Open Source

New U.S. Digital Registry Authenticates Official Public Service Accounts

Feb 3, 2016 |

Whether for voter registration, health services or questions about taxes, trusting what and who you engage with online is critical. We’d like to introduce to you a new API-generating repository for official third-party sites, social media platforms and mobile apps in the United States federal government that can help you Read »

Why People Contribute to Federal Tech Projects (And How You Can Provide a Good Experience)

Jan 14, 2016 |

Author’s note: Anyone can contribute to the development of the Open Opportunities platform via the project’s GitHub repository. The Open Opportunities program itself is only open to federal employees. Open, agile software development projects can improve government initiatives. As discussed in last week’s article on agile projects in government, the Open Opportunities platform has benefited Read »

Open Source Micro-Purchasing: An Experiment in Federal Acquisition

Oct 16, 2015 |

18F is an open-source team. We currently have hundreds of publicly available repositories, with dozens under active development. We’ve had numerous contributions from colleagues within government, and contributions from members of the public. But in the next few weeks, we are going to run an experiment: we want to contract for contributions. And we want Read »

18F’s Style Guide for Open Source Project Documentation

Aug 3, 2015 |

We routinely publish our best practices in the 18F Guides, and today we’re happy to launch a new one: the 18F Open Source Style Guide. The Open Source Style Guide is a comprehensive handbook for writing clear, accessible, and user-friendly documentation so that Read »

Trends on Tuesday: Trends in CMS

Jul 7, 2015 |

A Content Management System (CMS) allows people to easily publish, maintain and update information online. Choosing a CMS (or deciding whether you need one at all) is one that many agencies have faced. It’s not an easy choice because there are many solutions available to content managers. As government agencies, the majority of content we deliver is Read »

US, Canada, and Mexico Collaborate to Improve Open Government and Digital Services

Mar 13, 2015 |

Many forces are converging to strengthen the political, economic and commercial ties that bind the United States, Canada and Mexico. The GSA Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) has anticipated this drive toward collaboration for decades, building a network of links among the three nations’ Chief Information Officers and other national technology and Read »

Saving Energy, One Green Button at a Time

Feb 4, 2015 |

Conserving energy is not a shot in the dark. Millions of people can now shine a light on their electricity usage as a result of a dynamic public-private partnership based on open data. The goal of the Green Button Initiative is to provide electricity customers with access to their energy usage data in an easy-to-understand Read »

Challenge & Prize Competition Round-Up

Dec 23, 2014 |

Recap of the 2014 Challenge and Prize competition events hosted by DigitalGov Read »

Large Scale Development Culture Change: Google and the U.S. Government

Dec 22, 2014 |

As part of 18F’s mission to deliver effective, user-centric services focused on the interaction between government and the people and businesses it serves, we are also committed to demonstrating how open source and agile-inspired methodologies are critical to an effective, efficient, modern delivery process. We believe these methods produce better software and services at lower Read »

Keeping Peace Corps Volunteers Healthy, One Text at a Time

Nov 3, 2014 | ,

Today, refilling your medicine cabinet with bandages and over the counter medicine from your local drugstore may seem like a trivial task, but for Peace Corps volunteers working in remote villages around the world, this task can be much more challenging. As we take steps to forge a 21st century Read »

Pillbox Google Hangout for Developers

Oct 6, 2014 |

Tuesday, October 7 at 2pm ET, the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health will host a Google Hangout to talk about developing with the API, data, and open source code from Pillbox. I (Pillbox project manager), Mark Silverberg of Social Health Read »

Strategy Pivot Yields Results: DigitalGov.Gov Six Months Later

Sep 12, 2014 | ,

Six months ago, we launched this DigitalGov.gov platform to support federal agencies in delivering 21st century digital services and information to the public. It seems a good time to share some of the thinking that went into the development of the platform, and what we’ve learned so far. Read »

Stacking Up the Benefits of Openness

Sep 10, 2014 |

Open government, open source, openness. These words are often used in talking about open data, but we sometimes forget that the root of all of this is an open community. Individuals working together to release government data and put it to use to help their neighbors and reach new personal goals. This sense of community Read »

Getting it Done with Open Opportunities: The Case of the Mobile Code Catalog

Sep 5, 2014 | ,

Imagine open source code, publicly available to share, that jump starts your agency’s mobile development efforts. Pretty neat idea, huh? Well last year it became a reality with the Mobile Code Catalog. This idea was the brainchild of Mike Pulsifer, who, as the Technical Manager for the Division of Enterprise Communications, Office of Public Affairs, Read »

Open Source Content Management Systems and Responsive Web Design Webinar Recap

Sep 3, 2014 |

Most of us in the DigitalGov community recognize that responsive Web design is one approach to mobile first and most of us have a pretty clear picture of what it means—a responsive website will adjust to different devices, and the content will neatly change its layout from one screen size to another. But do you Read »