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NY Senate Open Source

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  • 1. NY Senate Open Source Open Source initiatives for the New York State Senate
  • 2. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Motivation and Goals The New York Senate has traditionally been a closed body, lending credence to the term, “Three men in a room.” Under the new majority, the Office of the CIO was created and empowered to bring government to the citizens of New York. We have three main goals:
    • Transparency
    • 3. Participation
    • 4. Efficiency
  • 5. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Areas of Focus
    • Senate websites (public and internal)
    • 6. Internal E-mail/Calendaring/Collaboration
    • 7. Constituent Relationship Management
    • 8. Legislative data
    • 9. Help Desk and Problem Tracking
    • 10. Software development and code management
  • 11. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Senate websites - Internet
    • Original external website:
    • 12. Minimal interactive features
    • 13. Difficult to maintain
    • 14. No direct control for member offices
    • 15. New website:
    • 16. Drupal-based
    • 17. Highly interactive
    • 18. Each member is empowered
  • 19. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Senate websites - Intranet
    • Current internal website:
    • 20. Lotus-based
    • 21. Difficult to locate information
    • 22. Proposed Intranet website:
    • 23. Drupal-based
    • 24. Advanced indexing and search capabilities
    • 25. Better integration with CRM and OpenLeg
  • 26. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Internal E-mail/Groupware
    • Currently: Lotus Notes/Domino
    • 27. Investigating alternatives, including:
    • 28. Google Apps
    • 29. Zimbra
    • 30. Open-Xchange
    • 31. Spicebird
    • 32. Scalix
    • 33. CollabSuite, Zarafa, Unison, Bynari, PostPath, Kolab
  • 34. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Constituent Relationship Mgmt
    • Currently: OMIS (mainframe-based application)
    • 35. Investigating alternatives, including:
    • 36. CiviCRM (open source)
    • 37. Lockheed-Martin IQ (best-of-breed proprietary)
    • 38. Orange Leap (formerly, MPower)
    • 39. SugarCRM, SpendidCRM, CentricCRM, Vtiger, XRMS
    • 40. iConstituent
    • 41. Aristotle
  • 42. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Legislative Data
    • Originally: LBDC public website
    • 43. Now: OpenLeg bill data service
    • 44. Written in Java using Jetty servlet engine
    • 45. Hourly updates from LBDC via FTP
    • 46. RESTful API
    • 47. Examples of API usage: Drupal site, IM client
    • 48. Data formats: XML, CSV, RSS, JSON
  • 49. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Help Desk and Problem Tracking
    • Currently: Mainframe-based help desk app
    • 50. Investigating open source solutions:
    • 51. Redmine
    • 52. Bugzilla
    • 53. Trac
    • 54. eTicket, Eventum, Savane, OpenCSM
  • 55. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Software Development and Source Code Management
    • Originally: No standards
    • 56. Development environment:
    • 57. Java6, servlets, Jetty
    • 58. Eclipse IDE
    • 59. Source code management:
    • 60. Subversion
    • 61. Github
    • 62. Subversive (Eclipse plugin)
  • 63. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Copyright Policies
    • Website: Creative Commons By-NC-ND
    • 64. Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works
    • 65. Source Code: Dual-license BSD and GPLv3
    • 66. Open source repository:
    • 67. open.nysenate.gov
  • 68. NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 How you can help
    • Connect with open source community
    • 69. Revolutionary opportunity to reinvent government
    • 70. Products utilized by millions of New Yorkers
    • 71. Rensselaer and NY Senate – a perfect match!
    • 72. Contact: Ken Zalewski, zalewski@senate.state.ny.us

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