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April 2009 Archives

This week two big events were held back to back in Oslo, namely the Sun CommunityOne North and GoOpen 2009 conferences, both with more than 600 participants. For the first time I was also among the speakers at the latter where I gave a talk on open data on the public sector track.

I got the idea for my talk during a chat with Ron Tolido at last years GoOpen which I thought was too focused at open source software as opposed to standards and data. Then with Objectware highly encouraging its employees to give conference talks, I was inspired to request and receive a spot for a talk about open data at this years conference.

Being swamped with work recently I was unfortunately not able to attend the rest of the conferences in their entirety, but I did catch some highlights including the talks by the Norwegian ministers of knowledge and reforms, Simon Phipps from Sun and Cap Gemini's Andy Mulholland, as well as a few other happenings. Despite me missing much and it being held in worse premises than last year, I feel that this second GoOpen was greatly improved and I am already looking forward to being back next year, perhaps with another talk!

Much time in my new job at Objectware have this far included the preparation of project proposals for competitive bidding contracts as published by various public entities in Norway.
Notably my work have included developing and creating proof-of-concepts for the solutions that have been requested, in addition to actually writing the proposals and presenting them at negotiations. Some of the concepts in these proposals have been based on state of the art collaborative systems such as the enterprise wiki Confluence and the Liferay portal, and based on my work with these systems we have recently secured several contracts with exiting customers such as Friprog-senteret and Oslo Kommune.

While the public sector is often seen as lagging behind in adopting new technologies and methodologies, this shows that at least some of them do leave the comfort zone and join our brave new world of agile project management and open collaboration!