Government Github Aims To Streamline Programming Efforts For Public Officials

Collaborative development platform GitHub is attempting to fix the broken government tech systems that have driven all of us crazy for years.

The 4 million member strong developer community which touts its open-source focus has introduced Government GitHub.

The site is described as “dedicated to showcasing the amazing efforts of public servants and civic hackers around the globe.”

Among the sections first offerings are a “Canada web experience toolkit” which offers a “shared boilerplate for all government websites” along with datasets for the city of Chicago.

According to GitHub, “We’ve started a Government organization on GitHub so that users can connect, share best practices and learn from each other.”

GitHub is coming off a big high after receiving $100 million in first-round funding last year. The company is currently valued at $750 million. The software development platform makes money by charging developers $25 per month to keep their code private. GitHub also licenses its software-coding product to companies at a cost of $250 per user.

If the new GitHub platform is embraced by government programmers it could help create a more streamlined experience for government workers and internet users. Programmers on the platform often examine code and provide fixes, suggestions, and collaboration, which in turn helps develop better products for end users.

The Government GitHub project comes by way of the platforms unitedstates project which launch nearly one year ago and has grown to include almost twenty repositories covering everything from a shared US Code parser to a glossary of common bill nicknames and has seen contributions from upwards of sixty open-source contributors.

Do you think the Government Github proejct can help “hack” the government by creating a more streamlined and useful set of datasets that benefits everyone?