Re-inventing participative Democracy, one cloud at a time

The keynote theme of our Open Government Canada webinar is how online technologies can make the system of Government itself inherently more democratic.

This topic will be addressed by Sean McGrath, build director for KLISS.

Re-inventing participative Democracy, one cloud at a time

KLISS is a hybrid cloud based e-Democracy system implemented in the Kansas State Legislature. The goal of KLISS is to enable citizens and businesses to interact with their Legislature in a fully electronic fashion. To quote Don Heiman, Kansas Legislative CITO : “Anything you can do in the presence of Government, you should be able to do in the absence of Government, without regard to walls or clocks.”

To support that vision, KLISS implements many innovative features : a temporal database of all legislative activity, a no-wrong door hypertext model, extensive RESTian API, XML-based data formats, contextual notifications and deep GIS integration to name a few. The feature set is housed on a fully virtualized infrastructure that provides for seamless service migration from private cloud to public cloud combined with consolidated disaster recovery.

Sean McGrath, build director for KLISS will discuss the high level architecture of KLISS and its relevance to deliberative democracy, citizen participation and digital records management. Sean is the CTO of Propylon and is based in Lawrence, Kansas. Sean has overall responsibility for the architecture of the LWB legislative product which is now in production use in Kansas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, the Irish Parliament and the Welsh Parliament. He is also the Build Director for KEEP: An OAIS compliant permanent repository of digital Government records under construction in the Kansas Executive Branch. KEEP will ingest primary legal materials emanating from KLISS is an authenticated form, making them admissible into courts of criminal law.

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