New NYSenate “CIO Office”http://ﬂickr.com/photos/rocketqueen/1573565705/
Open-Source Value Proposition• No vendor lock-In / choice of consultants / ability to build in-house capacity• Collaborate w/ our peers (White House)• Security transparency (US DoD is a major consumer for thisreason)• Open-Source platforms often pay more heed to open formatsand standards (e.g.: DCAT, RDFa, OData, JSON vs Shapeﬁles, PDF,etc.)• Innovation: healthy open-source projects can aggregate moreengineering effort than proprietary alternatives, propagate greatnew extensions faster• Freedom of Hosting Options: consume as a cloud-hostedservice today, change our mind and host in-house tomorrow, etc.
Selected Drupal Because• Considered Joomla, Django, Drupal and Wordpress• Platform & Community Maturity: •>1 million sites (2% of all sites), 3,718 Code commits/wk, 6,388 issue comments/wk •transparent governance process for upgrades •trajectory of the platform & community since 2004•Extensibility: •18,489 Modules, 1,512 Themes, 21,009 Contributors •module feature set for constituent use cases• Vendor Ecosystem: •local availability of Drupal and PHP/MySQL talent •Drupal specialized commercial cloud options
High Velocity Project• Contracted outside consulting ﬁrm for requirements gathering,design, coding, hosting•*During* external development, hired one in-house developerone project manager, & trained existing in-house staff for training &QA• Deployed 3.5 months after project start• Maintained by one programmer and one project manager• Hundreds of bugs and features implemented since
Results: Transparency, Yes...“[NY Senate] is taking a critically important step to help restore trust in government. At a time when conﬁdence in government in general has hit bottom, this is an extraordinarily valuable step forward” - Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law “..clearly setting the place that all other legislative bodies will have to follow. The U.S. Congress ought to be taking some clue” -Ellen Miller, Executive Director, The Sunlight Foundation. “..demonstrates the New York State Senate’s commitment to a transparent and accessible government” - Dave McClure, U.S. GSA Associate Administrator “With this new system, New York State takes a leadership role in accountability and transparency” - Craig Newmark, founder, Craigslist.org & Craigslist Foundation. “[We] applaud the State Senate for its efforts to further open the legislative process,” Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director, League of Women Voters.Winner of three “Best of New York” Awards
But Also More Efficient...• No technical skill required to manage content• Content managed as mashable data• Modernize Antiquated Systems, Terminate Expensive Software Licenses• Open-source platforms & developer tools, & collaborative development• Government-certiﬁed Commercial Cloud hosting• Net saving $1MM off ~ $8MM budget
And Newly Participatory...• 10,000s watching live events• 100,000s of YouTube views• 100s of public comments on bills• @NYSenate 1000s of Followers
Collapsed the geography between NYC and NY State