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MEDIA ADVISORY: Realizing Government Transparency and Openness Through Standard Web Technologies

From: Marie-Claire Forgue <mcf@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 18:01:25 +0100
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Realizing Government Transparency and Openness Through 
Standard Web Technologies

W3C eGovernment Stakeholder Meeting Welcomes IT and Policy 
Representatives from Government and Industry to Washington, DC March 
12-13, 2009

Web Ressources:
This press release:
   in English: http://www.w3.org/2009/02/eGov-mediaadvisory.html.en

W3C eGov open meeting:

W3C eGovernment Activity:

http://www.w3.org/ -- 25 February 2009 -- The World Wide Web 
Consortium's eGovernment Interest Group will hold a special stakeholder 
meeting hosted by the American Institute of Architects on 12-13 March in 
Washington, DC to address the goals, benefits and limitations of 
implementing electronic government. The two-day meeting provides a 
global forum for IT and policy representatives from government and 
industry to address the political, legal, financial, and social factors 
that impact the successful implementation of open government 
initiatives. The goal of the forum is to document progressive solutions 
for electronic government as well as to develop a road map for 
developing Web standards to realize open and interoperable solutions.

Representatives from global government organizations and private 
industry will hear presentations from Ellen Miller, co-founder and 
executive director of the Sunlight Foundation; John Sheridan, Head of 
e-Services and Strategy for The National Archives of the United Kingdom; 
Kevin Novak, Vice President, Integrated Web Strategy and Technology, The 
American Institute of Architects, and Jose M. Alonso, W3C eGovernment 
Activity Lead and CTIC Fellow based in Spain.

In addition to presentations, the meeting will focus discussions on use 
cases and potential road maps related to the following topics:

     * Government transparency, openness and interoperability of data;
     * Citizen participation and engagement with government information;
     * Use of social media among governments and citizenry; and
     * Incorporation of standard technologies to reduce costs and 
increase productivity of information technologies.

These subjects are particularly timely for many government 
representatives in the United States, who are tasked with the Obama 
Administration's new policies towards openness and transparency in 

Since its creation in June 2008, the W3C eGovernment Activity fills a 
distinct gap in the Web and technology standards space. The group 
focuses on the unique and diverse needs of governments throughout the 
developed and developing World in enabling electronic service and 
information delivery, as well as providing opportunities for discovery, 
interaction and participation.

Advance registration for the W3C eGov open meeting is required and 
seating is limited. For more information, please contact Jose M. Alonso, 
W3C eGovernment Activity Lead.

Briefings for the news media are available. Please send inquiries to the 
W3C press requests list at w3t-pr@w3.org.

Press Contacts:
Contact Americas, Australia -- Ian Jacobs, <ian@w3.org>, +1.718.260.9447
Contact Europe, Africa and the Middle East -- Marie-Claire Forgue, 
<mcf@w3.org>, +33.492.38.75.94

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Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to 
develop technical standards for the Web to ensure its openness, 
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