Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Announcing the October 13th OpenGov Community Summit @ NASA (and online)*


What: The Open Government Community Summit Series is an inter-agency
collaborative event hosted by a different agency each month. Several
working groups have formed out of previous workshops, and the focus for the
final two workshops of 2010 is to actually build-- not just talk about-- the
essential "learning infrastructure" (i.e. collective knowledge resources and
standard operating procedures) necessary to sustain the open government
community over the long haul.

This month's summit is generously hosted by NASA and facilitated by the Open
Forum Foundation .

Something New*:* Whether you can attend the summit or not, we need your
help. Our community lacks some critical elements of this learning
infrastructure and we're calling for the OpenGov Community Barn Raising of
2010 which is occurring online now through October 13th.

To participate in building this learning infrastructure prior to the summit,
join one of the working groups (OpenGov Inspiration
, OpenGov Community Knowledge Management
, OpenGov Community Standards)
and write a single sentence describing how you'll spend your 30 minutes
working on any of the community infrastructure projects that are listed on
those pages between now and Oct 13th. Full details for this collective
effort are on the wiki.

Note #1: Everyone is highly encouraged to bring a laptop to this event so we
can experiment with some new online and in-person collaborative techniques.

Note #2: Due to security restrictions at this location, participants must be
US citizens. Remote participation, however, will be robust and open to all.

When: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 9am-2pm, with an additional
opportunity for inter-agency co-working in the workshop space from 2pm-4pm
("co-working" means using a shared workspace to do your normal everyday work
in the presence of people doing similar work from other agencies). We highly
recommend you allow plenty of time to clear security in the morning.

Who: Federal managers implementing open government programs across all
federal agencies, transparency advocates, participation advocates, and
collaboration experts.

Where: NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. The closest metro stations are
L'Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow Lines) and Federal Center SW
(Blue/Orange Lines). Enter the building at the intersection of 4th and E
Street SW.

*Remote participants* will be able to contribute ideas and shape the
in-person workshop as it takes place. Final details will be emailed to
registered remote participants on October 11th. We are committed to making
this a highly engaging experience even for those that cannot be present in
DC that day. The first hour of presentations will be streamed live; several
of the breakout sessions that follow will be in a discussion format and have
a 2-way audio feed. We'll also be using Google Docs for collaborative
note-taking and brainstorming, so that remote participants are as connected
to the event as possible. Several of these techniques are experimental;
it's open gov, so we're all learning as we go!

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