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NewsForge: Census Bureau: Open Source makes sense to deliver stats on the Web

Mar 20, 2002, 22:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"If you're checking out demographic information at the U.S. Census Bureau's Web site, there's a chance the information is courtesy of several Open Source tools. Two senior technology architects with the Census Bureau's Internet division said the low cost of Open Source software, plus strong support from the developer and user communities make Open Source the right choice for several Web-based projects at Census.gov.

"Lisa Wolfisch Nyman and Rachael LaPorte Taylor described five Open Source Web projects at the Census Bureau Tuesday during one of the Open Source Software for e-Government series of discussions sponsored by the General Services Administration, the National Science Foundation and the Cyberspace Policy Institute at The George Washington University. The talk, held at the NSF just outside of Washington, D.C., drew about 30 government employees and private sector developers, two thirds of whom raised their hands when asked if they were Open Source advocates..."

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