Please see the reference to Open eGov below. Others in this group may be interested in an Open Source eGovernment software (Web Content Management System) shared by several government organizations. I posted this comment below to another thread on the same topic started by Ryan.
“I am member of the original GOCC (Government Open Code Collaborative) started by MA in 2004. After the departure of Peter Quinn, CIO for MA, the group lost energy. I am working with the Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) to restart it with a new focus and new goals. First we are renaming it to Government Open Collaborative Community and moving the hosting from MA to OSUOSL which hosts several Open Source projects and organizes the yearly GOSCON conference (Government Open Source Conference). Deb Bryant is the Director of Goscon and serves as the Steering Committee chair, I am also a member.
With our new focus in GOCC, Open Source plays a key role, but more in process than in product. In other words the important element is that of community and collaboration and whether or not Open Source products are used is less important. In either case however, the sharing process among government organizations having similar objectives and needing similar solutions can be accomplished with methods similar to the collaborative development practiced by the Open Source community.
In the near future we plan to have some of those communities register their projects in GOCC and invite other government organizations to join. We plan to use social networking software such as this one.
One example of such community is Open eGov: http://nngov.com/egov. We are part of a larger international community PloneGov: http://www.plonegov.org/. To the point made by Richard Booker, this is not necessarily a pure “Open Source solution”, but it can be. It is available on Linux, in which case the entire software stack is Open Source. Or, it may run on Windows. We are currently looking at integration between Open eGov and Microsoft Active Directory and SharePoint. While Open eGov includes a fully functional Intranet, some of our departments in Newport News started using SharePoint for ease of use, desktop integration, etc…
What may work best for government is to remain open to the idea of leveraging open and proprietary technologies as most appropriate. Even better, remain open to the idea of leveraging common solutions across many organizations with similar needs. This is where GOCC comes in and this is what we’ve been promoting with the yearly GOSCON conferences.”