Article: When it comes to open source, culture continues to eat strategy, policy for lunch

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When it comes to open source, culture continues to eat strategy, policy for lunch

Since the 1980s, memo after memo has tried to convince agencies to make better use of open source software, and share the code with other agencies that they are using. Despite the top down push, new research finds federal success with open source is less about the permission slip and more about how the culture of the agency.

Joe Castle, a recent PhD graduate from Virginia Tech, who studied federal technology policy and open source software, and is a federal employee, said the current state of the culture about open source in government is driven by the people, not the agency or memos or any other reason.

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