U.S Government Showcases Open Source Software Through Code.gov

Recently, the White House announced the launch of Code.gov, a website which shows off U.S government open-source projects and offers relevant resources for government agencies. By launching this particular website the White House is hoping that it can improve public access to the government’s software and also encourage the reuse of software across government agencies.

The launch has come four months after the White House introduced the Federal Source Code policy, which has specific mandates which government agencies “make custom-developed code available for Government-wide reuse and make their code inventories discoverable” at Code.gov, with certain exceptions.

The new site already has around 50 code repositories from more than 10 agencies, U.S. chief information officer Tony Scott in the blog post states,

“We’re excited about today’s launch, and envision Code.gov becoming yet another creative platform that gives citizens the ability to participate in making government services more effective, accessible, and transparent. We also envision it becoming a useful resource for State and local governments and developers looking to tap into the Government’s code to build similar services, foster new connections with their users, and help us continue to realize the President’s vision for a 21st Century digital government.”

The White House has recently open-sourced the code behind President Obama’s Facebook Messenger chatbot. Other existing open-source initiatives go on to include Vets.gov and Data.gov. The code for Code.gov is also open-source.