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2018 Government Innovation Awards

The U.S. government’s codebase

When Code.gov launched in November 2016, there was no search function. That didn’t much matter, however, because there were just 45 projects.

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Click here for all the 2018 Public Sector Innovation winners

Today, there are more than 4,000 projects to explore, and they are fully searchable thanks to an Elasticsearch back end. A powerful application programming interface and a data harvester encourage modern software development practices. In addition, the platform helps agencies comply with the Federal Source Code Policy and avoid duplicative expenditures by reusing existing code that could meet their needs. It also identifies and protects code that is exempt from reuse due to national security or other concerns.

The latest data schema even includes the developer hours each project required, which means Code.gov can calculate the resources agencies save each time a project is reused.

And at a time when the government is desperately trying to tap into private-sector technology talent, Code.gov provides a unique recruiting tool by making it simple for coders to find open-source government projects where their contributions can make a difference.

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