If the purpose of Gov loop north is to engage in open collaboration across jurisdictions and with vendors then I would say it makes sense to use the existing platform. I agree with the comments about branding and the skin however, something with a more Canadian or even international flavor would be nice for us non-Americans.
In the end my guess is that here will be a variety of networks, some purely Canadian, some within States and Provinces and even departments and agencies. They will serve variety of purposes and use different technologies. What would be very cool is if we could work out a way for them to be interoperable in some way.
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