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

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

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

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

OpenSaaS and the future of government IT innovation

OpenSaaS and Government IT
In recent years, open source software projects, and, separately, cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) products have begun to significantly...Read more

Year-in-Review: Government hot topics on

Top 10 open government articles in 2013
We have policies. Now what? In recent years, news of open source or open standards policies dominated our news feeds. Each new policy was hailed as a...Read more