02/13/2012 05:59 pm ET

An Effort To Bring Open Source To Government Faces A Major Change

Civic Commons, a non-profit created to foster use of open-source technology in government and to encourage governments to release the software developed on their behalf for peers to adapt for their own uses, will become part of Code for America, another nonprofit initiative that brings Web 2.0 technology teams to city halls around the country, CfA announced on Friday. The most experimental aspect of Civic Commons was its work as a sort of openness sherpa for governments, helping them build software that can be shared and reused by other governments as well as adapting the work of other cities rather than contracting out for duplicate systems from scratch. That work will be discontinued for the time being, CfA announced.

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