Nominations Sought for Open Source Software use in Government

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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 Open Source Technology to meet government business or mission requirements.

To nominate a government employee or project, visit http://www.goscon.org/awards for information and an on-line submission form.  Deadline is Friday Oct 23 2009.

Open source gaining traction in U.S. government

Quantifying what the rest of us have known intuitively for some time; more than half US agencies have adopted some form of open source software, according to a Federal Open Source Alliance (FOSA) survey just released.

The top rationale for not adopting open-source software was organizational reluctance to change, according to the survey. This reflects my experience in early forays into the desktop arena in Oregon, as an example, where a pilot in a large agency netted positive technical and cost results, but management was dread to manage the inevitable reaction to change by personnel, trumping other benefits.

If you are interested in the base-line survey conducted by the FOSA, which is an industry partnership of HP, Intel and Red Hat, you may…

GOSCON Post-Conference; Taiwan OSS Pjt

I’ll be writing about what I learned at our third annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) for weeks. Many thanks to the speakers, sponsors, and the attendees who traveled from the four corners of the world to learn and share what they’re doing.

During the conference I conducted an impromptu round-table BOF with some of our international guests; Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Japan and Taiwan were represented. Ryan Chung of Taiwan’s Institute of Information’s Open Source Group was kind enough to spend that evening in his room translating a  presentation on their National Open Source Promotion Project into English for the rest of us, very nice! and included here to share with you. More on the rest of the international delegation next week.

In the can for near-term distribution; podcasts, videos and presentations for sharing. Our attendees will have first crack at the presentations, then the general public will find them available for download in about three weeks on the GOSCON web site.