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Open Source Software in Government

open source software discussion in Gov, to include: - Free, libre, open source software - Creation of OSS by the gov - open standards

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Open Source Software in Government References

Just in case you missed it and or want to relive it here are the slides and archive from the GovLoop Open Source Training!


This magazine lays out some policies for use of open source in the gov DACS Magazine SoftwareTech DACS_OSS_stn10_2.pdf

Australian Census on Open Source Software: census-report-2008-r1.pdf

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Comment by Henry Brown on January 12, 2014 at 7:55am

From Application Development Trends blog Waterswork

Possible Game Changer: IBM's Open Source Watson Cloud Platform

When IBM announced its decision last month to turn its Watson cognitive computing technology into an open software development platform, complete with APIs and (Big Blue hopes) a partner ecosystem, the news didn't exactly set the world on fire, but maybe it should have.

News of Watson's victory in 2011 over two human contestants on the Jeopardy game show did spark a mainstream media blaze, albeit a brief one, rife with facile quips about IBM's "Frankenstein of trivia," and repeats of übercontestant Ken Jennings' comment: "I, for one, welcome our computer overlords."

Comment by Dick Davies on December 5, 2013 at 4:17pm

Free Open Source Content Management Systems Event December 10, Washington DC

Digital Disruption In The Public Sector: Making The Agency Of The Future A Reality Today

Featuring speakers from The White House, National Archives, FEMA, Acquia, Amazon Web Services, and others.

For more information and to reserve your place.

Comment by Henry Brown on December 3, 2013 at 5:23am

 Published on Nov 15, 2013

Ben Balter, GitHub's government evangelist, outlines in this FedScoopTV interview the advantages of open source and the innovative ways government is using it.

Comment by Henry Brown on December 2, 2013 at 7:24pm

From Grigon Melnik's MSDN Blog:

Microsoft Enterprise Library Goes Full Open Source

Microsoft Enterprise Library has a long and prominent history. Over the years, it has evolved into a mature collection of application blocks, each focused on addressing specific cross-cutting concern. New blocks have been introduced, while others become deprecated with the evolution of the .NET Framework and other Microsoft technologies.

In p&p we highly value openness and transparency, and we always look for opportunities to encourage these values. That’s why we are particularly thrilled and proud to announce the Open Development Model for all application blocks which make up Microsoft Enterprise Library.

Comment by Henry Brown on November 29, 2013 at 7:57am

IMO very interesting article from from the Infosecurity Magazine:
 The Paradox of OSS: More Secure by Definition; Often Less Secure in Use

One side-effect of the Snowden revelations and rumors and accusations of government-inspired backdoors in mainstream software products is increased interest in open source software (OSS). But while OSS comes with more inherent trust, it is often used with less security.

Comment by Gabriel Cossette on October 16, 2013 at 4:39pm

GitHub has launched a new Government section featuring Gov. of Canada most active Open Source project, the Web Experience Toolkit :)

Comment by Jason Hibbets on October 11, 2013 at 3:31pm

I recently posted an interview with the City of Raleigh CIO, Gail Roper, thought some of you might be into it:


Comment by Jason Hibbets on October 11, 2013 at 3:30pm

There is a new open source conference coming to Raleigh, NC in case anyone wants to check it out:


Comment by Henry Brown on October 11, 2013 at 9:20am

Have posted a discussion which could have some value/interest to some:

Title: Google Supports Open Source

Comment by Gabriel Cossette on October 3, 2013 at 3:50pm

French Gendarmerie: "Open source desktop lowers TCO by 40%" 37,000 Ubuntus deployed so far, 72,000 next summer


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