The Australian Unix and Open Systems Users Group (AUUG) has drawn in several key speakers for its second annual Australian Open Computing in Government conference.
Titled "Future-proofing Government Computing: Open Data, Formats and Standards", the conference will be focusing on best practices, raising awareness and sharing experiences amongst policy makers and IT officials.
Participants are expected to come from the government and the public sector, the academic sector, and local, national and international organisations.
Keynote presenters include Senator Stephen Conroy, deputy leader of the Federal Labor Party in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Communications and Information Technology; Tony Judge, general manager business strategies Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO); and Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Thawte and Ubuntu and the first African in Space.
Other speakers include Kevin Russell from Western Australia Department of Industry and Resources (DoIR); Stephen McInerney from HealthInsite and the Federal Department of Health; Pia Smith from Linux Australia; Paul Kangro from Novell, and Greg Stone from National Technology Officer for Microsoft Australia.
The conference is expected to be "a key resource and meeting place for users, developers and vendors wanting to learn more."
It will be held at the Manning Clark Centre at The Australian National University, Canberra on April 18 to 19, 2005.