Open source letter to Raleigh City Council

Over on, I recently added a post asking to support Raleigh’s Open Source Directive. Here is the letter I sent to City Council today. By posting it here, I’ve essentially open sourced it. Feel free to cut/paste, re-use, re-purpose, or whatever. (Don’t forget to add your name.)


Subject: Please support the proposed open source resolution

Council members,

Vote yes tomorrow for the resolution which supports the use of open source technology and provides direction to have a more open government in Raleigh. The option of choosing open source allows for lower implementation costs, better access to public data, more collaboration between city staff, citizens, and developers.

Without *real* open data, events like CityCamp Raleigh ( that happened this past weekend would not be possible and would not have had attracted over 220 people.

Please vote yes for open source options.

Thank you,
Jason Hibbets

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About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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