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NY Senate Open Source
NY Senate Open Source
NY Senate Open Source
NY Senate Open Source
NY Senate Open Source
NY Senate Open Source
NY Senate Open Source
NY Senate Open Source
NY Senate Open Source
NY Senate Open Source
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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