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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

Government Open Source News
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UK government makes "big step forward" on open document standards

As previously reported on Opensource.com, the government of the United Kingdom forcefully signaled its intention earlier this year to mandate the adoption of compulsory document format standards in public administrations. The government's stated objective was to assure greater choice for both government and citizens and for public administrations to avoid being locked in to software “that is still provided by just a few large companies."


Digital archaeology and open source

The Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) project is an index of linked open data citations and ontological connections that cross-tabulate the following:


Federal Trade Commission nears final step in launching Patent Assertion Entities study

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is finally on the cusp of its long-anticipated study to examine the harmful effects of Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs).


Patent reform legislation takes a pause (for the moment)

Late last month, as you’ve likely read by now, the US Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) abruptly pulled consideration of a legislative patent reform package from consideration. For this year, at least, the prospect of addressing abusive patent litigation through Congressional action is on ice.


New state laws target patent trolls

Patent reform may have stalled this year at the federal level, but patent trolls may soon find their actions curtailed by a number of patent abuse litigation laws that have been passed or are pending in over twenty U.S. states.


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.