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  • OSFA Awards! May 30, 2014Congrats to our latest OSFA Award winners who have demonstrated their great commitment to use of open source by the federal government. Organizational winners are: Office of the Federal Register for ...
  • What’s Ahead for Open Source in Government? Sep 25, 2013Mark Bohannon from Red Hat predicts government trends in open source for 2013
  • 22 Years Ago Torvalds Sent the Email That Started Linux Aug 25, 2013What started as an idea for an interesting project 22 years ago was kicked off by a single email from Linus Torvalds – https://www.linux.com/news/software/linux-kernel/734956-linuss-famous-email

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OpenStreetMap: Help us #MapLesotho

A mapping event with OpenStreetMap (OSM) that will kick off on January 16, 2015 called #MapLesotho Mapathon. Last year, we had 5 out of 50,000 American OSM users participate. By contrast Germany had over 200 and Poland over 40. Let’s show the world that America can map with OSM! Help us #MapLesotho!


2015: The year the UN resets the count

Working at the bleeding edge of global development is about to get more lively. Akvo.org co-founder Mark Charmer argues the world needs the open source movement to assert itself right now.


Open data partnership between city and county of Durham, NC

The City of Durham and Durham County governments in North Carolina are embarking on an open data partnership that will lay the groundwork for businesses, non-profits, journalists, universities, and residents to access and use the wealth of public data available between the two government organizations, while becoming even more transparent to the residents of Durham.


Best open source in government: policies, new tools, and case studies

Melanie Chernoff reflects on another great year for open source in government. She takes a look back at the articles published on Opensource.com this year and notices that most articles on the government sector fell into one of three categories: government policies, new tools available, and case studies. Read this review.


Open data portals should be API [First]

Jason Hare, open data guru for the City of Raleigh in North Carolina compares human and API consumed data and makes these observations: Data consumed by humans have lower re-use value in that they are not being redistributed, and data that is served on a web/mobile [First] platform needs more work to re-use data than platforms that are API [First].


The Benefit of Open Source

The Open Source model harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency to create high-quality, secure and easily integrated software at an accelerated pace and lower cost.

Primary benefits of open source software are choice, reliability, low-cost, security and faster deployment.