OSCON (PRWEB) July 19, 2012 — Open Source for America (OSFA), an business of development industry leaders, non-government associations, plus educational plus analysis organizations marketing the utilization of open source technologies inside the U.S. Federal Government, now established a petition to Free the Code, inside an effort to motivate the government to release custom-developed, taxpayer-funded software because open source by standard.
Free the Code is an initiative to begin a nationwide conversation about taxpayer investments inside software plus info technologies, mentioned John Scott, president of Selection Pressure, LLC plus co-chair of Open Source for America’s steering committee. Especially, were interested inside how publicly-funded software code developed by the government, that isnt absolutely covered with a proprietary license, ought to be created accessible to the wider public.
Scott plus Deb Bryant of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) co-chaired a Free the Code session at the Open Source Conference (OSCON) this week inside Portland, Oregon to ask interested parties to join the debate.����Releasing code because open source might greatly grow reuse plus collaborative development between federal agencies as well as the private sector, mentioned Bryant. We hope which others agree plus usually signal the petition at We the Folks asking the Federal Government to share government-developed software below an open source license when potential.
Free the Code is asking anybody with an interest inside taxpayer-funded software to signal the petition at: http://goo.gl/K920J. The White Home has pledged to answer to any petition found on the We the Folks site which garners 25,000 signatures in 20 days.
Free the Code has introduced a url to share plus discuss government policies plus ideal practices about open source software. Anyone whom desires to join the functioning group plus develop model policies may signal up at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/freethecode.
About Open Source for America
Open Source for America (OSFA) is an business of development industry leaders, non-government associations plus educational plus analysis organizations focused on advocating the utilization of open source software inside the U.S. Federal government. Participation inside Open Source for America is available to any individual or entity signing the campaign’s mission pledge at: http://www.opensourceforamerica.org.