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Open Data, Open Source, and the City of Portland

Oct 27, 2010, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deb Bryant)

"For the next segment of our pre-conference interview series, we've turned to our host city, Portland, Oregon, for more details on its release of open data, use of open source and support of citizen engagement software projects. In this interview, we're bringing you a variety of voices from the ranks of Portland's public servants, from both the Mayor's Office and the Bureau of Technology Services.

"We understand that the City of Portland was the first in the United States to adopt a formal policy in support of opening data to outside developers and adopting open source solutions in technology procurement. What prompted the creation of this official policy?

"Mayor Sam Adams: We have a world-class open source software community here in Portland, and we wanted to adopt a policy that would help make it easier for members of this community to take advantage of public sector contract opportunities and contribute to innovative projects. We therefore decided to adopt a procurement policy that placed open source software on an equal footing with commercial software."

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