Government

open document format standards
A great deal of excitement has been generated by UK Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude's forceful announcement in late January that the UK government intends to mandate the adoption of compulsory document format standards in public administrations. In the on-going struggle of policy makers... Read more
1 comment Posted 25 Feb 2014 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
citizen participation
What is civic hacking? Seventy people gathered together one sunny Oakland afternoon to volunteer and improve their city. There were no rakes or yard tools normally seen at volunteer-day events though. No paint brushes, no trash bags, no canned soup bins. These seventy people were laden with laptops... Read more
4 comments Posted 19 Feb 2014 by Andrew Hyder Feed
Open Data Now
The open source movement can trace its beginnings to a famous strategy session held in Palo Alto, CA in February 1998, where the term "open source" was coined. That meeting led to the Open Source Definition, to advocacy for the use of open source software, and, fairly quickly, to worldwide... Read more
1 comment Posted 12 Feb 2014 by Joel Gurin Feed
catalog of open source projects
The Defense Advance Reseach Project Agency (DARPA) is one of the government-sponsored research agencies that most boldly explores the future of science and technology. Given that many of its research projects have military applications, it has been traditional for the agency to be secretive about... Read more
2 comments Posted 10 Feb 2014 by Luis Ibanez Feed
Open data
So, with much help from various community members, I am pleased to say we are starting to gear up for Open Data Day 2014 on February 22. From its humble beginnings of a conversation between a few friends who were interested in promoting and playing with open data, last year Open Data Day had... Read more
3 comments Posted 31 Jan 2014 by David Eaves Feed
In December, the Italian government issued final rules implementing a change to procurement law that now requires all public administrations in the country to first consider re-used or free software before committing to proprietary licenses. Importantly, the new rules include an enforcement... Read more
0 comments Posted 22 Jan 2014 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
Open Cloud Declaration
In mid-November, the open source/open standards advocacy group, Open Forum Europe (OFE), released an "Open Cloud Declaration," which identifies ten principles to help policy makers, industry, and other stakeholders find "a global and open approach to Cloud technologies and solutions." It is not a... Read more
0 comments Posted 13 Jan 2014 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
OpenSaaS and Government IT
In recent years, open source software projects, and, separately, cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) products have begun to significantly disrupt traditional technology vendor business models in government, making it easier and cheaper for governments to procure and implement the software... Read more
2 comments Posted 9 Jan 2014 by Andrew Hoppin Feed
Top 10 open government articles in 2013
We have policies. Now what? In recent years, news of open source or open standards policies dominated our news feeds. Each new policy was hailed as a victory by advocates of open source. While there has been no shortage of successful news stories around open source implementations this year, we’ve... Read more
1 comment Posted 26 Dec 2013 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
contest for citizen participation and local open government
Bloomberg Philanthropies recently launched the Mayors Challenge, a contest for funding in the European Union where large cities submit new, innovative ideas for solving local problems. The EU contest is modeled on a similar competition for cities in the United States, where more than 300 cities... Read more
0 comments Posted 25 Dec 2013 by Sunlight Foundation Feed

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