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Australia Launches Site For All Agencies To Release All Code To Open Source Community
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/jun/05/aus-cto-clarifies-plans-release-all-code-open-sour/
Source Date: Friday, June 06, 2014
Country: Australia
Created: Jun 06, 2014

Australia’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), John Sheridan, today clarified the government’s plans to release all code from its proposed new content management system (CMS) to the open source community.

The clarification came after blog feedback, a consultation summary revealed. “It was unclear whether GovCMS intends to give back to the community - it was always a clear intention of GovCMS to do this, we have made the statement more direct,” Sheridan (pictured) wrote.

The Australian Government intends to move to a single CMS system for all government websites, and plans to go live in September 2014.

Working with the open source community is “expected to reduce development costs, and will develop modules that suit the needs of [Australian Public Sector] agencies,” the tender documents stated.

“We expect all code and modules developed for use in the open source platform would be made freely available for all government agencies (and the wider open source community) to freely utilise modules developed for the chosen open source platform.”

Australia plans to use a single CMS system because it believes it will create a common skillset for using one CMS, reduce startup times for new websites, improve mobile website functionality and create a more standardised experience for public service users.

Other governments in the region do work with open source communities. For example, New Zealand’s government created an Open Source Virtual Learning Environment, Don Christie, chair of New Zealand’s IT business leaders’ group NZRise told FutureGov.

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