[ogdcamp] Academic track + introduction

David Robinson david.robinson at yale.edu
Wed Sep 14 21:35:07 UTC 2011

Hi Tim -- and all --- yes, it'd be great to have the participants in the
special issue take part in the academic track -- what a well-timed bit of

Here's a working blurb to describe the purpose of the academic track. *This
can be circulated to academic communities beyond the steering committee list

Open Government Data Camp, the world’s biggest open data event, will take
place this coming October 20 and 21 in Warsaw, Poland. It will bring
together a globally unique constellation of civil servants, developers, NGO
participants, scholars, and others. More information is available at

The academic track at OGD camp will be a crossroads for academics who study,
or participate in, the open government data community and surrounding public
policy activities. The academic track will take place as part of the main
event, on Thursday 20 October. In the morning, a Works in Progress session
will allow participants to share their work and elicit feedback; the
afternoon will be reserved for tutorials that allow academics to share their
favorite practical discoveries from the rapidly evolving open data
landscape. (A wiki will allow participants to exchange working papers before
they travel to Warsaw.) Scholars who take part in the academic track will
also have an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the public officials,
“civic hackers” and others who are making open data a reality.

To present your work or offer a tutorial as part of the academic track,
please contact Harlan Yu (harlanyu at princeton.edu) and David Robinson (
david.robinson at yale.edu), co-organizers of the academic track.




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 3:36 PM, Tim Davies <
tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk> wrote:

> 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 (
> http://www.practicalparticipation.co.uk/odi/2011/02/journal-of-community-informatics-cfp-for-special-issue-on-open-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
> Tim
> (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 time...)
> 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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