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Re: Model Local Open Government Directive

From: Catherine Roy <croy@crein.ca>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 20:02:41 -0500
Message-ID: <4D460A31.6090906@crein.ca>
To: Brian Gryth <briangryth@gmail.com>
CC: eGovIG IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>

This is a great resource; thank you for sharing it with the list. I will 
certainly share it with our various partners and contacts.

We are an organisation that works on technology access issues for people 
with disabilities and we are of course very interested in ensuring that 
this user group can take advantage of the benefits of open data and open 
government. To this end, we are involved with a group in Montreal, 
Montreal Ouvert (http://montrealouvert.net/?lang=en), who is working 
with different groups to make open municipal data a reality.

One of the things Montreal Ouvert has done recently is partake in the 
public consultations the City of Montreal has held at the end of 2010 
with regards to the renewal of the City Charter of Rights and 
Responsabilities. Montreal Ouvert submitted a statement or brief (not 
sure of the right translation for "mémoire") detailing what changes 
should e made to the charter with regards to open data (only available 
in French, I think: 
We worked with Montreal Ouvert to ensure that there was a section on 
people with disabilities on this issue. It would be great if your 
resource could include some content on accessibility and persons with 
disabilities. I would be willing to help out if need be.

Best regards,


Catherine Roy
Directrice générale
Centre de recherche et d'expérimentation
sur l'inclusion numérique (CREIN)

On 30/01/2011 2:32 PM, Brian Gryth wrote:
> Hello all,
> On Monday of last week, a group, including myself and several on this
> and other lists, published a model open government directive targeted at
> local governments.  The document is available at
> http://opengovernmentinitiative.org/directive/v1/.  To show your support
> of this model directive, please sign up at
> http://publicequalsonline.com/localopengovdirective/.If you’d like to
> participate or simply monitor our future efforts, please enjoy the Open
> Government Initiative Google Group at
> http://groups.google.com/group/opengovinitiative?pli=1.
> This model is a first step towards to expanding our open government
> efforts.  In addition, this directive is beta version, an initial
> iteration intended help push open government efforts forward.  As we
> state in the comment/footnotes to the introduction of the directive:
> The model Local Open Government Directive is intended to be an executive
> initiated order or directive to the local government under the
> executive’s legal authority.  An executive leader, such as a mayor,
> should use this model to adopt a directive for the city to help
> institutionalize open government principles within the city government.
>   This model may be tailored to meet the needs of the particular locality.
> As the directive is adapted from the Federal directive, it will be most
> easily adapted to US local governments.  But I encourage, those outside
> of the US to use our work to further your efforts and please let open
> government initiative group know who we can help.
> As I state in an announcement blog post on citycamp.com
> <http://citycamp.com>, “over the next few weeks and months, we intend to
> continue to create supporting materials and to draft model open
> government legislation to help institutionalize open government at all
> levels.” see
> http://citycamp.govfresh.com/model-local-open-government-directive/.
> Finally, as we move forward, I will attempt to keep this and other lists
> up to speed on our efforts.  Please feel free to contact me with
> questions or if you’d like additional information or if you’d like help
> adapting the directive to your local needs.
> Thanks,
> Brian Gryth
Received on Monday, 31 January 2011 08:28:37 UTC

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