[Fsf-friends] Re: KC and open source

malovika roy malovika@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Fri May 19 10:32:20 IST 2006


we keep hearing about projects like mentioned by Kush below done by various
organisations. But these are isolated cases. what is slowing down the impact
of open source in e-governance especially, is the lack of coordination and
sharing of knowledge. Its ironic actually. to some extent there is
coordiantion, but then why arent successful projects shared or talked about
in forums like this one? will someone from Pune LUG tell us what they have
done for e-governance? Likewise will someone from Bangalore LUG share their
knowledge with Delhi LUG? I am not implying that there is no sharing at all,
there is, however, how many of them are working on e-governance projects?
there is nothing to quantify this fact.

Point is that vaious groups tend to go thru the same cycle of planning and
working out an e-governance project which can be just cloned and enhanced or
modified for customised use.

While Indian developer community is being noticed and praised for its work,
there is still a big void of contribution to the public sector. And this is
not just my opinion, but the feeling of most leading companies who are
continually encouraging student community, and asking for more public sector

We would like to know why?


> I think we will have to take multiple different approaches with respect
> to the govt adopting open source. The problem is not that conscientious
> officers in govt don't understand that open source is better but they
> are reluctant to act as they are frequently bypassed or interfered in
> day  to day working thru vested interests lobbying the political people.
> Open source gives the organised civil society an opportunity and a
> challenge to start becoming an alternative to organised government. Once
> civil society makes alternative information systems and methods of
> collaboration for the general populace, the existing govt structure will
> be forced to start reducing the establishment costs by giving value for
> money to citizens for govt services (as citizens will start demanding
> them) thru adoption of cost control technologies such as open source.
> This is something which has started to happen in Mumbai now specially
> for the municipal govt. Organised civil society is now taking up the IT
> component of the municipality (praja.org etc). Their system is not open
> source fully but by bypassing the govt IT machinery (which is liable to
> political interference) things have changed. Creation of new bureaucracy
> has been stalled and existing bureaucracy is being forced to act.
> Praja is also working in Bangalore. They are bypassing the formation of
> new govt structures such as NIC, CDAC etc which till now had a
> stranglehold on every aspect of egovernance.
> Kush
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