ODI User Story – OhioCheckbook.com: A New National Standard

Open Data

From Worst to First The U.S. Public Research Interest Group (PIRG) is a federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) that annually publishes a report rating all 50 US states on providing online access to government spending data. This report is widely used as the best assessment available on state financial transparency. In 2013, […]

Check Out The Open Data Initiative

Open Data Open Source

Open Data image by Descrier, CC BY 2.0 I have been working  on the Open Data Initiative open source project focused on government financial transparency since this summer with the good people of Lincoln Network. Why Government Transparency? Transparency is a core principle of a modern government. We the people ask for accountability by understanding what our […]

Stop the Engineering Tug of War with an Open Source Office

Leadership Open Source

What is an Open Source Office Every commerical company has a engineering organization. Commerical engineering standard practice is to develop everything in private. However, times have changed and every company has some open source use and/or development going on. The use of open source without formal engineering support causes an unnecessary tug of war for […]

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Volunteering at the 2017 SFBay ACT-W conference

Leadership Open Source

What Was This I had the privilege of volunteering for the Open Source Initiative (OSI) table at the ACT-W conference at Galvanize, San Francisco this last Saturday with Erich Clauer and Zachariah Sherzad. It was an event focused on giving women the best information on advancing in technical careers. Keynotes and talks sounded excellent on […]


10 Steps for the Boss to Understand Your Upstream Project

Leadership Open Source

Previous articles on Open Source First  have been more strategy than recipe. You need a clear, easy to understand plan for making the case for an upstream project to your manager. To help you with your boss, I have rewritten the How to use Public Projects to Build Products article into a list of ten steps. These […]