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Red, White And Blue -- And Open

Serdar Yegulalp | InformationWeek | July 22, 2009

The group's name: Open Source for America. The group's mission: revolutionize the way we govern ourselves, from IT departments on outwards. Or at least just the IT departments.

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Red Hat, Oracle, Sun to Promote Open Source to U.S. Government

Richard Grigonis | Asterisk | July 22, 2009

Yours Truly has often joked that the open source – or “open innovation” movement, as it’s sometimes called – sometimes resembles a quasi-religious cult. Now, however, it’s starting to resemble a political action committee.

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Open-Source Allies Woo U.S. Government

Stephen Shankland | Cnet News | July 22, 2009

Several open-source software companies and many other allies have banded together in a consortium called Open Source for America to try to persuade the U.S. government to use more of the collaboratively developed software, to participate in its development, and help its practitioners work with the government better.

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Open Source Unites for US Government Dollars

Gavin Clarke | The Register | July 22, 2009

Billions of dollars and people hours are spent each year to lobby US politicians over legislation and lucrative government contracts. Telcos, hardware, and closed-source software companies are not strangers to this game. Now Linux and open-source are getting their act together. Seventy open-source companies and organizations have established Open Source for America.

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Open Source Seeks More Clout in Washington

Sean Michael Kerner | InternetNews.com | July 22, 2009

Is open source good for America? A group of over 70 leading open source vendors thinks so, and they've now formed an effort to lobby Washington and to promote open source for government use. The Open Source for America coalition is made up of over 50 member groups including Red Hat, Linux Foundation, Oracle, Sun, Novell,Google, AMD, Mozilla and other key open source vendors.

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Open Source Lobbying Group Emerges

Eric Brown | DesktopLinux.com | July 22, 2009

A lobbying group has been launched by more than 70 companies, academic institutions, and communities, to promote open source software as a "transparent and cost-effective option" for U.S. government agencies. "Open Source for America" counts AMD, Canonical, Google, Novell, Oracle, and Red Hat among its members.

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NASA Takes Open Source Into Space

Matt Asay | Cnet News | July 22, 2009

Open-source software has been making inroads into U.S. federal agencies for years, most notably in January when the U.S. Department of Defense set up an internal forge to host open-source software for use by the government.

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Medical Research and Social Media: Can Wikis be Used as a Publishing Platform in Medicine?

Sally Murray, et. al. | Open Medicine | July 22, 2009

This past month marked an exciting development at Open Medicine: the launch of the Open Medicine wiki. The first publication to be housed on the wiki is a scoping review of studies examining the use of asynchronous telehealth by Deshpande and colleagues. The interactive article allows users to log in and edit, delete or add content to the review and to look at changes other users have made to the document.

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Group Will Push Open Source in US Gov't

Grant Gross | CIO | July 22, 2009

Open-source software needs a higher profile in Washington, D.C., according to a group of about 50 organizations and companies that launched a new campaign to educate U.S. government agencies about the benefits of open source.

Members of the Open Source For America coalition, which launched Wednesday, include Google, The Linux Foundation, the Mozilla and Debian projects, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Advanced Micro Devices and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Read More »

DIY Government: Open Source for America

Leah Rosin | IT Knowledge Exchange | July 22, 2009

Today, in conjunction with the O’Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON) in San Jose, Calif., more than 70 companies, academic institutions, communities, related groups and individuals announced the formation ofOpen Source for America, an organization that will serve as a unified voice for the promotion of open source software in the U.S. Federal Government arena. Read More »

Open Source for America: A resource for the Gov2.0 CTO

Bob Gourly | CTOvision.com | July 22, 2009

With this post I’d like to tell you a bit more about the coalition Open Source for America and why I believe it is so important for our collective future.  I would also like to encourage you to join this coalition yourself.   Whether you represent industry, academia, non-profit organizations or are an individual technologist this coalition needs your help and support. Read More »

Companies, Academics Form Coalition to Promote Open-Source Software

Jill R. Aitoro | NextGov | July 22, 2009

Leaders of the open-source movement announced on Wednesday that they have formed a coalition to promote support of and adoption by federal agencies of the nonproprietary computer software.

More than 50 companies, academic institutions, communities and individuals formed Open Source for America to promote its use in the federal government. Open source generally refers to software code that is provided to the public to modify and download for free. Read More »

Coalition to Promote Greater Use of Open-Source Apps in Government

Kathleen Hickey | Government Computer News | July 22, 2009

Open-source software continues to make inroads into the federal government, and a new organization to promote open-source applications has been established.

Open Source for America is a coalition of more than 50 companies, academic institutions, communities of interest and related groups that will advocate for greater acceptance of the use of open-source software in government information technology systems. Read More »

Companies, Academics Form Coalition to Promote Open-Source Software

Jill R. Aitoro | NextGov | July 22, 2009

Leaders of the open-source movement announced on Wednesday that they have formed a coalition to promote support of and adoption by federal agencies of the nonproprietary computer software.  More than 50 companies, academic institutions, communities and individuals formed Open Source for America to promote its use in the federal government.

Universal Electronic Health Records: Progress or Boondoggle?

Marlene Piturro, PhD | ENTToday | July 15, 2009

Implementing electronic health records (EHRs) for all 633,000 physicians and 5708 hospitals in the United States is a daunting task, and one that is being nudged forward by Team Obama's $19 billion stimulus plan earmarked to help health care providers to switch to EHRs. But a March New England Journal of Medicine study by Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, and John Halamka, MD, MS, showed that only 1.5% of hospital records are fully computerized, and only 7.6% of hospitals have a basic EHR system.

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