GitHub for Government

In recent years, the online collaboration platform GitHub has become synonymous with open-source innovation. With citizens increasingly calling for governments to open-source their software products (Paul Ford’s recent article on the subject provides a concise summary of why doing so will lead to better software), many have suggested that GitHub could provide a meaningful first step toward engaging with the open-source community. It’s encouraging, then, to see GitHub’s new GitHub and Government site, which showcases examples of government projects that leverage the GitHub community to produce innovative results. The projects listed run the gamut from web applications and toolkits to visualizations and open data initiatives. Not sure what GitHub is or ready to get started using it? Watch our intro to Git and GitHub tutorial below:

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