Making Public Records Public: Why open formats are essential for sharing and preserving government data.
By Chander Kant, CEO Zmanda. Have you ever tried to retrieve a public record from your local, state or federal government? Despite their name, many public records have not been simple or free for citizens to access. Until recently, obtaining copies of even the most basic records has been a grueling... Read more
An acquaintance emailed me a .docx file last week that my older word processor wouldn't open on the first try. Before you start sending me fixes, don't worry. I got it open eventually after much grumbling about proprietary formats that aren't really standards. But I digress.
"Open source and open government are not the same," I've been reading recently. When discussing the role of open standards in open government transparency projects, Bob Caudill at Adobe, is concerned that open source and open standards are being conflated. He likes open standards just fine, but:
I had the opportunity to chat with Deb Woods about Open Source for America. Take a look at what she has to say about creating a more transparent government and how open source can make us a stronger society.
Although it may be simple to conflate the Apps for Democracy and Apps for America contests with the exciting new Apps for Army contest, they really couldn't be more different. Together they represent an exciting experiment in what it takes to pull communities together around a problem.
At the 2009 Red Hat Summit, we had the opportunity to sit down with Guy Martin and Aaron Lippold, the community managers of the Forge.mil project, to discuss the ways in which Forge.mil is making it easier for people across the DOD to collaborate.
Michael Daconta at GCN has posted a brief call to arms for the software industry. Here's the gist:
By Roger Burkhardt, Ingres CEO. We have to speed up energy innovation to the pace demonstrated in the growth of the Internet if we are to prevent irreversible climate disruptions that will irreparably harm the planet for our children and all those that follow. The scale and speed of change... Read more
Last month, the Obama Administration issued its Open Government Directive, that requires each US agency to publish an Open Government Plan by April 7, 2010. Open Source for America (OSFA) intends to grade the various U.S. government agencies and their policies and practices as they relate to open... Read more
If you haven't already, you should meet Venky Hariharan. He's one of the most passionate and articulate advocates for open source and open standards in India or anywhere else. Every time we meet, I get a little smarter. At our last meeting, we were lucky enough to have a video camera.