I went to the Government Technology Conference
(GTC) for a bit this afternoon. These are the types
of places where decisions on technology in government
are made. All the big players were there (and a lot of
smaller ones too) looking for that government IT
manager willing to get their barcode scanned for a
lolipop (seriously, I saw it happen).
For anyone in the Sacramento area tommorrow, Marc
Andreessen (of Mosaic fame) will give a keynote
covering IT automation at 8:30am (free admission to
the exhibits and keynotes).
I did have an interesting discussion with someone from
Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee
(AELIC). They're basically a bunch of librarians
(always a rowdy bunch) attempting to teach governments
how to publish government data. It might be worth our
while to work with them in a) pursuading governments
to use open standards (xml instead of say pdf) and b)
get a mainline to ogdex' slowly growing repository.
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