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Dugan Petty, Oregon State CIO talks Government IT with Deb Bryant of OSU Open Source Lab

Jan 3, 2011   //   by Nate DiNiro   //   Blog, GOSCON 2010, Government, Interviews, Open Government  //  No Comments

Dugan Petty, Oregon State CIO took a few minutes at the 2010 Government Open Source Conference to talk with Deb Bryant, Public Sector Communities Manager and GOSCON conference Chair with Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab. Petty was on-hand to participate in the opening session, an executive panel on the state of open data, which had concluded just prior to Petty’s interview.

Petty shared his excitement over a recent grade of B+ on the Digital States Survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Government. The survey examines IT practices in all 50 states, and Oregon’s performance ranks it in the top 25% of the country. The grade indicates Oregon is strongly trending upward. “Oregon had previously not event been on the radar” Petty says, and he attributes it to the State identifying and playing to it’s strengths. To see more information on the Digital States Report, visit

Petty also went on to comment on efforts to participate in the opening of government data amongst the State government, as well as their local and federal partners. He gave some examples including an initiative on to make improve access to state data. Dugan Petty’s service as CIO of the State of Oregon began in 2006, where he has led the creation and execution of Oregon√Ęs enterprise-level Information Resource Strategy aimed at reducing costly duplication of efforts and resources. He serves as Vice-President of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), co-chairs the NASCIO Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee. and chaired the Greening of IT Committee. He is a member of the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council, Oregon State Interoperability Executive Council, and the newly created Transparency Oregon Advisory Commission.

Sarah Schacht of Knowledge As Power talks with Nate DiNiro of Open Affairs TV

Dec 29, 2010   //   by Nate DiNiro   //   Blog, GOSCON 2010, Government, Interviews, Open Government  //  1 Comment
Sarah Schacht, Executive Director of Knowledge As Power, joined Nate DiNiro of Open Affairs Television to talk about the mission of the organization and other details about her career path and the ongoing open government movement. KAP helps citizens become informed and effective in the legislative process with online tools that help citizens track legislation and at the same time helps governments open up their process and data to engage citizens.
Sara shares some details about her experiences, which led to her position as a resource for governments seeking to create more transparency, as well as some practical advice about sustaining the hard won ground which the open government movement has gained. Sarah also shares details of a crowd funded usability study led by KAP which helped the City of Seattle staff justify a reorganization of the City’s website, stories of helping 10 Downing street, and how her activities as a student body representative to State government helped shape her involvement in open government.

Launching at GOSCON 2010

Oct 22, 2010   //   by Nate DiNiro   //   Announcements, Blog, Breaking News, GOSCON 2010  //  1 Comment

We’re proud to announce that we are moving forward with our launch at the 2010 Government Open Source Conference. We’re excited to make this announcement because it comes after winning the support of our partners at the OSU Open Source Labs, and several weeks of hard work by a number of people who are passionate about transparency in technology, government and healthcare.

GOSCON focuses on the role of open source software and collaboration as an enabler of leading Open Government and Transparency initiatives throughout the United States. In their sixth year, GOSCON is back in Portland, Oregon on October 27th and 28th at the Nines Hotel after a terrific conference last year in Washington, DC. The last installment of GOSCON was held in Washington DC during the early days of the Gov 2.0 movement.