1979 (age 33–34)
|Employer||Department of Finance and Deregulation, Australia|
|Known for||Leadership in Australian and international Free Software community|
|what are we doing today, brain?|
Pia Waugh (née Smith, born 1979) is a community leader for open government. Having formerly worked in Australia for Senator Kate Lundy, Waugh spearheaded the growth of the Australian 'open government' community by organising events such as GovHack, GovCamp and other events that bring together a diverse range of citizens who want to see government data made open for reuse. Previously, Waugh was known for her former work as an Australian free software advocate. Her past positions include presidency of the organisation that runs Software Freedom Day; and presidency and vice-presidency of Linux Australia.
Waugh was employed by IT services company Volante for several years. In 2005 Waugh was appointed Research Co-ordinator of the Australian Service for Knowledge of Open Source Software (ASK-OSS) project. From 2006 Waugh, with her then-husband Jeff Waugh, was a director of Waugh Partners, an Australian Open Source consultancy. Waugh Partners won the 2007 NSW State Pearcey Award for Young Achievers for their work promoting Free Software to the Australian ICT industry. She was the project leader and a member of the Board of Directors of the One Laptop Per Child Australia program, launched in 2008.
In April 2009 Waugh announced her appointment as a policy advisor to Kate Lundy, and announced that in this role she was stepping aside from leadership and advocacy roles in community groups, and that she would no longer work for Waugh Partners.
In November 2012 Pia joined the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO). She is Director of Coordination and Gov 2.0 in the Technology and Procurement Division of Finance (under John Sheridan, the CTO of Australia) and in charge of Australian national open data site http://data.gov.au/
Free software community and volunteer positions
Waugh has held several positions in the Free Software community:
- Judge at the inaugural New Zealand Open Source Awards, 17 October 2007
- President, Software Freedom International, the organising body of Software Freedom Day, 2006–2008
- Member, organising committee for linux.conf.au 2007
- Second recipient of the Rusty Wrench award for Service to the Australian Open Source Community at linux.conf.au 2006.
- Vice-president of Linux Australia, 2005–2007
- President of Linux Australia, 2003–2004
- Waugh, Pia (28 June 2008). "Eyes wide open". Retrieved 2008-07-20.
- Karena, Cynthia (9 May 2006). "May the source be with you". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- "ASK-OSS December 2005 Newsletter". 2005-12. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- Gedda, Rodney (23 November 2006). "Waugh Partners to open up IT industry". Computerworld. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- Gedda, Rodney (7 December 2007). "Waugh Partners win 2007 NSW Pearcey Award". Computerworld. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
- Tindal, Suzanne (5 February 2008). "OLPC laptops set to hit Australia". ZDNet Australia (ZDNet). Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- "Board of Directors, OLPC Australia". OLPC Australia. Archived from the original on 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
- Tay, Liz (13 November 2006). "An interview with Linux Australia's cover girl". Computerworld. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- Duckett, Chris (7 April 2009). "Pia Waugh goes to Canberra". ZDNet. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
- Pia Waugh takes control of data.gov.au
- "Judges Profile". New Zealand Open Source Awards. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
- Tay, Liz (16 August 2006). "Australia to celebrate Software Freedom Day 2006". LinuxWorld.com.au. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- "Software Freedom International (SFI)". Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- "Contact - linux.conf.au 2007". Linux Australia. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- "Linux Australia Awards". Linux Australia. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- "Council". Linux Australia. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
|Linux Australia President
January 2003 - January 2005