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Research & Development
April 27-28, 2011
With the one-year anniversary of the Open Government directive approaching, the field of Open Government is at an important cross roads. While much work has been done by government agencies in trying to make their data, operations, and services more open to the public, many questions about these efforts remain unanswered. Questions such as what impact is access to government data having on citizens and how can technology innovations make government data more valuable to citizens, require attention. Getting answers to these questions and many more, depends on new knowledge about opening government, and in particular, the using government to improve the lives of everyday citizens.

Context
This workshop is part of a series of events being held to contribute to the development of an actionable and relevant multi-year open government research and development program focused on identifying critical needs, mapping needs to potential solutions, identifying legal and policy barriers, exploring critical evaluative approaches, and laying out strategies for attaining future research funding.

Purpose
  • Define a research roadmap that looks at the legal, policy, and technical questions that must be addressed in using government data to improve the lives of everyday citizens.
  • Expand current discussions among government leaders, funding agencies, foundations, civil society, and research scientists about government data and the potential of that data to improve the lives of everyday citizens.

Approach
  • Bring together networks in law, policy, and technology to research the effects of open innovation and promote the diffusion of that innovation in the public sector through the study and design of laws, policies, and technologies in support of open government.
  • The workshop will be conducted primarily through small and large group discussions. A single opening presentation will provide a summary overview of the Open Government Research and Development Summit held in DC on March 21-22nd.
  • Small and large group discussions will be organized around the priority areas of interest as determined by the participants. CTG will provide facilitators for these sessions.

Products
A Summary Activity Report is now available. The workshop team is currently focusing on an analysis of the results and working toward a set of recommendations and action steps.

Presentations
  • Opening Workshop Presentation - Theresa Pardo (CTG), Jim Hendler (RPI), Andrew Hoppin (Civic Commons)
  • Smart Disclosure in Consumer Markets - Joel Gurin, Chief Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC