GovTrack’s Modest Proposal

Josh Tauberer is the proprietor of one of the finest open government tools available: GovTrack. It’s a database that includes information on every current and former member of Congress, every roll call vote in history, and every bill since 1973. It’s pretty handy, and GovTrack has done a fantastic job making all that information easily […]

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UK Gov’t: Open Source is the future.

Liam Maxwell, Cabinet Office director of ICT futures, said Tuesday in London that open source has grown up and it’s time to dispel lingering misconceptions about this technology and development process. Maxwell told the Intellect 2012 conference: “Opensource software is not three guys in a shed anymore. There are a lot of misconceptions about open […]

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GOSCON: Climbing the Mountain

The Government Open Source Conference, masterfully curated by Deb Bryant and the good people at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab, is one of my favorite open source events. Every year, they manage to pull together quality speakers from innovative agencies and projects in a warm, collaborative, and exciting environment.

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New York CIO Dr. Daniel Chan

Chan said he believes in open technology approaches – including re-using solutions developed by other states – whenever feasible to avoid unnecessary expenses. The strategy was cemented by the success of myBenefits.ny.gov, a 2008 portal he helped develop as CIO of the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. In building the site, his office […]

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The Hazards of Open Data Exceptionalism

Frustrated USAspending.gov users, courtesy naersjoen. Licensed CC-BY-NC-SA.

The prospect of funding cuts for e-Gov initiatives like data.gov, USAspending.gov and friends is worrying. Everyone should join the Sunlight Foundation’s effort to Save the Data. At the same time, this is a good opportunity for reflection. There’s no doubt that the proliferation of Open Government websites has been a great first step for transparency […]

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