Spain shares its Covid-19 app as open source following appeal from scientists
Earlier this month, Spain published as open source the code for its Covid-19 track and trace application. Publication of the source code came just a few days after an online manifesto gathered more than one hundred signatures from academics and researchers at universities across the country. The manifesto calls on the government to “implement open processes to allow society to participate.”
The manifesto, now signed by 235 scientists, explains that the Covid application (entitled Radar Covid) is an example of a new generation of public infrastructure. Such an infrastructure requires the “publication of documentation and code to be scrutinised by the scientific community and civil society, to let them identify areas for improvement, contribute to development, and deploy democratic, inclusive digital solution that conform to the highest standards.”
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Open source makes Dutch government cloud a reality
The Dutch government’s data centre in Groningen (ODC-Noord) is becoming the benchmark for all of the government’s cloud services. ODC-Noord combines the open source cloud infrastructure OpenStack with the open source storage platform Ceph. The resulting cloud service is proving enormously scalable, while keeping costs low. As a result, the list of government clients using ODC-Noord’s cloud services is growing rapidly.
ODC-Noord now has 18 central government customers, runs 1500 virtual machines, and manages 12 petabytes of storage over 400 nodes. Costs per storage node or per virtual machine in this government data centre are on a par with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and EMC² VMWare.
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