Deborah Bryant


Deborah Bryant

OSU Open Source Lab


Deborah Bryant is Public Sector Communities Manager at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab, and produces the annual Government Open Source Conference.

Deborah’s interest in open source and its implication for government is reflected in her civic involvement; she serves as a Board Director for; as an Advisor for the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation; and on the Oregon Statewide Distance Learning Advisory Council. She is also an elected official, serving as Commissioner in a special services district and is known for her advocacy of transparency in government. Her government background also includes five years in the Oregon State CIO’s office as Senior Policy Advisor, Enterprise Planning Manger, and Deputy State CIO.

Her government OSS blog is

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Open Source Bridge 2010 Birds of a Feather

Sessions for this user

* Opening up Your Gov: Stakeholders Forum

Transparency advocates, government data owners/shepherds, technologists , privacy advocates, policy analysts and wonks and anyone else with an interest in what it takes to create an open government meet to discuss their needs and challenges from their perspective in an open and facilitated forum.
Deborah Bryant

Open Source Bridge 2009

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* Work for the Government for Fun and Profit

Government consumes lots of technology and, with the stimulus dollars poised to invest heavily in information technology, spending will increase sharply over the next several years. The potential benefits to using open source software in the public sector may seem intuitively obvious. But what if you own a small business or are an independent developer/contractor? Can the little guy do business with a big bureaucracy? And what IS the government doing to pursue open source today?
Deborah Bryant