Georgia aims for software exchange

Georgia aims for software exchange

The Georgia Technology Authority is taking steps to create a national software component exchange, an online repository where state and local governments will be able to post software components so other agencies can reuse them for free.

GTA awarded a contact to Component Source of Atlanta to help develop the exchange site, which is slated to go online next month.

At the midyear conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) in Austin, Texas, Georgia CIO Larry Singer announced the project during a presentation on component architecture and reuse.

Singer defined a component as 'an encapsulation of specific logic, or code for how to do a piece of work. You can use components to build applications the way a child builds buildings with Legos.'

Georgia worked with Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Washington in a shared-components pilot project. Pennsylvania CIO Charles Gerhards said the state saved $150,000 by reusing an electronic permitting application developed by Washington.

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