U.S. defense agency teaching open source

The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency is co-hosting a seminar on how to engage in open-source projects, which is perhaps the best sign yet that open source is thriving in government.

It says something about open source's impact on the world when the the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency--a division in the Department of Defense--starts running seminars on how to shift to open-source software.

Could there be a better sign that open source has arrived?

After all, it's one thing to adopt open source, which the U.S. federal government has in earnest--but to advocate for it and teach it? That's a higher level.

The September 1 seminar, co-hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI), promises to detail the Open Source Corporate Management Information System (OSCMIS) program, a "Web-based federal administrative software suite consisting of more than 50 applications which handles human resource, training, security, acquisition and related functions for DISA's more than 16,000 users worldwide."

John Weathersby, executive director of the OSSI, told me over e-mail that "this is about transparency and sharing and making available resources which have already been paid for."

It's not some utopian open-source ideology; it's about opening up government by opening up software.

If you're interested in attending the training in Washington, D.C., seating is limited but still available. More details can be found at OSSI's Web site.

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