[PublicPolicy] Open Sourcing Government Code

Brent Turner turnerbrentm at gmail.com
Wed Jun 3 14:33:35 UTC 2020

An obligatory environment is preferred as corruption will likely interfere
with a merely voluntary environment.  Procurement folks are easy targets
for payola



On Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 1:00 AM Bastien Guerry <bastien.guerry at data.gouv.fr>

> Hi,
> Millo Avissar <milloa at cio.gov.il> writes:
> > can you summarize  the French law you mentioned that requires
> > publishing Open-source ?
> See
> https://disic.github.io/politique-de-contribution-open-source/introduction.en#objectives
>   "Under the Law for a Digital Republic of October 7, 2016, source
>   codes are administrative documents that are communicable and
>   reusable. In the case where it is possible to choose an Open Source
>   license, the decree n ° 2017-638 of April 27, 2017 specifies the
>   families of licenses that can be used. The detailed list of the
>   licenses and their versions are available on the website
>   data.gouv.fr."
> > Do you recommend making it an obligation rather than an option ?
> Yes, definitely.
> Releasing source code under a free license is not an easy step.  We
> might be under the illusion that it is, since there is so much open
> source code out there, but I'm convinved it's not.
> So the change we are working on is a cultural change: the closer we
> get to an "open source by default and on the first commit" attitude,
> the better it will be for everyone.
> Because it is a cultural change, we might be tempted to gently nudge
> agencies into going into that direction.  But I think we've learned
> from the Open Access movement that this does not really work.  So I
> strongly recommend making it an obligation.
> For now, "obligation" is still something that most agencies better
> understand than "option".
> --
>  Bastien Guerry
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