I’m not new to technology or development but just joined this list.
I’m collecting examples of open source procurement policies, but also
trying to build broader principles and practices that would be important to
help enhance its adoption. The general repository is here:
I am collecting a list of what I think would be important to build an
ecosystem for open source software here:
I know that it is important to change how procurement is done because after
working in the tech sector with governments and NGOs for over 20 years, I
know that most still think of open source as a free alternative rather than
a better alternative to proprietary tools.
I am one of the Accessibility Maintainers for Drupal, a CMS that drives
about 3% of the Internet. As a compelling example of why how open-source
is misunderstood, I have an example where one high school student in the
year before starting university, managed to contribute more to Drupal
Core’s accessibility than all Governments & NGOs combined. Now if this
wasn’t a human rights issue like accessibility, I can see how this wouldn’t
be such a big issue. However, lots of people are employed by governments
around the world to see that their web sites work for people with
Anyways, the point is, if we can strike at the root of an issue we are more
likely to be able to resolve it. So how do we see that there is a robust
ecosystem looking to support the open source technology that we all depend
Looking forward to feedback and pull requests.
Mike Gifford, President, OpenConcept Consulting Inc.
Drupal 8 Core Accessibility Maintainer - https://drupal.org/user/27930
Twitter: @mgifford @openconcept_ca
Open source web development for social change - http://openconcept.ca
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