US Gov Memo Spells Out Open Source Inclusion in Federal Acquisition

First the musings: Because I’ve been involved with open source adoption in Government nearly since Al Gore invented the Internet, I get a lot of questions about what the White House is thinking about Open Source.  Joking aside, this has been present on people’s minds since the new administration took office.  For those familiar withContinue reading “US Gov Memo Spells Out Open Source Inclusion in Federal Acquisition”

The Year of Open Government: Who’s Making it So?

I’m going to GOSCON 2010 – the Government Open Source Conference – of course, and as conference chair I hope I’ll see you there too. We’re back in Portland Oregon this fall.  Visit the web site for news, conference program, speaker line up, and registration. So you ask me, what’s hot this year?  One thingContinue reading “The Year of Open Government: Who’s Making it So?”

Federal Agency Co-Op CENDI Issues FAQ including Open Source Software

Vicki E. Allums, Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will join GOSCON this week  to discuss  a document released today by CENDI, a cooperative of the major Federal science, technology and information centers.  The document titled “Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright and Computer Software: Issues Affecting the U.S.Continue reading “Federal Agency Co-Op CENDI Issues FAQ including Open Source Software”

Whitehouse.gov Migrates to Open Source Drupal

Yesterday the White House Office of New Media announced it had migrated its legacy system for whitehouse.gov to Drupal.  Let’s be clear that this constitutes a change in plumbing – important plumbing – and not policy – but is a significant and of course highly visible sign that open source software has gone main stream.Continue reading “Whitehouse.gov Migrates to Open Source Drupal”

Nominations Sought for Open Source Software use in Government

GOSCON AWARDS for Open Business Use in Government Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Excellence Awards for Open Source Business Use in Government. It’s true.  After five years of operation of the Government Open Source Conference, we’re looking forward to recognizing government employees who have made significant accomplishments in the application of OpenContinue reading “Nominations Sought for Open Source Software use in Government”

Open Source for America Unvieled at OSCON

Not too long ago I attended TransparencyCamp in DC and led a discussion on how to work with government.  The session was intended for technologists and advocates. I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the participants was a senate staffer.  After listening to much of the discussion she explained that she had worked onContinue reading “Open Source for America Unvieled at OSCON”