Deb has earned an international reputation for expertise in the adoption and use of open source software and open development models in the public sector, providing direct guidance and consultation to government on issues like project governance, community models, open source best practices, and open data initiatives. Recently Deb was invited to deliver keynote talks at South Korea’s Open Source Software Day and Northern Ireland’s Open Government Conference and eParticipation Summit.
While at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab (OSU OSL) she founded the annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) and helped state, local and federal government agencies with their adoption of open source software.
Prior to her work at OSL Deb served as the State of Oregon’s Deputy Chief Information Officer where she was responsible for statewide IT policy. During her time there she developed and testified on the Executive Branch’s response to proposed legislation designed to mandate the use of open source software for all Oregon state agencies.
Deb serves on numerous boards with an emphasis on open source as enabling technology – Board Adviser for the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation ; National Steering Committee for Open Source for America ; Board Adviser to Code for America ; Board Adviser to Civic Commons ; Member of Crisis Congress ; Advisory Council Member, Intrahealth International Director for DemocracyLab.org
Deb received an O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2010 Open Source Award in recognition of her contribution to open source communities and advocating its use in government.
Deb was elected in April of 2012 to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board of directors: http://opensource.org
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