How govCMS is part of the open government and open data movement in Government

Presented by Gavin Tapp
Monday 1:20 p.m.–2:10 p.m.
Target audience: Community


The govCMS distro was officially unveiled by the Australian Government in April 2015. Since then, more than 100 government websites have started using this build of Drupal. This marks a big change for government in its use of open source software, and is supported by a broader set of activities that aim to foster reuse and sharing within government.

In this session, I'll give a quick overview of what govCMS is, and how it works. Then talk about how the codebase is managed to suit the needs of government. I'll also cover some of the other activities that are happening around govCMS to encourage its success in the government sector, and how the broader open source / Drupal community may get involved. Note, this will not be a technical presentation - I will talk more about the aims and activities of the govCMS project.

If you are interested in how governments can run their own open source projects, you should come to this talk.

Note - I work for Acquia, who are a service provider to the Department of Finance (who manage govCMS). This will not be a sales pitch for Acquia :)

Presented by

Gavin Tapp

Gavin has been involved in the open government / open data community since around 2009 when he first got involved with open data via the first govhack event. For the last few years, he has been a member of the Govhack National Organising Team.

He currently works for Acquia, delivering Drupal projects for (mostly) government clients. He has been closely involved with the govCMS project for the last two years. govCMS is a great example of government making use of open source software, and driving a change across across a large organisation; moving toward greater collaboration and sharing of effort.

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