Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of April 2011
Fiscal sponsor and event carrier
"Open Source Software has grown increasingly popular within government all over the world. Therefore the Belgium-based Drupal Association is helping to raise the profile of Open Source in government. We are pleased to welcome to Brussels the initiative of the Drupal Association to organize Drupal Government Days"
The development of technology means new challenges for governments all around the world. The possibilities and challenges of the performance of governments in Europe is about to change substantially. Public institutions as well as individual government representatives see themselves confronted with the need of creating new websites and web-based applications in unknown territory.
An important aspect of this process is to find convenient software solutions to meet the specific needs of those websites such as interactive information sharing, interoperability and the collaboration of different kinds of users. The consideration of legal aspects, non-discriminating accessibility of government web services and the improvement of efficiency are further important requirements modern government websites should be able to match. The technology to implement e-government projects is commonly known as Web 2.0 technology.
Open Source Software for Government Projects
There are considerable reasons why the open source software is apt to provide suitable solutions for e-government/ governments. Open source software has some important advantages for government projects compared to proprietary software:
Governmental innovation benefits from a large developers' community
Flexibility in meeting changing needs in a changing environment.
The avoidance of vendor lock-in, as often the case with proprietary software products.
The adoption of open source software means faster and easier implementation of e-government projects and consequently lead to cost savings and innovation for governments.
Experiences so far have shown that the open source software Drupal has been utilized very successfully to provide suitable software solutions for governments. Drupal is an CMS that successfully supports governmental sites in more than 120 countries including some of the most important government sites such as
Drupal is in use for embassies, courts, ministries, agencies, parliaments and projects of intergovernmental organisations like the World Bank, the European Space Agency and the European Union to mention just a few examples.
For whom is it?
Government representatives, Drupal users, developers, evaluators and business people will have the opportunity to meet up and swap ideas how to improve and support government processes.
What to expect?
There will be keynotes, sessions, showcases, launches and panel discussions. If you have a special topic in mind you want to be brought up in Brussels you can register and propose your own session. Practically we have large rooms each hold over 100 people, while small rooms hold more than 25 attendees.
Keynote of Dries Buytaert
Dries Buytaert, founder of the Drupal project and Acquia CTO, will discuss the evolution of Drupal adoption in the public sector around the globe.
European Launch of Open Public
Currently Drupal developers are working on a government-focused distribution of Drupal called Open Public. Together a team of government web experts and open source developers are devising software solutions to meet the special needs of e-government projects to improve government performance. You can look forward to learn more about the functionalities of Open Public on the Drupal Government Days in April and maybe see the first practical applications of the Drupal distribution which will have been realized until then.
Sessions and showcases
Current plans are to have two or three tracks. We will give you showcases of international, national and local governments and discuss topics as:
Drupal and Open Source adoption
Case Studies & Showcases
Projects & Solutions
Open Government with Drupal
Drupal & Open Data
Video archives for governments
Efficiency, Effectiveness and Transparency
electronic Identty and eSecurity
Integration Services for Businesses & Services for Citizens