Welcome! The World Wide Web Consortium invites all who work within governments or those who work or engage with governments to participate in the many opportunities sponsored by W3C and the Web community.
W3C's eGovernment Activity currently offers speakers, discussion forums, educational information, and guidelines focused on helping governments to publish data in open, standards-based formats so that information can be more easily accessed on the Web.
One challenge for a global group like the eGovernment Interest Group is time zones. There is no time we can have a meeting that is not the middle of the night for someone who wants to participate. At this point, we are going to try having two regular meeting times, like this:
Atlantic Meetings will start at one of these times, and run about 90 minutes:
If you would like to attend these meetings, please answer the eGov Atlantic Meeting Times poll. (Before filling out the poll, be sure the times are being displayed for your time zone.)
Eurasian Meetings will start at one of these times, and run about 90 minutes:
If you would like to attend these meetings, please answer the eGov Eurasian Meeting Times poll. (Before filling out the poll, be sure the times are being displayed for your time zone.)
Note that daylight saving time changes these relative times. The times given above are for the northern hemisphere summer. Right now, in mid-March, with the continental US having started DST before the rest of the hemisphere, we are during one of the periods when the relative times are not in the above configuration. These variations will be handled, going forward, by considering the Atlantic meeting time fixed to Los Angeles local time and the Eurasian meeting time fixed to London local time. To see the meeting time in your city on a particular date, use the “Other Cities” link, select “Modify Calculation”, and change the date.
Earlier this month, the W3C staff proposed that the eGovernment Interest Group be re-chartered and a new Working Group be formed to create W3C Recommendations for Government Linked Data (GLD).
For more details, see the Activity Proposal. Members of the W3C Advisory Committee are encouraged to provide feedback before 29 April using WBS.
Two weeks ago, we held a series of discussions of eGovernment topics at the W3C Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee meeting (TPAC) in Lyon, France.
The first day consisted of a broad ranging discussion across eGovernment issues, lent some shape by presentations from W3C staff members. Some of the topics provoking the most discussion were licensing, privacy, open government data, identity, and eGov outreach.
The second day was focused on Government Linked Data (GLD). In the morning, thanks to the presence of key participants in these efforts, we had presentations on GLD efforts in the UK, Spain, France, and Germany. In the afternoon, we worked through a list of possible work items for a proposed W3C Working Group in this area. That work should emerge as a draft charter in the coming weeks.
On Wednesday, 28 April, 9am Boston / 2pm London (see in other time zones), the W3C eGov Interest Group will host a presentation of draft legislation in New York State which would require “state agencies to make all public records, with certain exceptions, available on a single … web portal, without any fees or license or registration requirements.” 
Our presenter will be Paul Curtis, from the office of Assembley Member Micah Kellner, who introduced the legislation. Following the discussion, we’ll have an open discussion of this and related topics.
IG member, feel free to edit this wiki page to fill in related links,
question, etc: http://www.w3.org/egov/wiki/Open_Government_Laws.
To join for audio: +1.617.761.6200, +33.4.89.06.34.99 or +44.117.370.6152
To join for text chat:
This is one of our new seminar-style Interest Group meetings: it will be
open the public, and we’ll start with the presentation, for up to an
hour. Afterword, we’ll switch to more of a business-meeting mode, with
our usual discussions about projects, planning, etc. Members of the
public are welcome to stay and listen for that part.
This week (9am ET Wed; see in your local time), the W3C eGov IG will host a presentation on the Linked Data API, a new approach to making Linked Data available for use by mainstream web developers. This development effort has been supported and motivated by the data.gov.uk project. We’re happy to have two of the developers, Dave Reynolds and Jeni Tennison, joining us to present.
To join for audio:
+1.617.761.6200, +33.4.89.06.34.99 or +44.117.370.6152 Conference Code: 3468 ("EGOV") More instructions: http://www.w3.org/2002/01/UsingZakim
To join for text chat:
IRC: irc.w3.org:6665 channel #egov http://firstname.lastname@example.org:6665
This will be the first of a new style of IG meeting: it will be open the
public, and we’ll start with the presentation, for up to an hour.
Afterword, we’ll switch to more of a business-meeting mode, with our
usual discussions about projects, planning, etc. Members of the public
are welcome to stay and listen for that part.
Tomorrow afternoon, several members of the Interest Group will be at FOSE presenting Putting Government Data on the Web: It sounds like a great idea. Now, how do we do it?.
If you’re in town, by all means come by. It’s free to many, and only $60 to the rest. I hear it’s a grand event (this will be my first time going), and it’s a good chance to connect with like-minded folks.
Meetings this week:
All meeting are on the usual teleconference bridge (+1.617.761.6200) with the conference code 3468(“EGOV”). For more details see teleconferences.
These groups are just getting started, so if you want some say in their direction (and possibly eternal glory), now is a good time to get involved.
eGovernment is the use of the Web and other information technologies by governments to interact with the citizenry, between departments and divisions, and with other governments.