By Nicholas Oliver, Project Manager & Creative Technologist
This morning, Rory Cellan-Jones posted on the BBC blog about an FOI request that had been made in order to better understand the government’s software expenditure.
Can Whitehall open up to open source
What’s Whitehall’s attitude to software procurement? A cynic might sum it up as “nobody ever got sacked for buying Microsoft”.
With such a large number of government websites out there and over 294,000,000 pages being indexed by Google on the .gov.uk domain, I thought it was worth a deeper look to better understand where open source software was being used to best effect.
Starting out with one of the world’s most popular open source content management system, Drupal, a number of colleagues had a dig around to find some websites that were being powered by Drupal. A pretty sizeable list of 26 websites appeared: http://groups.drupal.org/government-sites#UK