The Government of India (GOI) has adopted a comprehensive and supportive open source policy. It builds on their earlier efforts to adopt open standards for procurement.
The impact of technology on society and the economy continues to excite and challenge government. Paul Brownell tells policy-makers the best place for them to focus is on open source, where the future is happening.
Code for Raleigh brigade captain describes three ways that volunteer civic hackers can help their city, county, or state municipalities, move code forward for their communities to make a positive impact for their community.
The pernicious effects of closed proprietary software reaches its peak of damaging the general public when it obscures the voting process in democratic elections. If there is one area in which the public interest calls for absolute transparency of the software and hardware used for performing data... Read more
Working at the bleeding edge of global development is about to get more lively. Akvo.org co-founder Mark Charmer argues the world needs the open source movement to assert itself right now.
Melanie Chernoff reflects on another great year for open source in government. She takes a look back at the articles published on Opensource.com this year and notices that most articles on the government sector fell into one of three categories: government policies, new tools available, and case... Read more
Jason Hare, open data guru for the City of Raleigh in North Carolina compares human and API consumed data and makes these observations: Data consumed by humans have lower re-use value in that they are not being redistributed, and data that is served on a web/mobile [First] platform needs more work... Read more
It was another year full of encouraging news on the open data front in states and municipalities across the country. New open data policies were approved in municipalities of all sizes from coast to coast, existing open data programs matured and sparked new innovations, and there were numerous... Read more
As the U.S. military continues its march toward virtualization, it will need to operate in an environment that runs on more agile solutions. Linux containers fit that bill nicely, enabling Defense Department agencies to take full advantage of virtualization benefits.
Open source code drives collaborative innovation from a larger pool of developers at a lower cost, which is why federal agencies are adopting the "open source first" model. In fact Sonny Hashmi, CIO of the General Services Administration, recently announced that implementing open source software is... Read more