open source software discussion in Gov, to include: – Free, libre, open source software – Creation of OSS by the gov – open standards
What Open Source software are you currently using?
January 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm #121125
What Open Source software are you currently using and for what business purpose? Is it a solution that you could easily share with other municipalities? At Code for America we are very interested in reusable software that solves government challenges, whether those be internal (HR) or external (citizen engagement). Please tell us what you’re using and how you’re using it!
Also, San Francisco’s Enterprise Addressing System has now been open sourced! EAS is a web-based system for managing the city’s master database of physical addresses, tied to Assessor’s parcels and the City’s street centerline network. To learn more go to CivicCommons.org
I hope to hear from you.
Friendly Invitation from GovLoop!
Did you know we’re hosting a FREE, web-based Open Source workshop next week?
Thursday, February 24 @ 2p ET :: How and Why to Bring Open Source to Your Agency
– Andrew Hoppin, CIO NY State Senate
– John Scott, Steering Committee Member, Open Source for America
– Gunnar Hellekson, Chief Technology Strategist, Red Hat Public Sector Group
January 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm #121157
For the Park Authority in Prince William County, VA, I’m using DotNetNuke Community Edition. It’s purpose is for Content Management System. I have created 5 websites (3 goldf courses, one waterpark and our main Parks website) and our Intranet with it. It has proven a very cost effective solution.
The intranet is married up with Active Directory for authentication purposes.
For my Waterpark, we have a number of seasonal teenagers. I use a module from that as a forum for the workers to request swaps of schedules with others. I also have a separate login for them that takes them to their very own portal to get their schedules and to sign up for training on an interactive calendar.
If you would like more information, please let me know.
January 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm #121155
The open source software I use is Protege. It is a free and open source ontology editor. I initially used Protege while collaborating with the University of New Brunswick on a research project to develop a research model for our government agency. I am not an “ontology expert”, but I do still use Protege to build relationship models within and outside of our agency.
January 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm #121153
Here at EPA/OPP we’re currently using the Apache web server, Tomcat (servlet engine), Trac (issue tracking), and Subversion (source code management). We also use several OSS Java frameworks. As we replace our PowerBuilder client app with web-based apps, we’ll focus on Selenium as our testing tool.
We’re considering a move to an OSS CMS with Alfresco, Drupal, and Plone being or leading contenders. We may also look at MongoDB for some of our semi-structured content. I’m also a big fan for replacing our Oracle database with PostgresSQL a we aren’t realliy doing anything that uniquely requires Oracle.
January 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm #121151
Here at the city of Newport News, VA we used the open-source web platform Zope / Plone to create a framework for a city web site (internet or intranet). It includes functionality for identifying services and resources for the whole city and by department, spotlighting events / stories, an A-Z directory and a contact info portlet for each department. In 2008, Newport News received The J. ROBERT HAVLICK AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
January 26, 2011 at 2:30 am #121149
Thanks for all the feedback! Keep it coming I really appreciate it.
January 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm #121147
Stephen P. LevensonParticipant
What about Open Standards like PDF or PDF/A? We have over 700 million we have collected from the public.
January 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm #121145
Newport News is really forward thinking in this regard and did an outstanding job of spinning their added framework into a useful “product” and locality could pick up and use.
The Plone/Zope application infrastructure is top notch. I worked with it on a Navy contract and a NASA contract.
January 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm #121143
Open Stardards are good , but the magic really comes when you get an Open Source appliation supporting open Standards. BTW, I haven’t really looked at PDF as far as openness in awhile, but is it still just defined by Adobe? Or has it become a consortium of companies?
January 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm #121141
January 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm #121139
On GovLoop.com, we use a little bit of WordPress here and there. (Although we are mostly Ning)
February 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm #121137
Great topic and awesome comments.
Just wanted to let you know that we (GovLoop) are hosting a training webinar on “How and Why to Bring Open Source to Your Agency” on Feb 24th at 2PM ET. Feel free to pass this link along to other interested folks.
We also started a forum in the group to seek your biggest Open Source challenges so that we can incorporate some of your thoughts/comments in to the training session.
February 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm #121135
February 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm #121133
I just learned that Bloomington, IN has been contributing to the open source community for years and are using open source for a number of projects. Here’s a list of their projects with links to the code hosted on Google.
http://code.google.com/p/civic-cms/ – The content manager we use for our
http://code.google.com/p/civic-crm/ – Current project, backend for an open311
http://code.google.com/p/civic-legislation/ – Boards, Committees, Voting, and
http://code.google.com/p/civic-receipt/ – Just a small receipt printing app
February 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm #121131
NASA Spacebook is open source. It is built on Liferay opensource portal software. Our CIO Linda Cureton has approved the release of the code for use by other Agencies, Departments and States. If interested, I recommend you make the request CIO to CIO, as I am not sure where they are in the release process.
February 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm #121129
Alissa Black wrote January 20, 2011 at 4:32pm:
>What Open Source software are you currently using and for what business purpose? …
The Linux operating system, Firefox web browser and OpenOffice.org office suite on the desktop for general office work.
Moodle Learning Management System software on a server for running postgraduate courses for public servants (latest on e-documents for government).
Also I help with the Sahana Free Open Source Disaster Management System.
June 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm #121127
We moved the City of Manor website over from WordPress to OpenPublic (a Drupal distribution) earlier in the year, for their CMS. Since then we have added to it with a further 16 features made of 29 modules as well as making improvements that we are eager to contribute back to OP. Our code will go up on github later this week. We are also offering a free hosted version of this to any city or county that wants it.
I am eager to get over to show Code when I am next in the area. I’ll be in touch about that.
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