Open Government: Policy,Technology, and Community in the US & Canada


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Keynote Presentation to the OpenIsland OpenGov conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland focusing on the confluence of interests and energy between the open government, open data and open source software communities.

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Open Government: Policy,Technology, and Community in the US & Canada

  1. 1. Open Government 2011 Policy,Technology, and Community in the US & Canada Presented to the opengov & e-participation Conference on September 22, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland Deborah Bryant Public Sector Communities Manager Oregon State University Open Source Lab
  2. 2. Citizen Advocates Civil Sponsors Academia Industry* Policy Makers OpenGov Ecosystem *entrepreneurs
  3. 3. Open Analog Policy Frameworks Exist for Open Gov at national and local levels
  4. 4. Open + Technology est. 2009 est. 2006
  5. 5. Motivators to Open Gov - Gov view • Growing Public Expectation • Economic Downturn; citizen empowerment to self serve (DIY - Do itYourself Movement) • Political Caché
  6. 6. Federal and State Inspiration
  7. 7. Open Data Cities
  8. 8. Citizen initiative: A serious heat-wave inspired realtime use of data for public places to cool off.
  9. 9. Burning Question? call 311 Burning Building? call 911
  10. 10. Open Data Challenges • Uptake of “donated” applications (apps) • Concerns by government “data owners” • do not envision the data as useful if released • inadequate time to ensure data is updated to meet public expectations • unintended consequences (wrong info released in wrong hands) • Where data is an existing revenue source for an agency (provincial issue)
  11. 11. Variants: US Open Gov Initiatives code • democratic process Open Source Digital Voting Foundation
  12. 12. Industry Participation
  13. 13. “"There's money to be made out of the billions of data points, there's also money to be made out of the personal service points," (a corporate official) said. He confessed he had no answers as to how to do this.”” May 2010 The Register article entitled “Data Gold Rush in Silicon Valley”
  14. 14. D.C. Entrepreneurs
  15. 15. Open meets Open
  16. 16. Why Open Source & OpenGov • Shared values • openness • transparency • meritocracy of ideas • at the core, in the public interest • Right tools for the job • highly available • affordable • open standards + open source = interoperability Good cultural fit. • Study shows On-line community members are more engaged
  17. 17. Survey of Open Gov Orgs 40% 40% 20% Non-Profit Grass Roots other Demographic (all U.S)
  18. 18. Informal Survey of Open Gov Orgs Yes No 100% Use OSS in operations 75% 25% Yes No Have OSS tech community members volunteering 100% Yes No Use OSS in their mission
  19. 19. US OpenGov Take- Aways • Open Government thrives where citizen interest is met with public sector support, and accelerates when open source innovation is applied. • The open source community can be (may already be) an asset to any region. • Commitments on some level from government (funding, leadership) must be made for initiatives to succeed.
  20. 20. For Further Information Deborah Bryant Public Sector Communities Manager Oregon State University Open Source Lab Email: Twitter: @debbryant Skype: bryantdeb irc: debz0r Web Site Information: The Open Source Lab: The Government Open Source Conference: Professional blog:
  21. 21. Supplemental Materials
  22. 22. OSU Open Source Lab
  23. 23. Open Source Lab (OSL) • The OSL is a unique facility housed within the Oregon State University administrative computing facilities. • The OSL data center provides platform stability and support for many of the world’s largest community-based Open Source applications • Host over 140 servers, 40 major projects including Mozilla,Apache, OpenOffice, OLPC, Linux Foundation, Drupal • It is a renown global resource, distributing open source software (millions of downloads a day) • OSL added its Public Sector program in 2005 and created the Government Open Source Conference •
  24. 24. Open Source Educational Resource for Government • Education & Discussion for Senior Public Sector Information Technology Management • Brings together public and private sectors • Produced by OSU OSL :
  25. 25. Business Ops • Custom Software Development • Staff Augmentation • Software as a Service • Technical training • Workshops and events (including public code sprints and “barcamps” • Creative agency engagement including social media/ staff training