Open source technologies, communities, and methodologies are playing an increasingly important role in international governments and policy-making. Learn more about open government.

How to get started in civic hacking

citizen participation
What is civic hacking? Seventy people gathered together one sunny Oakland afternoon to volunteer and improve their city. There were no rakes or yard...Read more

The drive to open data provides opportunities for tech community

Open Data Now
The open source movement can trace its beginnings to a famous strategy session held in Palo Alto, CA in February 1998, where the term "open source"...Read more

DARPA government research agency publishes catalog of open source projects

catalog of open source projects
The Defense Advance Reseach Project Agency ( DARPA ) is one of the government-sponsored research agencies that most boldly explores the future of...Read more

US Supreme Court to hear important patent cases in 2014

public policy
A recent post on the top events ahead in 2014 for reforming abusive patent litigation focused on efforts by State Attorneys General, the Federal...Read more

What are you doing for Open Data Day 2014?

Open data
So, with much help from various community members, I am pleased to say we are starting to gear up for Open Data Day 2014 on February 22. From its...Read more

Italy is latest to promote open source software in public procurements

In December, the Italian government issued final rules implementing a change to procurement law that now requires all public administrations in the...Read more

An open source policy that works in practice

True story. A project team was in need of an open source tool. Following their company's policy, the team requested their Information Systems (IS)...Read more

A timely call for a secure yet open cloud

Open Cloud Declaration
In mid-November, the open source/open standards advocacy group, Open Forum Europe (OFE) , released an "Open Cloud Declaration ," which identifies ten...Read more