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Presentation: How To Use Open Source Techniques For Your Project Management Needs: Achieving Organizational Culture Change And Breaking Down Barriers Through Social Media Participation

Below is  a presentation I gave at the Social Media for Government conference in Washington, D.C. recently.

My talk tied what I’ve experienced participating with open source communities and how the attributes of the most successful open source communities can be applied to working within our institutions and enterprises to change stagnant working cultures.

Data as Art Presentation at Strata Conference

Many thanks to O’Reilly for producing Strata .  It was an amazing conference.

And many thanks to everyone who attended my session titled “Data as Art.”  I am most grateful for the patience everyone had while I was dealing with A/V challenges.  Trust me, you weren’t nearly as frustrated by that as I was.  I’ve embedded my slides below, but the more interesting thing to check out are the links to many of the pieces that I referenced in my talk. 



Adaptation infographic

Flight Patterns

Funky Forest

High Line Record

Journal of the Collective Me

Listening Post

Living Brushstroke


Night Lights

The Wilderness Downtown


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Speaking at Strata Conference This Week

I’m very honored and excited to be included in the program for the O’Reilly Strata Conference in Santa Clara this week.  An entire conference focused on data mining and visualizations is ultra-intriguing to say the least.  I just read a blog post that puts the conference into proper perspective by stating “Big data is the new oil

So what am I going to be talking about at Strata?  My session – “Data as Art” – will shine light how digital artists are tapping into massive data repositories and realtime social media to portray information in unique, artistic ways.  Ways that should be considered fine art on the same level as Warhol or Picasso. 

This is a bit of a return to the subject matter I focused on while in graduate school from 2003 to 2005.  My thesis project – Luminance – was an art installation that explored human-computer interaction and live data visualization. 

GOSCON and Portland

I’m currently in Portland, Oregon attending the GOSCON conference where I gave a presentation titled “Open Source Community Principles for Organizational Change.”  The slides in my presentation can be found at the bottom of this post.  I’ve forgotten how wonderful a city Portland is.  I haven’t been here for about 13 years.  One of the things that makes it great is that Black Butte Porter can be found at draft everywhere.


A few thoughts on GOSCON

This is the best government tech conference I’ve attended so far.  The attendees are mostly people rolling up their sleeves and working Gov 2.0 and Open Gov issues.  There’s not a lot of need to do any convincing here.  Furthermore, the presentations are actually thought provoking and less along the lines of vendors pitching their solution.  Among the great conference content has been presentations about Civic Commons1

And the CONNECT project.  Which provides actual fiscal proof that Open Government and open source approaches can save taxpayer dollars.

And the food?  The food being served at GOSCON is ridiculously good.  I’m having a hard time thinking of conference that has server better food and used a more stylish venue than The Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

  1. Which I totally amazed by.  Expect a post or two on Civic Commons in the future. 

Speaking at GOSCON Next Week


Quick note to mention that I’m headed to Portland, Oregon next week to speak at GOSCON – The Government Open Source Conference.  GOSCON is non-profit conference designed for government IT management. This years program focuses on the role of open source software and collaboration enabling leading Open Government and Transparency initiatives throughout the US.

I’ll be giving a presentation titled “Open Source Community Principles and Organizational Culture Change” that will discuss how practices adopted by open source software communities can be used within government institutions to help change organizational cultures and generally disrupt the status quo.

If you’re at GOSCON, do make sure to introduce yourself and say “hi!”

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