Open Gov West 2011 schedule

Friday 11th March 2011

  • First Convener Meeting

    Hey everyone,

    We're all meeting for the first time! We can use this page to add our notes and ideas from today's session.

    At 10:00am to 2:00pm, Friday 11th March

Friday 13th May 2011

Saturday 14th May 2011

  • Building an Open Gov Platform of the Future

    My slides are posted :

    The future of Open Government is transparency, efficiency & civic engagement. How can governments accelerate transition to this future, and what lessons can we learn from industry leaders? Explore what citizens, open data hacker communities & governments are doing (or can be doing) to provide the building blocks for an Open Gov Platform that brings better efficiency, innovation & more citizen engagement, as well as enabling effective listening and learning mechanisms to harness the “knowledge of the masses”.

    Twitter: @Nik_G


    At 9:50am to 10:05am, Saturday 14th May

  • Day 2 Unconference Session: "GOSDOS" Meet-Up

    by Karen Barrett

    GOSDOS stands for Government Open Social Data on Socrata and a users group has formed here in the Pacific NW region.

    Members of GOSDOS come together virtually every other month to exchange ideas, discuss best practices and share lessons learned about making public data accessible and transparent to all. We all share both a common interest in making government public data more accessible, interactive, engaging and use the Socrata platform to enable the sharing and socializing of public data.

    At this time, the NW regional chapter includes King County, City of Seattle, State of Oregon, and the State of Washington. Come have a cup of coffee with members and suggest topics for the next virtual exchange.

    At 10:30am to 11:15am, Saturday 14th May

  • Census 2010 on the Map

    by Eimar Boesjes

    Every ten years the Bureau of the Census counts all people in the US. 2010 was a Census year and the Bureau has started to release data in February. CensusMaps2010.com is making the census data available to the public for free right inside of Google Maps in a very easy user interface. Censusmaps2010 makes it easy to navigate and analyze millions of records. When you zoom in you can turn on the census block boundaries and even click on individual census blocks to view the data. Visitors can even download the census data for individual blocks as a spreadsheet. Because you are inside of Google Maps you can overlay the data onto maps, satellite imagery or terrain view.

    This presentation will include a live demonstration of Censusmaps2010.com showing how to navigate millions of records in real time.

    Censusmaps2010 uses Moonshadow Mobiles proprietary database technology to navigate through millions of records in real time. Moonshadow’s technology can be used to make any type of data accessible to the public fast and in a way that is easy to understand. We are very interested in adding datasources to allow the public to do analyses that were not accessible to the public up to now.

    At 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Saturday 14th May

  • Day 2: Crowdsourced City

    SFU's City program in Vancouver held a presentation called the "Crowdsourced City" (from SFU City Program: http://www.sfu.ca/city/fpl.htm):

    >> Progressive cities are harnessing the power of mass collaboration and innovation. New technologies including cloud computing and mobile devices are allowing us to co-create our neighborhoods and improve community design.

    This forum will explore how these new technologies and social media can improve the transparency of policymaking, planning and projects. Leading innovators in the use of crowdsourcing will demonstrate some of the new techniques and platforms available. <<

    The session featured demos from:
    Crowdflower — background and trends in crowdsourcing.
    Darin Dinsmore of Crowdbrite — showed how an international competition led to innovation in design.
    Colleen Hardwick of PlaceSpeak — pioneering software for location-based community consultation.

    This unconference session at Open Gov West will start with a brief, 15-minute overview of the highlights of this session, then move into an open discussion of how what was said at this lecture applies to what's been discussed during Open Gov West day 1, and the interests of attendees generally.

    Feel free to check out the #crowdcity hashtag to see what other attendees of this session liked!

    At 1:15pm to 2:00pm, Saturday 14th May


  • Day 2 Unconference Session: Wiki Voter Guide

    by Tom Cross

    I've been working on developing some technologies that help voters research upcoming elections, and I'd like to discuss this project and some of my forward looking ideas at Open Government West.

    In October, I launched a website called WikiVoterGuide.org that enables voters to use Wikipedia to research candidates running for office in their ZIP codes. Users are protected from being misled by vandalized Wikipedia pages with a technology called WikiTrust. WikiTrust was developed by researchers at U.C. Santa Cruz. It was influenced by research I've published on identifying unreliable passages in collaboratively edited wiki documents. This project has shed light on a number of other technologies that are needed to make voter information more accessible and searchable on the Internet.

  • Day 2: YouTown or How To Go Mobile

    by Michael Riedyk

    Communication between governments and citizens is being revolutionized with the upcoming release of YouTown on May 6. YouTown is a exciting new mobile platform that allows agencies to publish local news, events, maps, calendars, and public services information straight to the mobile devices of residents.

    YouTown has been under development for the past year and recently tested by over 25 cities, counties, and agencies across the US and Canada. The options for data publication range from Facebook and Twitter feeds to nature trails and parks maps, from holiday sanitation schedules to local cultural events.

    Agencies are encouraged to use YouTown for their unique requirements; the app is versatile enough to accommodate a wide variety of feeds and data. And the greatest thing? Your agency can go mobile for free!

    This session is all about "mGovernment", how to connect to citizens On The Go and how YouTown can help your agency enter the Mobile Age.

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