The Obama Administration's Open Government Directive ordered Federal agencies to produce open government plans by April 7th, and while some adv
I always look forward to my conversations with Jan Wildeboer. Simply put, he helps me look at the world a little differently. A little more.... openly.
The battle for Open Standards in Europe Today, people and groups around the world are celebrating Document Freedom Day. This is an international day to raise awareness of Open Standards and free document formats. As the event takes place for the third time, the previous focus on the OpenDocument... Read more
With Document Freedom Day 2010 approaching, this is a good opportunity to consider the reasons why the public sector has increasingly opted for ODF, the document freedom that it enables, and why ODF is an essential feature of any “open” eGovernment strategy.
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.