I spent the last couple days on this project, and it’s looking pretty good so I thought I’d give an early peek. Eventually, I’d like to throw this up on Open Source for America and integrate it with CivicCommons’ list of government open source projects. But, you know, baby steps. At the very bottom of the page, you can learn more about how this was created.
Anyway, this is a timeline of the major events, publications, and code releases in the history of the US Government’s adoption of open source. I think it’s interesting to see all the moments of open source lined up together. It gives a nice feel for the flow and momentum of the movement.
Of course, I don’t have all this information at my fingertips. I just added what I knew about already. If you see something missing, you can contribute to the list of events in the form below. Once I can review it for spam, it’ll show up on the timeline. Thanks for contributing!
[I removed the embedded version because the alternate version is way better and full-screen.]
If you want to totally nerd out, check the colophon, which I wrote about the by-hand version I’d created on this page before I was turned on to the Datapress plugin.