Submitted Proposals

Organization: GFII
Title :
82. Public Sector Information on the Internet
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The workshop will address the status of public sector information once they have been published on the Internet. it should be underlined that a wide proportion of information circulating on Internet comes from public sources, administrations and public or semi-public bodies : administrative data, law, spatial data, environment data, health information as well as scientific, cultural datas etc. Due to the very nature of those datas and documents, debates at national level are increasing about property, re-use, economic conditions for dissemination, and overall the status of such datas.

This debate could not remain at national level, the datas being on the Internet. It has been extended in international circles, notably in the Europan Union whici has published a Directive, and in the OECD. It seems important to now exchange and confront different approaches and views at a more global international level. Actually, this issue relates to the relation between States, other information providers and publishers and the Internet. The important thing is to induce States to increase the publication of the huge amount of data that they control.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

This proposal is made by GFII (see below).

At this stage, this workshop proposal remains to be approved by the Board.

Panellists would be representatives of major public organisations providing information internationally, of public administrations representatives in charge of information policy, information specialists, experts in the field as well as representatives of sister organisations in other countries.

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

This proposal is made by GFII - French Association of Information Industry. GFII brings together both public and private information providers and publishers.

Depending on the Board' approval, GFII will approach sister organisations with whom it has already worked on the issue.

Please note that, at this stage, although the GFII is convinced that a workshop on this critical theme should take place, it cannot commit itself to be the organiser, before the Board has given its approval.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

Obviously, there are a lot of different perspectives on these issues. We think it is precesely important to exchange and compare points of view.

Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.

A lot of questions are related to Internet governance : property of the information, valdiation, identification and authentification of the sources, data integrity. Because of the major role of States in information circulation on the Internet, the development of knowledge society and international relations in that field are at stake.

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

GFII has organised several national events on this topic and regularly contributes to international conferences, seminars and workshops.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?