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Open Source solutions for government and the public sector

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Monday, 21 May 2012 from 09:30 to 13:00 (BST)

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Join Reading Room and the Government Digital Service for an event highlighting the ways Open Source technologies are changing the shape of digital government, and providing cost effective solutions across government and the public sector.

Attendance for the event is free for the first batch of tickets, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so book now to save your place.

The main event will run from 10.00 until 13:00, with breaks for refreshments and networking, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions, as well as the ability to get involved during or after the event through twitter and email.

Make sure you join us nice and early to get your hands on our delicious breakfast baguettes!

The event is being hosted at the fabulous Wellcome Collection, one of London's hidden gems, so why not stay a little afterwards to explore some of their intriguing galleries.


Phil Archer, eGov Consultant at W3C

Phil Archer joined the W3C staff after many years representing one of its member organisations. Chair of the first Incubator Group, a lightweight mechanism for developing new ideas for the Web, he went on to chair the POWDER Working Group whose standards form part of the Semantic Web technology suite. Alongside this work he was an original member of the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group and was editor or acknowledged contributor to 6 of that group's publications.

Phil's primary focus since 2010 has been on eGovernment and open data. In particular he works on improving interoperability between data sets whilst advocating the principles and return on investment available through the open data movement.

Gerry Gavigan, chair, Open Source Consortium

Gerry Gavigan is chair of the Open Source Consortium, a UK trade association/advocacy group.  He has been involved with OSC since before its reincarnation as a membership controlled organisation in 2008 and its chair for nearly four years.

He’s been using a Linux distro as his only desktop since1999 and been involved in developing industrial applications deploying open source software. He is the author of an extensive study on open standards and open source source software available to download from the OSC website.

Mark O'Neill, Director of Innovation for the Government Digital Service

Mark O’Neill is Proposition Director for Innovation and Delivery (formerly called Skunkworks) at the Government Digital Service, which was established to develop low-cost, fast and agile development and delivery capability, particularly within government’s future cloud environment.

By adopting an agile and lean methodology and using open standards and open source technology, the team engages with SMEs and entrepreneurs to promote a wider eco-system of solution and service providers. Mark is currently working on a range of projects around open data, new delivery models for IT services, and entrepreneurship.

Andy Williamson, CEO of Future Digital

Andy is an experienced digital consultant, researcher and commentator with strong leadership and strategic management skills. He focuses on effective strategies for digital democracy and governance - engagement, participation, collaboration and communication - exploring how to bring people together through digital and social media, online communication and open data. 

Mark Stephens, Head of Client services at NetBenefit
Mark Boschier, Strategic Government Account Manager, RedHat

Discuss how to use Open source to protect Public Data

Martin Buhr, Creative Director of Technology at Reading Room

Martin is Creative Director of Technology at Reading Room Studio and a professional geek. He helps Reading Room's clients find innovative technical solutions and works with teams to find and develop new, creative ways of applying technology in web based projects.

A keen advocate of Open Source technologies, Martin is interested in the wider consideration of employing Open Source within government, and its implications upon security, ongoing support, and internal processes.

Jamie Griffiths, Divisional Head at Reading Room

Jamie is a Divisional Head at Reading Room, responsible for overseeing development projects across a range of technologies, from Open Source to Sitecore to Sharepoint and beyond.

Jamie's team was recently reponsible for implementing the ground breaking My Health London website for the NHS, and will be talking about this project as a case study of the challenges of deploying Open Source solutions in an agile environment.

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Interested in taking part, sponsoring or exhibiting at the event? Drop us a line and tell us how you can help us make it a grand affair.

Do you have questions about Open Source solutions for government and the public sector? Contact Reading Room

When & Where

Wellcome Collection

NW1 2BE London
United Kingdom

Monday, 21 May 2012 from 09:30 to 13:00 (BST)

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That mission remains the same, though instead of spinning globes we're now helping our clients to get rid of senseless, gratuitous use of Flash and get real benefits from Web 2.0.

We're now providing the best digital communications to clients around the world with a staff of more than 180 working from offices in London and Manchester in the UK; Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney in Australia; and Singapore

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