Government

open data across US parties
As those steeped in the policy wonk geekery of open data are likely already aware, last Thursday the President of the United States issued an Executive Order Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information.
1 comment Posted 30 May 2013 by David Eaves Feed
civic hacking in government
I’ve been thinking a bit too much lately about GitHub and Drupal.org. More broadly, I’ve had my mind on open source + community. Sometimes this is called social coding. Social coding can take on a variety of shapes and sizes but is short-hand for what I can describe as loosely coupled, sometimes... Read more
0 comments Posted 29 May 2013 by Kevin Curry Feed
Transparency Camp event report
I got bitten at camp this weekend, but indifference would have been the only relevant repellant and thankfully, I'm allergic to that. Here's what I learned as a first-time camper. Transparency Camp is not for the faint of heart. It requires you to dig in deep. If you are a tech expert, like... Read more
0 comments Posted 24 May 2013 by Jill Miller Zimon Feed
open by default in local government
Recently there has been a lot of buzz around the release of the White House’s new Open Data Policy in Memorandum M-13-13. For those of you that may not have read the memorandum in its entirety it directs federal agencies to make all data open and machine readable by default. Obviously there are... Read more
1 comment Posted 22 May 2013 by Jason Hare Feed
open source in government programs
On March 15, 2013, ComputerWeekly.com, the “leading provider of news, analysis, opinion, information and services for the UK IT community” published an article by Bryan Glick entitled: Government mandates 'preference' for open source. The article focuses on the release of the UK’s new Government... Read more
1 comment Posted 21 May 2013 by Adam Firestone Feed
Open Data Directory
Open (government) data as it is understood nowadays can still be considered a new concept. It started to gain traction worldwide since the Obama memo in early 2009 and the launch of data.gov a few months later. Following successful leading examples of the US and UK governments we have seen open... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 May 2013 by Carlos Iglesias Feed
Last week, The White House published an Executive Order by which the default method for government data collection and dissemination must now be:
0 comments Posted 14 May 2013 by Luis Ibanez Feed
Heat map of Raleigh open permit data
One of the keys to a successful open data portal is to make it useful for the end user. Citizens and developers should be able to understand data sets without needing a PhD. I've been following the progress of Raleigh, North Carolina's open data initiative, which launched a beta of their data.... Read more
3 comments Posted 13 May 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
government vending machine
I’m happy to announce the Version 3 release of Froide, the open source, Python-based platform for running Freedom of Information portals: allowing you to make requests to public entities by email and track responses, as well as, customize your instance to fit your campaign for government... Read more
0 comments Posted 10 May 2013 by Stefan Wehrmeyer Feed
Open Source, Open Standards 2013 conference report
Last week Open Source, Open Standards 2013 took place in London, an event focused on the public sector. Naturally these being two topics we’re very keen on here at OSS Watch I went along too. Overall the key message to take away from the event was just how central to public sector IT strategy these... Read more
0 comments Posted 7 May 2013 by Scott Wilson Feed

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