Government

How open is too open?
Last month, we posted a survey asking, "If you could open one of the following data sets tomorrow, which one would you open and why?" We got a great response–279 people voted and there were several comments. One commenter remarked that we should have made it multiple choice, avoiding an all-or-... Read more
0 comments Posted 27 Mar 2012 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
Iceland's public administrations moving towards open source
All public administrations in Iceland are increasing their use of free and open source software. The country's government recently launched a one year migration project for all of its public institutions. "The goal of the project is not to migrate public institutions to free and open source... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Mar 2012 by Gijs Hillenius Feed
Open source has a cyber security posse heading to POSSCON
One of my favorite projects I have the good fortune to be contributing to was created by the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (that's DHS S&T in Beltway lingo, the equivalent of the R&D arm of the agency for the rest of us mere mortals)  It's called... Read more
0 comments Posted 23 Mar 2012 by Deb Bryant Feed
Pushing for open data? 3 steps to consider
Open Data is fast becoming a ‘hot topic’ in government. I’m proud to see my colleagues & fellow open gov supporters helping governments around the world launch their cloud-powered open data catalogues: from the Government of Columbia and the European Union, to the Canadian cities of Regina,... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 Mar 2012 by Nik Garkusha Feed
The Code for America 'brigade effect'
Have you ever seen results from your community engagement and realized the impact of your efforts? We recently told you about the LocalWiki project and shared some of the results from the Triangle Wiki day event. But then our friends at Code for America took it a step further.
4 comments Posted 15 Mar 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
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

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