WhiteHouse.gov Goes Open Source

Posted by on May 23, 2010 in Technology | No Comments

Well this is some pretty cool news:

Yesterday at DrupalCon, representatives of WhiteHouse.gov announced they are making modules of Drupal code they have developed and customized open source, i.e. are giving them away free of charge.

Drupal itself is an open source project and one of the most popular website building tools around. This CMS powers a sizable chunk of the Internet, from Warner Records artists to World Bank’s data site.

The code WhiteHouse.gov is releasing into the wild deals with three main aspects: scalability, communication and accessibility. This move is part of the general move toward openness we’ve seen in a slew of recent government initiatives online, such as Data.gov. The opening of WhiteHouse.gov’s platform means that more developers will get to use, review and modify WH code for their own applications, while quite possibly expanding and improving the modules’ capabilities along the way.

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