If you're interested in electronic records, open government, and the relationship between the two and will be in (or can arrange to be in) New York State's Capital District this Friday, you'll definitely want to attend the Open Government in the Digital Age Summit jointly sponsored by the New York State Chief Information Officer/Office for Technology and the New York State Archives.
We've got a first-rate group of speakers. David Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the United States, will deliver the opening address, and Cal Lee of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science will take part in the discussion on the archival implications of government openness. Panelists representing state government, the news media, software companies, and the open source community will explore the meaning of government openness in the digital age and citizen expectations for access to government records. Beth Simone Noveck, the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government, will discuss the federal government's openness efforts, and Paul Taylor of e.Republic, Inc. will deliver the closing address. I'm really looking forward to hearing each and every one of them.
The Summit agenda, registration information, parking information, and directions to the Empire State Plaza and a map showing the location of the Cultural Education Center, where the Summit will be held, are all available online.
If you can join us in Albany this Friday, we would love to see you! If you can't, recordings of all of the speeches and panel discussions should be available via the Web shortly after the Summit takes place; once the links are up, I'll be sure to post them. I'm also planning to blog about the Summit, but I may be a little tardy in doing so: for reasons I'll explain later, the end of this week is going to be really, really hectic -- but in a good way!