Friday, February 5, 2010

NASA gave OpenNASA/OpenGov the Thumbs Up!

From: Williams, Lovisa A [mailto:WilliamsLA@state.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2010 9:03 AM
To: DIAZ, DEBORAH (HQ-JD000); Garver, Lori B. (HQ-AB000); Cureton, Linda Y. (HQ-JA000)
Subject: Request for Megan Eskey's Participation in the Government 2.0 Camp LA

I would like to cordially request Ms. Megan A. Eskey to present her presentation on “OpenNASA/OpenGov” at the Government 2.0 Camp Los Angeles. This session generated a lot of buzz and interest from the community. People want to hear what you are doing. In fact it was so popular it received the most votes from the community. My understanding is this session is being retracted. I am disappointed to hear this and hope I may provide some additional information for your consideration.

We are requesting Ms. Megan Eskey’s participation in the Camp in her role as a member of the Federal Intranet Content Managers Steering Committee. The Planning Committee and the Government 2.0 community all feel Ms. Eskey’s presentation will be a valuable contribution to the Government 2.0 conversation. We understand that dealing with the concept of the “unconference” Camp format is still foreign to most agencies. We encourage people to seek permission from their respective agency to attend and participate in these activities. Where necessary or where there may be sensitivities, we also encourage people to be transparent about what is their personal opinion as opposed to the opinion of the agency or the USG.

One of the benefits, and what sets this Camp apart from other conferences or Camps, is we want to provide the larger community with some tangible results.
We have been working closely with Harvard’s Kennedy School to develop a survey and framework about the Government 2.0 community. We will be discussing the survey results and working to develop the first Government 2.0 Community Road Map. We are very excited about this opportunity to provide direct input into the current and future direction of the community. I think hearing about your work and proposals regarding cloud computing for government and use of integrated social media will become one of the foundation pieces of this framework.

The Camp is following the “unconference” format meaning the community develops and picks (votes) on the sessions to be discussed. These are considered to be casual conversations who’s primary focus is to have a discussion and brainstorm ideas and solutions to issues. We purposely bring together people from all levels of government, from the academic sector, private sector, nonprofit and beyond to work with us on developing solutions. These are collaborative work sessions.

Participation in the Camp is free due to the donations of our sponsors. One of the benefits of a Camp format to the government community is there is little cost and normally these are held after working hours in order to allow as many people as possible to attend. No profits are made from the Camp. Sessions focusing on selling products or services are frowned upon since the focus is exchange of ideas.

The Camp is scheduled to occur starting on Friday, February 5, 2010. It will run from 8:00am until about 5:00pm both Saturday, February 6 and Sunday February 7, 2010. The Camp will take place at Blank Spaces. Blank Spaces is located at 5405 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036.

I encourage you to review the session content on our site to gain a better understanding of the types of sessions we are hosting. You may also be interested in our distinguished speakers in order to get a better feel for the types of people who will be participating in the Camp. I hope you will reconsider your decision to retract this session from the Camp. I think this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the amazing work you are doing and to contribute to the larger discussion. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me either here or via my mobile phone at 703-338-1754.

Thank you for your consideration.

-Lovisa

UNCLASSIFIED based on definitions in E.O. 12958

Lovisa A. Williams
Deputy Director
Office of Innovative Engagement
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC USA
O: 202-632-2903
M: 703-338-1754
williamsla@state.gov

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