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Why no ruby in gov?

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Sarah Allen talks about her experience as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the Smithsonian, then poses the question: why was Drupal a good fit for her project, and how did Ruby and Rails fall ...

Sarah Allen talks about her experience as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the Smithsonian, then poses the question: why was Drupal a good fit for her project, and how did Ruby and Rails fall short?

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    Why no ruby in gov? Why no ruby in gov? Presentation Transcript

    • 1. Sarah goes to Washington 2. Ruby sighting 3. What I did @Smithsonian 4. Why not more Ruby?
    • 1st round of five projects was launched in August 2012 with 18 inaugural Fellows.
    • 2nd Round started in June 2013 with 43 fellows
    • Presidential Innovation Fellows Round 2 Projects Disaster Response MyUSA RFP-EZ Cyber-Physical Systems Open Data MyData Innovation Toolkit 21st Century Financial Systems Development Innovation Ventures VA Modernization
    • Presidential Innovation Fellows Round 2 Projects Disaster Response MyUSA RFP-EZ Cyber-Physical Systems Open Data MyData Innovation Toolkit 21st Century Financial Systems Development Innovation Ventures VA Modernization
    • http://MyUSA.gov easier access to government services
    • What is MyUSA? MyUSA is a joint initiative between the White House and the General Services Administration to reimagine how citizens interact with government. A platform for building tools and services connecting citizens and businesses to government agencies.
    • MyUSA Discovery
    • MyUSA Account
    • Stack Phusion Passenger Apache MySQL Ruby on Rails
    • Presidential Innovation Fellows Round 2 Projects Disaster Response MyUSA RFP-EZ Cyber-Physical Systems Open Data MyData Innovation Toolkit 21st Century Financial Systems Development Innovation Ventures VA Modernization
    • Presidential Innovation Fellows Round 2 Projects Disaster Response MyUSA RFP-EZ Cyber-Physical Systems Open Data MyData Innovation Toolkit 21st Century Financial Systems Development Innovation Ventures VA Modernization
    • http://bit.ly/exec-order-open-data
    • 19 museums 15 archives 23 libraries 9 research centers
    • My Office
    • the Castle Freer Sackler My Office Hirshhorn Air & Space American History Natural History Archives of American Art
    • GSA White House My Office Dept of Education National Archives
    • Smithsonian Digital Collections
    • The Smithsonian has seriously amazing treasures for... researchers to study and discover, curators to organize and document, and members of the public to learn about.
    • with over... 137 Million specimens, art works and other treasures... 136,000 cubic feet of archival material
    • Not Just Pictures of Things
    • Data
    • Digital Volunteers
    • 5M plant specimens
    • 3.7 M without digital records
    • This is the record (structured data)
    • Botany Workflow Digital US Herbarium Surrogate Validation EMU 3.7M Plants Transcription Center SI Staff Volunteer Work EMU 1000/wk SI Staff SI Staff SI Staff
    • Improved Botany Workflow Digital US Herbarium Surrogate Validation EMU 3.7M Plants Transcription Center Software Volunteer Work EMU 1000/wk SI Staff SI Staff Software
    • transcription.si.edu
    • Writing code... can be challenging
    • Writing code... not the hard part
    • Most technical problems are already solved.
    • Dudes. That was just marketing...
    • You can’t actually build a real blog in 5 minutes.
    • Over 1 million active Drupal sites
    • Ruby optimizes for developer happiness
    • What if...?
    • the developer could focus on unique aspects that require innovation
    • We don’t sustain frameworks... ...with a user experience.
    • Why?