Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Open and transparent government workshop

This looks awesome:   Two days in Princeton, NJ talking open government and transparency at "Open Government:   Defining, Designing, and Sustaining Transparency."

Ok, I've just read the agenda and I am on overload.   This is why.   First, there are sessions on defining and sustaining transparency.   Then we move to a lot of technical stuff that revolves around what the academics call "tinkerers."

Seriously, this is an important event -- to learn more about why the planners say that "Despite increasing interest in issues of open government and governmental transparency, the values of 'openness' and 'transparency' have been undertheorized."   And to learn about the kinds of infrastructure needed to support openness and transparency.   Because as much as I support the ideas of openness and transparency, I now understand that the challenges we have advocating this position are more about infrastructure, data collection, data analysis, and the like than they are about willingness to be open.

The event is free and open to the public.   Maybe I will see you there.

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