Open Government Community like Github


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Along with the open sourcing of data, it would be nice to have a community like Github for sharing code specific to the development of gov't apps.

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Submitted by Gray O'Byrne on September 19, 2014 - 3:23 PM

I agree the government should be using GitHub more. It's unfortunate though that there's no clear approval process or even recommendation for code written by public servants to be open source (which is required for sharing on GitHub). could play a fundamental role in enabling this by recommending that code written using tax payer dollars, where appropriate, be made open source so that all Canadians have access to it.

Submitted by Derek on September 02, 2014 - 5:57 PM

Why not just use GitHub? Great tool and we use it already in developing code for non-sensitive websites and applications.

Submitted by open-ouvert on August 27, 2014 - 2:16 PM

The Government of Canada (GC) actively contributes to GitHub as part of several initiatives. The largest contribution is the Web Experience Toolkit (WET) at, which includes the code for all of and for earlier versions of GC websites. This code has been re-used by other governments and organizations both nationally and internationally. Another sharing example is the code for our Open Government Portal,—developed using the open source toolkit CKAN—which can also be found on GitHub at We are always exploring new ways to use collaborative tools such as GitHub to interact with other governments.