FLOSS In Action In Government

The UK developed a “Fix My Street” web application as FLOSS. Source code is on GitHub (GNU Affero General Public License). It’s now being copied by Switzerland and Norway is using it to allow citizens to report potholes and such, giving government the ability to respond quickly and to keep on top of the overall situation with roads. Beautiful.

See what can be done when governments share instead of paying the same outfit repeatedly to buy some stuff that doesn’t work as well? Also the roads get fixed sooner rather than later.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to FLOSS In Action In Government

  1. notzed says:

    I don’t know why governments haven’t been doing this sort of thing for decades. Particularly for many common systems like asset and license management which tend to be recreated many many times – the data is the valuable part and the systems themselves are just an ongoing liability.

    They spend all of this public money and it just ends up going down the drain when the system is replaced later on.

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