Open Source Software

DC Metro Open Source Community Summit May 10, 2013

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is hosting the non-profit DC Metro Open Source Community Summit, to be held in Washington, DC on May 10th, 2013.  The program will include short sessions by community notables and an “unconference” format for maximum attendee participation, collaboration, and learning.
Open source community and user group leadership, open source project leads, committers and developers, non-profit foundations, open data engineers and others with an interest in learning more about growing and sustaining open source should attend.  Registration is free to government employees, $20 to non, and includes lunch.
Program details and registration information is available at the event web site.
Event sponsors underwriting the non-profit event include Google, Eclipse Foundation, Red Hat, GitHub, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and MIL-OSS.

Budget for Open Source Software Services Growing in Europe

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/information-technology/049354-french-government-spends-15-of-it-budget-on-open-source.html

NASA launches open source web site

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/NASA-launches-open-source-web-site-1404210.html
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

UK Government publishes open source guidelines

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.

http://opensource.cbronline.com/news/government-publishes-open-source-guidelines-041111

Government moves to ease security restrictions stifling cloud and open source

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.
More here:

Highlights:

  • 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.