what: OpenForum Academy event
when: June 29th at 8am
where: Hotel Radisson EU Blu, Rue d'Idalie 35, 1050, Brussels
OpenForum Academy, the recently created sister organization to the OFE, would be delighted if you could join us on Tuesday June 29th for our inaugural event – a discussion over breakfast about the use of open standards in the public sector.
The subject has been hotly debated in Europe in recent years and is the subject of significant internal discussions within the European Commission and in national governments at the moment. It was a focus of European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes' speech on the Digital Agenda last week at the OFE Summit.
As its name implies, OpenForum Academy intends to draw on the expertise of leading academics to help shed light on topics relating to open computing that we feel deserve more informed analysis. Often the choice of such topics will be inspired by the issues under discussion at policy level, as is the case with our first event.
We have invited Dr Laura DeNardis, an OFA Fellow and Executive Director of the Yale Information Society Project to present her soon-to-be-published paper: Using State Market Power to promote open standards.
The paper is a thorough analysis of government technology procurement policies in different parts of the world, including the European Union. It examines the role of standards, both proprietary and open. It explains why open standards are needed in order to achieve interoperability between public offices, as well as between governments and their citizens, and it attempts to define the term 'open standard' in a way that can be applied by public bodies.
The full text of Laura's paper will be distributed at the event.