Pia Waugh

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Pia Waugh
Pia Waugh, 12 July 2013, At work, Canberra.jpg
Pia Waugh
Born Pia Smith
1979 (age 37–38)
Nationality Australian
Occupation Policy advisor
Employer Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia
Known for Leadership in Australian and international Free Software community
Website what are we doing today, brain?

Pia Waugh (née Smith, born 1979[2]) 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.[2] In 2005 Waugh was appointed Research Co-ordinator of the Australian Service for Knowledge of Open Source Software (ASK-OSS) project.[3] From 2006 Waugh, with her then-husband Jeff Waugh, was a director of Waugh Partners, an Australian Open Source consultancy.[4] Waugh Partners won the 2007 NSW State Pearcey Award for Young Achievers for their work promoting Free Software to the Australian ICT industry.[5] She was the project leader and a member of the Board of Directors of the One Laptop Per Child Australia program, launched in 2008.[6][7]

Waugh is a self-taught computer specialist, and has also studied politics at a tertiary level.[2] She has been involved in several projects and events promoting ICT careers to children and women.[8]

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.[9]

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/[10]

In 2014 Waugh was recognised for innovation and named one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence 2014 in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.[11][12]

Free software community and volunteer positions[edit]

Waugh has held several positions in the Free Software community:


  1. ^ Waugh, Pia (28 June 2008). "Eyes wide open". Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Karena, Cynthia (9 May 2006). "May the source be with you". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  3. ^ "ASK-OSS December 2005 Newsletter". December 2005. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  4. ^ Gedda, Rodney (23 November 2006). "Waugh Partners to open up IT industry". Computerworld. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  5. ^ Gedda, Rodney (7 December 2007). "Waugh Partners win 2007 NSW Pearcey Award". Computerworld. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  6. ^ Tindal, Suzanne (5 February 2008). "OLPC laptops set to hit Australia". ZDNet Australia. ZDNet. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Board of Directors, OLPC Australia". OLPC Australia. Archived from the original on 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  8. ^ Tay, Liz (13 November 2006). "An interview with Linux Australia's cover girl". Computerworld. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  9. ^ Duckett, Chris (7 April 2009). "Pia Waugh goes to Canberra". ZDNet. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  10. ^ Pia Waugh takes control of data.gov.au
  11. ^ "Canberra women among country's most influential". The Canberra Times. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  12. ^ Stewart, Claire (2 October 2014). "Australia's 100 Women of Influence 2014". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  13. ^ "Judges Profile". New Zealand Open Source Awards. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  14. ^ Tay, Liz (16 August 2006). "Australia to celebrate Software Freedom Day 2006". LinuxWorld.com.au. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  15. ^ "Software Freedom International (SFI)". Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  16. ^ "Contact - linux.conf.au 2007". Linux Australia. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  17. ^ "Linux Australia Awards". Linux Australia. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  18. ^ a b "Council". Linux Australia. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
Preceded by
Anand Kumria
Linux Australia President
January 2003 - January 2005
Succeeded by
Jonathan Oxer