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Citizen and government collaboration: let's work it out.

Over the last couple years, many of us involved with open source in government have had discussions about what it means for citizen coders to become involved in state, local and federal efforts. There are all kinds of legal, ethical, and logistics questions that haven't been answered. Everyone seems to be solving them individually, but it's not well-coordinated. This means that agencies who want to engage developers are wasting valuable time trying to figure out the "right way" to work with the public. » Read more

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Two open source projects help Haiti quake victims

Ushahidi

Ushahidi means "testimony" in Swahili. Ushahidi.com was originally created by citizen journalists to map violence and peace efforts in Kenya after the 2008 elections. The Ushahidi Engine is a mashup of user-generated reports with Google Maps. It is now used around the world from its roots in Kenya to Atlanta, GA to India.

Now haiti.ushahidi.com is being used to track the status of the earthquake aftermath in Haiti. The map shows the situation in several categories: » Read more

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