AGIMO gets behind BarCamp Canberra

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has thrown its support behind the next BarCamp "unconference" to be held at the Australian National University in Canberra next weekend.

in brief The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has thrown its support behind the next BarCamp "unconference" to be held at the Australian National University in Canberra next weekend.

"We are supporting BarCamp Canberra because of its focus on Government 2.0. The event should provide a useful networking and knowledge-sharing opportunity for public servants," AGIMO's first assistant secretary John Sheridan said on the AGIMO blog this morning.

BarCamp is a worldwide network of user-generated conferences where participants determine the agenda for the event. The conferences have been running for five years. Topics discussed often include open-source technologies, open data and web applications. The BarCamp Canberra website has indicated that this event will include speakers on topics such as social innovation, Government 2.0, design and hackers; however, the agenda will ultimately be determined by the attendees.

Sheridan said that AGIMO had previously discussed running an unconference for Gov 2.0 on its own but was "open to the idea of supporting a community-run event rather than organising one".

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