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The intent of the article is to provide an accurate description of a publicly announced Government of Canada initiative. I am researching why my article is being flagged for deletion and will take the appropriate actions to validate the article's authenticity as soon as I have reviewed Wikipedia's rules on this.

--Jeff Braybrook (talk) 16:05, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

Now reviewing the help for writing your first article --Jeff Braybrook (talk) 16:08, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

This really should have more citations/references if it's going to survive as a Wikipedia article. Rakerman (talk) 15:54, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

Yes. Thank you for your comments and many thanks for tidying things up. Most of the references are to blogs, which I believe are not legitimate citations. The collaboration environment is primarily inside the Government of Canada as a tool to improve the workplace so there is not a lot of media interest to date to cite. Thanks again for improving the article. --Jeff Braybrook (talk) 22:39, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

I have updated the stats using data from the site, and briefly mentioned the OL policy. -- (talk) 19:16, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

You can't cite GCPEDIA as a reference for GCPEDIA, particularly because it's not a publically visible site. Rakerman (talk) 11:33, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

Hi Rakerman,

GCPEDIA admin has been advised of this in person. It appears that making the article "notable" is not on their priority list. I am surprised that the article is still here, given the lack of citation. -- (talk) 15:54, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Do you really think the slogan “People & Knowledge“ is of any relevance? How does it contribute to the knowledge of the wiki? It's interesting to note that Public Works' information on interior design cite the site as a reference when it is not accessible except via the manner stated. It does not say whether retired or ex-public servants can have their say - despite the fact that many of them have interesting and relevant observations to make. That there is a government-wide steering committee is as old news as it is ridiculous, when one considers the delays which this entails.

And I would like to point out - as far as space reallocation is concerned - that the promise of off-premise work, which I know as telecommute but which clearly has a multitude of names including "free address worker", is a dim little light far in the future. What anyone can tell you is that managers are rated according to the number of people they supervise, it is difficult to supervise a telecommuting employee, managers therefore are reluctant to offload any of their employees in case their grade and level may change in the future. Not to mention that they are unable effectively to evaluate those employees and - to some extent - their productivity.

As for facebook, the Govt of Canada is definitely missing a terrific opportunity there. I estimate that by the time all the committee decisions have been sent out to all departments and branches and their comments have been incorporated into the revised document it will take six months to get translated and another three months at least to find the staff to monitor the page. SCUSE ME while I laugh. (talk) 20:35, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

________ --- I am an employee of the team that manages GCpedia. I have made some minor revisions to the page, with the major change being that GCpedia is now the preferred spelling, rather than GCPEDIA. The revised page follows for your consideration.Joymosk (talk) 15:56, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

GCpedia screenshot April 28, 2010

GCpedia is an internal wiki used by the Government of Canada, for collaboration and knowledge sharing. GCpedia is only accessible via the Government of Canada network and contributors must be on a computer on a government ( network to be able to access it. This user base is potentially 250,000 people, from over 150 departments and agencies. Users must be registered if they wish to add or modify content, so that all contributions are attributable. GCpedia has been used as a platform to take, publish, and distribute meeting minutes, to create project status dashboards, to collaboratively author interdepartmental papers, to brainstorm, and to create wiki-based briefing books.


GCpedia is an initiative of the Chief Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, with support from members of the GCpedia Web 2.0 Steering Committee and participants throughout the federal government.

GCpedia was formally launched as a government-wide pilot by Ken Cochrane, former Chief Information Officer for Canada, at the annual Government Technology Exhibition and Conference (GTEC) in Ottawa, Canada on October 28, 2008.[1][2]

Potential Uses[edit]

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but a gathering of existing and possible uses:

  • Collaborate openly (within the GC) on a specific policy, document or subject
  • Create and share meeting agendas, minutes, documents, project status dashboards, or wiki-based briefing materials
  • Author interdepartmental papers collaboratively
  • Organize interdepartmental working groups and communities of practice
  • Share information, research, etc. that may be of interest to others
  • Organize via individual’s User Page links to their work on GCpedia and elsewhere, contact information, interests and experience, etc.


GCpedia runs on MediaWiki software.[3] It is hosted on the Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) Mid-Range Application Hosting Service.

GC2.0 Tools[edit]

The Government of Canada's internal Web 2.0 environment currently comprises three collaborative tools, collectively referred to as the GC2.0 Tools, which were developed and are operated by the Treasury Board Secretariat for use amongst Government of Canada employees:

  • GCpedia, a wiki;
  • GCconnex, a professional networking platform; and,
  • GCforums, a threaded discussion forum.

All three tools are run on open source software and are accessible and available to all employees in the Government of Canada who have access to SCNet, the central Government of Canada network and are not available externally. They are the only internal collaborative tools freely available to all Government of Canada employees.

Adoption within the Government of Canada[edit]

"According to the August 2009 content review, Government of Canada public servants were using GCpedia primarily to share information and gather project/performance feedback; and build collaborative and interdepartmental communities of practice; establish terms of reference for interdepartmental committees; and as support networks across a wide range of topics"[4]

Canada's CIO, Corinne Charette, said in October 2009 of the success of GCpedia: "Clearly this is a community that is ripe for collaboration".[5]

In March 2010, the most senior Canadian public servant, the Clerk of the Privy Council, Wayne Wouters, officially joined GCpedia with both a personal user page and a page inviting ideas and feedback from government employees.[6]

In April 2010, Wouters stated that deputy heads within the Government of Canada must advance Public Service Renewal in their departments by various means including public servants "experimenting with Web 2.0 technology, including GCpedia".[7]

In a September 2010 article, Marj Akerley, who led the GCpedia initiative at the time, is quoted as stating "As government employees become more comfortable with new technology and seek mechanisms for collaboration, their confidence in the effectiveness of the tools is increasing".[8]

"The federal public service utilizes facilitate collaboration and the sharing of information." - Maclean's magazine, September 16, 2010[9]

GCpedia is "a key medium for our staff in the regions to learn what's available, what's happening, in the National Capital Region and other regions," and it has helped tear down bureaucratic barriers between departments. - quote from Corinne Charette, CIO of Canada - Ottawa Citizen October 6, 2010[10][11]

"GCpedia has demonstrated that public servants have an interest in sharing information and collecting feedback on their projects."[12]

Snapshot of Usage, May 2012[edit]

  • 32,216 registered users[13]
  • 18,319 content pages[14]
  • 14,879,104 page views[15]

See also[edit]

  • Govdex is an Australian government collaboration site


  1. ^ Government creates own version of Wikipedia
  2. ^ GCPEDIA, bringing people and knowledge together
  3. ^ Lyons, Todd. "How GCPEDIA Will Save the Public Service, Revisited". Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  4. ^ GCPEDIA: The Canadian Government Wiki (PDF) - pages 4-5 in GSA Office of Citizen Services and Communications Intergovernmental Solutions Newsletter Spring 2010: Government by Collaboration
  5. ^ GCPEDIA a success, says Government of Canada CIO
  6. ^ A click heard across the public service
  7. ^ 2010-11 Public Service Renewal Action Plan
  8. ^ Canada’s e-government initiatives are among the best in the world
  9. ^ Is public data the future of governance?
  10. ^ "'Tsunami of change' coming in IT". Ottawa Citizen. October 7, 2010. The government's GCpedia project, a Wikipedia-like database for public servants, already has attracted 18,000 contributors and thousands more users. 
  11. ^ Bostelaar, Robert (October 7, 2010). "PS should embrace tweeting: panel Enthusiasm for social media spotty in some government sectors". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  12. ^ Using Wikis in Government: A Guide for Public Managers
  13. ^ “Statistics” GCpedia Special Page, Accessed May 29, 2012 (available within Government of Canada only)
  14. ^ “Statistics” GCpedia Special Page, Accessed May 29, 2012 (available within Government of Canada only)
  15. ^ “Statistics” GCpedia Special Page, Accessed May 29, 2012 (available within Government of Canada only)

External links[edit]

Joymosk (talk) 20:14, 20 July 2012 (UTC)

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