1) complete a strategic assessment of the OpenGov community, and
2) identify the collective and individual steps we can take to consciously help our community take a quantum leap forward.
The Open Government Directive Workshop: February 2010
January 31, 2010 at 5:34 pm #90734
Lucas CioffiParticipantInvitation to the Feb 17th Workshop:The February Open Government Directive Workshop will be more focused than our previous workshops. Participants will organize into three competing teams. **To register**, please reply to the following two questions at the bottom of this GovLoop page in 3-5 sentences by February 16th. (Please note: This RSVP deadline is for the public sector only; the private sector RSVP deadline has passed).You may pay for your lunch here, and then you'll be contacted by a team leader. Here is a link to the team rosters which will be updated daily. Full details are below.Full InvitationYou're invited to the February Open Government Directive Workshop at the Charles Sumner Museum and Conference Center (17th and M Street NW, Washington, DC-- see the map). The workshop will take place from 9am-4:30pm on February 17th. RSVP is required (instructions are below).We're pleased to put this workshop together with our partners: the General Services Administration, the National Academy of Public Administration, GovLoop, and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. Alex Moll will be our professional facilitator. OpenGovTV is providing live streaming video from 2pm-4:30pm during the event on this page.We have a great program planned. Building off the January 11th workshop at the US Department of Transportation, we are going to transition from divergent thinking to convergent thinking. This workshop will be focused on creating specific ideas that agencies can drop into their actual open government plans which are due on April 7th. Some agencies are farther along than others, so this workshop will help spread good ideas from one agency to the next.This workshop will be different.Dubbed the "OpenGov Superbowl" by Steve Ressler (a.k.a. Mr. GovLoop), this workshop will be highly productive and engaging. We are using a framework of competitive collaboration to surface the best ideas. There will be four teams with fifteen participants each. Teams will work in separate spaces for four hours and then a few representatives will present the team's work to a panel of judges at the end of the workshop. Judges will be high-ranking thought leaders from the public sector.Attending this workshop costs $10 so we can pay for your lunch and coffee (Please pay online here).Contact Stephen Buckley to join the Online Team which will be meeting on February 17th.What you can do before the workshopWhether you will be present or not on February 17th, we would love to have your help in building this ist of resources for federal managers who are writing their open government plans. This list will help workshop participants sift through all the useful resources that are already posted across the Web. Feel free to email your links and documents to [email protected] or drop them right into this page on the OpenGov Playbook.
February 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm #90819
February 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm #90817
I am the CTO, Civil and Health Services Group, CSC. In that role I provide three services to CSC and its Government customers:
* based on my experience as the CIO at the US Department of Transportation and earlier private-sector work, explain to each how best to work together as well as the motivations and culture of the other
* expertise and thought leadership in social networking as well as the disruptive implications of its utilization within and to enhance organizations
* a contrarian nature
* the ability to not-overlook the obvious
I would like to contribute aspects of the above to help move the ball forward in this very exciting endeavor.
February 1, 2010 at 11:20 pm #90815
I am a consultant currently working with the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Chief Information Officer. Over the past six months, I've been working on DoD's policy & guidance for the use of Internet-based Capabilites (Web 2.0, social media, etc.). I understand, first hand, the issues and challenges of developing and approving policy for a more open government.
February 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm #90813
Managing Director at Forum One Communications
Forum One has worked with public sector organizations since 1996 helping them use the internet to be more transparent, participatory and collaborative. I have lead a number of online strategy and online collaboration engagements on behalf of USDA, USAID, FDA, and other high profile organizations. I also led the Forum One team that created DataMasher (http://www.datamasher.org), which won the Apps for America II contest focused on data.gov data. I can draw upon practical experience helping large, complicated organizations develop and execute effective online and open data strategies that support the objectives of the Open Government Directive.
February 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm #90811
I am the senior business analyst working for the Defense Information Systems Agency, Office of the Chief Information Officer. Over the past year, we have been working to align the current and future activities of the CIO to those within the organisation and those of our customers across the Department of Defense. For a social media enthusiast, it is sometimes hard to understand the trepidation and anxiety that social media engenders in others, particularly in the business world. The truth is, social media does a lot of exposing. However, there is a limit to how far that exposure/transparency will go without exposing power dynamics. The only way to really uncover power dynamics in organisations is to expose the money trails. That is ultimately where the rubber hits the road. It is my opinion, that it is not that the introduction of social media into the business practices will not work or be beneficial to an organisation it is the transparency that social media affords that makes an organisation nervous. Why should we be so secret? As an organisation, are we afraid of what we may expose? Or, what others may think of us as an organisation? So we should not think of the Open Government Directive as a ‘radical’ transparency and keep it at just increased transparency.
February 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm #90809
Amy C. BruinsParticipant
I'm a management analyst within the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Department of Defense. We are currently coordinating the implementation of the Open Government Directive. I've been involved in the solicitation of data sets, the planning of the Open Government website, and the dashboard responses to OMB. I am interested in learning what other federal agencies are doing to organize, draft, and develop the Plan. I also want to know how agencies are incorporating public comments.
February 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm #90807
I am a director of govt. relations at Blended Ventures. Given that we're a small company, my role also extends to that of a CIO/CTO.
We're currently discussing plans to create what we call a "data delivery framework". This is going to be an open-source framework which can be used to publish data to agency "open" pages in an simple manner as well as make it available for outside consumption via webservices.
We are eager to share our thoughts at this workshop and, also, get feedback on how we can improve it. We'd love to get a better understanding of how different agencies are planning to publish data and incorporate some of those methods in our framework.
February 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm #90805
I am the Director of Technology & CTO of Sapient Government Services. Over the course of my career I have supported various Federal Departments and agencies (DHS - HQ, ICE, CBP, USSS, TSA, U.S. Intelligence Community, Library of Congress, etc.) in deploying both internal and externally facing portals and collaboration platforms. My interests include the adoption of both public/private social media platforms within the Federal space, the "buzz" around Federal Cloud Computing, and how Departments & Agencies are implementing the mandates of the Open Government Directive.
February 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm #90803
Title and Employer: Human Resources Specialist, US OPM
Knowledge and Experience: Practical knowledge in building web applications for the last 14 years. Theoretical knowledge in computer-mediated communication, project management, change management, and strategic management. http://www.linkedin.com/in/billbrantley
February 3, 2010 at 1:46 am #90801
I am the Regional Manager for ForeSee Results, a provider of citizen satisfaction analytics to government agencies and the private sector.
Previously, I worked in the federal government for 31 years and in my last role, I was the Director for the Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Initiative at the Federal Consulting Group, US Department of the Treasury.
On February 17, ForeSee Results will be releasing its first-ever benchmark index of Online Transparency in the Federal Government, which will detail the findings of a study of citizen perceptions of government transparency based on research conducted at a sample of government websites. I would like to share these results and discuss how transparency can be measured and whether there is a correlation between transparency and trust in government.
February 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm #90799
Senior Fellow, IBM Center for The Business of Government
The FY 2011 budget includes a series of commitments that support the OpenGov initiative. I'd like to work with others to help frame potential approaches in one or more of the following three areas:
-- Creating the Citizens Services Dashboard. How can government engage citizens in helping design the most useful elements of such a dashboard?
-- Creating collaborative problem-solving networks. What collaborative platforms are out there and which might be most appropriate for governmentwide use? What resources exist to help such networks be effective? For example, the IBM Center's guide on Communities of Practice might be a useful contribution.
-- Creating and administering challenge and innovation awards. How can citizens be meaningfully engaged in both offering their ideas as well as co-producing new or existing government services?
February 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm #90797
I am a an action officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) helping coordinate DoD's work in compliance with the Open Government Directive. I've been involved in data.gov related discussions since last year within DoD and with other agencies, and am now involved in the broader Open Government Directive as well, especially the public interaction requirements and the /open webpage. DoD faces some particular challenges given our mission and our size, so I am very interested in learning what strategies other agenices are taking that may be adaptable for our use and offering lessons learned.
February 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm #90795
Title and Employer: Chief, Information Services Branch, US EPA
At EPA we've embraced citizen engagement and my Branch operates the Web 2.0 wiki and blog infrastructure within the Agency that has been used for Agency blogs (such as Greenversations, or central blog, and others that have helped to set Agency priorities in several programs) and have supported the development of sites for citizen engagement using the Ideascale platform such as the one for Data.Gov and the sites used for interactions on the development of the Open Government Plans required by the Open Government Directive (EPA has worked as a partner with GSA).
EPA is moving forward with additional plans to engage with the public using these tools and to add to our own toolbox of Web 2.0 tools that can be used for Citizen Engagement. I'm interested in working with others to determine what might be useful (across government), to help define the unique aspects of citizen/government interactions as opposed to customer/business, and other issues that cut across government organizations.
As we move to engaging with citizens as part of Agency day-to-day business it's going to become more important to have tools that will really meet the needs for various areas and that will let citizens and our staff participate in a meaningful way. Some tools exist today but I think the full range of what citizen engagement really means has yet to be defined. I'm interested in helping to define that and bring the tools forward that will enable us to meet the requirements of this new way for government to get the job done.
February 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm #90793
Margaret Schneider RossParticipant
I'm a Conflict Resolution Specialist with the Environmental Protection Agency's Conflict Prevention & Resolution Center, a professional facilitator, a former consultant with enterprise architecture experience, and a member of EPA's Open Government workgroup.
The people we serve may or may not live on the connected side of the digital divide, but all deserve an open government. My expertise, and that of my organization, is in planning meaningful dialogues and negotiations that engage participants in the process of problem-solving, resolving disputes, and providing feedback, regardless of their ability to log on. There are many hopeful registrants who will provide excellent contributions regarding on-line ideas for open government. I'd like to contribute meaningful ways to achieve open government without a Net.
February 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm #90791
I am the Project Manager for the FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program. We are actively engaging scientific and engineering experts in fields that previously have not been involved with highway transportation research. New media and social networking tools are well suited for opening the federal research process from agenda setting through implementation of results and conversing with a diverse and highly dispersed group of experts. My career in local and federal government has given me strong experience in stakeholder engagement design and application; my current role in government pushes me to seek engagement through new methods in order to reach important groups that may hold the key to meeting the complex current and future transportation industry challenges. For more information see http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch/.
February 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm #90789
Title and Organization: Director, OpenTheGovernment.org http://www.openthegovernment.org. We are a coalition of consumer and good government groups, environmentalists, journalists, library groups, labor and others united to make the federal government a more open place in order to make us safer, strengthen public trust in government, and support our democratic principles. Our coalition transcends partisan lines and includes progressives, libertarians, and conservatives. Since 2003, the coalition has grown from 30 to more than 70 partner organizations, and more than 200 individual openness advocates and secrecy opponents across the country. It works to advance the public's right to know and reduce secrecy in government. The mission of the coalition is to make government more open to achieve accountability, security, and an equitable society.
Knowledge/experience: I have worked in the non-profit sector on open government issues for close to 20 years, primarily on policy issues that affect the public's ability to have access to information created, maintained, etc by or for the federal government on behalf of that public. My coalition is deeply involved and engaged in work on the Open Government Directive. My coalition is focused primarily on the openness/transparency aspects of the directive.
February 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm #90787
Hello. My name is Tim Bertrand and I am an executive at Acquia - the commercial support organization behind Drupal. We currently are working with 15-20 Government organizations who are using Drupal to implement either (directly) Open Government Directive requirements OR OGD "style" requirements for sites of theirs that fall outside of the OGD. We are leading the way around C&A of Open Source/Drupal within the Public Sector and are working with some of the best & brightest Open Source shops in the DC area to put together the appropriate teams to assist the Government in meeting their objectives. Our organization has a lot of experience with helping organizations actually "implement" the OGD requirements.
February 4, 2010 at 9:32 pm #90785
Catherine Alexander BrennanParticipant
Cate Alexander Brennan
U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Environmental Management
Designated Federal Officer for ~200 member Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board
Established in 1994, the EM SSAB is DOE's only ongoing citizens' advisory board and the oldest and largest ongoing FACA-chartered citizen advisory board. A fundamental principle for public involvement in government policy-related matters is that the exchange of information between the public and government agencies provides 1) an opportunity for the public to influence the policy-making process and 2) allows the pubilc to see and/or learn through direct feedback if and how they have influenced the process. I am concerned that the predominant focus of the open government initiative and related discussions has been making data and information available and not collaborative opportunities. The threads of the discussion need to be defined, in my view, by the people working in government who understand the policy-making processes at their agencies and who can faciliate public input to and feedback from decision makers. We all understand the difference between data and information, and those seeking to make more data and information available should have opportunities for dialogue apart from those interested in expanding collaborative opportunities.
February 5, 2010 at 7:23 pm #90783
I’m interested in the participation and collaboration side of OGD implementation. I operate a nonprofit with local deliberation programs in Northern Virginia and that works to promote the use of Deliberative Polls (DPs) by my colleague, Jim Fishkin of the Stanford University Center for Deliberative Democracy. I’ve done public engagement projects also with National Issues Forums and Study Circles and I have twenty years of federal experience working with industry and advisory groups in economic and trade policy making.
A DP convenes a random and representative sample of 150 or more people for one to two days of deliberation in small, moderated groups and in plenary sessions with issue experts. Over fifty DPs have been convened on a wide range of topics (e.g.,crime, education, housing, transportation) in the United States and around the world. DPs generally find statistically significant changes of more than two-thirds of opinions after deliberation. The power of a DP is the legitimacy its policy recommendations derive from having the considered support of a representative group of ordinary citizens. Most DPs have been face to face; a half dozen so far have been done online. Details on specific DPs are at http://www.cdd.stanford.edu.
February 5, 2010 at 8:43 pm #90781
Title and Employer: Chief Architect, Binary Group
I've been a strategic advisor on Enterprise Architecture to the Army and DoD CIOs for the past 7 years, and have 30 years experience in the field. I've been working to promote transparency and enable change largely within DoD though I believe that sharing architectural knowledge of the enterprise is critical to enabling informed change, sharing of expertise and collaborative democracy. I briefed at the first Open Government Playbook discussion in November, see here. I am interest in leveraging deliberative polling techniques in online environments to promote greater shared understanding, informed and unbiased decision making. Like several of my colleagues in Enterprise Architecture, I am interested in promoting open knowledge sharing through Linked Open Data initiatives.
February 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm #90778
I also presented at the Trasparency track at the 2009 Humanities and Technology Association Annual Conference at UVA and have attached my presentation.
February 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm #90776
February 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm #90774
I'm Bob Greenberg, the CEO of G&H International Services, Inc. G&H is a small Washington D.C. consulting firm that works with the Federal government, particularly the Department of Homeland Security, focused on applying Web 2.0 technologies to enable the emergency management and response community better share information and collaborate within and across all levels of government. In particular I've been intimately involved in helping develop Virtual USA which is conducting three pilot projects across the country which involves 21 states as well as DHS and FEMA. Virtual USA is notable due to its success in achieving an unprecedented level of information sharing and collaboration across the eight states involved in its pilot in the Southeast United States during a proof of concept demonstration on November 4th. There are significant lessons learned that can be shared with the group for broader dissemination and implementation across all levels of government.
February 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm #90772
February 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm #90770
Hello. I am program director for a small consulting firm (G&H International Services, Inc) which focuses on strengthening communities through engagement and participation. For the past year + I’ve worked on a collaboration project within the DHS S&T directorate (https://communities.firstresponder.gov). The vision for this solution is that every first responder will have access to actionable information and the appropriate professional relationships to collaborate and solve critical homeland security problems using the efficiencies of Web communication and collaboration tools. Prior to my involvement on this project I started a digital media school in Georgetown with Boston University (http://www.cdiabu.com) where the goals were to teach people the skills necessary to create media that makes a difference. My interest is both in helping develop creative solutions that leverage technologies allowing us to be more efficient, transparent, and effective in all aspects of our lives (personal, business, government) but also in how we can utilize digital media in the process to produce media that really matters.
February 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm #90768
I'm a principal with SourcePOV, a consulting firm in Raleigh NC, with depth in collaboration and a personal desire to help drive transformation in government. Within KM and IT, I've served in leadership, strategy and delivery roles across a variety of sectors, including the Federal space. In fact, I've lived and worked both inside and outside the Beltway, perspectives that help when talking about change in Washington.
I've accepted the role of facilitating an OGD Workshop brainstorm team. And I think we have our work cut out for us.
Transparency, participation and collaboration in Government are new ideas to many, except for those who may remember NPR ("Reinventing Government") from the 90's. The tools are much more powerful now, but adopting the new "Web 2.0" solutions remains a challenge to everyone working in "1.0"-minded world. No surprise there is still significant cultural resistance ... ahead lies a paradigm shift in how government works.
Change management challenges are everywhere.
As a team, our group will take a comprehensive approach, brainstorming content for OGD Plans, but focusing as well on value and viability. If you'd like to be a part of our team, you can "friend" & "message" me on GovLoop, DM via Twitter (@SourcePOV), or send me an email. Just mention the "2/17 OGD Workshop."
Meaningful change is never easy, but it usually starts with an informed conversation. Let's have one. I look forward to working with you, as we collaborate on ways to advance Open Government.
February 8, 2010 at 11:39 pm #90766
This looks so amazing and I love the action focus. I have passed this link to ned.com which houses the information from the social collaboration un-conference this past weekend.
One of our participants is an Ashoka Fellow @ChristinasWorld and she is creating a catalog of collaborative initiatives for social change. Same conversations, different sectors.
I wish I could participate in this meeting. I would happily offer to facilitate planning for results, strategies for collaboration and a discussion about evaluation. I think evaluation beyond qualitative measures is critical if we are going to capture the results of these efforts. Simple or even complex quantitative data will not do the trick. Without context it can become less than helpful.
February 9, 2010 at 12:05 am #90764
My title is Information Architect. I work at NASA Goddard in Maryland. My background is microwave and communication systems engineering. I have designed, built, and tested spaceflight radios (transponders) for robotic Earth and Space science spacecraft. I found our knowledge transfer among our group of engineers (about 40) to be very lacking. I started a pet project to capture our knowledge into a wiki, well 9 months later, I was asked by our director of engineering at Goddard to lead an effort to deploy the wiki across our organization of 3000 engineers.
I am working to engage our engineers to use our wiki. We will be meeting with every branch in our organization and working with them to program the structure of the wiki to meet their needs. I have learned a lot in the last 6 months and am excited about really making our wiki the source of record for our institutional knowledge. I know its a challenge, but I look at successes like Intelpedia (company), Intellipedia (IC), and so many others within government and corporations and I know we have a shot!
I would like to contribute in the area of using web 2.0 tools to capture institutional and tacit knowledge of an organization. I am organizationally looking inward and not outward, and want to engage our engineers to use the tool, because any one person or really any one team could not assemble all the knowledge and information that is held, many in the organization must contribute to make it "wieldly."
February 9, 2010 at 1:26 am #90762
Integrate Your OGD Plan, Website, Dashboard, and Data Publishing
Get to http://govfresh.com/2010/02/nasa-nebula-sends-government-to-the-cloud/
Semantic computing in the cloud will revolutionize the consumer experience on the phone at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/siri-assistant/id351778157?mt=8 and http://siri.com/
NARA is also thinking about what I have suggested - Put Your Desktop in the Cloud in Support of the OGD and Data.gov/semantic - see http://blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/?p=1039&cpage=1#.
February 9, 2010 at 2:13 am #90760
I'm the CEO at PICnet, the Web development firm that brought Joomla! to Congress back in 2005. Since then, we've been working with a number of government offices to help lower the barriers to entry and provide lessons learned based on the success stories we've seen in the implementation of open source software. It's exciting to see so many open source projects used to help make government more transparent!
As one of the early implementers of open source content management systems on the Hill, I want to bring both a dose of reality of the challenges change makers face in heavily entrenched technology, as well as potential low-hanging fruit that could be plans of attack for small victories. Specifically, I hope to share a deep understanding of how government agencies can utilize already existing, well established open source tools like Joomla to help increase engagement among staff and with constituents.
February 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm #90758
I am the Web Manager for NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
I have more than 25 years of experience at NASA, in a range of IT roles from research in Artifical Intelligence,
to Web-based marketing and outreach, to V/STOL aircraft simulation studies. I have spent some time at
Apple Computer's Advanced Technology Group as a Visiting Scholar. I have a proposal for a next-gen portal
for the Federal Community Cloud that I'd like to discuss as part of a longer term OpenGov/Gov2.0 roadmap. My
"OpenNASA/Open Gov" session was recently presented at Gov 2.0 LA, see the Personal Democracy Forum blog
for more details.
February 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm #90756
I am an associate with Phase One Consulting Group, but right now am am 100% resourced to DOT's Open Government Initiative and am the executive officer for that entire effort. In that role I am managing the deadlines of the OGD, coordinating the efforts of nearly 200 DOT employees that are working on our DOT initiative, developing and refining DOT's Open Gov Methodology, and participating in many Open Government Working Groups across the federal government with my client and the DOT Open Gov Lead, Giovanni Carnaroli (including the Open Gov Performance Dashboard working group and the OMB/White House Open Gov Working Group). I am heavily involved in developing the structure and content for DOT's Open Gov Plan, so my experience best suits Chris's (@sourcePOV) group. Looking forward to building off the second workshop that we held at DOT and meeting many of you for the first time!
February 10, 2010 at 12:24 am #90754
• What is your title and where do you work?
Drupal community adventure guide, Acquia
• What knowledge/experience would you like to contribute to a team?
* I was leader of CivicSpace an open source distribution of web content management software, that aimed to make it easy for citizen engagement, participation and advocacy
* I have worked on transparency, participation, and collaboration as a leader in an open source community for the past 6 years.
* I am working with approximatel 10 departments and agencies to help them understand how to implement the open government directive.
* I lead several activities in the Drupal project including the Drupal.org redesign, and coordinate the Drupal security team.
February 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm #90752
Presidential Management Fellow/IT Specialist at the US Small Business Administration.
I am working with the Open Government Initiative and Data.Gov activities at the SBA.
I have a long time interest in collaboration and open source approaches to creating value and opportunity.
February 12, 2010 at 8:21 pm #90750
Bryan Martin FirvidaParticipant
I'm Bryan N. Martin Firvida, a Federal Account Manager with GovDelivery, Inc. (http://www.govdelivery.com/portals/opengov/)
In my role, I work directly with federal clients to support their successful digital communication efforts. I have professional digital communication experience from both the public and private sector; and these efforts have focused on informing and engaging citizens directly with government.
February 12, 2010 at 9:30 pm #90748
What is your title and where do you work?
Dan Munz; Public Dialogue Specialist & contractor at U.S. General Services Administration
What knowledge/experience would you like to contribute to a workshop team? (If you work for an agency and you're just coming to learn, you're more than welcome.)
Am just coming to learn, but most interested in:
- Innovative practices for civic engagement & ideation
- Strengthening the connection between open data & improved government
February 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm #90746
Are you attached to a team yet, or a "free agent"? You're welcome to hook up w/ Team 3. Have seen great work you've done w/ Better Buy, & would like to hear more re: CEP.
February 16, 2010 at 5:05 am #90744
I provide business process knowledge to the Chief Technology Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs. I coordinate activities to improve VA's website, including acquisitions and staff resources. I also provide assistance to the Chief Information Officer and his Deputy in transparency efforts for IT projects. Given the service-oriented mission of VA, I'm looking for new perspectives and ways of framing open government. I am a government employee.
February 18, 2010 at 11:32 am #90742
February 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm #90740
Margaret Schneider RossParticipant
Are you posting these to the EPA Open Gov Wiki?
February 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm #90738
February 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm #90736
Lucas and all, Congratulations on a another great workshop! Looking forward to the next workshop and I think the only way this will really be effective is if individuals (government and non-government) write and carry out their own Open Gov Plans in collaboration with others doing the same - see for example my efforts in that direction at http://epa.wik.is/OpenGov
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