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Alfresco for Government
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Alfresco provides federal, state and local government agencies and departments an enterprise content management platform that addresses the numerous content management challenges these organizations face on a daily basis.  The open-standards, flexible and cost effective platform enables sophisticated security with the unique capability of protecting and securing documents down to specific users or groups. The built in workflow simplifies complex approval processes, minimizing risk and exposure. And Alfresco's collaboration interface enables global collaboration across multiple sites and users.  Alfresco’s Records Management module is certified to the US DoD 5015.02 standard and offers document-level security and SSO with LDAP or Active Directory.

Why Government organizations are choosing the freedom of open source with Alfresco

Case Study: City of Denver

The City of Denver implements Alfresco to consolidate content repositories and manage city contracts.

Cost effective

No upfront license fee. A subscription-based CPU model that provides commercial level support to cover your operations and maintenance. Enterprise level scale without the need of counting individual user usage.

Open standards

Interoperate with existing applications, desktop software and enterprise infrastructure. Use protocols like CMIS, CIFS, WebDAV, Rest, and Soap.


Build applications quickly—deploy and modify as needs change.


Open source means freedom of choice and no vendor lock-in. Alfresco integrates easily with other enterprise systems.

Trusted platform for government

More than a quarter of Alfresco’s customers are within the government sector. See how Alfresco is being used by our Government customers.

Source: http://www.alfresco.com/industries/government

A more Open Source future for the Military
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This fall, the (retired) eighth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff described a potential future of the military that’s founded not only in open source thinking, but in next-generation user interfaces and biohacking straight out of science fiction.

In his remarks, James E. “Hoss” Cartwright, a four-star general who retired from the United States Marine Corps in August 2011, outlined a strategic need to make military technology more modular, based upon open standards and adaptable on the battlegrounds of the future.

Over the course of his talk at the Military Open Source Conference, Cartwright outlined how open source software models could be applied to hardware, making vehicles into adaptable platforms for different missions, not vertically integrated programs that can take a decade or longer to design, build or change. The cutting edge now is fully mechanized, battery powered, wireless prosthetics, said Cartwright, pointing to research in San Diego...

Open Health News' Take: 

This is another excellent article written by Alex Howard on the topic of open source and it's use in the government. If you want to find out more about Open Government resources, also take a look at the COSI Open Government portal. -  Peter Groen, Senior Editor, Open Health News

Source: http://openhealthnews.com/news-clipping/2012-12-18/more-open-source-future-military
Canadian Coders Solve Mystery of Open Source Government
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When you think of hotbeds of open source innovation, Canada’s Treasury Board typically doesn’t make the cut. But over the past three years, coders at this slightly obscure Canadian government agency have produced something that’s pretty rare in government: a hit open source project.

We’re not talking about the next Linux here, but this summer, the Treasury Board of Canada — which oversees Canada’s federal civil service — hosted a CodeFest to invite hackers — mostly government staffers — to hack its Web Experience Toolkit, or WET — a set of open-source tools that the Treasury Board uses for building websites.

One hundred and fifty people came. Many of them were young developers, excitedly swapping code and sharing ideas across tables. To Lucia Harper, a communications consultant at the event who has worked for the Canadian government, it wasn’t your federal coder snoozefest. It looked like the kind of hackathon that you’d see at private companies. There “were pods of people gathered in groups all sporting laptops; giant screens on the walls with Twitter feeds, code demonstrations, style guides and the like,” she wrote in a blog post about the event. “There was a hubbub people. There was a buzz of anticipation and solutions.”

2012 was the year that the U.S. government put the full court press on software developers. As we reported earlier this week, the federal CIO Steven VanRoekel has a vision of a more hackable, more accessible government where code-sharing is far more common — and far more useful.

And this vision is starting to pay off. Over the past few years, government use of the social-coding website, GitHub, has skyrocketed. Today, there are more than 350 government projects hosted there. But the sad truth is that most of this code hasn’t been able to attract a wide group of developers, outside of the folks who were paid to write the original code. That kind of crossover success is the hallmark of a really successful open source effort.

And that’s what’s starting to happen with WET. It already has contributors from 34 federal agencies, but now that’s starting to branch out. “We’ve had contributions from business and even academia,” says Paul Jackson, a web project officer with the Treasury Board. There’s a contributor in Spain, and another who works as a contractor for the City of Ottawa. There are close to 200 contributors in all, but the real number of people who have now participated in the project is surely much larger as many of those official contributors are simply passing along code that others on their team have developed.

With about 30 private sector participants, the project is getting contributions that would have been unimaginable a few years ago.

That means that, for example, the Treasury Board gets the benefits of someone else’s user interface testing. “We’re still evolving with learning how to do user experience and improving the useability of our website,” Jackson says. “But there are a lot of firms out there that are dedicated to that very purpose. And if they can share their testing results and get involved and help us with improving our designs, it can make the product better as a whole.”

Down in New York State, Luke Charde says he’s using the success of WET to try to sell his colleagues on the idea of doing more open source development. “That’s my vision for what I want to do across different agencies in New York,” says Charde, a user-interface design lead with New York’s Office of IT Services. As he sees things, WET is a runaway success. Among GitHub’s government pages, at least, it’s “one of the first examples of massive collaboration happening and savings,” he says.

Source: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/01/wet/


Egyptian Government to move towards OPen Source
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Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Hany Mahmoud met with Egypt Open Source Association representatives to review a number of current issues related to the sector.

Discussions tackled a number of current ICT topics, most importantly, what was raised recently about the Egyptian government renewing the partnership agreement with Microsoft Corp. for using its software and owning desktops and servers licenses used in all ministries and government entities in Egypt.

In this context, Minister of ICT declared that software is a major industry in the ICT sector globally.  According to him, Egypt is keen to intensify the cooperation with leading major international companies to provide tools, database systems and software through a number of framework agreements that allow Egypt a package of technical and economic features in this field.

Renewing partnership agreement with Microsoft Corp., as he says, is the best alternative at the moment to preserve the rights of the Egyptian government. The agreement signed in April 2009 aims to appoint a licensed software to the Egyptian government from the company for three years ending in October 2012, with the possibility of owning these licenses by the Egyptian government after the agreement period end.

For more detials http://mcit.gov.eg/Media_Center/Press_Room/Press_Releases/2509

By the numbers: India saves and grows with free and open source software
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Free and open source software (FOSS) plays an indispensable role in developing countries. As it is often a substitute for more expensive proprietary software, it can impact the economy and progress of a country, like India, in a very positive way.

A survey report on the ‘Economic Impact of FOSS in India’ by a team at IIM – Bangalore gave some interesting results. The study is based on 20 case studies from various Indian governmental departments and educational institutions with FOSS being used as an operating system, server, or application.

Benefits realized by a few organizations:

  • In Kerala (an Indian state), the government replaced Windows software with FOSS on 50,000 desktops in school across the state. They saved nearly $10.2 million USD.

  • The Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), one of the largest insurers in India, replaced their entire IT structure of 3,500 servers and 30,000 desktops with FOSS. They saved $8.75 million USD.

  • The New India Assurance Company, with IT infrastructure of 1,500 servers and 7,000 desktops, saved $16.67 million USD by adopting FOSS.

Ultimately, this study shows that by replacing approximately 50 percent of an Indian company's proprietary software with open source software, it can save close to Rs. 10,000 crore (which is $1.8 billion USD).

But there's more than just the benefit of cost savings; an Indian company can escape from vendor lock-in and modify at their convenience. The ability to change and add new software remains a prevailing benefit of FOSS, and the custom of sharing helps employees become more innovative and contribute to the success and evolution of their organization. Open source software is a truly a valuable substitute in India, with many helpful attributes.

However, FOSS implementation requires increased awareness and encouragement among its users. Government organizations (and other businesses) must take concrete steps for the successful procurement of FOSS—emphasizing IT adoption at all levels. And for there to be adoption, officials and staff must learn as much as they can about the subject. I hope to see further awareness and understanding brought about by government sponsored FOSS education and training courses in the near future.



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