The government needs to start using available free open source technologies instead of creating costly, low quality, and not so useful technologies from scratch. With these new worries about reducing government spending I suggest the government move to open source technologies. The majority of these technologies are free and available to anyone. Usually the open source technologies surpass the quality, features, and security... more »
When government technology is acquired, contracts should stipulate that the software being developed (at taxpayer expense) is released with an OSI (open source institute) approved open source license. This would allow for reduced intergovernmental expense, and further innovation. Further -- it's morally appropriate: taxpayer funded software ought to belong to the public, much like taxpayer funded content cannot be held... more »
Wanna save $? Use free technology, save the remainder that you would've spent on licenses and SLAs and instead spend a fraction of it on cheap hosting, proper support, staffing and training.
Oh, and then let your programmers contribute the modules they build to the community for re-use.
This allows better community support and access to talent that can design and program for these popular platforms. Government is part of a society's commons and following that ethic should contribute to the virtual commons as well. Leveraging and growing the social capital of all our Commons is not only virtuous, it is also more efficient.
Agencies should design their websites and online tools to facilitate interoperability and re-use by other agencies and external developers. Improving the interoperability of online datasets with other information and tools from inside and outside the government multiplies the value of agency websites by enabling mashups and innovative applications. Agencies should also facilitate re-use by publishing in open machine-readable... more »
Back in California, we used to deploy websites with similar content and functionality as many of those that I see under the .gov domain. Using WordPress and cloud hosting, we could build an entire website for $100k +/- and turn it over to the organization's public affairs office to run. But, the way the Federal Government does things, they pay $1,000,000/year to have contractors cut and past content into proprietary... more »
Avoid the use of these proprietary formats which require external plugins and are usually never accessible. HTML is always the most accessible and universal format that works on all devices from Cell Phones to Kindles to iPads. HTML is open source and does not require expensive tools like Adobe Acrobat Professional or Flash to develop. HTML is indexable by search engines and makes it easier for the public to find the... more »