New Government Open Source Initiative

by Ray Matthews on November 17, 2003 at 02:08 PM

MIT, Harvard, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announce the formation of a loose association of interested U.S. state and local governments to promote sharing of software under open source licenses, including the GPL or Mozilla licenses.

An initial working meeting of the Public Sector Open Source Project will be held on December 9th at MIT and Harvard to form an association. They would like to have as many governments as possible represented and participating. Anyone with inquiries is invited to contact Dan Greenwood, Director of the MIT E-Commerce Architecture Program, at

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Randy Hughes, Utah's new state technical architect, participated in the open source discussion via phone conference. Utah is interested in how we might plug into the effort. We are looking forward to seeing how we can benefit and how we can help.

Posted by: Al Sherwood at December 9, 2003 10:31 PM

In Massachusetts, Boston City Council and the City Clerk fail to make available good documentation on the council proceedings. What passes for minutes is too abbreviated. Most people would not be able to make sense out of the minutes. For example there is mention of the 17F Order but it is not explained clearly. Enquiries are denied with incomplete responses or no response. Rosaria Salerno is the city clerk. Ann Hess takes responsibility for the city council notices. Ellen Fritch produces the city council stenographic minutes with the stenographic computer. The stenographic minutes are not disclosed contrary to open meetings sunshine open government principles.

Posted by: don warner saklad at February 28, 2004 01:23 AM