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 short?

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Why no ruby in gov?

  1. 1. 1. Sarah goes to Washington 2. Ruby sighting 3. What I did @Smithsonian 4. Why not more Ruby?
  2. 2. 1st round of five projects was launched in August 2012 with 18 inaugural Fellows.
  3. 3. 2nd Round started in June 2013 with 43 fellows
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. http://MyUSA.gov easier access to government services
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. MyUSA Discovery
  9. 9. MyUSA Account
  10. 10. Stack Phusion Passenger Apache MySQL Ruby on Rails
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. http://bit.ly/exec-order-open-data
  14. 14. 19 museums 15 archives 23 libraries 9 research centers
  15. 15. My Office
  16. 16. the Castle Freer Sackler My Office Hirshhorn Air & Space American History Natural History Archives of American Art
  17. 17. GSA White House My Office Dept of Education National Archives
  18. 18. Smithsonian Digital Collections
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. with over... 137 Million specimens, art works and other treasures... 136,000 cubic feet of archival material
  21. 21. Not Just Pictures of Things
  22. 22. Data
  23. 23. Digital Volunteers
  24. 24. 5M plant specimens
  25. 25. 3.7 M without digital records
  26. 26. This is the record (structured data)
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. transcription.si.edu
  30. 30. Writing code... can be challenging
  31. 31. Writing code... not the hard part
  32. 32. Most technical problems are already solved.
  33. 33. Dudes. That was just marketing...
  34. 34. You can’t actually build a real blog in 5 minutes.
  35. 35. Over 1 million active Drupal sites
  36. 36. Ruby optimizes for developer happiness
  37. 37. What if...?
  38. 38. the developer could focus on unique aspects that require innovation
  39. 39. We don’t sustain frameworks... ...with a user experience.
  40. 40. Why?

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