GOSCON DC 2011: That's a Wrap!
GOSCON 2011 is one for the record books; following two great morning sessions, an earthquake south of the D.C. area called for an early event closing.
We'll have presentations and other materials to share in the coming weeks. In the mean time, you can visit opensource.com to read an outstanding set of notes and observations from our colleage, Gunnar Hellekson, who attended our "Cost Knock Down" panel.
... I was able to was able to catch the "Cutting Costs" session. Alex Howard of O'Reilly ("The hardest working man in Gov 2.0") moderated a panel discussion between Dr. David Wheeler of the Institute for Defense Analysis, Tiffany Smith Licciardi from the State Department's Office of eDiplomacy, and Greg Elin, the Chief Data Officer for the FCC.
Frankly, I was expecting to hear a lot of the arguments I've heard before. Let's face it: cutting costs with open source is very well-trod territory. This panel, though, surprised me. The level of sophistication and the quality of the advice this panel produced was remarkable. They weren't beating the same tired clichés about security and licensing. Instead, we heard about the ways open source software and even the open source process were informing agency strategies, and got some very practical advice on where open source can be used, and how it can serve a larger mission.