Miniconfs/Open and the Public Sector

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Free software, open data, and open APIs are already changing government: lowering costs, exposing waste, increasing transparency, and permitting citizens to use and extend government information and services.

Though already making a difference, adoption is by no means as widespread as would make sense. While the benefits seem obvious to proponents, public sector IT managers often see considerable obstacles to adoption of free software,open data and practices.

This Miniconf will provide a forum to discuss the issues around free software use and open government practices as well as showcase some success stories and initiatives.


Visit the official Miniconf website for more information.


10:30 – 10:40 The Intro, Don Christie, President of NZOSS

10:40 – 11:05 Keynote from Andrew Stott, Director of Digital Engagement, UK (Remote Audio/Slide presentation)

11:10 – 11:45 Keynote from Lisa Harvey, representative of Australian Govt 2.0 Taskforce (Remote Audio/Slide presentation)

11:45 – 12:15 Stephen Boyd (Aus) IT Security Adviser Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts; Why hasn’t the year of the linux desktop arrived in Canberra?

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:00 Laurence Millar, How can Govt procurement better support Open?

14:00 – 14:30 Pia Waugh, Assistant to Senator Kate Lundy (Aus); Open Government: Getting the core policy and technical principles right!

14:30 – 15:15 Panel Discussion: The Politics of Open: Moderator: Nat Torkington Panel: Clare Curran- Labour MP, Pia Waugh, Assistant to Senator Kate Lundy (Aus), Andrew Holmes, Principal Clinical Advisor, Health Information, National Health Board Business Unit, Ministry of Health

15:15 – 15:45 Afternoon Tea

15:45 – 16:30 Steven Schmid, A/NZ Open Source Sand Pit; Implementing an authoritative repository of public sector Open Technologies for Government agencies

16:30 – 17:15 Panel Discussion: Creative Commons, Open access/ licensing, and NZGOAL. Panel Professor Anne Fitzgerald- QUT Law Faculty, Keitha Booth- Open Government Information and Data work programme at NZSSC,

17:15 – 17:30 The Outro Jason Ryan, Manager, Communications & Records Management, NZ State Services Commission