New push for transparent SF government 

In the latest push to boost government transparency, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor David Chiu announced a new policy Friday that requires city departments to “consider” purchasing open source software when spending more than $100,000 on such a product.

The policy says departments must “consider open source software equally with commercial products when purchasing new software.”

Open source software allows the public to access government information and the ability to make creative use of it. The software delivers “shorter implementation times and lower costs for the City, as seen with DataSF.org, RecoverySF.org and the City’s 311 integration with Twitter,” the Mayor’s Office said.

Earlier this fall, “Newsom issued an Open Data Executive Directive requiring city departments to make all non confidential datasets under their authority available on DataSF.org, the city’s one stop web site for government data.”

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