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open standards announcement
Last week, the UK Cabinet Office released its Open Standards Principles: For software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT specifications. It became effective November 1, 2012, and applies to IT specifications for software interoperability, data, and document formats for... Read more
2 comments Posted 6 Nov 2012 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
giving back with open source
Smaller governments, typically those in rural towns, don’t have the IT capacity to foster serious innovation in citizen participation like governments in larger cities do. Two groups decided it was time to give back and have come together to share their technical knowledge and expertise: ... Read more
1 comment Posted 30 Oct 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
open source in the military
While preparing to attend the 4th Military Open Source Working Group meeting, it was refreshing and affirming to receive a notification for the event dress code: Please remember that this is an open source software event and in honor of the glorious developers, casual attire is expected. In the... Read more
0 comments Posted 24 Oct 2012 by Luis Ibanez Feed
Citizen participation
Open Colorado is announcing the third annual CityCamp Colorado unconference scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2012. The unconference will bring together people to share ideas that aim to enhance government transparency, citizen participation, and accountability. Ultimately, these goals look to... Read more
0 comments Posted 4 Oct 2012 by ScottPrimeau Feed
rupee
Free and open source software (FOSS) plays an indispensable role in developing countries. As it is often a substitute for more expensive proprietary software, it can impact the economy and progress of a country, like India, in a very positive way.
4 comments Posted 3 Sep 2012 by Aahit Feed
open source lightning talks
Do you see government as an institution without much room for growth and change? The open source way is creating a path for citizens to become empowered and help their community make improvements where traditional methods have failed—through active participation, gained knowledge, and a two-way... Read more
2 comments Posted 31 Aug 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
five questions with an opensource contributor
As the Community Manager of GovLoop—a highly active online community connecting more than 50,000 public sector professionals—Andrew Krzmarzick suspects his role is pretty similar to leading an open source project. The open source way guides the company's decisions, communications, and interactions... Read more
0 comments Posted 16 Aug 2012 by Jen Wike Huger (Red Hat) Feed
Open source in government
Since the workers’ party won the Brazilian Presidential election in 2003, an open source movement has continued to grow in government and public spheres. Now, the country appears to be at the forefront of open source initiatives, which isn’t news to most inside the community that, despite initial... Read more
0 comments Posted 15 Aug 2012 by Fabio Muller Feed
Innovation and collaboration stifled in red tape
It is hard to think of any environment as conducive to innovation as the Internet. With a good idea and the motivation to follow it through, anything is possible. Look at Wikipedia, the Google search engine, and Facebook, to name just a few success stories. Behind them are thousands of less famous... Read more
0 comments Posted 24 May 2012 by Paul Meller Feed
What innovations can change America’s voting rates?
People often ask me about various innovative efforts to change America’s voting rates, habits, or options. There is a ton of interesting experimentation happening here, from TurboVote to ElectNext to Americans Elect. I haven’t dug in deeply to any of these projects, but it’s clear they are offering... Read more
2 comments Posted 22 May 2012 by Jennifer Pahlka Feed

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