On his first day in office, President Obama issued the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for changing the culture of government and creating more effective institutions characterized by unprecedented transparency, participation, and collaboration. Every major department and agency now has its own Open Government Plan with proposed innovations.

At the Open Government R&D Summit on March 21-22, 2011 at the National Archives of the United States, government officials and academics gathered to:

set the foundation for a robust R&D agenda that ensures the benefits of open government are widely realized, with emphasis on how open government can spur economic growth and improve the lives of everyday Americans.

The goal of the conference was to articulate how best to gauge the effects and effectiveness of open government and encourage the engagement of the research community with the government community — Geeks and Wonks — across various disciplines in identifying the most important questions that must be studied.

To make it easier to connect Geeks and Wonks for this purpose, we are inviting academics seeking projects for themselves or their students and public officials seeking help with assessing impact to “advertise” to one another. If you are a policymaker experimenting with open data, enhanced citizen participation, prizes and challenges, and public-private partnerships or you are a researcher who wants to study these phenomena, this is the place for you!

  • Post a project seeking data
  • Post a class/clinic seeking projects
  • Post a problem/challenge seeking research help

For more information, or to participate, go to