[HTML1]Let’s just get this out of the way: Portland, Oregon, is the de facto hub of open source.
There. I said it. What? Don’t believe me? Well, in addition to all of the other open source loving things the City of Portland has done in recent history, they just declared this week “Open Source in Government” week in Portland to celebrate open source and the GOSCON—the government open source conference—being held here, this week.
“Last fall, when the City of Portland adopted the nation’s first open source software policy, one of our goals was to help attract premier open source conferences to Portland,” said Portland Mayor Sam Adams in a press release. “Today I am pleased our efforts to bring GOSCON back to Portland have paid off. Portland owes a sincere thank-you to the Oregon State University Open Source Lab for helping bring GOSCON back to Portland.”
So how did the City Council go about commemorating Open Source in Government Week? With a declaration of course.
Declare the Week of October 25, 2010 Open Source in Government Week
WHEREAS, the City of Portland is committed to using technology to foster open, transparent, and accessible government; and
WHEREAS, Portland has been chosen as Host City for a series of educational events designed to educate, promote collaboration, and increase the effective use of technology to serve and engage citizens and
WHEREAS, on October 26th an Open Data Summit will gather stakeholders from government, community and industry to collaborate on open standards and
WHEREAS, on October 27 the inaugural IgniteGov event will catalyze and spark innovation amongst government and community and
WHEREAS, on October 27 – 28th government agencies, public officials, civic advocates, and open source industry luminaries will gather for the Sixth Annual Government Open Source Conference and
WHEREAS, on October 28th the City of Portland will honor Civic Apps Award Winners at a special reception and
WHEREAS, the Oregon State University Open Source Lab will facilitate dialog amongst government agencies and others in support of collaboration throughout the week in Portland and
WHEREAS, City of Portland Bureau of Technology Services will contribute to these conversations and seek to collaborate with like-minded organizations
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Portland City Council:
Declares the week of October 25, 2010 Open Source in Government Week
So there you go. Go do something open sourcey to celebrate.
For more information, visit GOSCON.