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How to Achieve the Open Government Directive Requirements Using Open Source Drupal

Willard Intercontinental Washington
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
January 12, 2010 | 8:30 - 11:00 AM

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The explicit purpose of the Open Government Directive (OGD) is to improve citizen interaction and engagement. Realizing the intentions behind the Directive will require significant web site innovation for many departments and agencies. Join us for this comprehensive workshop that showcases how and why Open Source content management tools such as Drupal are being quickly adopted across U.S. federal, state and local governments to meet rapidly expanding requirements and expectations of Open Government. Also, learn "how to" get started with Drupal, and how to achieve a fast track to success for implementing Open Government Directive requirements such as establishing an Open Government portal located at http://www.[agency].gov/open to serve as the gateway for agency activities related to the Open Government Directive including FOIA disclosures, open data initiatives, and citizen collaboration efforts around your agency's published open government plan.

Key takeaways will include:

  • An introduction to the Drupal Social Publishing platform and applications
  • How Drupal addresses the open government mandates for transparency, collaboration, and citizen participation
  • Two use case scenarios describing the use of Drupal for Open Government Web sites
  • A step by step approach, template based open source "offering" and support services available to assist organizations in quickly achieve their OGD requirements

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Featured Speakers

Kieran Lal, AcquiaKieran Lal, Acquia
Kieran is a passionate technical leader interested in building, and motivating teams to create innovative products. He has led technical teams and designers for over ten years. At IBM Research he was a co-founder of the entrepreneurial Extreme Blue innovation program. He currently helps lead many efforts in the Drupal project including the automated patch testing for Drupal core development, the security team, the drupal.org redesign, Drupalcon San Francisco, drupal.org infrastructure, and business development for the Drupal association. He lives with his wife in San Francisco, where he enjoys vegan home cooking, hiking, biking, and wine tasting.

Jeff WalpoleJeff Walpole, CEO, Phase2 Technology
Jeff Walpole is the co-founder and CEO of the leading open source professional services based in the Washington DC area, Phase2 Technology which focuses on clients and solutions in the online publishing, public policy, open government, and advocacy sectors. Using Drupal, Phase2 is crafting creative solutions for many open government initiatives. The firm also participates in helping large organizations like the Federal government, publishing firms, and the World Bank craft APIs to publish data to the web. Jeff has a background that includes over a decade of CMS website development, and five years working with government clients as a systems integrator. Jeff holds a Masters in Business Administration, with a concentration in the Management of Global Information Technology, from the Kogod School of Business at American University and a Bachelors degree from Tulane University in Political Science.

James KingJames King, NIH
As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library's Information Architect, James King is investigating new services and processes to help provide even better service to the over 5,000 clinicians and researchers at NIH. This has recently focused on creating Virtual Research Environments based upon the Drupal platform. The NIH Library's first Drupal-based site is the Pandemic Influenza Digital Archive, a site being built around a collection of historical texts about the Pandemic Influenza of 1918, is being built from the ground up as a virtual collaboration space for historical influenza virologists.

Previously, James spent over 18 years at the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Ruth H. Hooker Research Library, using his IT background to transform the NRL Research Library from a print-based library to a cutting-edge digital library, and was instrumental in broad-reaching consortium negotiations with all major scientific information providers. James has served on several industry library advisory boards, has received the SLA Innovations in Technology Award, and is currently President of the DC/SLA Chapter and the SLA Information Futurist Caucus.

Andrew HoppinAndrew Hoppin, New York Senate
Andrew Hoppin was hired as the first CIO of the NY State Senate. The CIO's office changed how the senate interacted with its constituents by implementing transparency, collaboration, and participation throughout the Senate IT infrastructure. Centralized around the Drupal platform, the project exposed legislative data, gave each legislative committee it's own web site, and streamed live committee meetings to improve transparency. They increased participation by taking the Senate to social networks where their constituents were already active. They increased collaboration by giving senators and departments their own web site. Senators improved their ability to collaborate with their constituents, and department staff could collaborate more effectively.