Government

State of the Union: Is collaboration boring?

I loved this year's State of the Union address for the collaborative tone of both the President and the members of Congress.  While many were skeptical of the idea, I was especially pleased to see the effect of the mixed-party seating at the State of the Union, proposed by Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado. » Read more

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A State of the Union address delivered the open source way?

This evening, United States President Barack Obama will be delivering the annual State of the Union address at 9pm EST (if you want to learn more about the tradition of the State of the Union address in the United States, the White House has put together a nice video about the history and making of it here).

The president's staff is trying out an interesting concept during tonight's address. Here is an excerpt from an email sent out this afternoon with the details: » Read more

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Reflections on one year of opensource.com

A year ago today, we turned on the lights at opensource.com.

Our hope a year ago was to create a place where people could gather to learn about and contribute to the growing movement toward applying open source principles beyond the software industry.

You have shared your stories about how open source principles are changing your world and the world around us. » Read more

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Request your limited edition opensource.com anniversary t-shirt today

They're all gone! Thanks to everyone who requested a shirt. For those of you who didn't get one, you've still got a chance through our Twitter giveaway.

Tomorrow’s the first anniversary of opensource.com, and it’s been a fantastic year, thanks to you. Whether it’s by writing articles or reading them and sharing the stories, you helped us highlight nearly 550 ways open source touches our businesses, education systems, governments, laws, and lives.

In celebration of this milestone, we're giving away special edition one-year anniversary t-shirts to registered members who » Read more

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Vote for the 2010 People's Choice Award

On January 25, opensource.com will reach its one-year anniversary. As a part of the celebration, we want you to choose your favorite opensource.com contributor for the 2010 People's Choice Award.

Voting will be open through January 27, 2011, and the winner will be announced on January 28, 2011.

Voting is now closed.

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Open Source for America releases Federal Open Technology Report Card

The results are in for U.S. agencies' use of open source, thanks to a scorecard released today by Open Source for America.  The Departments of Defense and Energy had the highest scores, largely due to the fact that they have "published agency-created software code as open source and provide clear guidance identifying open source as a permitted procurement option." » Read more

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U.S. Administration's 'Technology Neutrality' Announcement Welcome News

Score another landmark for the mainstreaming of open source. 

On January 7, the Administration issued a succinct, clear message to Executive Branch IT leaders: Don't discriminate between proprietary and open source solutions when it currently spends almost $80 billion dollars to buy information » Read more

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Code for America: A New Kind of Public Service

Government can be seen as an answer to the often messy question of collective action. There are some things people need together, but since that’s not easy to coordinate, we set up institutions to do so. Over time, the government’s focus and expectations developed -- understandably -- to a place where it was seen less as a coordinator and more as a service provider. This is what some call the vending machine model of government. My tax dollars in, a safe and well-kept community out. » Read more

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Open*Government: 2010 in Review

So much took place in the realm of open source public policy this year, that there was plenty to write about.  Some of the government channel's first posts were about the U.S. Department of Defense's clarifications on the procurement of open source software, Forge.mil's project to bring together software developers and military leaders to create and share software, and the IIPA's recommendation that the U.S. blacklist certain countries that use open source.

But opensource.com and the government channel isn't just about software being used by governments.  It's about » Read more

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Poll: Open*Government 2010 best images

Welcome to open*government

The visual components on opensource.com are an important element to the look and feel of our content. The images help set the tone for the site. The imagery embodies several qualities such as motivational, editorial, authoritative (but not authoritarian), human, and optimism.

Without our imagery, the content on the site would be plain and unsightly. We'd like to highlight some of the images from 2010 and give you a chance to pick your favorite. » Read more

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