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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

eGovernment and the Web Workshop Report: Toward More Transparent Government

W3C has published a Workshop Report: eGovernment and the Web Workshop:
"Toward More Transparent Government". On 18-19 June 2007, the World
Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Science Research Initiative held
a workshop entitled, Toward More Transparent Government at the US National
Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. The goal of the workshop was to
find ways to facilitate the deployment of Web standards across eGovernment
sites and help shape the ongoing research agenda in the development of
Web technology and public policy in order to realize the potential of
the Web for access to and use of government information. The Call for
Participation had required participants to submit position papers.
Twenty-two (22) position papers were received. The workshop was chaired
by Daniel J. Weitzner (MIT/W3C), Ari Schwartz (Center for Democracy and
Technology) and Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton, UK). The
final workshop session considered key lessons learned and identified
possible next steps that W3C and WSRI could take together with the
eGovernment user, vendor and research communities around the world. After
two days of policy and technology presentations, the over-arching theme
heard over and over again is the need to take steps, institutional,
legal and technical, toward publishing data with re-use in mind. The
participants identified several steps to meet this goal...

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