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The community developing, implementing, and using 'open source' software for government at all levels continues to grow.  There are now hundreds of sites containing information about this 'open' government community and related open source software, technologies, and solutions spreading across the web. As we started spending thousands of hours surfing the web searching and looking at all these sites trying to find the 'good' sites - sites that contain useful information; have been around for a while; are high quality, and are regularly updated - we decided to put all those links on our own web site to save others from having to spend a lot of their time repeating the same process. We hope you find this site a useful starting point as you investigate the future of 'open' government and associated software & technologies. Our intention is to continually improve this web site over time.


Peter Groen worked for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for over 30 years. During his federal career, he occupied a number of senior Information Technology (IT) management positions within VA Headquarters and in the field. He has served as the Director of the Health Information & Technology Sharing (HITS) Program, the Director of the Medical Information Security Service, Director of VHA Telecommunications Services, the Deputy Associate CIO for the Veterans Health Administration, as well as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the VA Medical Centers in Atlanta and Columbia S.C. He served as the national project manager for the VA Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) as well as the VA Internet and VHA Intranet Redesign projects. Prior to working for the VA, Mr. Groen served in the U.S. Navy for six years. He was a supervisor of the Combat Information Center aboard the guided missile destroyer, U.S.S. Sellers DDG-11, during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Groen obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Clemson University and a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from The Pennsylvania State University. He served five years as an adjunct faculty instructor at the University of South Carolina and as an adjunct faculty member of the Computer & Information Sciences Department at Shepherd University in West Virginia, for many years. He helped found the Shepherd University Research Corporation (SURC) and served as its Associate Director for almost 5 years. Mr. Groen has written numerous articles and co-authored several books over the years with a focus on information technology in health care. He is regularly invited to speak at professional conferences across the country. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN) and iConecto.com and served as the principle investigator for the Medicaid Transformation Grant (MTG) eHealth initiatives for the State of West Virginia. He is currently assisting with the start up activities of several for-profit and non-profit information technology (IT) organizations.

* See selected articles, blogs, and books written by Peter J. Groen

Free and open source software (FOSS) is no longer an oddity. It is now being used by 80% of organizations around the world and the movement continues to grow. In essence, 'the war is over'. As a result, support for this site will now start to diminish as it is no longer needed.  -  Peter Groen

U.S. National Debt

Help Pay Down the U.S. National Debt

"No nation ought to be without a debt. A national debt is a national bond."   - Thomas Paine, "Common Sense"

The use of open formats, open source software, and open standards enables the government to make data freely available to the public for a variety of purposes, as well as to create lower cost programs that are more efficient and consumer-driven. Many state and local governments are already implementing open technologies to better serve their citizens.  -  OSFA Federal Open Technology Report Card 2011

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Collaboration, Open Solutions, & Innovation

- Collaboration allows one to save time, energy, and money by   cooperating with others; sharing information, knowledge, and resources; and working jointly on projects with other employees, business partners, and even customers.
- Open Solutions facilitate the ability of professionals, organizations, computer systems, and end users or consumers to communicate and freely share information in an open,  interoperable, and transparent way.
- Innovation unleashes the knowledge and applied creativity power of individuals and/or organizations collaborating and working together in an open and transparent manner to significantly improve business processes, reduce costs, and improve the quality of end products.

In other words, the three key management strategies of Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI) are interlinked in concept and execution as follows:

Collaboration + Open Solutions = Innovation