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NC Datapalooza 2013: Why publicly available data is innovative

open government data

If you live in the southeastern US (aka the Bible Belt) as I do, you’ve probably been to a church revival or two (or twenty). Revival is an event intended to light a fire under the 'faithful,' as opposed to the newcomer. As I sat at NC Datapalooza last week, I felt that I was in a revival, without the obvious religious overtones, of course. I was amazed at how far the Raleigh area has come in terms of understanding and accepting open data principles.

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Open Source Bridge 2013 conference report

event report

Open Source Bridge is a conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way.


I have a new favourite conference. I spent two days at Open Source Bridge in Portland OR. It’s a fascinating event. I joked at first that it was "very Portland," but what does that really mean?

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Dries Buytaert keynote: Drupal more than content management

DrupalCon Portland 2013

I arrived a few minutes early to the main hall of the Oregon Convention Center in preparation for Drupalcon's opening keynote by Dries Buytaert. A random mix of music chosen by the community via Twitter using the #DrupalRadio hashtag played through the hall as people filed in with anticipation.

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Open Source, Open Standards 2013 conference report

Open Source, Open Standards 2013 conference report

Last week Open Source, Open Standards 2013 took place in London, an event focused on the public sector. Naturally these being two topics we’re very keen on here at OSS Watch I went along too.

Overall the key message to take away from the event was just how central to public sector IT strategy these two themes have become, and also how policy is being rapidly turned into practice, everywhere from the NHS to local government.

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The world's largest enterprises are increasing their investments in Linux

business that supports and drives IT

The Linux Foundation performed their annual global survey of members of their End User Council as well as other companies and organizations with sales of more than $500 million and/or 500+ employees. Their findings show the world's largest enterprises are "increasing their investments in Linux for the third consecutive year."

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The US government’s digital strategy: The new benchmark and some lessons

The US government’s digital strategy

The White House recently launched its new roadmap for digital government. This included the publication of Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People (PDF version), the issuing of a Presidential directive and the announcement of White House Innovation Fellows.

In other words, it was a big week for those interested in digital and open government. Having had some time to digest these docs and reflect upon them, below are some thoughts on these announcement and lessons I hope governments and other stakeholders take from it. » Read more

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