By Kate Ambrose Sereno
SEI Emerging Technology Center
This post was co-authored by Naomi Anderson
In 2012, the White House released its federal digital strategy. What’s noteworthy about this release is that the executive office distributed the strategy using Bootstrap, an open source software (OSS) tool developed by Twitter and made freely available to the public via the code hosting site GitHub. This is not the only evidence that we have seen of increased government interest in OSS adoption. Indeed, the 2013 report The Future of Open Source Software revealed that 34 percent of its respondents were government entities using OSS products. The Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has seen increased interest and adoption of OSS products across the federal government, including the Department of Defense (DoD), the intelligence community (IC), and the Department of Homeland Security. The catalyst for this increase has been innovators in government seeking creative solutions to rapidly field urgently needed technologies. While the rise of OSS adoption signals a new approach for government acquirers, it is not without risks that that must be acknowledged and addressed, particularly given current certification and accreditation (C&A) techniques. This blog post will discuss research aimed at developing adoptable, evidence-based, data-driven approaches to evaluating (open source) software.