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Open*Government: 2011 in review

Open government: 2011 in review
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2011 was a great year for open government. Whether you're at the grassroots level in your community or battling political red tape and changing or creating policies, a lot happened in 2011 to advance open government. As we did last year, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on what's happened this year.

We've seen a lot in 2011: CityCamps, Hackathons, and other events where people come together and make progress. They open data, create applications, form communities of purpose, and hold our governments accountable and make them more accessible.

On, we posted over 120 articles in the open government channel this year. We welcomed many new contributors. In February, we hosted a webcast with General Hugh Shelton (ret) on leadership in government.

So much happened that we couldn't cover it all. We'd like to ask for your help in 2012. If you have a passion for open government--at any level--we'd like to hear your open source story. We've built a great platform for sharing our experiences, and the community is growing everyday. Find out how you can participate.

We've put together the most popular articles from 2011 in the open government community, including some of my personal favorites. These are the articles that you read, shared, and discussed the most. If we missed one you liked the most, give it a shout-out by linking to it in the comments.

Most popular in 2011

  1. Open source is illegal?
  2. Raleigh, NC—the world's first open source city
  3. Internet censorship in Slovak republic
  4. Crowdsourced Icelandic constitution submitted to parliament
  5. Code for America: A New Kind of Public Service 
  6. A truly open VistA 
  7. An open farewell to Vivek Kundra

2011 Favorites

Post that you most likely missed

Best explanation of open government

Favorite use of transparency

 Best use of Uncle Sam

Favorite topic to research--I never thought I could combine surfing and open source, thanks for suggesting the topic Mark Bohannon

About the author

Jason Hibbets
Jason Hibbets - Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager for He primarily works with the DevOps Team and Open Organization community. He is the author of The foundation for an open source city and has been with Red Hat since 2003. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets for a fun and shareable feed of his open source (and other)... more about Jason Hibbets