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)
    • 10.30-10.45 - Break
    • 10.45-12.30 - Participation and Citizen Engagement, Use of Social Media [John, Kevin to moderate]
      Issues include:
      1. How government employees can take advantage of rapidly developing social media tools while maintaining appropriate records under the management and control of their agencies.
      2. Whether a Human Reference Model (HRM) can be incorporated into the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) to enable the linkage of key stakeholder groups to performance goals in compliance with subsections 202(b)(4) & (5) and 207(d) of the eGov Act.
  • 12.30-14.00 - Lunch
  • 14.00-16.00 - Open Government Data [Kevin, Jose to moderate]
    Slides: Linking Open Data at OPSI (John Sheridan)
    Issues include:
    1. How to increase transparency and openness?
    2. Why publish government datasets in open raw reusable formats?
    3. Is metadata standardization needed?
    4. Whether the XML schema (XSD) for the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) Data Reference Model (DRM) can be finalized and will be used.
    5. Whether the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) Specification can be incorporated with appropriate mappings to service the tracking of expenditures and aid the transparency & openness efforts across the Federal government.
    6. Whether agencies will make available key documents (e.g., their GPRA plans) on their websites in readily shareable format (like StratML).
    7. M-09-10, Initial Implementing Guidance for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
    8. Directive on Transparency and Open Government
  • 16.00-16.30 - Break
  • 16.30-17.30 - Interoperability, Semantic Interoperability, Frameworks [John to moderate]
    XML Rosetta Stone Example (Joe Carmel)
    URIs for Legislation at OPSI (John Sheridan)
    Issues include:
    1. Incorporation of W3C Recommendations in the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) Technical Reference Model (TRM) with appropriate mappings to service components in the Service Component Reference Model (SRM),
    2. Whether standards development organizations (SDOs) are willing and able to map their standards to .gov service requirements, and
    3. Whether .gov agencies will be willing and able to share information, knowledge and expertise regarding emerging technologies, including standards that should be in the TRM (e.g., through the ET.gov site/process, MAX, CORE.gov and/or the Wikis supported by GSA.)
  • 18.30-21.00 - Networking/Dinner

Friday, 13 March 2009


  • 09.30-10.30 - Multi-channel Delivery [Jose to moderate]
  • 10.30-10.45 - Break
  • 10.45-11.30 - Identification and Authentication [Daniel to moderate]
  • 11.30-12.30 - Long Term Data Management [Chris to moderate]
    Issues include:
    1. Conversion of proprietary data formats into readily shareable XML/RDF formats with the appropriate elements of metadata included.
    2. Information assurance. In addition to the FEA reference models used for architecting E-government initiatives, advice in supplemental FEA documents such as the Privacy and Security Profile and Records Management Profile should be considered.
    3. The relationships between Department of Defense (DoD) STD-5015.2 and the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) protocol.
    4. URL Schemas for permanent URIs to refer to public sector information.
  • 12.30-13.30 - Lunch
  • 14.00-16.00 - Future of eGovernment at W3C: Summary and Actions [Kevin, John]

Participation and Registration

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


  • Kevin Novak (AIA)
  • John Sheridan (The [UK] National Archives)
  • Jose M. Alonso (W3C/CTIC)
  • Brand Niemann (US EPA and Semantic Community)
  • Daniel Bennett (advocatehope.org)
  • Ed Summers (Library of Congress)
  • Joe Carmel
  • Miguel Porrúa (Organization of American States)
  • John R. Murphy (GSA)
  • Peggy Garvin (Garvin Information Consulting)
  • Susan Turnbull (GSA)
  • Jim Disbrow (DOE) also representing John Paul Deley (FIRM)
  • Alexander Koudry (GSA)
  • Malcolm Crompton (Information Integrity Solutions Pty Ltd, Australia, http://www.iispartners.com)
  • Rick Murphy (GSA)
  • Chris Testa (US Holocaust Memorial Museum)
  • Ari Schwartz (Center for Democracy and Technology)
  • Heather West (Center for Democracy and Technology)
  • Lynne Rosenthal (NIST)
  • Tim Walsh (Social Security Administration)
  • Ana Poole (Social Security Administration)
  • Michael Stallings (Minority Business Development Agency - representing FIRM)
  • Oleg Petrov (The World Bank)
  • Marcel Jemio (Financial Management Service, Treasury)
  • Ed Coia (Financial Management Service, Treasury)
  • Jonathan Gray (The Open Knowledge Foundation)
  • Suzanne Acar (Federal Data Architecture Subcommittee (DAS))
  • John Wonderlich (Sunlight Foundation)
  • Adrian Gardner (NOAA)
  • Chris Jerdonek (Granicus, Inc.)
  • Karen Myers (W3C/MIT)
  • Allyson Ugarte (AIIM StratML Committee)
  • George Thomas (GSA)
  • Brian Dunbar (NASA)
  • Randeep Sudan (The World Bank)
  • Ray Denenberg (Library of Congress)
  • Diane Mueller (XBRL International/JustSystems)
  • Julie Germany (IPDI.org and GWU)
  • Steve Dwyer (Office of the House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer)
  • Dennis D. McDonald (McFunk Corporation)
  • Roger A. Strother, Jr. (OMB Watch)
  • Rosemary James (DHS)
  • Dmitry Kachaev (DC.GOV)
  • Jason R. Baron (NARA)
  • Darlene Meskell (GSA)
  • Mark R. Thomas (BLS)
  • Lisa Nelson (GSA)
  • Nicklous Combs (EMC)
  • Lena Trudeau (National Academy of Public Administration)
  • Frank DiGiammarino (National Academy of Public Administration)
  • Martha Chaconas (Department of State)
  • Zachariah Miller (GSA)
  • David Brunton (Library of Congress)
  • Benjamin Barnett (Media Bureau)
  • Noel Dickover (DoD)
  • John Butler (National Library of Medicine)
  • Dan Murphy (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Ken Fischer
  • Laura Lee Dooley (World Resources Institute)
  • Rick Jacobson (ForeSee Results)
  • (add your name here)

Remote Participants

  • Owen Ambur (AIIM StratML Committee)
  • Vassilios Peristeras (DERI Galway)
  • Benjamin Nguyen (Université de Versailles St-Quentin (Labo. PRiSM))
  • Rachel Flagg (US Federal Web Managers Council)
  • Robin Berjon
  • Nadine M. Hoffman (Virginia Enterprise Applications Program (VEAP)
  • Sylvia Webb (AIIM StratML Committee)
  • Kate Walser (SRA International)
  • Junaid (Jay) Siddiqui
  • Rezaur Rahman (US Federal Web Managers Council)
  • (add your name here)

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.

Last modified on 3 April 2009, at 09:38