Status Report

NASA Open Government Community Summit

By SpaceRef Editor
October 8, 2010
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NASA Open Government Community Summit

October OpenGov Community Summit
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (ET)
Washington, DC

What: The Open Government Community Summit Series is an inter-agency collaborative event hosted by a different agency each month. Several working groups have formed out of previous workshops, and the focus for the final two workshops of 2010 is to actually build– not just talk about– the infrastructure (i.e. collective knowledge resources and standard operating procedures) necessary to sustain the open government community over the long haul.

This month’s summit is generously hosted by NASA and facilitated by the Open Forum Foundation.
Note #1: Everyone is highly encouraged to bring a laptop to this event so we can experiment with some new online and in-person collaborative techniques.

Note #2: Due to security restrictions at this location, participants must be US citizens. Remote participation, however, will be robust and open to all.

When: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 9am-2pm, with an additional opportunity for inter-agency co-working in the workshop space from 2pm-4pm (“co-working” means using a shared workspace to do your normal everyday work in the presence of people doing similar work from other agencies). We highly recommend you allow plenty of time to clear security in the morning.

Who: Federal managers implementing open government programs across all federal agencies, transparency advocates, participation advocates, and collaboration experts.

Where: NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. The closest metro stations are L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow Lines) and Federal Center SW (Blue/Orange Lines). Enter the building at the intersection of 4th and E Street SW.

Remote participants will be able to contribute ideas and shape the in-person workshop as it takes place. Final details will be emailed to registered remote participants on October 11th. We are committed to making this a highly engaging experience even for those that cannot be present in DC that day. The first hour of presentations will be streamed live; several of the breakout sessions that follow will be in a discussion format and have a 2-way audio feed. We’ll also be using Google Docs for collaborative note-taking and brainstorming so that remote participants are as connected to the event as possible. Several of these techniques are experimental; it’s open gov, so we’re all learning as we go!

Mission of the Workshop Series:

* Help the open government community organize and gain momentum.
* Demonstrate that creating a collaborative environment within an agency can be done with minimal resources (this is a no-frills workshop series).
* Share knowledge across agencies and between the public, private, and non-profit sectors to address questions and challenges that span multiple agencies. All questions/challenges will be chosen by the participants from the public sector.
* Ensure all great ideas from the workshop are documented online for those that cannot attend.
Participant Responsibilities:
* Be authentic. Come to share ideas.
* Take responsibility for your learning and the learning of those around you.
* Post great notes on the wiki. If your notes are not online, then they’re not shared. If your ideas are not shared, then they’re not changing the world πŸ™‚

RSVP on this page by 9am on October 11, 2010.

Please feel free to contact us at We look forward to your participation and continuing commitment.

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SpaceRef staff editor.