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[News] Governments in Asia and Another City Hall Embrace Free Software

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Open source movement spreads across Asia

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| Open source has consistently made headlines in recent years, having drawn 
| much industry attention both from technologists and business decision-makers. 


City hall goes open source

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| City hall will be more transparent after council passed a notice of motion 
| opening up the city's data to the public last Monday. 
| The notice instructs city bureaucrats to draft a report on how to make all 
| data collected by the City of Calgary, from traffic statistics to census 
| numbers, more accessible to Calgarians in an open source format, while 
| respecting privacy and security concerns.   
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| It would even cut down on the city's use of proprietary software, saving 
| money down the road, said Kelly. Opening up the records in open source format 
| would allow developers to take advantage of the information to create new 
| open source programs that could be used by city officials to save expenses.   



Advocates say open-source software is better

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| Advocates for open-source software are urging governments to embrace the
| concept, which they argue will save money, offer more flexibility and create
| better computer programs by encouraging collaboration.
| Open-source programs - which allow anyone to change or modify them - have
| been gaining popularity in recent years, from free consumer software such as
| the Firefox web browser to Internet servers and other complex applications.


Vancouver enters the age of the open city

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| BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Vancouver endorses the principles of:
| * Open and Accessible Data - the City of Vancouver will freely share with
| citizens, businesses and other jurisdictions the greatest amount of data
| possible while respecting privacy and security concerns;
| * Open Standards - the City of Vancouver will move as quickly as possible to
| adopt prevailing open standards for data, documents, maps, and other formats
| of media;
| * Open Source Software - the City of Vancouver, when replacing existing
| software or considering new applications, will place open source software on
| an equal footing with commercial systems during procurement cycles; and

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