NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the US, has launched code.nasa.gov, a web site that will serve as the central source of information about the agency’s open source projects. The site, which is still in early alpha, is intended to help unify and expand NASA’s open source activities
by: Steve Evans, Published 04 November 2011
UK govt wants to dispel some of the myths around open source software
The toolkit contains information on procuring open source software as well as guides to vendors and what sort of costs are likely to be associated with going down the open source route.
In total the toolkit, available on the Cabinet Office’s website, contains six documents: All About Open Source – including FAQs, ICT Advice Note – Procurement of Open Source, Procurement Policy Note on Open Source, OSS Options, CESG Guidance on Open Source and Total Cost of Ownership.
By Tom Kaneshige Thu, October 27, 2011
Only two months into the job, VanRoekel was soon in awe of the sweeping federal IT landscape.
What about people who want to keep things the same?
“There’s a great business for someone,” VanRoekel jokes. “Create a front plate of a server with blinking lights on it but no hardware behind it. People can look at it and say, ‘There’s my server.’ Then we just virtualize it and put it all somewhere in the cloud.”
Article in the computerweekly.com by Mark Ballard on Friday 30 September 2011 11:53
The government’s IT security arm, CESG, has begun relaxing security restrictions on the software it approves for public sector use to accommodate Cabinet Office plans for cloud computing and wider use of open source.
The electronics and computing arm of GCHQ has begun reforming its accreditations of IT suppliers to prevent CESG becoming an obstacle to the G-Cloud, through which the Cabinet Office intends to introduce a more liberal procurement regime.
- reforms aimed to avoid putting SME suppliers through a “relentless”, “long-winded” and “burdensome” process “where you need to jump through x-many hoops”.
- remove the obstacle CESG’s software certification process had put in the way of the local authority’s attempts to build an open source computing infrastructure.
This is a prepublication version of an article published in the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Volume 8, Issue 3, July-September 2011, copyright Taylor & Francis.
See permission notes here: http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/09/promoting-open-source-software.html
Discusses: “the four main criteria for successful adoption of open source by government agencies:
1. An external trigger, such as a deadline for upgrading existing software
2. An emphasis on strategic goals, rather than a naive focus on cost
3. A principled commitment to open source among managers and IT staff responsible for making the transition, accompanied by the technical sophistication and creativity to implement an open source strategy
4. High-level support at the policy-making level, such as the legislature or city council