Govt. open source conference in October

The Government Open Source Conference takes place Oct. 13-14 in Portland. It's aimed at state and local government managers trying to determine if and how to use open source, where it's appropriate and what the rewards are.

The Government Open Source Conference is taking place Oct. 13-14 in Portland. Here's what the organizers say:

OSCON's inaugural event is a response to the growing interest in the public sector to Open Source.  State and Local government managers are pressed to understand what OSS is, how is it used today, how one determines where its use is appropriate, what the risks and rewards may be.  GOSCON represents a significant opportunity to meet with industry experts - public and private - and gain a better understanding of what opportunities and challenges exist that are unique to the public sector.  Does your agency have an open source strategy in its IT Plan?  Does it even need one? 

 Speakers include:

Stuart Cohen of Open Source Developers Labs

Daniel D. Frye of IBM

Linda Hammel of Massachusett's IT department

Scott Kveten of Orgeon State University

Registration is open.