Government Open Source CollaborationsBrian WylieSandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
Government Open Source Resources• GOSCON Government Open Source Conference (goscon.org)• Open Source Center: Foreign open source intelligence data (opensource.gov)• Open Source Software Institute: Non-profit corp/govt/acad (oss-institute.org)• Government Open Source Software Resource Centre (gossrc.org)• Center for Strategic and International Studies (tracks open source legislation csis.org)
Government Open Source Around the World180 Open Source Initiatives by Region (2000-2009)160140120100 Failed 80 Proposed 60 Approved 40 20 0 Europe Asia Latin North Africa Middle America America East Data Courtesy of the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Government Open Source Example Projects SandiaLos Alamos KitwareUniversity of Utah Open source data analysis and visualization platform
Government Open Source Example Projects Sandia Kitware IndianaUniversityStanford
Government Open Source Collaboration Benefits No specific vendor “lock-in/out” Allows a diversified development teamGovernment Known code base (strengths and weaknesses) Typically easier to integration with other OS tools Improvement of the OS project MoneyCommercial Leveraging project for other/future work Improvement of the OS project Student/Professor support Academic Publishing/Sharing Improvement of the OS project
Government Open Source Collaboration Issues Need to relax into existing OS license*Government New projects should pick a liberal OS license Funding source may hesitate on Open Source Proprietary projects / Intellectual Property Government bureaucracyCommercial Mixed software skill set Deliverables can get distorted * No gov’t sell back clause Academic Work may not be publication material If you do publish, it may be a joint publication