Up Next: Open Source Initiative Board of Directors

I’m headed to Chicago.  No, not a delegate to the NATO Summit, but expect to share the same traffic jams. This weekend thirteen Open Source Initiative (OSI) directors meet face-to-face in Chicago.  Three directors are recently elected, myself included, and a full agenda awaits. If you’re not familiar, here’s the nutshell background: The Open SourceContinue reading “Up Next: Open Source Initiative Board of Directors”

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?”

Open Source Voting : An idea of Global Importance

I just returned from Matsue, Japan, also known famously as “Ruby City” after the programming language whose inventor lives there. During my stay there I provided the keynote for a Shimane University-sponsored seminar on Open Source Software, Industry and Academic collaboration.  It was an honor to represent some of the institutions and groups in Oregon,Continue reading “Open Source Voting : An idea of Global Importance”

Open Source Voting Systems On the Way

I’ve recently been asked to join as an adviser to the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation.  In my view, this is one of the most important open source projects around for the US system of democracy.  I was deeply impressed by their open standards specification,  public trust approach and the work they’ve done thus farContinue reading “Open Source Voting Systems On the Way”

Brazil: Joint Development Defines Free Software & Standards

It’s Day One of GOSCON and we’re about to start our distributed discussion “Global Dialogue on the Impact of Open Source Software in Transforming Government”. Marcos Vinicius Ferreira Mazoni shared these comments on the sustained government initiative in Brazil to use open source and open standards – proprietary software not excluded.  Comments include his viewsContinue reading “Brazil: Joint Development Defines Free Software & Standards”

Open Document Panel Video Released

During several days of last October’s Government Open Source Conference, we captured some of the sessions on video. We can’t cover them all, but I try to pick what we think will be of greatest interest after the conference is wrapped. My first Flick Pick of the Week is the Executive Panel on Open DocumentContinue reading “Open Document Panel Video Released”