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UK public organizations in Kent and Medway collaborate in an innovative open source project. The Kent Connects Information Sharing Portal has been developed to create a flexible, virtual online space for any Kent Connects partner to share information via the internet in a secure way. This allows groups, communities, partnerships or individuals across these partner organisations to access documents, minutes, agendas etc from a central, secure store.
A Plone "Intelligent Intranet" suite of applications, integrating document and dossier management with ISO 9001:2000 - certified organization processes, used in a mid-sized Italian Public Organization, is going to be reused by other similar organizations of the Italian PloneGov subcommunity
Open eGov is an award winning project launched by the City of Newport News, Virginia - USA. The intent is to create a collaborative software ecosystem, where government organizations, non-profits and the private sector work together to share the cost of enhanced capabilities. The software and related documentation is available today for free download.
The Water Quality Management System (WQMS) for South African authorities on the open source application server Zope. The WQMS is in use by 160 South African local governments and can be used by Water Service Authorities (local government), provincial and national government to guide the tracking, reviewing and improving of water quality. The project, which bears the potential of being shared with neighboring nations, is a new example of open source software being an enabler for innovation and social progress.
CommunesPlone, a PloneGov SubCommunity, has released its first finished applications, such as a meeting management tool, PloneMeeting, and a module, Teleservices that allows citizens to file documents and submit requests online. By releasing these applications, the CommunesPlone collaborative has quickly attracted more municipalities to the group, which recently reached its 100 local government.
PloneGov wants to grow. This project aims to reach more and more public organizations, and set up successful collaborations between them. It seeks to connect people who already have a strong base of Plone applications and are active in the sector. This article investigates the challenges between structuring a project and remaining flexible enough to maintain its attractiveness.
ONE/Northwest is a US non-profit supporting the environment and grass roots organizations through the use of technology. For over a decade, ONE/Northwest has helped over 800 environmental organizations fuse technology with new ways of doing their work. The organization relies intensively on open source software, for example, offering websites powered by the Content Management System Plone in order to help environmental NGOs make the leap to the Internet age.
OneWorld South Asia (OWSA), the south Asian centre of OneWorld International Foundation, works to facilitate human rights and sustainable development in the region by leveraging a range of media and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). For its IT projects, this international NGO, rely intensively on Plone, an open source Content Management System (CMS) and Zope an open source application server.
PloneGov applications are easily transferable to similar foreign authorities and their potentials for replication are enormous. This project open the way to international software collaboration. The development of such software sharing initiatives helps underpin the sustainability of public services and save public money.
Effective Web content management remains a painful problem for many institutions of higher education. Old methods and tools used in maintaining static web sites are costly and inefficient, and the quality of content is often poor. Content management systems (CMS) offer solutions, but do you buy or build? And how to get buy-in from independent-minded academic units? How are new systems and capabilities integrated with the CMS?
Free software has an important difference compared to privative models: their users are able to cross the line of being just consumers and become providers of technology. This fosters the development of a social environment in which users, developers and different organization join with the purpose to socialize, study, improve software, share knowledge and promote. Such spaces are known as Users Groups.
The Italian PloneGov community has been growing at an impressive rate since the launch of its national branch in September. This article presents in details a number of Plone based open source projects developed by a number of Italian public administrations.
PloneGov is an innovative collaborative e-government initiative. The project is open to any collaboration from any country. After 1-year existence, it already reaches 20 countries in 4 continents. This article investigates why over 100 public organizations including towns, cities, regions and parliaments from as many countries are working together to share software and best practices.
The National University of Cordoba (UNC), Argentina, recently launched its new institutional website built on Plone 3, the open source content management system. This project results from a close collaboration between the University development team with the support and assistance from menttes, a local Zea network member business.
The successful deployment of free and open source software (FOSS) in projects in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America are described in a publication entitled "Breaking Barriers" by UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme. In line with the book findings, Zea Partners, a non-profit network of Open Source businesses, provides additional cases studies outlining the positive impact of Open Source software as a tool for Social progress.
Cities, regions and public agencies participating in the PloneGov initiative are developping cross collaboration. They help each other and form a large open source Community. Private sector is also involved, bringing technical expertize to the public sector developers. Every one is welcome to join the project and support the Community.
Health Atlas Ireland is an open source Geographical Information System (GIS). The system enables to plan health services and health data analysis. The project, led by Irish Health Sector, is based on Zope3. OpenApp, a Zea member SME, was in charge of the technical development ensuring a smooth integration with the core technology.
PloneGov shows something that hackers of FLOSS in the public sector have long talked about: Public bodies only stand to gain from cooperating in software development and procurement. Though developing applications is obviously not the remit of most public bodies, free licenses provide a highly efficient tool to share development cost and mutualise risks.
PloneGov is an award winning eGovernment open source initiative. The European Commission recently released a detailed case study about this innovative collaborative project. In the weeks to come, we propose to publish excerpts as a serialized novel, this article being the first episode.
Plone is one of the best known Free Software Content Management Systems (CMS) in the market. Much of the importance of Plone lies in its power and flexibility, enabling it to be applied in a wide variety of contexts.
Bungeni is a Parliamentary and Legislative Information System for drafting, managing, consolidating and publishing legislative and other parliamentary documents. It is being developed within the context the "Africa i-Parliaments Action Plan" of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). It is meant to contribute to making Parliaments more open and accessible to citizens ... virtually allowing them "inside Parliament" or Bungeni -- the Kiswahili word for "inside Parliament". PloneGov and Bungeni decide to join efforts to share experience and their developments.
Based in Hong Kong, Global Hand is an NGO acting as a broker matching donations and needs to support NGO’s in their fight against poverty and disasters. It also provides branded Web sites for the United Nations Joint Logistics Center (UNJLC), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Rotary International. All these services are based on the open source softwares Plone and Zope. This article investigates Global Hand experience and criteria to select these technologies.
CommunesPlone is a fast growing open source software mutualization project led by local governments. Open to international collaboration, the project outlines the benefits of open source and mutualization for the Public Sector. This case study presents CommunesPlone, analyzes best practices and challenges.
OneWorld South Asia developed on Plone, an open source Content Management System (CMS), a customized technology solution named Ek Duniya Web Services. Through Ek-Duniya, OWSA seeks to exploit the democratic potential of the internet, making it accessible and useful to the communities that need it the most. Ek Duniya is already reaching over 70 organizations in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This article outlines benefits open source software brings to society.
SERPRO, the main IT solution provider for the Brazilian Government, is actively using Plone and Zope as its primary Portal construction tool for Government Web Content Management Solutions. SERPRO counts on an impressive list of reference and will soon launch its 50th governmental portal.
The European Commission has commissioned a study to explore the potential impact if the Public Sector were to release its software open source. The project CommunesPlone, based on the renowned open source applications Plone/Zope, is investigated as a practical example of mutualisation between local governments.

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