I’m going to TransparencyCamp!

I’m lucky! and get to attend TransparancyCamp in Washington D.C. this weekend, February 28 – March 1.  Styled after BarCamp, this event filled up in no time.  Take a look at who will be there (independant developers, NGOs and government folks too) and you’ll quickly see why I’m excited about participating. This un-conference is aboutContinue reading “I’m going to TransparencyCamp!”

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”

Community Source and Goverment Applications

I’m working on following up with a number of requests for information post-GOSCON.  Always number one on my list; agencies looking to determine if/how they might jump in to using open source software development methodology to produce government-specific applications.  These applications are typically costly since the market for such is limited.  Developing the same verticalContinue reading “Community Source and Goverment Applications”

Open Source PBX | Asterisk

I’ve had numerous calls recently asking me about the (to simplify) open source version of PBX software, Asterisk.  Several years ago the State of Oregon extensively tested and deployed an Asterisk server, then later developed several cost-effective applications on the platform which their agency customer could not have otherwise afforded. They wrote up a briefContinue reading “Open Source PBX | Asterisk”

Small Town, Big Use of Open Source Software

Options Disable Get Free Shots One of the local government stories (success and challenge) we’d hoped to see at GOSCON this year was from the City of Northglenn, Colorado.  Christine Martinez,  formerly a systems analyst there, can’t join us this year but she was kind enough to share her slide set on that city’s extensiveContinue reading “Small Town, Big Use of Open Source Software”