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Executive Open Data Roundtable: The State of Open Government GOSCON 2010

Jan 15, 2011   //   by Nate DiNiro   //   Blog, GOSCON 2010, Government, Open Government, Open Source  //  1 Comment

GOSCON 2010 opened with a general session; “Executive Open Data Roundtable: The State of Open Government“. The Roundtable featured state, city and federal leaders exploring the successes and challenges of the open government directive, including discussion of the successes and challenges launching their Open initiatives, programs influence on state and local government operations, and the role of open source software in executing the programs.

Led by Andy Stein, Director of Information Technology for the City of Newport News, Virginia and perennial GOSCON Committee member, Stein set an “open” stage, inviting attendees to be ready with questions after short introduction by the panelists. In 2008, Stein was appointed as a volunteer Senior Advisor on Open Collaboration to former Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Aneesh Chopra, now CTO of the United States Federal Government. In 2009, Andy was named on the Government Technology list of 2009 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.

Roundtable participants included:

  • Marion Royal, Program Director for data.gov, Agency Expert, Office of Citizens Services and Innovative Technology, General Services Administration.
  • Andrew Hoppin, Chief Information Officer, New York State Senate
  • Carolyn Lawson, Dep. Director, Technology Services Governance Division, State of California
  • Dugan Petty, Chief Information Officer, State of Oregon
  • Mark Greinke, Chief Technology Officer, City of Portland, Oregon

Slides for the session can be downloaded here.

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 www.centerdigitalgov.com.

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 http://data.oregon.gov/ 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.