US government launches open source hub, a new container security project, and more news
Earlier this year, the US federal government introduced a policy that encouraged agencies to make their custom code open source. You needed to search through a bunch of GitHub repositories to track down that code. Now, Code.gov makes it easier to find the government’s open source code.
According to Engadget, Code.gov “is the web-based hub for the initiative and it features around 50 projects from 10 different agencies.” Some of those projects include the Data.gov and Federal Spending Transparency websites, the White House’s Facebook chatbot, and a number of APIs (application programming interfaces) and SDKs (software developer kits). US Government Chief Information Officer Tony Scott sees Code.gov as giving “citizens the ability to participate in making government services more effective, accessible, and transparent”. Scott also wants the site to enable “the brightest minds inside and outside of government to work together to ensure that federal code is reliable and effective.”