Local Government on the Open Web

By Lachlan Hardy
1519h Monday, 25 August 2008 Permalink
Photo of Lachlan Hardy presenting

Lachlan: Ben Buchanan

The Presentation

The awesome team of Diana Mounter and Reem Abdelaty from the LGwebnetwork asked if I would deliver the closing keynote for their first ever web conference, WE Believe in Community. I was honoured to accept.

I wanted to show people what I see in the web. What I see happening. Where I think everything is going. But I’m a firm believer in showing people techniques and technologies they can use right now. All of which made it very easy for me to talk about the Open Web. There’s an entire blog post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time about that, so we won’t get into it here. This is just to post my slides and to say that video and a podcast will be forthcoming at some point in the future. (I hear end of the week.)

Update: Video is now available.

The conference

Put together in only a few months to meet a pressing need for stronger networking and more formal professional development for local government web workers, the entire experience was amazing. Both Reem and Diana radiate energy and passion and they communicated this to every attendee. There was a huge buzz of engagement and involvement. It was a real privilege to be a part of it!

The other big win of the two days was the outstanding quality of the content. John Allsopp delivered a stirring opening keynote of what constitutes the web and how you can expect to access it going forward. He delivered some concepts I’m going to be thinking about for a long time. I particularly enjoyed these quotes too:

  • “the web just connects stuff together, do you really think you need a screen?”; and
  • “local government should be be building the networks, they’re the sewers of the 21st century”.

Another presentation that I really enjoyed was Matthew Hodgson on the death and rebirth of intranets . He had a clever premise and great solid content that intertwined really well. He also managed to record himself, so he has audio up already! Unfortunately, I missed Ruth Ellison’s as she was just before me (and I was in the tea room doing the obsessive compulsive slide check), but she has her (and Adrian’s) slides up already along with a great summation of each presentation she saw . There were lots of other great speakers, so hopefully they’ll be putting their slides up soon too.

Photo of Lachlan Hardy presenting

My very first Apple product: Ruth Ellison

All up, a fantastic couple of days. Thanks to all the great new people I met for arguing with me over drinks about the open web and why it’s important. And thanks again to Diana and Reem for creating such a charged event! Not to mention the incredibly generous gift thanking speakers — a customised iPod Shuffle.

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There are 11 comments on this post.

1739h Monday, 25 August 2008 Permalink

You gave a fantastic presentation, a brilliant end to the conference which only as good as it was due to all the great presenters who came on board.

I really hope we see more local governments adopting the Open Web philosophy and maybe we’ll see an API available before too long!

Thanks so much for being apart of our conference, Diana

P.S I’ll let you know as soon as the podcast is up!

Scott G
1919h Monday, 25 August 2008 Permalink

Slides look good mate, look forward to a podcast once it’s up :-)

Lachlan Hardy
2004h Monday, 25 August 2008 Permalink

Thanks so much, Di!

Thanks, Scott. Di reckons it’ll be up within a week or so.

Matthew Hodgson
2029h Monday, 25 August 2008 Permalink

Thanks for the kind words and a great prezo from you also!

I’ve drifted from the more technical side of standards for a while, so it was a great return to my ‘old roots’. Good for me to reconnect with a kindred web spirit.

M :)

Lisa H.
2239h Monday, 25 August 2008 Permalink

Unfortunately this is going to come across as biased, but honestly, Lachlan’s presentation was the best I’ve seen in ages.

Make the time to watch it, it’s worth it. You will not ask for your 50 minutes back.

Ruth Ellison
2040h Tuesday, 26 August 2008 Permalink

I enjoyed your presentation Lachlan. I look forward to the day when we get to implement more of the open web technologies in Aussie government.

Great capture of John’s quotes - I particularly love the second one…

Lachlan Hardy
1719h Wednesday, 27 August 2008 Permalink

Thanks, folks!

Lisa, you don’t sound biased to me at all. Please, tell me more.

Glenn Davy
1546h Wednesday, 03 September 2008 Permalink

hey there - i’ve got nothing to do with local (or any) government - but its a generic topic, with extra pertinence to .gov. & you crystallized this issue nicely for me. thanks mate.

0827h Thursday, 04 September 2008 Permalink

Great preso mate. Makes me miss the passion of the Sydney scene which, believe me, is world world class.

Lachlan Hardy
1136h Thursday, 04 September 2008 Permalink

Thanks, Glenn, I’m glad it meant something to you!

Thanks, Ramon! We miss you here, bro. What has BBC London got that we haven’t? ;)

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