Federal, state and local government agencies are being invited to share and
develop computer code to save money and avoid duplication via a new Civic Commons
collaboration project that debuted today.
The Civic Commons Web site has published code for the Federal Register and
promises to release open-source code soon for the White House’s IT Dashboard.
Other applications available include open source code for a bus schedule system,
address repository and legislation tracking system, officials said.
The nonprofit Civic Commons program is being sponsored by the District of
Columbia’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer and by the nonprofit
organizations Code for America and OpenPlans that promote open-source
More than a dozen organizations, including the White House, have either
delivered code or promised to do so, officials said.
“In the District of Columbia alone, we have a large set of
applications that other governments may find very useful,” said Bryan Sivak, the
district's chief technology officer said in a news release today. He pledged to
add a number of applications into the commons, including a data warehouse
application, a new agency performance management application, and several
geographic information system applications.
"Not only will other jurisdictions benefit from the public release of these
applications, we will benefit from external individuals and organizations
contributing to the codebase and sharing exciting and innovative applications
they have created,” Sivak added.
Other available applications include the Master Address Repository from the
city of San Francisco and the Open Legislature software from the New York
The IT Dashboard, posted on the White House website, monitors schedule
performance and cost performance, and includes a human analysis factor. Federal
CIO Vivek Kundra has pledged to make it available as open source code to the
Civic Commons project, according to the news release.
The informational wiki OpenMuni.org, developed by OpenPlans and Code for
America, also is part of the Civic Commons project.