[ogdcamp] Academic track + introduction

Tim Davies tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk
Tue Sep 13 19:36:43 UTC 2011

Hello David, Harlan,

Great to hear you are working on this.

I'd be happy to circulate a note to all those with accepted papers for the
upcoming Special Issues of the Journal of Community Informatics on Open
Government Data (
to invite participation. We were hoping to get the journal issue ready by
the camp, but that's not looking likely now unfortunately.

Is there any text on what the academic track will be and on how to get
involved that I can share with people?

All the best

(At OGD Camp with AidInfo.org hat on, but sort of heading back into academia
starting a Web Science/Social Policy PhD at Southampton in a couple of weeks

On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 8:17 PM, David Robinson <david.robinson at yale.edu>wrote:

> Hello all,
> As Harlan said, we’re looking forward to helping put together an “academic
> track” as part of the primary camp on 20 and 21 October. I’ll be handling
> outreach for non-technical academics, a group that will include policy and
> legal scholars who study, and participate in, open government data
> initiatives in various ways. The academic track will be an opportunity for
> scholars of all kinds to offer working or finalized research, white papers,
> and policy proposals for open data.
> As background: I am currently a student fellow of the Information Society
> Project at Yale Law School; earlier I served as the first staff person at
> Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, where I helped to
> build a research program on OGD and online citizen engagement.
> Given the camp’s unique role as a global forum for open government data, we
> believe it can -- and hope that it will -- be a natural meeting place for
> all of those who study OGD issues or contribute their expertise to the
> field. The program, like the camp and its subject, will be open and
> flexible, reflecting participant interest.
> If you have ideas about the program, work you might like to present, or
> ideas for others to include, we look forward to hearing from you.
> Thanks,
> David
> --
> David Robinson
> Knight Law and Media Scholar
> Information Society Project
> Yale Law School
> JD Class of 2012
> David.Robinson at Yale.edu
> (202) 657-9892
> On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Harlan Yu <harlanyu at princeton.edu> wrote:
> >
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I just joined the steering committee, and I'll be be helping to
> coordinate the academic track at the Camp, along with my colleague David
> Robinson.
> >
> > By way of introduction, I'm a Ph.D. student in computer science at
> Princeton, and affiliated with the Center for Information Technology Policy
> (CITP) here. My open government projects have included our paper Government
> Data and the Invisible Hand, the RECAP project to liberate U.S. federal
> court records, and the FedThread site for the U.S. Federal Register. More
> recently, I've been looking into the mechanics of the legislative process in
> the U.S. Congress, and how changes to the process could spur the development
> of new useful transparency tools.
> >
> > David and I will be reaching out to academics soon to participate in this
> track at the Camp. The track will likely consist of short talks and possibly
> longer workshops. I'll be focusing on the technical side of the program,
> while David will be focusing on the legal side. In the meantime, if you are
> an academic, or have academics in mind who you think would like to
> participate in the program, please get in touch with us!
> >
> > I look forward to meeting all of you at the Camp!
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Harlan.
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