Open Government: Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards

On May 17, 2011, in Workshop, by GIScience Research Group

This workshop, titled “Open Government: Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards” is organized jointly by Dr. Hanif Rahemtulla, Horizon Digital Economy Research and Puneet Kishor, Creative Commons.

The workshop will be held in conjunction with the annual Open Source GIS Conference, June 21, 2011, Nottingham, United Kingdom, and will be held at the School of Geography/Centre for Geospatial Science at the University of Nottingham.

For more information, including the conference programme, visit: http://punkish.org/opengov/index.html

This workshop builds on the Law and the GeoWeb workshop held recently at Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, and will bring together speakers from across industry, research and academia to contribute toward some of the fundamental theoretical and technical questions emerging in the Open Data space.

The following speakers and topics have been confirmed:
* Producing and consuming open data by Dr. Peter Mooney, Department of Computer Science, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
* Mapping the UK population over time by Prof. David Martin, School of Geography, University of Southampton
* Curating geographic and other data by Zach Beauvais, Talis
* Discussant: Bob Anderson, Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham
* Legal implications of open data by Dr. Katleen Janssen, ICRI, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgiu
* Open rights campaign, Javier Ruiz Diaz, Open Rights Group
* Exercising our rights over information about us by Prof. Derek McAuley, Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham
* Discussant: Prof. Estelle Derclaye, Faculty of Law, University of Nottingham
* Tackling global challenges through open innovation and geographic information  by Dr. Chris Parker and Ian Holt,  Ordnance Survey, Southampton
* Topic TBD by Diane Cabell, Director, iCommons
* Discussant: David Martin

Please register for the workshop at the main OSGIS web site by June 3, 2011.

For further information please contact Dr. Hanif Rahemtulla (Hanif.Rahemtulla[AT]nottingham.ac.uk) or Puneet Kishor (punkish[AT]creativecommons.org).

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The Open Data Revolution

On March 21, 2011, in Conference Session, GIS, by GIScience Research Group

A workshop on “Open Government: Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards” organized jointly by Dr Hanif Rahemtulla, Horizon Digital Economy Research and Puneet Kishor, Creative Commons in conjunction with the annual Open Source GIS Conference (OSGIS), June 21, 2011, Nottingham, United Kingdom. The workshop will be held at the School of Geography/Centre for Geospatial Science at the University of Nottingham. This meeting follows and builds upon “Law and the GeoWeb”, a workshop exploring intellectual property issues with geographic data in the internet era, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of Association of American Geographers, April 11, 2011 at the campus of Microsoft Research, Seattle, Washington.

The “Open Government” workshop will bring together speakers from across industry, research and academia to contribute towards some of the fundamental theoretical and technical questions emerging in the Open Data space (i.e., how to mark up and release open data; licensing models for governments; conflicts between data protection and transparency and structuring access to data by different groups). The session will be a series of presented papers with a lively explorative session which will inform, provoke and encourage discussion.

Proceedings of the Seattle and Nottingham workshops and selected longer papers will be published in a special issue of the open-access International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Research published by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Registration for the OSGIS and workshop will commence shortly.  If you require any further information regarding the workshop please contact either Dr. Hanif Rahemtulla, Horizon Digital Economy Research at the University of Nottingham (hanif.rahemtulla[AT]nottingham.ac.uk) or Puneet Kishor, Creative Commons (punkish[AT]creative commons.org].

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