IRC log of egov on 2010-11-01

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RRSAgent, make log public
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RRSAgent, pointer?
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zakim, who is on the call?
07:50:28 [Zakim]
sorry, sandro, I don't know what conference this is
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On IRC I see RRSAgent, sandro, karen, MacTed, trackbot
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dd: 2005 network of offices
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dd: PSI directive in EU
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dd: JoseMa ctic had funding to start this activity
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dd: document sept 2005, me and rigo
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dd: 2007 asturias workshop to launch activity/group
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dd: internet governance forum, PSI directive, a lot of resources
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dd: workship in Vilnius, 3 weeks ago
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dd: culture of some countries, to keep info closed.
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dd: tried to get bicycle accident info for my town in France
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dd: they're sending it on paper
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dd: !
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karen: in W3C we're normally pulled; in this case it seems like push -- govts are often very resistant.
08:13:06 [sandro]
karen: A few weeks ago, Tim was invited to speek at Harvard, Kennedy School
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karen: Mostly older professors, steeped in govt history
08:13:39 [sandro]
karen: ... but they didn't even know basic things, eg twitter
08:13:55 [sandro]
karen: ... some folks had a nice openness to understand
08:14:07 [sandro]
karen: ... push that has to get done
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karen: Where can W3C focus?
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scribenick: Karen
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Sandro review eGov IG Note published
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Organized in five main topics
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1. Participation and Cititzen Engagement
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key point to allow public servants to use public Web sites
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08:20:33 [sandro]
these slides:
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Sandro: this document points out things that planners need to understand
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may be obious to some, but not to those who are new
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Rigo: tax declaration system in France
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...challenge with massive scaling in gov't sector
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...can overwhelm your servers
08:22:37 [karen]
Roger Cutler: you should talk to the "Dancing with the Stars" show
08:22:45 [karen]
...they had public voting that overwhelmed the system
08:22:55 [karen]
...not sure what they did to overcome it
08:23:02 [karen]
Rigo: Cloud computing is so important to eGov
08:23:10 [karen] you can start small and scale quickly
08:23:24 [karen]
...private industry support will be important
08:23:33 [sandro]
agenda+ cloud computing,
08:23:58 [karen]
Sandro: traditional mechanisms of getting comments from the public have not scaled in the past
08:24:07 [karen]
...Web makes it easier for public to comment on public policies
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2. Participation and Engagement Issues
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Sandro: challenges for what gov't employees can and cannot do; what roles and persona they may take on
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08:25:44 [karen] to use social networking
08:26:04 [karen]
...what are fora for asking authoritative questions
08:26:14 [karen] portability; archiving
08:26:19 [karen]
...lots of big questions
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Second big issues was Open Gov't Data
08:26:53 [karen]
...this section was written 1.5 years ago
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08:28:36 [karen]
...not particularly focused about various technologies
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ack Karen
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Karen: one reason for that was main message was "please use standard technologies in gov't
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and also many different levels of experience regarding use of Semantic Web technologies, XML, HTML, etc.
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Sandro: other issues are limitations of gov't employees to participate
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Third Part was Interoperability
08:30:10 [karen]
...concept of interoperability in time
08:30:15 [karen]
...big thing is using open standards
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Rigo: EU Interoperability Framework uses a definition
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...that fits W3C pretty well
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...but other groups did not
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...took lobbyists a couple years to get that off the agenda
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...We fit the EIF1 definition of Open Standards
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Sandro: another technique is to use open source to promote interoperability
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Roger: Why? I don't understand it
08:32:00 [karen]
Rigo: let me explain that from a larger perspective
08:32:14 [karen]
...EU point of view since I was involved in work here
08:32:36 [karen]
...For example one village acquired some development software
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...then made it open source
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...the mayors of various cities would meet and describe same problem
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...and suggested they use open source solution
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...this was a strong trend
08:33:25 [karen] they realized they could tailor things more effectively
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08:33:38 [karen] it built the rumor that open source is good with eGov
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Roger: so it has nothing to do with interoperability
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Rigo: correct; there is a large understanding that open source meant to these towns and villages to get things done
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Jim: non-technical people don't understand difference
08:34:34 [karen]
...between open standards and open source
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agenda+ open source
08:34:45 [karen]
...some of non-technical people include the high-level policy makers
08:35:01 [karen]
...don't know difference between open standards and open source
08:35:07 [karen]
...As Roger pointed out, it's a myth
08:35:16 [karen]
...if you allow customization, it's a virtue
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...but it pushes against interoperability
08:35:26 [karen]'s a complicated question
08:35:36 [karen]
...has to be looked at on a case by case basis
08:35:43 [karen]
...We should make the case about open standards
08:35:58 [karen]
Sandro: in this report there is a page and a half on open standards and a little on open source
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Roger: I think W3C should not endorse open source vs. vendor products
08:36:17 [karen]
...there are real problems with open source
08:36:26 [karen]
Jim: really not a question about open source
08:36:41 [karen]
...I am responsible for open source and open standards across HP
08:36:54 [karen] gov't could decide only to buy proprietary
08:37:04 [karen]'s a development methodology, not an alternative to open standarads
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Rigo: the big fight is about what is open
08:37:24 [karen]
...after EIF shifted their definition
08:37:41 [karen] example of CRM being relabeled identity management
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...then everything became "open" term
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..."open" now meaningless because it's the latest cool term
08:38:11 [karen]
...everybody claims to be open
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...but maybe we should develop criteria for that
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rigo: Everybody claims to be open now
08:38:33 [karen]
Roger: and we have something called "Open Spirit" a proprietary software
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Vagner Diniz: it's not wrong to say we can find more friendly people
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...among open standards rather than proprietary community
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...idea is not to advocate open source
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...but we should advocate open standards
08:39:32 [karen] terms of awareness we can find more friendly people in the open source community; they are more helpful for us
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Daniel: open source and open standards are not the same, yes
08:39:57 [karen]
...Open source people do like us because we give them open standards which are free
08:40:07 [karen]
...whether or not open source is good in and of itself
08:40:12 [karen] a way to develop software
08:40:16 [karen] software
08:40:23 [karen] a philosophy
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...sharing programming is hard
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...some W3C people come from this community
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...saying it's just a development methodology may offend some
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Gautier Poupeau: different question with exposed data
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...we can make interoperability with data
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...and open source data
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...but that is not the key point
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Roger: I was just commenting on promoting interoperability and open source
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Rigo: It's a how on promoting eGov and open data
08:42:42 [karen] source is often used as a pre-cursor with low investment development
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...before doing a commercial product
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...there is this aspect that leads to this kind of assertion, but we have to disambiguate the assertion
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Jim: I think this is a good topic; we are not wasting time
08:43:35 [karen]
...It is true the open source and open standards community overlap
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...maybe a stepping pointt
08:43:46 [sandro]
agenda+ relationship between open standards and open source
08:43:52 [karen] what people really want is royalty free
08:44:06 [karen]
...RAND is the default rather than W3C RF
08:44:14 [karen] source can be misleading
08:44:20 [karen] is under a license
08:44:26 [karen]
...HP supports 600 licensees
08:44:30 [karen]
08:44:39 [karen] really follow all those and administrate them is big
08:44:54 [karen]
...cannot just take your program and hand it to the people in the next village
08:44:59 [karen]
...In terms of Linked Data
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...there have been contraints
08:45:09 [karen] of major ones is Privacy
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...EU has stricter rules
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...Different and sometimes conflicting rules about tracking, destroying storing data
08:46:00 [karen]
...Identity for some is heart of security
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...different ways to protect identity will show up
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...many issues will face on open source side
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Roger: Open source is also not risk free
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...why organizations like mine feel good about use of W3C standards because they are relatively risk fee
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...they have been rung out and vetted
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...there are may patent trolls
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[Roger describes example of patent vulnerability in open source]
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...I think open source is big risk for a company like ours
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...risk factors from W3C are very different from Open Source
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Harry Halpin: I am working in social and identity space for W3C
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...we are trying to follow US gov't work
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...I would be interested in hearing from people
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...Identity is important to eGov
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...and it's historically an area of patents
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...Going back to 1998, P3P
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...importance of RF standards
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...we need to identify areas that are crucial
08:49:47 [karen]
...there are vastly different requirements
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...and make sure baseline core standards are RF
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...and can be implemented
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...a bit of a weakness; so I'm interested to hear what eGov people think of the identity space
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Daniel: what I have been looking at for eGov
08:50:34 [karen] about access
08:50:41 [karen] want what you have paid for back
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...I don't want my identity in this process
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...I want to make use of the data I paid for
08:51:04 [karen]
...not interaction with gov't that I paid my tax
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...but another eGov platform area
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Harry: there is another realm of applications for clinical health records that needs identity assurance
08:51:43 [karen]
Roger: there is something here
08:51:56 [karen]
...thinking about the person who asked Daniel for his physical address
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...perhaps people are unwilling to send something that could be altered electronically
08:52:28 [karen]
...our company still sends me PDFs to sign and send back
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...because they don't trust it
08:52:41 [karen]
...there is a huge element of not just making technology work
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..but getting people to understand that it does work and get them to trust
08:53:03 [karen]
Rigo: I have been involved in EU since 1995
08:53:13 [karen] you can do ID electronically
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...but IT guys saw business opportunity
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...but it doesn't take into account the user
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Jim: coming back to patents
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...W3C is not immune from patent trolls
08:54:06 [karen]
...trolls can also attack W3C standards
08:54:12 [karen]
...but you want someone to back it up
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...and Open Source community is not set up to provide that guarantee
08:54:25 [karen]
...on the other side
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...Open Source benefits from thorough W3C vetting
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...and many eyes on code are best way to find flaws on code or algorim
08:55:08 [karen] even though Open Source is exposed, it may be more secure due to number of people using it
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Sandro: Last topic in report was interoperability frameworks
08:55:27 [karen]
...I was not sure about this
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Rigo: I can give a short presentation about that
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Sandro: how about two sentences
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Rigo: We have a large discussion about this topic with EU
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...they developed a framework
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...EU is not like US Federal gov't
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...from inside EU , it's still 27 countries cooperating
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...focus on how those gov'ts send messages to each other
08:57:22 [karen] is a big area needing procedures
08:57:27 [karen]
...needed to understand data
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...They started to exchange XML Schema
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...each gov't had its own schema store
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...Questions about which models to use, how to find them
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...For example, we may give local, regional or nat'l gov'ts information
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...about what others due
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...European Interoperabilty Framework (EIF)
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...was developed
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...same people who developed the open standards definition
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...I did an interoperabilty analysis for egov for them
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...I came up with three levels we take into account
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...First is syntactical; exchange of XML schema
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...second one is semantic
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...still have procedural constraints
08:59:55 [karen] has to be procedural interoperability
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...and this is hardest to do
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...Current frameworks only touch on schema interoperability
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...Linked Open data is a large test on whether we can achieve interoperability on intra and inter-gov't data
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...It's for them a concrete problem how to exchange data between them
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...have constraints
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...just cannot send things from one dept to another
09:01:09 [karen]'t has to constrain itself
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...there are walls
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...this interoperability frameworks touches on them
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...also touches on rules for procurement
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...Procurement is an important level for gov'ts to achieve what they want
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...versus what the vendors want
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Jim: I think the term interoperability frameworks is a high-level term, like APIs
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...would be a mistake to read too much into it
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...somehow exchange data
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...I am chair of board of the Open Group
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...50 states had data set up differently for example
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...they got together to develop a common framework
09:03:03 [karen] applications sold to schools could use that same framewok
09:03:10 [karen] that case it's an XML framework
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...simple, does the job
09:03:26 [karen]
...for good or ill, it has been put in legislation as a matter of law
09:03:40 [karen] well enough that other places are starting to implement it as well
09:03:51 [karen]
...Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)
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"Schools Interoperability Framework"
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...We can talk about them, but need to speak more generally
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Roger: So I am hearing that interoperabilty farmework is a rationalization of open standards
09:04:30 [karen]
Jim: developed from Microsoft
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Karen Burns: I am queen of interoperabilty framework for New Zealand gov't
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...from end to end, procurement, how we use tech
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...I have to transform siloed agencies to collaborate
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...globally these things have been focused on technical standards
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...if it's open it reduces my cost
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Roger: I would call it information architecture
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Karen: for us it wraps everything together
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Sandro: What I heard IF is the way you cross the silos
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Karen: policy, standards, processes
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...things are maturing now
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...I am playing now in the transformational side
09:06:13 [karen] and policies to change things
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Gautier: I think there are different levels for interoperability
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...Semantic Web is an interoperabilty framework
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...Rigo explained that it's more semantic global
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...we have to explain this different lower level
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...of frameworks
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...for example, first you have RDF, the OWL
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Sandro: There are different ways of breaking that down
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Daniel: so regarding interoperability
09:07:41 [karen]
...I found a license I would have to sign
09:07:48 [karen] use this software
09:07:56 [karen]
...license is asking me, if I have an application
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...based on data the gov't gave me
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...that whenever the gov't updates the data
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...then I have to update my site
09:08:22 [karen] that's how far we go into interoperability
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...if you operate something you have to do it well
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...It does not prevent that you have to use open standards
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Rigo: We had that problem
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...for a very long time I was lobbying to have laws
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free online
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...From Journal Officiel
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...they got commercial entitty
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...prepared ready to go database on a military service
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...and just by doing this they earned 6 million francs per year
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...If your application doesn't reflect the law
09:09:59 [karen] they must force you to update your stuff
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Daniel: if not interoperabilty through open standard
09:10:25 [karen] day for another they could switch XML syntax
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Sandro: So one question
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...what is the difference between interoperability and open gov't data?
09:10:53 [karen]
Rigo: There is a large overlap
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Karen: that is a whole other discussion
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Rigo: Take the UK example of when they released tons of data
09:11:21 [karen]
...they correlated the crime and geolocation data
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...also complaint data
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...local mayors and villages
09:11:37 [karen] areas where you had an idiot who complained a lot
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...the price of your house was half what it was before
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...because people were thinking it was a bad area
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...from complaints about noise or theft
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Roger: in a highly regulated industry, we must provide gov't with a lot of data
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...mixed up with gov't standards
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Sandro: A clear definition for interoperabilty
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Emanuelle: I see it around domains
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...a certain level of interoperabilty to exchange in a bounded domain
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...have to define constraints that are domain specific
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Gautier: there are other issues
09:13:44 [karen] archiving
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...Private data
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09:14:08 [karen] have to have data to think about archiving it, even if not public
09:14:16 [karen]
...yet have to think about archiving issues
09:14:28 [karen]
...have to think about interoperability of data in data preservation
09:14:46 [karen]
Yosueke: We are talking about Interoperabilty Frameworks and Interoperabilty
09:14:58 [karen]
...IF is broader term
09:15:04 [karen]
...covers mapping and procedural aspects
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...there is also possibility to extend interoperabilty
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...semantics, culture are different
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...can exchange data
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...IF is something will be the premise for
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...cooperatively working with gov't
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Daniel: What I have seen in past couple of years
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...with work TimBL is doing
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...more on policy side
09:16:14 [karen]'t making data open for free
09:16:25 [karen]
...assumption of geeks is we will make something out of the data
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...there is a change in spirit
09:16:40 [karen] something useful and we will make sense of it
09:16:48 [karen]
...there is a change I think
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Vagner: interoperability is more realted to policy, rules, architecture that provide conditions to data exchange or application exchagne
09:17:23 [karen]
...Open data is one way to faiclitate interoperability; not the only way
09:17:38 [karen]
Jim: Looking down stream, I think the term open data
09:17:38 [sandro]
Vagner-br: open data as one way to get interoperablity
09:17:43 [karen] going to lead to problems
09:17:50 [karen]
...may interpret it as public data
09:18:11 [karen] Norway, open public data is what their individual income and taxes are
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...may not be the same with other gov'ts
09:18:37 [karen]
...we will need to have terminolofy that people will understand clearly
09:18:47 [karen]
...if people around this table are having trouble with distinctions
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...the legislators and public will have trouble, too
09:18:57 [karen]
Karen: second that
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Sandro: In the IG note they define open gov't data and public sector info as synonymous
09:19:26 [karen]
Rigo: yes
09:19:31 [karen]
...I would not overload the term
09:19:47 [karen]
...what we mean is this is data that you can get from the gov't without forcing them by court
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...we can extend in light of Daniel's experience
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...we may mean it's in digital format
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...and avoid the paper route
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...which they are capable of doing
09:20:26 [karen] I think it's what is available publicly
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Daniel: public sector info is not the same thing as open data
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Roger: I just did some Google searches
09:20:54 [karen]
...I convinced myself that interoperability framework
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...does not have a widely accepted defnition
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...first reference is to the Estonian Interoperability Framework
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Rigo: That is not surprising; the Estonians and Austrians were the first in this area
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Roger: suggest that you define it clearly
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Karen: it means nothing right now
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Rigo: a catch-all
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Daniel: One remark is that eGov activity
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...reminds of beginning of WAI
09:22:30 [karen] was clear that we needed several groups
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...Education and Outreach to agree on terms
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...technical groups, one of access
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...keep in mind that the education and outreach was one of the first ones
09:23:04 [karen]
...we need to have some kind of group to deal with that task force
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Sandro: so about five minutes before break
09:23:24 [karen] more slide on interoperability
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...we have raised many of them
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...Go quickly through next two
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4. Multi-channel delivery
09:24:13 [karen]
...providing services through multiple channels
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...from f2f and phone to web and mobile
09:24:32 [karen]
...issues were about really understanding the requirements of the consumer
09:24:36 [karen] devices are limited
09:24:43 [karen]
...coordination of the different channels
09:24:54 [karen] you don't provide different levels of service on different channels
09:24:57 [karen]
...and Accessibilty
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Fifth Item is Identification and Authentication
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...allows confidence in transactions
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...but "lack of coherent analogies to the forms and protocols that have endured for centuries"
09:26:05 [karen]
...notion of fair rsk allocation and risk
09:26:20 [karen]'t may think it controls id authentication but cannot
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...Finally, next steps
09:26:49 [karen]
...It was an active group at the time document was written
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...Spirit of enthusiasm to help gov't transition
09:27:08 [karen]
...Focus on Linked Data
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...and look at data provenance issues
09:27:20 [karen]
...The actual next steps for IG
09:27:24 [karen]
...unless something changes
09:27:32 [karen]
...will run as more low-level
09:27:39 [karen]
...meeting 1 to 2x a month
09:27:45 [karen]
...with speakers; more like a seminar
09:27:52 [karen]
...coming out of these topics
09:28:04 [karen]
...Hoping to get your input on topics
09:28:15 [karen]
...of interest to you; or ones you may be willing to speak about
09:28:25 [karen]
...maybe that will draw a new community and do a new veresion of these reports
09:28:41 [karen]
...Let's take a break in 30 minutes
09:30:29 [karen]
rrsagent, make minutes
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We had a lot of interest
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But when we convened the meetings, nobody came
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Sandro: It was a surprise for me
10:14:39 [karen]
...working with software developers I had not seen anything like that
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...what I came to understand is that eGov IG participants are doing all this on their own time
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...looking for immediate, actionable things
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...We continued to hold telcons for these groups
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...but light attendance and petered out
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...the demo people did some good work
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...The main group meetings
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...were every other week
10:16:16 [karen] spring we switched to seminar style meetings
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...presentations were well attended
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...first was DCAT
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...spun off a task force
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...with an issues list
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...on hiatus now
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...Also had a presentation on
10:17:02 [karen]
...and way to get a linked data for developers familiar with JSON
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...We had another presentation from NYS legislator group
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...talking about an initiative about publishing linked data
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...lively discussion talking through issues
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...We had one meeting about a public notice system
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...We are looking to schedule more discussions over the next year, so interested in proposals
10:18:21 [karen]
...Then this idea to have a WG to do Gov't Linked Data
10:18:24 [karen]
...this has been discussed
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...and there is high interest
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...we are looking for appropriate chairs
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...and we will talk about that tomorrow
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Karen_Burns: (introducing self, Karen Myers taking notes on flipchart)
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Gautier_Poupeau: digital preservation & archving
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... the how and why of open data
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... help organization understand its place in the ecosystem (the web).
10:31:13 [sandro]
Emmanuelle_Bermes: Library data (public institutions, part of egov data)
10:32:18 [sandro]
ibrahima, you're welcome to come sit at the table, in that open spot.
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Yosuke Funahashi, Tomo-Digi Corporation: Emergency Information --- spacial, temporal
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.... many earthquakes, many typhoons
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... disaster prevention -- most important task of government
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... temporal reason; in this group?
10:37:28 [sandro]
... defn of disaster. old defn earthquake, typhoon, etc. evolving definition, including Virus
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ralph: how much is about maintaining good records, how much is about real-time recovery
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yosuke: three steps -- anticipation and information delivery; 2 govt response info when disaster happens; --- equally important
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ibrahima: at W3C office in Senegal. View of egovt in Senegal is not great; looking for ways to communicate its benefits
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... demographic info not well exposed.
10:42:22 [sandro]
Jim_Bell: mostly here to educate myself about this, for AB. Also, HP does a lot of business with gov'ts.
10:43:29 [sandro]
Jim_Bell: at HP, I do industry standards program office (over 500 people), open source program office (3000 people), office of accessibily and aging (all products/serv), ergonomics
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... gov'ts are interested in all of these
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# Jose Leocadio, SERPRO (Brazilian Federal Agency of Information Technology)
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jose: data cloud, related to privacy and security
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Roger Cutler, Chevron [TUESDAY ONLY]
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roger: equipment catalogs, for procurement (cf what's on pb blowout preventer)
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Vagner Diniz: lack of vocabs
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jim bell: very complex public procurement rules
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Vagner_Diniz: head of W3C Brazil office
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Vagner: Even if gov't publishes data on web, that doesn't mean it will be used. Gov't data may not be interesting, relevant
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... translated WG Note to Portuguese, printed 2000 copies
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... program on How to Publish open data on the web
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Harry Halpin
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# David Rogers, Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) [TUESDAY ONLY]
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Ralph Swick
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robin: apie -- "open data" is something we can sell
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agenda+ Do open data, linked open data outreach and advocacy?
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# Bede McCall, MITRE Corporation
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Bede: we look at the govt from inside
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Rigo giving presentation on EU Public Sector Information
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Topic: Rigo Wenning Presentation on EU and Privacy
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bede: what if govt puts the service up there?
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rigo: would do that if there is on market, or to destroy the govt.
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s/on market/no market/
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bede: US agencies only respond to directives, not requests.
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some discussion of 27bn euro figure for PSI market, footnote to mepsir helm 2006
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rigo: BBC documentaries are public sector information, etc.
13:46:06 [sandro]
rigo: ign lyon maps more expensive that getting your own plane and duplicating it yourself.
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Bede: when you have a normative law
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when you get to issues like law and regulation
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there must be some sort of licensing arrangement
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Rigo: yes, what I know is copyright laws
13:49:42 [karen] cannot create another authoritative version
13:49:46 [karen] can republish
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...but there is a lot of gray area
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...huge gap between copyright violation
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Bede: you don't really copyright laws
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Rigo: different concepts
13:50:34 [karen] several European countries there is copyright over the law
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Robin: in France there were constraints; it's about making money
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Rigo: about norms being stable
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TimBL: I would suggest it has nothing to do with copyright
13:51:18 [karen]
...if it says this is the law
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...and you change it, you are lying
13:51:27 [karen]
...if you said this is what Congress passed
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tim: this is about fraud, not copyright, if you re-publish the law changed
13:51:45 [karen]
...if you take off this is what Congress passed and what I proposed in the EU, that should be ok
13:51:54 [karen]
Bede: your opinion of the law is welcome
13:52:08 [karen]
...but what I was getting at was the business of why the gov't would want to license laws and regulation
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DanielD: the gov't license I got
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...was committing myself to update data and conform with their format
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Bede: so a contractual obligation
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Daniel: yes, a kind of license
13:52:55 [karen]
Bede: So if you put this information online
13:52:59 [karen] that general access?
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Daniel: If I put it on source and date
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Bede: as a licensee you are held responsible
13:53:23 [karen]
Daniel: yes, for updating my source
13:53:41 [karen]
Bede: I made a copy of someone's database and made a few changes to exclude myself
13:53:47 [karen]
...Is that source responsible then?
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Daniel: Would be a different kind of license
13:54:09 [karen]
...the license I read (earlier today) I would have to change it so you use the right one
13:54:17 [karen]
...I update as my source data, then I don't think I have to do it
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Bede: so you have publicly available info on the Web
13:54:37 [karen] what happens when someone makes a copy of that
13:54:45 [karen]
...potential to change the substance of the law
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Sandro: in several different contexts
13:55:02 [karen]
...I have seen demand for gov't data to be clearly labeled
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...I think of these problems being solved by labeling
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...but may not be enough
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...may need signature on a document
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Daniel: you may not be able to change it
13:55:42 [karen]
...can I augment the database if i add new info
13:55:51 [karen] legal is that depends upon the license
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Rigo: It is difficult to write a sensible license
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...things that are supposed to be normative
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...there is a need for protection
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...some of it is assumed by just the legal system
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...and you don't see it anyway; this is partly the case in France
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...In the German case you can copy and distribute as you want but cannot change it
13:56:42 [karen]
...for all normative rule things
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...If you could change it, you would be the new principal in town to rule in a certain area
13:57:05 [karen]
...for other factual data, this is not needed
13:57:10 [karen]
TimBL: if you could change it
13:57:29 [karen]
...if someone takes a W3C spec and publish as someone different, they are not a new game in town
13:57:48 [karen] cannot be a new Parliament just by changing the laws and publishing
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Rigo: If I change words and cal it a law
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...and publish it then I violate
13:58:21 [karen]
TimBL: has to do with the rule of law and the type of constitution you are under
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Rigo: One way of making sure
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...that the principal is only one creating those laws
13:58:42 [karen] can have an opinion
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...and you can say this is how it would look
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Bede: that's fine
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Rigo: But to say it's the new law or new spec, you cannot
13:59:06 [karen]
...but in some countries it's organized by copyright
13:59:19 [karen]
...if you do that, it's an aggressive act that could trigger military action
13:59:26 [karen]
Gautier: Not just the core aspect
13:59:32 [karen]
...there is a psychological aspect
13:59:39 [karen]
...a license can be a comfort to people
13:59:42 [karen] help to expose their data
13:59:44 [karen]'s mine
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...with a license we can say, your project, your data
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Gautier: not the just a juridical concept
13:59:58 [karen] problem, you can expose
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...I think we don't
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...we have to keep in mind this aspect
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...I think it very important to comfort people in order to expose data
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...a license can help them not to be worried about that
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Daniel: You mean a user of the system?
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...or programmer?
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Gautier: I think about manager on the gov't side
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Daniel: yes on of the fears about losing control
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Gautier: license helps the managers in the govt feel better about the system
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Gautier: it's a good way
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Daniel: I understand that the gov't asks me to update the source
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...but to ask me to maintain the data format is far-fetched
14:01:29 [karen]
Rigo: In Europe, not US yet but discussing,
14:01:33 [karen] the right on data bases
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...if you have a data base
14:01:40 [karen] is protected as such
14:01:45 [karen]
...again a question for the licensing
14:01:54 [karen]
...if public sector is giving out this data for free
14:02:07 [karen] do we protect from private companies taking a copy of the data
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...and prohibit others from doing things with it
14:02:27 [karen]
...a very interesting question on how to create licensing to prevent it from happening
14:02:32 [karen]
...So we come back to the charging
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...where it's only triggered if you have a substantial investment into the database
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Bede: Something like a GPL to solve it
14:02:56 [karen]'s a viral license
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Rigo: the viral thing bites you when you have a commercial company doing the product
14:03:12 [karen]
Bede: Format issue there
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Rigo: Can you separate that?
14:03:20 [karen]
...interesting discussions
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Gautier: If you want to make an open system
14:03:33 [karen] cannot have a license like GPL
14:03:39 [karen]
...what is the role?
14:03:47 [karen] make an ecosystem with eGov data
14:04:03 [karen] need to have a world wide license
14:04:07 [karen]
Bede: Statements of law
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Gautier: two different things; the data and the code
14:04:35 [karen]
Rigo: If you use this virally infected data in your code
14:04:40 [karen] have people shying away
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Bede: So I understand
14:04:57 [karen]
...Just thinking of a way to cover the content, the substance of law is about this
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Rigo: ok
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Rigo: What I want to say is that W3C is talking with EU on a high level
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...public sector data is high on their agenda
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...would like to see the private sector to do useful stuff with it
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...This will trigger all these other discussion
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...We need to create a venue for this
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...globally and agree to matching interoperability
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Bede: What would W3C's role be in that?
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...policy, engineering?
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Rigo: we are as a platform pretty neutral
14:06:59 [karen]
...second thing is culture of W3C
14:07:19 [karen] leave your political hat outside and focus more on the technology engineering
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...this culture that makes agreements on this level
14:07:32 [karen] much easier than if you go by the UN
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Bede: But the gov't is still free to ignore you
14:07:54 [karen]
...So what do you say what W3C's opinion is about these topics
14:08:04 [karen]
Rigo: I think our Director has an opinion on this
14:08:11 [karen]
14:08:25 [karen]
...There is some unspoken agreement in this room that this is a good thing to pursue
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Bede: true; but what do you tell these gov't people?
14:08:53 [karen]
Rigo: we shoult at them, "raw data now" [laughs]
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Daniel: The are using us as an ally
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...enemy is the bureaucracy and the fear
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Bede: But what is your story
14:09:34 [karen] guys say we should share information, but where do we start?
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Thomas: We have not only been shouting, "raw data now" but "data well done"
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...and then link them
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...the five store story
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...start with raw data and agree on formats first
14:10:23 [karen]
...and drive public sector information
14:10:31 [karen] that's where a W3C Working Group
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...could agree upon the ontologies and vocabularies where they make sense
14:10:53 [karen]
...that is our story in Brussels recently
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Rigo: You are invited to shout, too
14:11:05 [karen]
...there is a survey going on right now
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...encourage you to fill it out online
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Rigo: Add link to eGov wiki page
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TimBL: one of messages that is hard to get
14:11:55 [karen] about picking your battles
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...Semantic Web framework helps to do that
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...Understand it's an investment that will get a larger return
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Bede: on-going issue is toward creating a common schema to cover all gov't data
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...we had one agency try to do that
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TimBL describes one CIO's need for common reporting for one area
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Rigo: We are talking with EU Commission on a high level
14:14:53 [karen]
...We expect to do more work on Linked Data
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Sandro: Our next break is in 15 minutes; we have two more hours
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that's the EU's public consultation on PSI
14:15:52 [karen]
...I would like to read through the agenda items and get a read
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...on what people want to continue discussing
14:16:08 [karen]
...Open data keeps coming up
14:16:12 [karen]
...Tomorrow is about linked data
14:16:18 [karen]
...So we could talk about open data today
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Daniel: Where do you place data?
14:16:52 [karen]
...need to know what kind of data is being talked about
14:16:55 [karen]
...all this naming of things
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Sandro: I tend to deal with this mostly in the LD context
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Daniel: the naming part is important
14:17:40 [karen]
...not sure if any organization is working on public sector naming
14:17:50 [karen]
...I would think there is 80% that would be common
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Sandro: In US there is an initiative from NIEM that addresses some of that in XML
14:18:23 [karen]
Sandro: we also talked about Cloud computing; Open Source and Open Standards
14:18:34 [karen]
..Interoperability and Interoperability Frameworks
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...Vocabularies and Open Data
14:18:46 [karen]
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Gautier: another topic about eGov education and outreach
14:19:16 [karen]
...we are all convinced but how do we convince others?
14:19:27 [karen]
...It is very important to have a W3C perspective
14:19:37 [karen]
...and to help us to evangelize
14:19:46 [karen]
Daniel: related to eGov outreach is the organizational side
14:20:02 [karen]
...Would be to do more than one WG; would need more funding and investment
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Sandro: Structure of a larger eGov initiative
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Voting on topics
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1. Social media in Gov't - 0
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2. Mobile access to gov't services -0
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3. Open Gov't data - 6
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Vagner: I can present cases here is you want
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4. Cloud computing - 0
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5. Open Source and Open Standards - 0
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6. Interoperability and Interop Frameworks - 0
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7. Vocabularies - 5
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8. Identity - 5
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9. eGov outreach - 6
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10. eGov Initiative at W3C - 2
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Combine 10 with 9
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Sandro: we can combine top choices
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...take shorter break
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...back at 3:50 sharp start
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Sandro: Let's start with Education and Outreach;
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Identity; Open Data
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Rest of day discussion topics
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topic: Open Gov't Data
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# Review Publishing Open Government Data
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# dcat, ckan, open knowledge foundation (?)
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# Connections to POI WG, Provenance XG
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Rigo: What about geography in provenance.... firewalls
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bede: Internal to govts -- provenance is very hot.
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Harry Halpin is presenting Identity issues
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karen, can you resume scribing? or someone else, please?
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RRSAgent, pointer?
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16:14:54 [emma]
Discussing security levels in Identity in different countries EU vs. US, others
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brazil: no, just a plan for electronic passpaorts.
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japan: no, japanese citizens are very resistant to being treated as "numbers" by the gov't
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Harry H. : people of this group interested in a workshop on requirements for identity ?
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currently discussing identity schemes
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have looked at US initiatives
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then to EU intiatives like EID and
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then talking about identity solutions in Japan
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suggestion about a workshop in identity (to be held in Berlin around April) was well received
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DD: IG scope charter, education & outreach is in scope
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Topic: Education & outreach
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...there is work in this area, but how to organize
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...not one person doing everything
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SH: was part of the charter and haven' t done it
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Rigo: gov'ts want knowledge from W3C on how this technology works
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...and have funding issues
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... govts face a chicken & egg problem
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...need for shared financing at international level
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rigo: Much easier for govts to send us people than money. Get them to send people, with travel budgets.
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still problem to get the resources for work in the identity space
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dues are not an issue, showing up and getting people involved is tricky
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issue is to get a budget that persists for more than a fiscal year
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