Past Event

Schedule for GovCamp Australia, September 2011

Please find the draft schedule below. We will update the talk slots for the themed rooms and the lightening talks on the day, so please make sure you register your talk when you arrive on September 10th.

Registration and talk submissions put up on whiteboard

GovCamp welcome and guest speakers

(Main Lecture Room)

Open Data: Andrew Woolf | Head of Climate & Water IT Architecture Section, Bureau of Meteorology
Citizen-Centric Services: Stephen Collins | Online Communications Manager, Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence
Online Public Engagement: John Sheridan | First Assistant Secretary, Agency Services, Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).

Citizen-Centric Services
(Room 3 - board room on level 2)
Open Data
(Room 2 - open area on level 2)
Online Public Engagement
(Room 1 - main lecture room
on ground level)
APS Culture application
Moving from data to information
Peter Scarth @landsatdog
Managing Brisbane floods with
social media - Anne Howard
What do citizens want?
Opening Public Safety information
Small steps towards culture change
The QLD Gov 2.0 community &
Open data - relationship management
IT Journalists - friends or foe
Meanwhile, elsewhere
Online engagement & diplomacy
Is Twitter the answer and if so
WTF is the question?
TERN - collating and delivering ecosystem data across Australia
Peter Scarth @landsatdog
ACT Government &
Open Gov/social media
Michael Chiswick
Group discussion about
the business case for
Citizen-Centric Services.
Opportunity to discuss
case studies and useful
implementation support
or other needs.
Special session to look at specific
project as case study.
Valuing PSI
Mapping the Value and Progress
of Open PSI by Gov
(Main Lecture Room)
Group discussion about
My Region:
opportunity to discuss
case studies and useful
implementation support
or other needs.
Lightening Talks. 1) Karen purser on local gov and social media
(Main Lecture Room)
GovCamp Close
(Main Lecture Room)
Optional meetup at the Rydges next door to continue discussions and procure drinks/dinner.

Invited Speaker Biographies

Open Data
Andrew Woolf returned to Australia in February after a decade in the UK, to manage the Bureau of Meteorology's Climate & Water IT Architecture section. While abroad he contributed to a number of European data sharing initiatives. He co-developed technical rules for the pan-European 'INSPIRE' environmental information infrastructure (Directive 2007/2/EC); he contributed to the Europen Space Agency's multi-mission data accessibility program; and he worked on convergence of three global-scale Earth observing initiatives (GEOSS, GMES, and INSPIRE). In the UK, Andrew was involved in the government's data transparency agenda, contributing to Cabinet Office guidelines on URI sets for location, and managing linked-data pilot projects (including high-profile 'Climategate' data). He has also contributed to numerous international standards activities on geospatial interoperability. In his current role, Andrew is keen to position BoM as a proactive early adopter in the rollout of linked-data within Australian government.

Citizen-Centric Services
Stephen Collins. In building open government services, we often focus on work that delivers fantastic value to the public; whether that's open data, consultation and collaboration, listening to our communities or engaging with them on a more personal level. But what comes before that? Often missed in the heady mix of open government is the opportunity for the public sector to engage with itself. Agencies across the public sector, and across levels of government can realise real benefits when taking the open government model and applying it to working together. It may well be the case that for some, this approach is the most appropriate and most beneficial way of approaching open government. Stephen Collins will discuss his recent work dealing with opening lines of communication and sharing between multiple federal agencies, with international stakeholders and with the UN, illustrating the benefits this has realised for his work.

Public Engagement
John Sheridan joined the Defence Science and Technology Organisation in 1999 after 22 years in the Australian Army. In late 2000, he became the Senior Executive Assistant to the Chief Defence Scientist. John served as Defence’s lead IT architect from 2002 until 2007. From then until 2008, he was the acting Head of Information Systems Division, responsible for the design and development of Defence’s IT systems, leading over 500 staff and a project portfolio in excess of $100m. In August 2008, John was seconded to the Australian Government Information Management Office to negotiate the Microsoft Volume Sourcing Agreement, valued at over $250m and providing services for over 230,000 staff. He was then promoted to be Division Manager of Business Improvement Division, responsible for addressing ICT business as usual budget reductions across government. In this position, he successfully led the effort to save $1 billion in ICT expenditure over 2009-2013. From July 2009, John became the First Assistant Secretary Agency Services. His division’s responsibilities include whole of government matters such as, Government 2.0, data centre strategy, coordinated procurement, improvements in the ICT industry marketplace, and telecommunications services including ICON, the Ministerial communications and telepresence networks. He is a graduate of the Officer Cadet School, Portsea and the Army Command and Staff College. He has a BA(Hons) degree and a Graduate Diploma of Computing Studies from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, and a Master of Defence Studies from the University of New South Wales.

Cancelled talk

Opening Talk
Allison Hornery | Co-Founder of CivicTEC - Allison had to cancel at the last moment.
Allison is a digital evangelist for the connected public sphere, sitting in the ‘white space’ between the public interest and enterprise, between local and global. She is a director of the newly-formed Cofluence social studio and a co-founder of CivicTEC. For over 15 years Allison has been part of a number of major public governance knowledge facilitation programs at local, state, national and international levels, and she remains committed to the development of connected public sphere leadership that is structurally and strategically linked to communities networked for change. You can find Allison at @allisonhornery or