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With Code.Nasa.Gov, Agency Steps Up Hunt for Its Open-Source Software Projects

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 17 2012

With a new initiative, NASA explores its open-source projects. Image: Artist's concept of KOI-961 star system. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Not everyone agrees that the Obama White House has done everything around open government that it said it would do. But earlier this month, NASA lengthened the list of things that federal agencies could do. In addition to releasing data, like those that are gleaned from the Kepler space observatory, NASA now has code.nasa.gov, a central repository intended to eventually link out to every last open-source project maintained by people within the U.S. space agency. Read More

The Europe Roundup: Journalists Allowed to Livetweet in Courts

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, December 15 2011

Royal Courts of Justice, London. Ell Brown/ Flickr

Live-tweeting in British courts, data visualizations in Slovakia, a Twitter account on the down-low for the French prime minister, and more in today's Europe roundup. Read More

Civic Commons Marketplace, a Resource for Open Source In Government, Enters Closed Beta

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, December 13 2011

Civic Commons has launched a closed beta of Marketplace, an application that aims to be a resource for people in the open-source civic technology community. First unveiled at Code for America's year-end summit, the marketplace is supposed to be a clearinghouse for information about open-source applications and the organizations that make them. Read More

Data.gov To World: Fork Me On GitHub

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 5 2011

Late last week, the United States released some of the source code for an open-source version of Data.gov, the White House's platform for federal agency data, through a new repository on the open-source development hub ... Read More

#OWS: Tech-Savvy Occupiers Hope to Open-Source a Movement

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 21 2011

For some of the more tech-savvy Occupy Wall Street protesters here in New York City, the busted laptops were the last straw. Gathered last Friday evening in an auditorium midtown, members of the OWS protesters' spokes ... Read More

Civic Commons Gets Funding, Andrew McLaughlin

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 1 2011

Andrew McLaughlin, Civic Commons' new executive director, in 2008. Photo: Joi Ito/Flickr The fledgling open-source-for-governments project Civic Commons will launch as a nonprofit with the help of a $250,000 grant from ... Read More

White House Open Sources "IT Dashboard" Code

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 4 2011

Whether or not there will be real funds behind the Obama administration's open government projects in the next federal budget is still an open question, but one project, at least, seems as if it will live on either way. ... Read More

The Feds' Lesson in Drupal. Also, You Get to Blow Up Stuff.

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 1 2011

Never let it be said that the United States Department of Commerce doesn't like to cut loose every now and again: To have a little fun on April Fools’ Day, the Commerce website has an Easter Egg that we welcome ... Read More

W.H. Reminds Agencies to Abide by "Technology Neutrality"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, January 7 2011

This afternoon, the White House issued a memo reiterating to federal agencies its support for the "technology neutrality" approach to government IT procurement, one that encourages the consideration of tech ... Read More