Government

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

The Code for America brigade effect

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...Read more

Open States project achieves grand milestone

Open States project achieves grand milestone
Three years ago at PyCon 2009 , we had the first PyCon Open Government Hackathon. Our big project was Open States (then the 50 State Project). The...Read more

Transparency isn't a cost – it's a cost saver

Transparency isn’t a cost – it’s a cost saver
Last month, Don Drummond - a leading economist hired by the Ontario government to review how the province delivers services in the face of declining...Read more

Department of Commerce app challenge--an interview with Mike Kruger

Department of Commerce app challenge
Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced a "Commerce Business Apps Challenge" to developers to look for innovative ways to utilize...Read more

The U.S. Government promotes open innovation--Is it now mainstream?

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...Read more

Community spotlight: 5 questions with system administrator Marek Mahut

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...Read more

LocalWiki project spawns open source communities

LocalWiki project spawns open source communities
Who says open source is all about code and hackathons have to stick to computer hacking? Code Across America is a different kind of open source...Read more

How will you use the Open Data Handbook?

Open Data Handbook version 1.0
The Handbook discusses the ‘why, what and how’ of open data – why to go open, what open is, how to make data open and how to do useful things with it. Read on to find out more about what’s in the Handbook, who it’s for, and how you can get involved – for example by adding to and improving the Handbook, or by translating it into more languages.Read more