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Gov 2.0 Summit: Report from the Outside

This post follows my September 18th post, Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase: Govies Represent.

The Gov 2.0 Summit, sponsored by O’Reilly Media and TechWeb and held in Washington, DC on September 9th and 10th, was a Big Event–particularly for those who were there. Lots of blogging, lots of tech press coverage. It was full of big tech invitees and priced too high for the average local government webmaster or civic hacker. And me. So this is a view from the outside.

Fortunately, videos from many of the conference sessions are available on the Summit website. You can review the full schedule of sessions and click on “Read more” to link to videos and any other material available for a session. One of the highlights, based on the chatter, was Carl Malamud’s By the People… talk. The Summit website does not have it, but the video of Malamud’s talk has been posted to his own site and is linked from FGI as a lunchtime listen.

Here is a sampling of some of the videos available:

Rapid Fire: Setting the Stage, esteemed panel presents 2.0 examples

GeoEnabling Gov 2.0, Jack Dangermond, founder and president of ESRI

Creating an Effective Platform, John Markoff of NY Times interviews the father of the Internet, the co-founder of Twitter, and Facebook’s DC rep

Based on the tweets, the Gov 2.0 Summit attendees seemed to be genuinely ecstatic about the show and new to many of the existing projects and the landscape of government information. Whether they see a market here is another question.

For more coverage, check out the Summit website’s long list of links to news articles about the conference.

Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase: Govies Represent

Last week’s Gov 2.0 Expo conference, run by O’Reilly Media and TechWeb, featured over 25 five-minute presentations by people who have managed government projects — at all levels of government — that involve Web 2.0 methods. For the summaries and presentation links related to each speaker, see the full Gov 2.0 Expo schedule; each session title is linked to the relevant information.

In 2.0 participatory fashion, attendees texted to vote for the best presentation in each program segment. The winners were:

City of Santa Cruz Offers Blueprint for Solving CA Budget Crisis with Social Media – Peter Koht (City of Santa Cruz)
txts 4 africa – Merrick Schaefer (UNICEF)
Transit 2.0 at BART.gov – Melissa Jordan (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
Utah Department of Public Safety Media Portal – Jeff Nigbur (State of Utah, Department of Public Safety)
Digital Diplomacy: Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds – Rita King (Dancing Ink Productions)

Of special interest to the FGI audience, Steve Schultze of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard discussed RECAP in his presentation, Crowdsourcing Federal Court Transparency. Also of interest, the presentation on EPA’s MyEnvironment, MyEnvironment: Environmental Information for Your Community, generated lots of approving noises from the audience.

Tim O’Reilly was everywhere at the conference, quickly and respectfully responding to tweets and blog posts critiquing his “Government as a Platform” catch phrase/vision/conversation-starter.

His keynote:
Opening Keynote: Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media (video, blip.tv)
And his “Government as a Platform” talk recorded prior to the conference:
The Platform for Change (video, blip.tv)

O’Reilly Media must view the Expo Showcase as a success; another has been announced for 2010.

The Expo preceded the main event, the Gov 2.0 Summit. I’ll have more on that in a later post.

Related post: Gov 2.0 Expo and the Apps for America 2 Challenge Winners

More Gov Info Presentations @ ALA Annual

If you are going to the ALA Annual 2009 Conference in Chicago next week, please come to the “ALA Unconference” where I will be leading a broad discussion on Friday, July 10th from 11:10-12:00 on the library’s role in current & emerging trends of civic engagement, transparency, preservation and access to Government information. The supporting materials and presentation will be linked in the Unconference wiki.

Also, please come to the LITA BIGWIG Social Software Showcase to discuss and learn about Government Information Mashups! I will be presenting on this topic and would love to have you help out and/or join in on the conversation! The presentation will be posted on their website but the face to face portion of the BIGWIG Showcase presentations will take place Monday, July 13th from 10:30am – 12:30pm in the McCormick Convention Center West, Room W-184.

Daniel at Reference Renaissance

A week from today, I (Daniel) will be attending the Reference Renaissance conference in Denver. If you’re attending, let’s talk. If there’s enough of us, maybe we can do a meal or something.

I’m attending for my library and I’m mostly looking for ways to better serve our large number of remote users. But I’m sure there’ll be something that can be put to documents use. Assuming there is, I’ll do my best to blog about it here.

GODORT preconferences still open to registration

ALA annual conference is coming up and there are a couple of GODORT preconferences that may be of interest to FGI readers. Since they’re on different days, you could attend both!

Want to learn more about Web2.0 technologies and documents librarianship? There’s still time to register for the GODORT pre-conference “Docs2.0: emerging web technologies for the government documents community” at ALA Annual conference in Anaheim, Friday, June 27, 2008, 9:00am – 12:30. The 1/2 day preconference will be chock full of both hands-on work and discussion about Web2.0 tools and how they can be used to help documents librarians with their collections and services. FGI volunteers Jim Jacobs and James Jacobs will be presenting about RSS and del.icio.us; Additional speakers on the slate are Amy West, David Oldenkamp, and the keynote will be John Wonderlich, Program Director of the Sunlight Foundation.

The other preconference of interest is entitled, “Got Elections? Informing the Public” on Thursday, June 26, 8:30am – 4:30pm. This is cosponsored by GODORT, ACRL, and LPSS.

At this lively full-day workshop with nationally recognized speakers, attendees will learn Who Decides? (Information on Voters), Who Runs? (Information on Candidates), Who Cares? (Information on Issues), and Who Wins? (Information on Election Results). Help library and online users make sense of the information they find. Transportation will be provided from the Convention Center.

Location: California State University Fullerton, Pollak Library, 800 N State College Blvd.

Speakers: Rhodes Cook, Political Analyst, RhodesCook. com; Stephen Woods, Social Sciences Librarianm Pennsylvania State University; Chris Palazzolo, Librarian for Political Science & International Documents, Emory University; John Hernandez, Politics and U.S. Documents Librarian, Princeton University; Erik Estep, North Carolina Reference Librarian, East Carolina University; Jerry Wong, Information Services Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

Tickets: Advance: GODORT Member: $125; ALA Member: $150; Non-Member: $200; Student/ Retired Member: $100. Onsite: GODORT Member: $140; ALA Member: $165; Non-Member: $215; Student/Retired Member: $115
Event Code: GO1

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