his-identity thing and offering me his name badge to complete the deal.
- I learned that if you have everyone change ends at half time during a discussion, it can give a whole new perspective of the room, the people and the topics. I’ll be stealing that tactic.
So that’s my collection of thoughts. I didn’t come away with any new ideas for work, or any startling epiphanies on the way we need to change the world, but what I did get was a solid sense that good people are on the case, keeping in touch and helping each other out; and that the work I’ve been doing has been useful to somebody somewhere. And as much as the new technologies and tools are going to help us put things right, it continues to be the people and the human interactions that matter the most to me.