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Open source may be experiencing something of a slow uptake in government offices lately because the traditional "request for proposal" (RFP) process -- required and used by governments when spending tax dollars on software and other technology resources -- often excludes open source options.
Even worse, governments are typically using software and solutions for which they do not own the copyright, so customization is limited and collaboration is stifled, according to City of Newport News (Va.) Chief Information Officer Andy Stein, who spoke on a panel at this week's second annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON).
"People want to start a new collaboration, but can't because they don't own the code," Stein said.
Representatives from city, state and national government bureaus nationwide converged in Portland, Ore., for the event, seeking ways to leverage both open source software and cooperation among themselves to better serve the public.
The conference, kicked off with a keynote by Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) Chief Executive Officer Stuart Cohen, brought together nearly 250 government IT managers, open source consultants and others interested in how free and open source software (FOSS) can save time and money in government applications.
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