What is Gov 2.0? Come find out

Tim O'Reilly examines the issues and opportunities surrounding Gov 2.0

Tim O’Reilly recently hosted a one-hour webcast that took an in-depth look at Gov 2.0 — what it is, where the opportunities lie, and how you can get involved.

Topics included government efficiency and transparency, government as a platform, and how technologists can play key roles in this important transformation. The webcast recording is embedded below.

Many of the same topics will be explored at the upcoming Gov 2.0 Expo. You can also read Tim’s thoughts on open government at O’Reilly Labs.

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  • Ken Wasetis

    Great talk that describes what is really meant by ‘Gov 2.0’. Looking forward to the expo in D.C. end of this month.

    Similar to Tim’s Haiti example, the Oxfam America site was built on the Plone open source CMS, and helped route donations to needs when the last huge Tsunami hit Indonesia.

    Great things can be done with these open source tools!

    twitter: @ctxlken

  • Ken Wasetis

    The ChicagoCrime.org (now chicago.everyblock.com) site Tim refers to was built on Django, a Python web app development framework. Great Web 2.0/Gov 2.0 site!

    Our firm, Contextual Corp., has helped U.S. military and intelligence agencies implement the Plone open source CMS (more info on this tool at Plone.org).

    I wish these agencies would be as public about their leveraging of an open source CMS as the WhiteHouse.gov project has been. It would only help them, as it gives support and validation to others involved in these projects or adopting these tools.

    Tim, what is your message to the government employees, managers, and directors who will be at the Gov 2.0 Expo regarding this idea of ‘getting the word out’ about what FOSS tools they are already using?

    I know that the DoD CTO has made some great strides in the past year, stating that OSS tools can and should be evaluated equally with commercial software, but how do we get government agencies to ‘share’ what apps they are using, without them worrying about others taking that as an ‘endorsement’ of any particular software tool or vendor.

    This is hurting the adoption of FOSS tools in eGov, in my opinion, and unless the open source projects get that injection of validation and support, it’s a real uphill battle, b/c each agency thinks it is sticking its neck out and being a pioneer, when in reality, many are using such OSS tools.

    As Tim mentioned in this video, it’s sensible use of tax payer dollars to leverage open source tools for the problems that have already been solved, but spend funds on commercial and custom solutions for problems that don’t have free, off-the-shelf, open source solutions already.

    Anxious to hear your advice on this. See you at gov2expo!


    twitter: @ctxlken

  • Keith Moore

    Mac, Tim, and everyone who reads this comment. My name is Keith Moore, Founder of Open Government TV. Our new media internet tv channel seeks to engage large business, educate small business, and empower both private and public sector to create a sustainable open government that will create jobs and restore our nation’s economy under the American Recovery Reinvestment era.

    As passionate as President Barack Obama was as a community activist, we at OGTV exude the same passion to build collaborations and participate in the new web 2.0 community.
    There are society problems that are unique to various sectors yet common to all. We look forward to being given the opportunity to do our part.

    I look forward to our team’s participation at the Web 2.0 Conference Tuesday as a premiere opportunity to help change the course of how we engage, collaborate and participate in helping to solve problems that government seeks to solve.