While preparing my presentation for the “Collaborative e-gov services” workshop, I decided to look back at my first work on the topic, my presentation at the 2007 Ministerial eGovernment Conference.

In that September 2007 I presented 5 case studies, analyzing their deployment and impact. It is worth looking back at them today to check what happened to those 5 cases. We all know that emergent gov2.0 services easily appear and disappear, making them as innovative as they are unreliable. I expected most of them to have disappeared or quietly closed down. This would not be necessarily negative, as certainly they would have spurred learning and innovation with much lower investment than traditional large scale government IT projects.

Instead, I was surprised to consider that:

PatientOpinion continues its activity, has been copied by the NHS, expanded in new areas such as mental health and in other countries such as Italy

Intellipedia has just celebrated its 3rd anniversary, it has become a fundamental working tool with an average of 5000 edits per day

– A small, developer led website such as MyBikeLane, born out of the rage against badly parked cars has expanded worldwide (16 members for example in the city of Antwerp)

Peertopatent has expanded to Japan, Korea and Australia, and soon to the UK

ePetitions is still very much up and running

So ALL services are still running and have expanded internationally. Quite impressive. To put this in perspective, they are more reliable and long-lasting than Google Wave or Google Buzz.

I remember those days spent at evangelizing people about gov2.0. Then came Obama, and everybody followed.

Today gov2.0 is everyone’s priority, but it’s good to see that, beyond the hype, it has delivered solid and long-lasting services.