Book review: The Foundation for Open Source City

By Jason Hibetts, @jhibbets



“…Open Source: It´s a philosophy, a culture, and framework for how to work collaboratively. The elements that have helped to define a successful development model-transparency, collaboration, rapid prototyping, meritocracy, and participation – are being applied to our everyday lives. The open source way…”

  “…Open Government: is about citizen participation and creating a two-way dialog between citizens and government. True open government will occur when our government defaults and openness and citizens will have full participation in government discussion-making. The ultimate goal is to have business, government, and citizen collaborate to improve our quality of life and create a better citizen experience…”

“…Open Data: is data that can be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone-subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike (Availability and Acces, Reuse and Redistribution, and Universal Participation)”

Elements for an open source city:

  1. Fostering a culture of citizen participation.
  2. Having an effective open government policy.
  3. Having an effective open data initiative.
  4. Promoting open source user groups and conferences.
  5. Being a hub for innovation and open source business.”

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