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Does open source hold the keys to innovation in government?

From AOL Government:

A new narrative is emerging in government innovation and it goes something like this: Truly great leaps in innovation are almost never possible with monolithic, proprietary approaches to software development, and many small innovations, when taken together, often lead to large, game-changing paradigms.
That was the message delivered by both government and private sector IT professionals at the Red Hat Government Symposium on Oct. 23. The event, sponsored by Red Hat Inc. focused on the importance of transparency, open sharing, and collaboration to the success of the Obama Administration's Open Government Initiative, as well as how open source software can help agencies accomplish their missions in a time of dwindling resources.
Nick Skytland, the program manager for NASA's Open Innovation Program, said his agency is currently working on a digital strategy that is an extension of the Open Government Initiative. And while a large part of that strategy is focused on optimizing data and services for mobile devices, "we're really interested in the concept of mass collaboration," said Skytland.