Government

Open States project achieves grand milestone
Three years ago at PyCon 2009, we had the first PyCon Open Government Hackathon. Our big project was Open States (then the 50 State Project). The goal was to begin scraping state legislatures' websites in the hope of providing a common format for bill metadata across all 50 states.
0 comments Posted 13 Mar 2012 by James Turk Feed
Transparency isn’t a cost – it’s a cost saver
Last month, Don Drummond - a leading economist hired by the Ontario government to review how the province delivers services in the face of declining economic growth and rising deficits - published his report. There is much to commend, it lays out stark truths that frankly, many citizens already... Read more
0 comments Posted 9 Mar 2012 by David Eaves Feed
Department of Commerce app challenge
Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced a "Commerce Business Apps Challenge" to developers to look for innovative ways to utilize the Department’s  and other publicly available data to help businesses identify opportunities, grow, enhance productivity and create jobs. With the... Read more
1 comment Posted 7 Mar 2012 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
We live in an open source world
"We live in an open source world." For many readers of opensource.com, those words are probably a part of your daily life; in all likelihood, you take them for granted.  They reflect the commonality of how many of you work, and engage publicly. But I heard those words last month from a former... Read more
1 comment Posted 5 Mar 2012 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Community spotlight: 5 questions with system administrator Marek Mahut
Meet Marek Mahut. He's a system administrator in Brno, Czech republic, works for Red Hat, and has an interest in the public sector—particularly in how it can be more open and transparent. Marek has contributed several articles on public policy and transparency in government, including Open source... Read more
0 comments Posted 1 Mar 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
LocalWiki project spawns open source communities
Who says open source is all about code and hackathons have to stick to computer hacking? Code Across America is a different kind of open source community, and it came together on February 25, 2012. This effort was part of civic innovation week (February 24-March 4), where over a dozen cities in the... Read more
0 comments Posted 29 Feb 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Open Data Handbook version 1.0
The Handbook discusses the ‘why, what and how’ of open data – why to go open, what open is, how to make data open and how to do useful things with it. Read on to find out more about what’s in the Handbook, who it’s for, and how you can get involved – for example by adding to and improving the... Read more
2 comments Posted 27 Feb 2012 by Laura Newman Feed
Open Data Handbook version 1.0
The Handbook discusses the ‘why, what and how’ of open data – why to go open, what open is, how to make data open and how to do useful things with it. Read on to find out more about what’s in the Handbook, who it’s for, and how you can get involved – for example by adding to and improving the... Read more
2 comments Posted 27 Feb 2012 by Laura Newman Feed
Open innovation--the passion behind the Civic Commons community
From the beginning, Civic Commons has been a dynamic community initiative.  What began in January 2010 as a simple wiki of open government policies and practices (originally called “OpenMuni”, domains for which were simultaneously and independently obtained by Code for America and OpenPlans),... Read more
0 comments Posted 22 Feb 2012 by Nick Grossman Feed
OpenForum Europe finds increase in IT procurement trademarks references
Report: 'Contracting authorities must take exit costs into account' Public administrations that are procuring IT services and software must add to the budget plan the exit costs needed to move to alternative IT solutions after the end of the contract period. That is one of the recommendations... Read more
0 comments Posted 16 Feb 2012 by Gijs Hillenius Feed

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