The states of Hawaii, Maine and Vermont have come together to form the Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC), a collaborative effort to develop open source software that supports various criminal justice functions. With Hawaii leading the way because of its past efforts to save money by avoiding high priced proprietary software for tasks that have value to multiple state agencies, other states took notice when the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC) took aim on data needs that are nearly identical from state-to-state, such as incident reports and offender tracking. Now, out of discussions with Maine and Vermont, comes the OJBC, which envisions a collaborative process going forward which will use open source software to expand upon HCJDC original efforts. Additional states may soon join the OJBC. More below:
(Government Technology, March 27, 2013)
Comment: Did somebody say "Open Source Software" and "Government Save Money"? In that case, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that the FREE and OPEN SOURCE Software For Geospatial - North America (FOSS4G-NA) Conference (and sister events) will be taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 21-25. Includes a FREE "bring your boss day", on May 24th! Go here: foss4g-na.org/.
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