Open Source Society president Don Christie's blog, on Stuff, is reporting the State Services Commission has agreed to release the code for the new New Zealand government portal under the open source GPL licence.
"I wrote a few weeks ago about how they should consider releasing software under the GPL," Christie writes. "Well, they have taken that on board and agreed to work with Catalyst to release the code for behind the new government portal (newzealand.govt.nz) under the GPL. I thought this was a great demonstration of how willing government agencies are to engage and take on board alternate ideas."
Christie also writes the Tertiary Education Commission has announced that seed funding for an Open Source Learning Laboratory has been approved. This will deliver a centre of excellence in open source vocational training, research and development, he writes.
"It is really exciting and strategic. The long-term implications for the project transcend national borders. Already IT businesses are showing a keen interest in being involved, which is great because the idea needs to be self sustaining and independent of government involvement."
According to the linked post on Eduforge, the effort has a mandate to bring together industry, research and education to deliver:
- Internships, under which students would spend time with real companies on real projects
- Coaching and mentoring as well as teaching
- Nurture entrepreneurship through appropriate course modules
- Practical experience, with students working on real open source applications that can be continuously improved.
- Certificate and diploma level shorter courses for pragmatic skill development