4th Annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) to Host the First Annual International Open ICT Summit, October 20-23, 2008

The Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL) announced the fourth annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) will be held on October 20-23, 2008, in Portland, Oregon USA. The conference will begin with the first Annual International Open ICT (information and communications technology) Summit, a full-day event that will convene information technology executives from government agencies around the world.

According to Dr. Shahani Markus Weerawarana, Chief Technology Officer, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, “The expansion of GOSCON to include an International Open ICT Summit is a timely and highly welcome step in an effort to harness practical knowledge, experiences, and best practices of eGovernment initiatives that have leveraged open ICTs.”

Dr. Weerawarana joins an international Advisory Board that is providing critical guidance in the formation of the Summit.  The GOSCON 2008 Advisory Board includes:

  • Ron Fresquez, Founder and CEO, The Open Source Technology Alliance (TOSTA)
  • Samia Melhem, Senior Operations Officer, CITPO, GICT, World Bank
  • Dr. Shahani Markus Weerawarana, Chief Technology Officer, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka
  • Timothy Ney, Co-founder, Linux Greenhouse

Since its first conference in 2005, GOSCON has gained recognition for its focus on open source in government agencies world-wide. An educational event focused on the practical application of open source software in government, GOSCON provides an educational forum for government IT executives and their key staff to understand both the business case and practical application of open source in transforming the delivery of government services.

“The International Open ICT Summit couldn’t come at a better time for professionals working in government and technology around the world,” says Timothy Ney. “GOSCON provides a great opportunity to gain insight into how open technologies in government work, and there is no friendlier place than Portland for such a meeting.”

“Governments around the globe have been leading adopters of open technology – some through practical application in their ICT operations,  others through regional or national referendum,” explains Deborah Bryant, conference director and former State of Oregon Deputy Chief Information Officer.  “We are pleased to bring government executives together for an unprecedented exchange.”

This year, GOSCON will offer two days of practical discussions on successful projects and lessons learned in Open Management, Open Implementation, and Open Public Health IT. It will feature a project demonstration area where agencies and vendors will present successful open source applications and projects. In addition, attendees can register for a “Tour de Lab” at the Oregon State University OSL, where they will be introduced to the Lab’s world-class open source projects and data center operations.

Event Details

Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON 2008)
Transforming the delivery of government services


October 20, 2008 – International Open ICT Summit
October 21-22 – GOSCON 2008
October 23 – “Tour de Lab” at Oregon State University Open Source Lab


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Portland Downtown-Convention Center
Portland, Oregon USA

Price and registration:

    International Open ICT Summit: US$125 early bird registration for employees in the Government or public sector; US$225 for private sector attendees

    GOSCON 2-day conference: $225 early bird registration for employees in the Government or public sector; US$325 for private sector attendees

Tour de Lab: US$125 all participants

Participants can register for each event individually, or register for all three and receive a discount. Early registration ends September 26, 2008. For more information and to register, please visit www.goscon.org.

About the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL)

The Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL) creates a unique atmosphere of innovation for students, faculty, and staff by providing an open, diverse environment for development and collaboration. As part of its mission, the OSL offers a professional hosting environment to the open source community, as well as software development services to industry. With its world-class infrastructure, the OSL hosts and supports some of the world’s largest open source projects such as the Linux Kernel, Plone, Drupal, Gentoo, Debian, Apache, The FOSSology Project, and OpenOffice.org. Its outreach and educational programs include GOSCON, the Government Open Source Conference.

Oregon State University Open Source Lab: www.osuosl.org

Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON): www.goscon.org

Linux Greenhouse: www.linuxgreenhouse.org

The Open Source Technology Alliance: www.tosta.org

Sri Lanka Information and Communication Technology Agency: www.icta.lk

World Bank Group Information Development: www.infodev.org