As we’ve posted about several times in the recent past (including here and here), the Adobe Gov UK team has been holding a series of webinars focused on the public sector.
The importance of open standards to the future of public sector ICT was the latest topic, for an event that took place on August 31. The event covered whether open standards finally allow the public sector to join up service delivery, what standards are key, and how will they be decided.
The panel included:
Bill McCluggage, Deputy Government CIO and Director of ICT Strategy & Policy at the Cabinet Office
Mark Brett, Policy & Programme Manager at Socitm
Marc Straat, Adobe’s European Head of Standards
Helen Olsen, Managing Editor, UKauthorITy and IT in Use magazine
An on-demand version of the webinar is now available here; we encourage you to check it out. And to participate in future webinars in the series see the ITU Live registration site here.
As always, keep in touch with the AdobeGov team on Twitter @AdobeGov.
We were excited to sponsor and speak at last week’s FedScoop Citizen Engagement and Open Gov Summit at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The event brought together leading federal government and industry experts to discuss the state of open government and solutions to better engage citizens.
There was a lot of great discussion, including the morning keynote from Dave McClure (@drdavemcc), Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies at GSA, and closing keynote from Chris Vein, US Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation, Office of Science and Technology, Executive Office of the President (and, in his previous role with the City and County of San Francisco, the featured speaker at last year’s sf.govfresh event).
Our own Alec Chalmers, vice president of National Government Solutions, also spoke. Alec’s talk was titled “Citizen Experience at the Heart of Agency Missions”. We had a chance to catch a few minutes with Alec directly after the event. Check out the following video for Alec’s take on the event, some of the other speakers and what he covered in his speech.
If you were at the FedScoop event or watched some of the presentations online, let us know your thoughts in comments or on Twitter @AdobeGov.
We recently sat down with Barry Leffew, Adobe’s vice president of Public Sector Sales, to get his perspective on the company’s presence in the Government market. This is the first segment of a two-part interview.
In today’s video, Barry discusses:
0:04 – His current role and background
0:30 – A typical day
1:00 – The history of Adobe in Government
1:35 – PDF and Government
2:20 – The evolution of Adobe technologies and Government
In part two, which we’ll post in the next couple days, Barry covers:
The breadth of Adobe’s presence in Government today
Key trends he sees in Government IT
The importance of customer experience and how it applies to Government
What the future holds for Government IT
Keep your eyes on this space for the second part of the conversation, or follow us on Twitter to be sure you catch it.
Recently, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The Act includes a number of provisions intended to increase access to video programming on television and the Internet, require access to the user interfaces used to access information online via smartphones, and require access to on-screen menus for DVD players and set-top boxes. You can read more about the Act and Adobe’s thoughts on it on the Adobe Accessibility blog.
We caught up with Andrew Kirkpatrick, group product manager for accessibility at Adobe, directly after he attended the signing event at the White House. Please check out the following video for Andrew’s thoughts on the Act and the event.
A transcript of the video is available in YouTube and in PDF here.
I had the opportunity this week to visit and present at the Tennessee Digital Government Summit. I always enjoy these events because they tend to be up close and personal and this particular event was no exception! I was asked to share my thoughts about open government and the implications on state government.
When asked the question, “what does open government mean to you”, the general response from the audience was ‘open access to data’ so that citizens can ‘see where money is being spent’. With almost all state and local governments across the country being under severe budget crunches, being able to account for every dollar spent is increasingly critical. In addition, a few folks also expressed that once the citizens knew where the money was spent, the citizens could now in influence policy change. These are, of course, very good answers. Open access to data equals transparency and the ability to influence change equates to participation.
The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday held a hearing titled, Removing the Shroud of Secrecy: Making Government More Transparent and Accountable. Witnesses included Vivek Kundra, the White House CIO, and Aneesh Chopra, the White House CTO, as well as National Archives Director David Ferriero. Also invited was Adobe’s Rob Pinkerton. Here’s his testimony, and a short video clip of his views on the hearing.
On January 28th, Ben Forta from Adobe spent an hour with an online audience discussing various ways to approach the design, development and deployment of highly interactive dashboards. Here are his slides. To illustrate his points, Ben focused on Adobe Cold Fusion as the development and delivery platform, highlighting the speed and efficiency of a Cold Fusion focused development project. To bring his comments to life, Ben demonstrated an Open Government application created by Figleaf Software. Through the generosity of Figleaf, they have made the example application available in it’s entirety for anyone to download and use, free of charge. A few simple modifications, and your agency can bring up a branded version of this site. The source files can be found here and the setup files here.
Please feel free to use and share these templates as you see fit.
As a guy who’s been around the block more than once in the technology industry, I’ve had the opportunity to witness a plethora of developments, ideas and concepts, some good, some not so good. One particular debate, or perhaps, a point is confusion, is around the word ‘open’. In the early days of computing, groups of like minded individuals came together for the purpose of defining standard ways to ‘do things’. For the most part, these folks realized that it was generally better for the industry as well as the users of technology to establish standards so that systems AND people could work together. There is no doubt that many of these groups have changed the nature of computing and technology for the better. Email flows, the internet works, people can view documents, pictures, listen to music, etc.