Government

free your software policy
Here’s a fun experiment (if, like me, you’re a huge nerd): take an open source policy from your agency, company, whatever, and strike out the words "open source." Bam, you now have a much more sensible and reasonable "software" policy.
4 comments Posted 30 Nov 2012 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
open documents
According to a press release issued by the Portuguese Open Source Business Association, the government of Portugal has decided to approve a single editable, XML-based document format for use by government, and in public procurement. And that format is not OOXML.
1 comment Posted 28 Nov 2012 by Andy Updegrove Feed
Fix your block the open source way
Blockee is a web application that lets you visualize improvements to your block. It was built as a Labs Friday project by Jesse Bounds, Nick Doiron, Serena Wales and myself. You can try it out at Blockee.org.
0 comments Posted 21 Nov 2012 by Tamara Shopsin Feed
government grows the pie
For governments looking for cutting edge, open source messaging solutions, the recent action by the OASIS standards consortium to approve the Advanced Message Queueing Protocol (AMQP) Version 1.0 is a major development. The need for cutting edge, mission critical messaging options is arising in a... Read more
1 comment Posted 15 Nov 2012 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
open party
The petitions for Texas and other states to secede from the U.S. on the White House’s "We the People" site have drawn a great deal of attention in the past couple of days. I find it highly ironic that people are protesting following the re-election of the Administration by using the very platform... Read more
6 comments Posted 14 Nov 2012 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
change
Today, I have a piece over on Tech President about how the new UK government website—Gov.uk—does a lot of things right. I'd love to see more governments invest two of the key ingredients that made the website work—good design and better analytics.
0 comments Posted 13 Nov 2012 by David Eaves Feed
Citizen participation
As stressful as elections can be, they always bring a welcome surge of patriotism. United States citizens have a lot of opinions about their government, and election time is a good reminder that actually vollunteering time and resources is the best way to facilitate real change. Luckily we live in... Read more
0 comments Posted 12 Nov 2012 by Casey Brown Feed
open parliament
France is the latest government to move from open source-friendly to open source-active, to paraphrase the European Commission's aspirational reference to Cloud Computing. In late September, French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, signed a guideline (in French here and a rough translation here)... Read more
0 comments Posted 8 Nov 2012 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
open source democracy
There's a new twist on election day—giving feedback on your voting experience.  U.S. citizens voting in today's election can share what it was like at their polling location using MyFairElection.
0 comments Posted 6 Nov 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
open standards announcement
Last week, the UK Cabinet Office released its Open Standards Principles: For software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT specifications. It became effective November 1, 2012, and applies to IT specifications for software interoperability, data, and document formats for... Read more
2 comments Posted 6 Nov 2012 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed

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