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Open Government: Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards

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Franco Iacomella
25th March 2011

Announcing a workshop on *Open Government: Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards* organized jointly by Dr Hanif. Rahemtulla, Horizon Digital Economy Research and Puneet Kishor, Science Fellow, Creative Commons, in conjunction with the annual Open Source GIS Conference, June 21, 2011, Nottingham, United Kingdom. The workshop will be held at the School of Geography/Centre for Geospatial Science at the University of Nottingham.

This meeting follows and builds upon the Law and the GeoWeb workshop on intellectual property issues with geographic data in the internet era, colocated with the annual meeting of Association of American Geographers, April 11, 2011 at the campus of Microsoft Research, Seattle, Washington.

The *Open Government* workshop will bring together speakers from across industry, research and academia to contribute towards some of the fundamental theoretical and technical questions emerging in the Open Data space (i.e., how to mark up and release open data; licensing models for governments and how to interface them to other open source and commercial licensing regimes; conflicts between data protection and transparency and structuring access to data by different groups). The session will be a series of presented papers with a lively explorative session which will inform, provoke and encourage discussion.

Proceedings of the Seattle and Nottingham workshops along with selected longer papers will be published in a special issue of the open-access International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Research published by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.


Speakers reflect the broad spectrum of constituencies in the Open Data domain from across academia, research and the industrial sector. The following speakers are confirmed:

  • Professor David Martin, School of Geography, University of Southampton
  • Professor Derek McAuley, Director of Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham
  • Dr. Peter Mooney, Department of Computer Science, University of Maynooth
  • Dr. Richard Mortier, Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham
  • Dr. Catherine Mulligan, Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham
  • Mr Ian Holt, Senior Technical Product Manager, Ordnance Survey, Southampton
  • Dr. Chris Parker, GeoVation and Community Propositions, Ordnance Survey, Southampton


Registration for the Open Source GIS conference and workshop will commence shortly (see below for conference website). for further information please contact either Dr. Hanif Rahemtulla, Horizon Digital Economy Research at the University of Nottingham or Puneet Kishor, Science Fellow, Creative Commons.


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