The Cyberspace Policy Institute of The George Washington
University will have demonstrations of mature Open Source programs
every month in conjunction with General Services Administration at
NSF facilities. A Q&A session will follow the
This month: March 19, Open Source at the Census Bureau
Location: National Science Foundation, Stafford II Building,
Room 555, 4121 Wilson Blvd., Ballston metro
Time: 2-4 PM
Open Source at the Census Bureau, Presenters: Lisa Wolfisch
Nyman, Senior Internet Technology Architect, Census and Bureau and
Rachel LaPorte Taylor, Senior Internet Technology Architect, Census
Overview of the Open Source Data Base Server, MySQL, Presenter:
Marten Mickos,CEO, MySQL AB
This talk will introduce several Open Source projects at
Census.gov and FedStats.gov, used for both data collection and
dissemination. Lessons learned from these projects can help
advocates promote Open Source for building a solid technology
infrastructure, allowing developers to concentrate on the less
tractable aspects of web site development.
Lisa Wolfisch Nyman has 10 years of experience designing and
developing Internet-based services. As a Senior Internet Technology
Architect on the Census Bureau's Internet Staff, she creates
customer-friendly web sites, researches new technology, and advises
on accessibility concerns. Ms. Nyman is a persistent advocate for
accessible, user-centered design in delivering government services
over the Web.
Ms. Nyman began her career with the Census Bureau as a
cartographer and was a contributing editor to GIS World Magazine.
In addition to her activities at the Census Bureau, she is active
in the Perl community as a member of DC PerlMongers and a
participant in the Yet Another Society, a non-profit corporation
that advocates the use of Open Source, sponsors annual conferences
around the world, and supports Perl development efforts. Ms. Nyman
also serves on the Board of Directors of DC Web Women, an
educational and service organization for women in new media.
Rachael LaPorte Taylor, Senior Internet Technology Architect,
oversees application development, content management, and system
administration for FedStats, the gateway to the U.S. Federal
statistical system. In addition, Ms. Taylor has been a significant
contributor in developing the Census Bureau's information
architecture for rapid data dissemination through the use of the
Ms. Taylor has received numerous awards, ranging from the Census
Bureau's Bronze Medal and Director's Award for Innovation to the
Hammer Award for FedStats development.
Ms. Taylor has been a featured speaker at a variety of national
and international conferences describing how the Census Bureau and
FedStats has utilized open source solutions to develop
dissemination strategies for public data.
Marten Mickos will describe how open source software is changing
the way software is procured and used. The changes are profound and
positively affect total cost of ownership, integration challenges
and overall durability of software. With examples from the MySQL
world, Mickos will highlight how organizations are benefiting from
open source and reducing the time from decision to deployment of
new systems. Organizations such as Yahoo! NASA and the US Census
Bureau serve as examples.
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