International Open Government Data Conference

President Obama on January 21, 2009, issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. The United States and seven other countries have launched Open Government Data sites that portend a new era of transparency, open government data and more open governments around the world. Many are working on similar developments. For the first time, the International Open Government Data Conference (IOGDC), hosted on November 15-17, 2010 in Washington, D.C.,  will gather the community of data owners, developers and policy makers from around the globe to share lessons learned, stimulate new ideas, and demonstrate the power of democratizing data.

Hosted by the United States Government, the IOGDC will bring together the world’s foremost experts on open government data. From policy to technology, IOGDC promises to be filled with thoughtful, dynamic discussion around the historic opportunity presented by open government data to foster collaboration, transparency, and interactive public participation. As the first event of its kind, this conference will be a milestone in the enhancement and expansion of open government data and the benefits it produces. There is no cost to attend, but invitation and preregistration is required.

Conference website: http://www.data.gov/conference

Invited speakers will include:

  • Vivek Kundra, U.S. Chief Information Officer
  • Neil Fantom, Senior Statistician, World Bank
  • Trevor Smallwood, Assistant Secretary, Cyber Security, Australian Government Information Management Office
  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; Director, World Wide Web Consortium
  • Samantha Power, White House, Senior Advisor, National Security Staff
  • Andrea Johnston, Director, Strategic Policy Development, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • David L. McClure, Ph.D. , Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Beth Simone Noveck, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Open Government, Office of Science and Technology
  • Dr. James Hendler, co-creator of the Semantic Web; Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Tomasz Janowski, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University
  • Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer
  • Sharon Dawes, Senior Fellow, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany
  • Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, Program Executive, Data.gov, U.S. General Services Administration
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