Creating revenue with gov-built IT solutions?

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  • #117282

    Adriel Hampton
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    Many agencies have their own software developers creating solutions for business problems from health records to customer billing systems.

    Do you know of examples of governments selling those solutions to other governments, or using open source platforms to put the code out for other governments and businesses to use (I’m familiar with NY Senate and the White House giving back Drupal modules)?

  • #117302

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster

    There are internal government consulting groups such as Federal Consulting Group, GSA, and OPM that are actual government agencies but charge for their services.

    Also when I was in Singapore there was a similar group that became so successful they spun it off into a company which is one of the largest government contractors in Asia.

  • #117300

    Megan
    Participant

    Here is a link to NASA Ames tech transfer site, there are some examples posted:

    http://technology.arc.nasa.gov/index.cfm.

    I am currently working (via the Federal Intranet Content Managers) to release the Spacebook source code as opensource, as it was built on Liferay, which uses a Creative Commons licensing model.

    http://www.liferay.com/documentation/liferay-portal/6.0/development/-/ai/preface-6

    The information architecture I used to as the basis for my design abstracts away from Agency-specific categories, so the code could be used by any Agency (Fed, State or Local) with a minimum of tailoring or recoding.

  • #117298

    Adriel Hampton
    Participant

    Wow, Megan, that will be very cool! Thanks for the links.

  • #117296

    Erin Whaley
    Participant

    Have you seen this site: http://civiccommons.com/

    Also, see http://openstack.org/

  • #117294

    Adriel Hampton
    Participant

    Ah, yes, Civic Commons has great promise! I think the real key will be making it commercially viable. And NASA has got to be the goldmine for these kind of synergies.

  • #117292

    Adriel Hampton
    Participant

    Although, maybe they need to change their name … http://www.theciviccommons.com/

  • #117290

    Megan
    Participant

    Here are links to the policies that support and encourage innovation at NASA.

    Perhaps other Agencies have similar policies? They could certainly be reworked/repurposed for use by other gov’t agencies.

    If NASA can do it, then I assume there is nothing stopping State and Local gov’t from following suit?

    Disclosure of Invention and New Technology (including Software)

    http://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov/displayDir.cfm?t=NPD&c=2091&s=1B
    Royalties:

    http://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov/displayDir.cfm?t=NPD&c=2092&s=1B

    http://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov/displayDir.cfm?t=NPR&c=2092&s=1A

  • #117288

    thomas.wennersten
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    In Sweden a cooperation between local governments called Sambruk, have developed a Customer Center plattform handling all types of incoming issues, also a module for creating e-services linked to the Customer Center application is available. The development has been done by the company Jayway and the funding have been provided to a large extent by the Swedish Government for R&D Vinnova. This product is released under a Open Source plattform and can be used by anyone inside or outside Sweden. For further information i refer to http://www.sambruk.se/aktuellaprojekt/innovetakundcenter.4.5f13b5361230899f917800010927.html, please use Google translate and you will get an understanding of the project. Also contact infomation can be obtained there or through me [email protected].

  • #117286

    Adriel Hampton
    Participant

    Thanks, Thomas, that is very interesting!

  • #117284

    Adriel Hampton
    Participant

    Thanks, Megan!

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