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Code for America's recruiting startups for Civic Startup Accelerator
Soon after we launched the Code for America (CfA) fellowship, we realized that to accomplish the kind of change we were seeking not only would government have to change but also the civic tech ecosystem. There needed to be more innovation, more dynamism, more entrepreneurship. City Hall needs... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Apr 2012 by Abhi Nemani Feed
Iceland's public administrations moving towards open source
All public administrations in Iceland are increasing their use of free and open source software. The country's government recently launched a one year migration project for all of its public institutions. "The goal of the project is not to migrate public institutions to free and open source... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Mar 2012 by Gijs Hillenius Feed
Pushing for open data? 3 steps to consider
Open Data is fast becoming a ‘hot topic’ in government. I’m proud to see my colleagues & fellow open gov supporters helping governments around the world launch their cloud-powered open data catalogues: from the Government of Columbia and the European Union, to the Canadian cities of Regina,... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 Mar 2012 by Nik Garkusha Feed
The Code for America 'brigade effect'
Have you ever seen results from your community engagement and realized the impact of your efforts? We recently told you about the LocalWiki project and shared some of the results from the Triangle Wiki day event. But then our friends at Code for America took it a step further.
4 comments Posted 15 Mar 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
We live in an open source world
"We live in an open source world." For many readers of opensource.com, those words are probably a part of your daily life; in all likelihood, you take them for granted.  They reflect the commonality of how many of you work, and engage publicly. But I heard those words last month from a former... Read more
1 comment Posted 5 Mar 2012 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Community spotlight: 5 questions with system administrator Marek Mahut
Meet Marek Mahut. He's a system administrator in Brno, Czech republic, works for Red Hat, and has an interest in the public sector—particularly in how it can be more open and transparent. Marek has contributed several articles on public policy and transparency in government, including Open source... Read more
0 comments Posted 1 Mar 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Open innovation--the passion behind the Civic Commons community
From the beginning, Civic Commons has been a dynamic community initiative.  What began in January 2010 as a simple wiki of open government policies and practices (originally called “OpenMuni”, domains for which were simultaneously and independently obtained by Code for America and OpenPlans),... Read more
0 comments Posted 22 Feb 2012 by Nick Grossman Feed
How to get your city to pass an open government policy
Raleigh, NC—City Council adopts open source policy Today, the Raleigh City Council passed an Open Source Government Resolution, unanimously, promoting the use of open source software and open data. The resolution includes language that puts open source software on the same playing field as... Read more
4 comments Posted 7 Feb 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Solving the common standards problem in the open data space
Last year during my Open Government Data Camp keynote speech on The State of Open Data 2011 I mentioned how I thought the central challenge for open data was shifting from getting data open (still a big issue, but a battle that is starting to be won) to getting all that open data in some common... Read more
0 comments Posted 30 Jan 2012 by David Eaves Feed
Calling all open government communities: Where do you start?
How does someone new to the open government movement know where to start? Where can they can get involved and align their interests and passions with a community already hard at work? There are myriad open government communities, ranging from Code for America to The Sunlight Foundation, GovLoop to... Read more
2 comments Posted 20 Jan 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed

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