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

Speaker Spotlight Banner - New TechnologyNAGW2017 Sept 19 - 22 | San Diego, CA

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 >>


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2017 NAGW Pinnacle Awards Regular Entries Extended

Holidays are a good thing but sometimes they get in the way of a good thing. We realize that many of you may have taken a vacation to celebrate Independence Day. To give you extra time to enter your fabulous websites, the regular entries for the 2017 NAGW Pinnacle Awards sponsored by Siteimprove have been extended. Entries will be accepted until Friday, July 21.

Submit your entry today and your website could be announced as one of the finalists for the 2017 NAGW Pinnacle Awards!


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Register Now for #NAGW2017 and Save!

Register now banner!Register for the 2017 NAGW National Conference in San Diego, California by July 14 to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing. We made the early bird registration window generous this year and we will not be extending registration deadlinesRegister now and save heaps!

Become A Member

If you are not already a member of NAGW you should consider joining. We have added new membership options as well as expanded the types of agencies that can join NAGW. Join today to take advantage of member pricing and save $200 on the conference.


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Show Off Your Website! Enter the 2017 NAGW Pinnacle Awards

Don't let the California dream pass you by! Regular entries for the 2017 NAGW Pinnacle Awards sponsored by Siteimprove are being accepted until July 9.

Submit your entry today and your website could be announced as one of the finalists for the 2017 NAGW Pinnacle Awards!

The NAGW Pinnacle Awards recognize the best in city, county, state and federal government websites as well as achievements in microsite and special site features. Winners will be announced at the 2017 NAGW National Conference Awards Banquet in San Diego, California on Thursday, September 21.

The cost for each entry is:

  • $125 for members
  • $175 for non-members 

If you are not a member and would like to take advantage of the member early registration rate, join NAGW today.


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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. 


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The Journey of 500 Journeys

Dana will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of five years of research-based adjacent possibles that revealed a view of voters no one had seen before. It’s a time-tested story of how research transcends common wisdom, emerging victorious. 

After hearing from Dana, you’ll have a solid understanding of the gradual, continuous work that it takes to embrace a wicked problem and map it out. And why eight research participants is never enough. 

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  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. (Thursday Keynote)
Thursday, September 21, 2017


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Dana Chisnell

Dana Chisnell

Dana 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).