OSS as a Japanese Public Resource

The Japanese Information-technology Promotion Agency is a new agency that is supporting open-source and other IT projects.

Their official purpose:

The objective of IPA is to promote the development of information technology through (i) supporting the development and greater use of innovative software; (ii) ensuring lT security and reliability; (iii) assisting the business development of information service providers; (iv) developing lT skills and knowledge; and (iv) conducting Information Technology Engineers Examination.

One thing that I find particularly eerie is the fact that a government agency is plagued by cute cartoon dragons

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.