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How Does Government Become an Open Platform? June 4 2009

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**We will be recording this presentation and it will be posted for viewing as soon as possible after the presentation.**

Note: This course is FREE and open to government employees and contractors with a government e-mail address.

Forum members:

Registration is NOW OPEN for our next New Media Talk:

How Government Becomes an Open Platform - 
with Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media

Web Manager University (WMU) is sponsoring this series of New Media Talks to complement the ongoing training that we offer via WMU.  These New Media Talks are free sessions for government web teams to hear from top thought leaders in New Media and the Web.  Listen to some of the world's leading experts, and learn how to use New Media tools to accomplish your agency's mission. 

Topic:                  How Government Becomes an Open Platform
Speaker:              Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media
Date:   Thursday, June 4, 2009 
Time:       1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
:             FAA - Auditorium / 800 Independence Avenue, SW


Who can attend:   Any government employee or contractor with a government email address. 

About Tim O'Reilly:

Government as a Platform

Why have 40,000 applications been developed for the Apple iPhone by independent developers while other phones have to develop their own applications? Why are there thousands of mashups for Google Maps, but only hundreds for any other web mapping platform? Why are there hundreds of third party applications for Twitter? Becoming a platform that enables the success of others is the secret sauce of Silicon Valley success.

This talk addresses the question: how does government itself become an open platform that allows people inside and outside government to innovate? How do you design a system in which all of the outcomes aren't specified beforehand, but instead evolve through interactions between the technology provider and its user community?  How can open data, broadband stimulus, and other government technology initiatives spark innovation?  How can we create web applications that become ever more useful through a virtuous circle of contributions from their users?

Please note that the content of these New Media talks will focus on best practices and innovations, rather than a sales pitch for individual products.

We hope you can join us for these fabulous discussions.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


--Sheila, Rachel & Alycia

Sheila Campbell
Manager, Government Web Best Practices Team
and Co-Chair, Federal Web Managers Council
Office of Citizen Services
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street NW, Room 3216
Washington, DC  20405
Rachel Flagg
Co-chair, Federal Web Managers Council
Web Content Manager (on detail)
Web Best Practices Team
General Services Administration
Alycia Piazza
Special Projects Manager
Web Manager University
Office of Citizen Services and Communications
U. S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street NW, Room 3216
Washington, DC 20405
Phone: (202) 218-1487

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