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Invitation: OASIS/World Bank Workshop/Webcast on Open Standards for Government Transformation: Enabling Transparency, Security and Interoperability, April 17

From: Oleg P.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:17 PM
You may be interested to attend this in person or online!

Oleg Petrov
e-Development Thematic Group/Knowledge & Learning
Global ICT @ World Bank­t  &­evelopment

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             38861                       OASIS/World Bank Workshop/Webcast on
                                         Open Standards for Government 
                                         Transformation: Enabling Transparency,
                                         Security and Interoperability, April

OASIS, the international open standards consortium, the World Bank's Global
Information and Communication Technologies Department/e-Develop­ment Thematic
Group and World Bank Institute invite you to attend a Global Dialogue workshop
in person or online:

Open Standards for Government Transformation:
Enabling Transparency, Security and Interoperability

April 17, 2009, 8:15 am - 3:30 p.m Washington DC time

?At this time of global economic crisis, when governments are planning major
reforms of their regulatory regimens, it is imperative that consideration for
open standards be part of the solution. Standards build trust, support greater
transparency and accountability, and reinforce citizens' confidence.? - Laurent
Liscia, executive director of OASIS.

This one-day workshop offers a unique opportunity for professionals from the
World Bank, leading public administrations and the private sector to share
experiences in using open standards for transforming government. Issues
surrounding  public financial management, e-procurement, cloud computing,
electronic identification, security, and interoperability frameworks will be

This workshop will help practitioners in Washington DC and 8 other cities (as
well as online participants) to better understand the different choices they
have in order to make better policy, strategy and technology decisions when
designing and implementing ICT components of their projects, which will maximize
development impact and sustainability of these investments.

Open standards allow different systems, platforms, and devices to communicate,
and are at the very core of the new ?open? architectures. Open standards provide
choice and interoperability between systems. The Internet, based largely on the
framework of the TCP/IP and HTML standards, is a strong example of open
standards-driven innovation. Leading governments have begun to emphasize open
standards as part of their policy frameworks on ICTs. For example the UK has
recently come out with a Government Action Plan on "Open Source, Open Standards
and Re-Use". Developing countries need to incorporate open-standards while
leveraging ICT for development.

Open standards and interoperability are important for rolling out convenient
'one-stop' services for citizens and businesses. They are also important for
avoiding waste in public expenditure and unnecessary duplication of investments.
These issues are particularly relevant in the context of the current economic
crisis. For ensuring interoperability across government, it is necessary to
focus on organizational structures that help exchange of data and information
(organizational interoperability), evolving a common language for understanding
various functions of government (semantic interoperability) and dealing with
technical aspects to ensure that different systems can talk to each other
(technical interoperability).

Distinguished speakers from all over the world will examine the relevance and
promise of open standards to developing and transition countries in their
pursuit of good governance and better service delivery. Onsite attendees will be
joined via interactive video links with officials from client countries,
including Russia, Moldova, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and many
others will join via live webcast.

The following questions will be discussed among others:
+ What should be the institutional structures for ensuring compliance to open
standards and interoperability across government?
+ What mechanisms should be put in place to ensure that interoperability
standards/frameworks­ are kept current in the context of rapid changes in
+ What arrangements should be put in place for connecting developing and
transition countries with international standards bodies and leading public
administrations in an era of cross-border interoperability?

This workshop is part of the broader Government Transformation Initiative (GTI),
a collaboration of World Bank with the private sector and other stakeholders.
The initiative focuses on building capacity of government leaders to pursue
ICT-enabled public sector transformation.  The GTI will develop and promote
viable business models and best practices through peer-to-peer knowledge sharing
and training events. A project development facility to support selected
Governments in setting up the enabling environment and initiating concrete
related projects is also contemplated.

+ To attend in person in Washington DC register here:
+ To attend online via live webcast register here:
+ To attend in person in one of these countries: Ghana, Kenya, Moldova, Russia,
Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania please send an email to [address removed]

For more information:
World Bank website: http://go.worldba...­
OASIS website: http://events.oas...­

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