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    NY Senate Open Source NY Senate Open Source Presentation Transcript

    • NY Senate Open Source Open Source initiatives for the New York State Senate
    • 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
      • Participation
      • Efficiency
    • NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Areas of Focus
      • Senate websites (public and internal)
      • Internal E-mail/Calendaring/Collaboration
      • Constituent Relationship Management
      • Legislative data
      • Help Desk and Problem Tracking
      • Software development and code management
    • NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Senate websites - Internet
      • Original external website:
      • Minimal interactive features
      • Difficult to maintain
      • No direct control for member offices
      • New website:
      • Drupal-based
      • Highly interactive
      • Each member is empowered
    • NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Senate websites - Intranet
      • Current internal website:
      • Lotus-based
      • Difficult to locate information
      • Proposed Intranet website:
      • Drupal-based
      • Advanced indexing and search capabilities
      • Better integration with CRM and OpenLeg
    • NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Internal E-mail/Groupware
      • Currently: Lotus Notes/Domino
      • Investigating alternatives, including:
      • Google Apps
      • Zimbra
      • Open-Xchange
      • Spicebird
      • Scalix
      • CollabSuite, Zarafa, Unison, Bynari, PostPath, Kolab
    • NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Constituent Relationship Mgmt
      • Currently: OMIS (mainframe-based application)
      • Investigating alternatives, including:
      • CiviCRM (open source)
      • Lockheed-Martin IQ (best-of-breed proprietary)
      • Orange Leap (formerly, MPower)
      • SugarCRM, SpendidCRM, CentricCRM, Vtiger, XRMS
      • iConstituent
      • Aristotle
    • NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Legislative Data
      • Originally: LBDC public website
      • Now: OpenLeg bill data service
      • Written in Java using Jetty servlet engine
      • Hourly updates from LBDC via FTP
      • RESTful API
      • Examples of API usage: Drupal site, IM client
      • Data formats: XML, CSV, RSS, JSON
    • NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Help Desk and Problem Tracking
      • Currently: Mainframe-based help desk app
      • Investigating open source solutions:
      • Redmine
      • Bugzilla
      • Trac
      • eTicket, Eventum, Savane, OpenCSM
    • NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Software Development and Source Code Management
      • Originally: No standards
      • Development environment:
      • Java6, servlets, Jetty
      • Eclipse IDE
      • Source code management:
      • Subversion
      • Github
      • Subversive (Eclipse plugin)
    • NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 Copyright Policies
      • Website: Creative Commons By-NC-ND
      • Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works
      • Source Code: Dual-license BSD and GPLv3
      • Open source repository:
      • open.nysenate.gov
    • NYSenate2.0 and Gov2.0 How you can help
      • Connect with open source community
      • Revolutionary opportunity to reinvent government
      • Products utilized by millions of New Yorkers
      • Rensselaer and NY Senate – a perfect match!
      • Contact: Ken Zalewski, zalewski@senate.state.ny.us