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W3C eGovernment Interest Group Open F2F Meeting @ AIA
12-13 March 2009

Improving Access to Government through Better Use of the Web


Dates: 12-13 March 2009
Time: 9:00 to 17:00EST (plus networking event in the evening of the 12th).
Venue: The American Institute of Architects; 1735 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC (USA)
Cost: Free (thanks AIA!)
Registration:   Required as numbers are limited, please register if you are going to attend.
Contact: Jose M. Alonso


The W3C eGovernment Interest Group was chartered in June of 2008 recognizing that governments throughout the World needed assistance and guidance in achieving the promises of electronic government through technology and the Web.

The group and its efforts fill a distinct gap in the Web and technology standards space focusing on the unique and diverse needs and issues that governments throughout the developed and developing World face in enabling electronic service and information delivery and providing opportunities for discovery, interaction and participation.

This meeting brought together government officials, computer scientists, civic activists and academics specializing in both technical and legal eGovernment issues, leaders in the Web standards community, as well as a wide range of companies providing products and services in the government marketplace.

Purpose of the Meeting

The Group has been compiling Draft Use Cases to identify the main issues that governments are facing when using the Web, and is drafting an "issues document" (called Group Note) that will be released later this year with the main issues identified and hints on how they have can be solved.

The first public draft of the document has been published on 10 March 2009. The Interest Group will make every attempt to address any comments received by April 26 in the final document. It's highly recommended to read it in advance of the meeting.

This meeting served as the second face-to-face Group meeting plus a get together with eGovernment stakeholders to discuss the issues already identified, namely:

  • Participation and Citizen Engagement
  • Open Government Data
  • Interoperability
  • Multi-channel delivery
  • Identification and Authentication
  • Long term data management

and the future steps that should be taken in the second phase of the eGoverment Activity at W3C, that would start later this year.


Sessions on open discussion following a provocation/reflection/action approach:

  1. provocation with burning issues
  2. analyze how those could be addressed
  3. come up with actions that the Group should take and where it would be of most help

(Please note that breaks, meals, are on the participant's own)

Thursday, 12 March 2009


  • 09.00-09.30 - Intro, Summary of What the Group has Done, Issues Identified, Goals of the Meeting [Jose, Kevin, John]
  • 09.30-10.30 - View from the Government and Stakeholders, What Is More Important, What Is Missing, What the Future Could Bring to eGov
    • Ellen Miller (Sunlight Foundation)
    • Steve Ressler (Govloop)
    • Beth Noveck (Office of Science and Technology Policy)

Friday, 13 March 2009


Participation and Registration

Remote: Information on how to participate remotely is the same as usual for Group calls.


Remote Participants

Group Membership

Group Membership is open: if you want to become a Group Member and participate in the Group calls and contribute to the document, please see the separate page on Group participation.


Press representatives must contact the W3C Communications staff at w3t-pr@w3.org in advance.

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