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Find civic engagement tools and their stories at Engagement Commons beta
With civic engagement becoming an increasingly critical component of successful governance in the 21st century, cities around the world are seeking to leverage technology as a tool for citizen participation, but civic leaders face real challenges finding, evaluating, and deploying the right... Read more
0 comments Posted 7 May 2012 by Lauren Dyson Feed
Government and library open data using Creative Commons tools
The last few months has seen a growth in open data, particularly from governments and libraries. Among the more recent open data adopters are the Austrian government, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, Italian Chamber of Deputies, and Harvard Library.
0 comments Posted 3 May 2012 by Jane Park Feed
pssst! open source in use here
It is difficult to imagine the Federal government moving in one well-coordinated direction on any matter, and so it has been with the adoption of open source software. Some agencies were early adopters, especially the academic and research communities. As it did in universities, open source... Read more
2 comments Posted 2 May 2012 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
Sharing the open source journey with Kansas City
The first half of CityCamp Kansas City was productive, collaborative, and eye-opening. The morning was overflowing with open source knowledge, the sharing of ideas, and expert talks. The event started with 14 lighting talks–a ton of information crammed into a five-minute talk. More than 150... Read more
0 comments Posted 28 Apr 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
EveryVote: An open source platform with a side of democratic collaboration
You want to get more involved with your government, but the red tape and politics are overwhelming. Maybe you just want "the facts" to make your own informed decision. This is where start-up project EveryVote comes in. This is not an open source electronic voting project. EveryVote wants to... Read more
1 comment Posted 26 Apr 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Kansas City explores open government, civic life, and innovation
The exploration of open government and civic participation in Kansas City has already begun. This weekend, a new chapter begins. A chapter that will include open source, open data, citizen engagement, a Bike Walk hackathon, and more. In fact, it might materialize into several chapters that could... Read more
0 comments Posted 25 Apr 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Open data takes a ride with geeks on DaBus
One of the first publicly available open dataset/API from the City & County of Honolulu is the one made available by O`ahu Transit Services, provider of The Bus service. With open data, anyone could develop an app using The Bus API and three such apps were built, Hea.theBus.org, Allb.us and an... Read more
0 comments Posted 23 Apr 2012 by Burt Lum Feed
Is vendor lock-in costing Helsinki 3.4 million Euros per year?
A report on the City of Helsinki's pilot project for the use of OpenOffice in the public administrations leaves the public with more questions than answers. The city trialled the Free Software productivity suite on the laptops of council members for ten months in 2011. The suite enjoyed high... Read more
3 comments Posted 19 Apr 2012 by Karsten Gerloff Feed
Code for America's recruiting startups for Civic Startup Accelerator
Soon after we launched the Code for America (CfA) fellowship, we realized that to accomplish the kind of change we were seeking not only would government have to change but also the civic tech ecosystem. There needed to be more innovation, more dynamism, more entrepreneurship. City Hall needs... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Apr 2012 by Abhi Nemani Feed
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on open source and "growing the pie"
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced one of the most progressive open source policies in the US government. They reiterated the current OMB and DOD guidance by making open source commercial software, but they also went one step further: code they write is open by... Read more
0 comments Posted 16 Apr 2012 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed

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