NAGW2017 Speaker Spotlight on Open Data: Katie Johnston and Ron Pringle

Speaker Spotlight Banner - Open DataNAGW2017 Sept 19 - 22 | San Diego, CA

Speaker: Katie Johnston, “Make Releasing Data Meaningful”

Katie JohnstonSo you’ve put your data out there for the big wide world to see. Now what? It’s time to move beyond just releasing data. Katie Johnston will show you how to build an approach that will make sharing data meaningful for internal and external stakeholders. Her session will help you use data to identify the stories you need to tell to your governing body, management and media. You’ll learn how to engage tech audiences and the general public alike.
Katie is a Manager in the Office of Management and Budget at the City of Tacoma, WA, a leader in open data and performance management work. She is passionate about improving government services, whether that be communicating our results and goals using data or improving our decision making and service delivery using continuous improvement frameworks.

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Speaker: Ron Pringle, “Open Data Successes (and Failures): Lessons from the Trenches”

Ron PringleNot yet part of the open data movement? Or just beginning to test the waters? The City of Boulder, Colorado has been “doing” open data for nearly fours years and it’s been somewhat of a bumpy ride – sometimes completely rewarding, other times, not so much.
Ron Pringle’s session will provide insights on the growing pains as well as the successes the city experienced during the last four years of “doing data,”  including the What Works Cities process that anyone can use. He’ll highlight tested methods and practices that will help your open data efforts become successful.
Ron is a senior application programmer analyst at the City of Boulder and runs the city's open data program. He also serves on the board of directors of OpenColorado, a non-profit whose mission is to support a transformation that will lead to a simple, beautiful, and easy-to-use government.​

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NAGW2017 Speaker Spotlight on New Technology: Dave Gallerizzo and Luis Majano

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Speaker: Dave Gallerizzo, “An Introduction to Node.js”

Dave GallerizzoWant to build scalable, data intensive and interactive applications that function around user events?  Interested in establishing RESTful APIs as a service? Node.js is an asynchronous, event driven JavaScript runtime that can be used to do these things and more!
Dave Gallerizzo, CEO of Fig Leaf Software, will teach you the fundamentals of Node.js. As a NAGW preconference session you will enjoy a four-hour in-depth look at installation, file execution, uses for Node.js and how to utilize built-in modules. 

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Speaker: Luis Majano, “Building Scalable RESTFul services”

Luis MajanoREST stands for Representational State Transfer and it is defined by six guiding constraints. Web service APIs that adhere to these are called RESTful APIs. REST is reliant on the HTTP standard and it is a simple request/response mechanism.
Luis Majano, President of Ortus Solutions, will teach you more about what REST is, best practices for using it as well as provide examples of REST implementations.​

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NAGW2017 Speaker Spotlight on Effective Communication: Augusta Branham and Robyn Mathews-Lingen

Speaker Spotlight Banner - CommunicationNAGW2017 Sept 19 - 22 | San Diego, CA

Speaker: Augusta Branham, “Plain Language”

Augusta BranhamWhen a reporter calls you to ask if a “solid waste receptacle” is the same thing as a “garbage can,” or if you've ever been cc’d on a message to a resident from your boss that reads:

“Kindly allow the within to confirm that I am in receipt of your below correspondence. I understand that you appeared at the Governing Body meeting regarding same.” (Actual text.)

Perhaps it’s time to have a serious look at the language used in your organization.

Augusta Branham, Web Content Manager at the City of Fayetteville, AR, will explain how you can simplify your writing, eliminate jargon and adopt a consistent style guide to ensure communication that’s clear and precise – and accessible to people of all levels of education. More on Augusta's session >>

Speaker: Robyn Mathews-Lingen, “Lean Writing and Assets Management”

Robyn Mathews-LingenIf your communication methodology tends to be of the scattershot variety, Robyn’s four-hour workshop is just what you need – you’ll learn how to focus your messages, bring order to your assets and streamline your communication processes.

Robin will cover steps essential to producing effective in-house communications for web and social media.

Robyn brings more than 30 years of experience as a communications consultant and trainer to the variety of government clients she serves. Since 1985, she has been owner and creative director of Designwrite Studios, specializing in communications design, open source web development and customized training development.

Check out her September 19 workshop at this year’s NAGW conference in San Diego, CA.

More Information

NAGW conferences bring excellent value to all web professionals – from coders to communicators. A broad range of industry speakers, as well as fellow web professionals, keep you up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies in the government web sphere.

From diverse speaker sessions to hands-on workshops, #NAGW2017 offers a value that’s hard to match. Join us in San Diego, meet with your peers and enjoy a great conference experience! Register now >>

Announcing the CGDSP Certification

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NAGW is excited to announce the Certified Government Digital Services Professional (CGDSP) certification! The deadline to register is August 31, 2017. 

​The position and responsibilities for today’s web manager has transformed from serving as technical resource to becoming a professional digital communications manager. Managing a government’s web service delivery has become more complex as expectations increase and many new—and more sophisticated—users, whether residents or other departments, are utilizing your organization’s web services.

As a web professional you face many challenges:

  • Keeping abreast of compliance rules
  • Staying on top of the latest technology platforms
  • Meeting the needs of internal customers
  • Responding to the public’s demand for more services

In light of all these challenges, there is a growing demand for practical and leadership-oriented professional development certification aimed at recognizing the web professional in this fast-evolving field: Delivering digital services through new methods and platforms. Having a certification program designed specifically to fit the needs of today’s busy web and digital services professional is highly desirable to demonstrate your competencies and skills required in today’s competitive environment.

Recognizing this need, the National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) has partnered with the Public Technology Institute (PTI) and the Rutgers University Center for Government Services to offer a nine-month certificate program: The Certified Government Digital Services Professional (CGDSP). This program is about leadership in the field of digital services delivery. It is not designed to be a technical.

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#NAGW2017 Complete Schedule Now Available

#NAGW2017 Conference Logo​The complete schedule for #NAGW2017 is now posted on the conference website. We have sessions sorted by key topics and daily schedule views. You can also learn about each of our keynote, preconference and conference speakers. We also have a great lineup for the preconference which occurs the day before the regular conference begins. We have four half-day morning and four half-day afternoon sessions available. Why not extend your stay and join us for the preconference? 

There is still plenty of time to take advantage of the early-bird conference rate which switches to the regular rate on July 15. We will not be extending the early-bird period this year so be sure to take advantage of this reduced rate before it's too late. 

#NAGW2017 Registration Now Open

NAGW conference and preconference registration are now available and early bird registration rates are in effect. The early bird registration window is large this year and NAGW will not be extending. Please register by July 14 to receive the early bird registration rate. 

NAGW Members

Prices on the registration forms are listed at the non-member rate. Active members will have the member discount automatically applied provided they are logged into the website. If you need to verify your membership, cannot login or need your password reset contact


NAGW memberships are only $125/year and with a conference registration savings of $200 and 50% off preconference sessions the membership pays for itself. Join today so you can immediately enjoy all of the benefits that membership has to offer. Verify eligibility and join NAGW >>

We look forward to seeing you in sunny San Diego!

Keynotes for 2017 Conference Announced

The National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of keynote speakers for the organization’s 2017 National Conference to be held September 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine​ in San Diego, California. 

"Every year our speakers committee works hard to find keynote speakers who will not only appeal to a wide audience but will also deliver thought provoking, engaging and informative presentations. This work starts almost immediately following the conference. I am excited by the wide range of keynote presenters who will be speaking this year as they each offer a different perspective about the work we do as government web professionals." said NAGW President, Leslie Labrecque.

Peter Kageyama​

Peter Kageyama

Peter Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.

Planetizen recognized For the Love of Cities as a Top 10 Book in 2012 in urban planning, design and development.  He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the city.’

Peter is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local government. Since speaking to them in 2013, Peter has become a special advisor to America In Bloom.  He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.

Dana Chisnell

Dana Chisnell

Dana Chisnell brings deep experience in civic design, starting with research at NIST into the use of language in instructions on ballots (with Ginny Redish), and work on standards and testing for poll worker documentation for the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG). She is also an expert in plain language and usability for older adults, including ground-breaking work at AARP that was the basis for several requirements in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

She is a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a consultant for the United States Digital Service, doing user research and civic design across agencies.

As the editor of the Field Guides, she has taught thousands of election officials how to improve ballots, web sites and other election materials to ensure voter intent. She worked on the Anywhere Ballot, a ballot marking interface tested for accessibility by people with cognitive disabilities and low literacy.

Marc Pfeiffer

Marc Pfeiffer

Marc H. Pfeiffer retired in 2012 from a 37-year career in New Jersey local government administration, having served as a municipal administrator in several municipalities, and 26 years of service in the State’s local government oversight agency, the Division of Local Government Services.  At DLGS he served as Deputy Director for 14 years, and periodically as Acting Director.

Marc has broad experience in many areas of local government policy and administration, including specific expertise in areas such as finance and property taxation, public procurement, shared services and consolidation, technology, energy, labor relations, and general government administration. He also has deep experience in the legislative process and as a regulatory officer.  He is currently engaged in research concerning the use of technology in local government.

In addition to participating in Bloustein Local, Marc makes his extensive government experience available as a guest lecturer and other collaborative efforts.  He is also assisting the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration with the State’s Certified Public Manager Program in curriculum development and instruction.

Make Your Plans to Attend #NAGW2017

NAGW 2017 Conference in San Diego, CA

Who Should Attend? 

The NAGW National Conference focuses on the professional development of government web professionals from all levels of government. Our diverse topics cater to both technical and non-technical audiences including webmasters, programmers, PIOs, designers, managers and CIOs. 

Outstanding Value 

The conference fee includes: 

  • Three keynote presentations 
  • 28 session topic choices 
  • Networking with peers and presenters 
  • Online conference materials 
  • Select post-conference session videos 
  • Majority of meals: 
    • Opening Reception Tues evening 
    • Breakfast Wed / Thurs / Fri 
    • Lunch Wed / Thurs 
    • Snacks Wed / Thurs 
    • Pinnacle Awards Dinner / Thurs 
  • NAGW Nightime Networking (n3
  • Direct contact with sponsors 

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