UPDATE: The dinner has been cancelled. Details here. We will reschedule as soon as possible. I have removed the registration link to minimize confusion.
Marc Schweigert, Developer Evangelist
James Chittenden, User Experience Evangelist
Vlad Vinogradsky, Architect Evangelist
Microsoft Corporation, US Public Sector Developer and Evangelism Team
Microsoft Innovation & Technology Center
12012 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190 Date:
Reston, VA 20190
May 27, 2009 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Register today!! [REGISTRATION URL REMOVED DUE TO CANCELLATION. WE WILL RESCHEDULE ASAP.]
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As data becomes both increasingly necessary and readily available in response to demands for transparency, collaboration and participation within government agencies and organizations, methods need to be developed to allow for interaction with that data. To help public sector entities meet these demands, Microsoft announced the Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) on May 7, 2009. OGDI provides an Internet-standards-based approach to house existing public government data in Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, called Windows Azure. The approach makes the data accessible in a programmatic manner that uses open, industry-standard protocols and application programming interfaces (APIs).
Typically, federal, state and local government data is available via download from government Web sites, which requires citizen developers to host and maintain the data themselves. Through OGDI, Microsoft is highlighting the importance of programmatic access to government data (versus downloading the data). When government agencies provide programmatic access to data, people who want to build solutions that use that data will benefit from these capabilities:
The ability to write programs that access data via Web-friendly programming methods without having to download or host the data
The ability for governments to automatically refresh data without having to buy and maintain servers
The ability to write applications using any technology via open standards
Easier access to a broad array of government datasets, which will enable them to build new and unique applications
What you will learn
Who Should Attend
Architects, Developers, Designers and anyone who is interested in building innovative applications, visualizations and mash-ups that empower citizens with improved access to government information and help make transparent, collaborative and open government a reality!