How Governments are Building Communities with Open Source

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B204


This session will provide examples of major government uses of open source technology, and provide some examples and case-studies of how government is contributing to open source and the web.


Government is helping lead open source adoption. One of the biggest growth areas in the public sector is using web technologies to help build communities. Using technologies like Moses, Drupal, Wordpress, Jabber, and others is helping to connect people in government, and governments to one another. Using open source to enable people to form connections and enhance informal communication is a major area where open source is leading within the public sector.

Building communities with both domestica and international organizations has helped me see some of this contribution first-hand. I would like to share my own experience of building a community for the US Department of Defense and showcase some of the contributions we’re making to Drupal and other open source technologies.

Speaking experience


  • Chris Strahl



    I am a Project Manager at Acquia, a commercial open source company working with Drupal. Most of my clients are large corporations or public-sector defense. Acquia hosts and supports Drupal sites, and also maintains a network of partners to develop and build large-scale websites.

    I’m also active in the Drupal community and was one of the project managers for the redesign. I also assisted in the migration of all of the repositories on moving from CVS to Git.