This is a forum thread for comments and discussion about our new research paper on Open Source Software, Government and Civic Tech:
Excellent paper. I especially appreciate your attention to how government can support open source. Three minor comments:
- There’s no indication of the end of the executive summary or beginning of the main part of the paper, other than heading size. On first read I missed the document structure and initially thought I was seeing mistaken repetition after the executive summary.
- It’d be a longer and less purely conceptual paper as a result, but I’d have liked to see some pointers to and analysis of past and current efforts, seriously but very sporadically underway for 15+ years to promote or mandate open source in government.
- Government as software user isn’t the only role of open source in government. Also government as software regulator. Including this concept would have made me overjoyed. Because it’ll probably take 15+ years of sporadic efforts and evangelism for it to be taken up.
@mlinksva great points Mike.
- Will add something to indicate end of Executive Summary
- Review of existing efforts - any suggestions for specific items to include? (It would be nice to do for sure!)
- Big +1 on government in other roles than just user e.g. as regulator. In fact, I hoped it was clear that some of suggestions specifically included gov in other roles. Suggestions were pragmatically oriented so focused on more immediately actionable.