Open-source directory seeks info about government projects

Open-source directory seeks info about government projects

The Center of Open Source and Government this fall will publish a directory of open-source projects within agencies and large companies.

The Open Source Resource Book 2003 will provide a 'who's doing what' list of development efforts, said Tony Stanco, director of the center, which is an affiliate of the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute at George Washington University.

Listings are free, Stanco said. Representatives of government agencies and national laboratories can go to the reference book's home page, at www.egovos.org/ref_book.html, to complete an online questionnaire for a listing.

Some of the questions include the number of employees involved in the open-source project, the government IT problems solved by the project and the lessons learned from each effort.

Stanco on April 6 sent an e-mail announcement about the reference book and received 18 questionnaire responses that day.

The directory will include a list of mature open-source software generally regarded as safe, plus a year-in-review section and a listing of open-source conferences.

The deadline for submitting listings is May 31. Stanco said he would release the reference book in November at the third Open Source in Government conference in Paris.

The center plans to update the directory annually, Stanco said.

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