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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. The White House has announced that it is releasing as open source the code powering its IT Dashboard, the site that provides the public data on federal technology investments. "Software developers will be able to collaborate, identify errors, develop enhancements, and recommend improvements to the Dashboard, and find new uses for it that we have not even imagined," blogged U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra in making the announcement.

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is pleased. The code driving the Federal IT Dashboard is up now on SourceForge.

Update: O'Reilly's Alex Howard has a heap of details.

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