On Wednesday and Thursday of this week (6/20 and 6/21) NASA, in partnership with the Veteran Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2) and the State Department, will host a second ‘Open Source Summit’ to advance the use of open source software in government. This event will convene leaders from government and industry as well as practitioners to get a ‘boots-on-the-ground’ perspective of the state of open source software in government and the community behind it.
The first Open Source Summit (in March 2011) focused on improving NASA’s ability to develop, release, and use open source software. This year’s event builds on that by expanding the discussion to all government agencies. Attendees will:
- discuss the current and future state of the government open source community
- discuss practical ‘how-to’ insights for open source projects in government
- identify real-world projects and their successes and challenges
- discuss government procurement of open source software
As the role of open source in government expands and matures, the relationship between technology, policy, and culture will be increasingly important. This Summit aims to broaden the open source discussion beyond just technology. This Summit will be held at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith’s School of Business (see directions here). The event will be facilitated by Wayne Moses Burke of the Open Forum Foundation and will leverage online collaboration to facilitate lively 2-way engagement between speakers and attendees.
Here's a sampling of some of the organizations that will be presenting:
- Dept of Education
- NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Office of eDiplomacy, State Dept
- Phase2 Technology
- DISA General Counsel's Office
- Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONCHIT)
- Apache Software Foundation
- Eclipse Foundation
- Veteran’s Administration (OSEHRA)
- DISA (Ozone Widget Framework)
Here are the event details: http://open.nasa.gov/summit/
All signs are pointing to this being a very exciting event.
Hope to see you there !