[nSLUG] local ns e-govt and oss???

J. Paul Bissonnette jpaulb at eastlink.ca
Fri Feb 18 11:49:21 AST 2005

Bob Ashley wrote:

> NSLUG Pundits,
> I'm doing a policy paper which will explore the idea of municipal 
> egovernment in NS looking at open source software (oss), perhaps as a 
> pilot project. If report looks plausible, I'll submit it to Service 
> Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Union of Nova Scotia 
> Municipalities.
> Any opinions, comments, guffaws, sneers, cheers?
> Risking one more step, let's say, hypothetically they went for it. 
> Would anyone in the Linux community ever consider donating some 
> experience to say, a small, cash-strapped municipality? Perhaps in the 
> form of a consulting committee or some such other vehicle? The idea 
> here is citizen-engagement and citizen consultation. I know it's a 
> tough sell. Cynicism and mistrust rules the era. On the other hand, 
> the oss community does have the some features of 'community-minded' 
> people. Just trying to get a feel for possible reaction to such a 
> suggestion.
> Declaring my interest: If there's any hint of a supportive community 
> lurking in the background, it would give my argument more persuasive 
> force. And, of course, I really do think there's reasons to explore 
> this egovernment option.
> Input heartily welcomed!
> Bob
> (the immigrant postponing Debian install until piled up schoolwork 
> complete...early April)
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If all you succeeded in accomplishing was getting the http://gov.ns.ca 
website to quite discriminating against non- M$ browsers I'd be happy.
eg. try renewing your licence plates on-line using opera. :)


J. Paul Bissonnette


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