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Open-Source Community of Practice
Open-Source in Oregon
The State of Oregon understands and appreciates the dynamic force that Open-Source Software (OSS) represents in the information resource marketplace.  Public and private sector enterprises around the globe recognize Oregon as a leader in OSS innovation and as a center for OSS development and distribution.
Oregon state government entities are currently acquiring and using OSS in their daily operations.  State government currently has no formal, documented policies or guidance in place regarding the acquisition, use and distribution of OSS.  There is a recognized need to ensure that future state agency policies and practices remain in synch with prevailing business, legal and procurement objectives. 

Open-Source Community of Practice (CoP)
To ensure state government is prudently addressing these issues, the State CIO and state CIO Council established an Open-Source Community of Practice (CoP) in February 2006.  A CoP is a collaborative group of experts and stakeholders within a particular area of state government operation or functionality that come together on a sustained basis to develop a shared understanding and common enterprise approach to continuous improvement. 
The OS CoP operated under an approved charter, revised in July 2007, and was charged with three (3) assignments for completion by December 31, 2007:
  1. Develop a high level inventory providing a glimpse into the current usage of open source software throughout state government.  The first version of this inventory has been completed and a second more detailed inventory analysis is planned to provide the enterprise with the information necessary for future decisions.  The preliminary inventory deliverable is included in the OS CoP deliverables section below.
  2. Develop best practice processes and methodologies that agencies can use to evaluate desktop software solutions.   This assignment is complete but its related deliverables are still under internal review.
  3. Conduct an analysis to develop recommendations for standard policies and methodologies concerning the evaluation, distribution and acquisition of open-source solutions that are in compliance with State of Oregon law and regulation.  The legal and procurement analysis deliverable is included in the OS CoP Deliverables section below.
The OS CoP was chaired by Bob DeVyldere, the CIO for the Oregon Water Resources Department and received governance support by Nick Betsacon, an IT Investment and Planning Analyst with the EISPD IT Investment and Planning Section.
For more information, contact:
Bob DeVyldere, OS CoP Chair – (503) 986-0870
Nick Betsacon, DAS EISPD - (503) 378-3052

OS CoP Deliverables
The initial three assignments are complete. The desktop evaluation methodology deliverables are still pending internal review.  The preliminary inventory and the legal and procurement analysis Deliverables are available below:
  • Oregon OSS Preliminary Inventory (pdf )
  • OSS Legal and Procurement Analysis Executive Summary (pdf )
  • OSS Legal and Procurement Analysis Full Report (pdf )

Resource Links:
Open-Source Community of Practice Charter
Open-Source Legal and Procurement Analysis Work Plan
GOSCON 2007 Government Open-Source Conference
OSL Oregon State University's Open-Source Lab