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Comment Re:Ugh. PC Comes to the PC (Score 2) 260

They also care about cost, and transparency, and lots of other things. This is NOT regulation of indviduals, but only self-regulation...

And while I love NH, and it's the free-est of the 50 states, it's far from perfect, and it's not yet the closest thing you can get to a libertarian state, just the closest right now in the US.

Comment Re:I'm the legislator and prime sponsor, and autho (Score 1) 260

That net positive was the result of political work. This was originally 2 bills, one Open Source, one Open Data... Both bills had high price tags on them, and it was clear both were fairly bogus numbers (IMHO).
I removed language that caused some of the estimates, and got them to agree that the positions needed for one could be met by the 3 positions in the other bill, and that cost savings of $300k were a bare minimum. (Originally, due to 'Consider', not a requirement, the cost saving was $0, plus 10 people to implement...)
That $300k is a guesstimate and likely low.
So merge the 2 bills together, for a sum total of net neutral/positive, and get it passed in a year where we cut $1 billion dollars from the State Budget. If it was fiscally costing anything, it would have been toast.

There was no upstream/contributing back in previous bills, as I was careful to not add lots of requirements. This bill is like steering the rudder on a big ship that takes miles to turn.... so it's high principles, low on specifics. The specifics will come from the CIO, and his staff, who 'get it'

It's been over a year.... I submitted the bill Fall 2010, post election. Previous work in 2006 and 2008 to get even a study committee to look at Open Source in Government died quick deaths (I was not in the House, just an citizen activist) but all of that work and others taught me how the system works. So really, I've spent about 7 years or so learning how to get stuff like this done.

And HB310 was the OpenData bill that contained the original other half.

Comment Re:I'm the legislator and prime sponsor, and autho (Score 1) 260

Actually, most lobbyists remain in the shadows. But you can smell them. NH has them, but it's far cleaner than most places. Lots of Reps (400), and we only pay $100 a year for Reps and Senators (24 of them), and we elect everyone every 2 years.

The best line of the entire fight was the one lobbyist in a subcommittee meeting who said "I think we can replace the entire bill with one line" as a way to try and kill the bill.

Comment Re:To what degree? (Score 1) 260

Actually, I was concerned about that incident greatly, which is why this attempts a different sort of approach... The Open Government Data principles don't attempt to enforce A standard, just standards that fit the principles. You can be closed source and meet the principles.... it's just much harder to do so, as open source tends to work toward those same princples, and closed source doesn't always.

Comment Re:Open Source Perpetuity? Don't make me laugh... (Score 3, Informative) 260

Actually, this is why the Secretary of State's office, via the State Archivist, came out in favor of the bill:

They have punch cards they legally must retain, and no way to read them. Data without the code/hardware to read it is useless, but we have to keep it all.

So the above is really true. Open formats are vital for data to be historically useful.

Comment Re:I'm the legislator and prime sponsor, and autho (Score 3, Insightful) 260

Good eye.

In order to get the bill passed.

They are in the midst of rolling out an E-Court system, and they felt this would get in the way... and besides which it was a turf war (Legislative versus Judicial)

I wanted the bill to pass, so I said 'Ok, you guys are exempt'. Such is politics.

Comment Re:I'm the legislator and prime sponsor, and autho (Score 2) 260

1) Yes, appointed, by the Governor, and approved by the NH Executive Council (essentially 5 lieutenant governors - unique system we have to check and balance the Governor).

2) total NH budget for 2012: $5,244,850,965 ($5.24 billion)
IT share of that: $67.5 million (roughly)
3) Yes, and they don't have to submit open source as a solution, for example, but the requirements of open data still apply, for one thing, and for another, the total cost analysis will still have to happen... so an proposal submitted that didn't use open data, and used a proprietary solution would have to show that it was the only answer, and why it was cost effective, and couldn't meet the open data requirements. Remember that the principles are listed, and more specific guidelines for RFP and the like will be generated, by the CIO.
4) I tried (as a non-legislator) to get even a study of open source through in previous years. Killed it each time. This time, I was ready, I knew the opposition's issues, and had answers... plus Open Source is no longer a geek thing. People know Linux, Android, Google, etc. Opposition hinged on FUD mostly... It wasn't anything beyond that... So being able to address the usual FUD, and do education the entire time for non-geeks was the biggest factors needed.

comments: The Open Data elements are the key piece here. 3rd party vendors who fail to meet those are unlikely to get the business anyway. And no, this isn't perfect, nor will it guarantee open source is always the answer. Because it isn't. But it should put it on a level field for the first time.

And my website is SO outdated... I need to update hundreds of votes since. But thanks.

Comment Re:Ugh. PC Comes to the PC (Score 1) 260

Well, I helped build the current (and previous) version of the FSP website (It's running Drupal), and it's Meant to read like a travel brochure: come visit!

The 2 events are merely good times to meet lots of folks, here and from elsewhere, listen to speakers, hang out, and just see what happens.

But really visiting most anytime, you'll be able to meet lots of people. Coordinate a visit using the Facebook group or website forum (both is good, and often other related sites will help too), and pretty much any time of year, you will find people to give you a tour and answer questions, pre, during and post visit, and then help you to move easier (with info and advice, and often if you provide pizza and beer, emptying your truck of belonging into your new NH home. Pay it forward.)

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