Social coding community GitHub is encouraging all the governments and public bodies of the world to sign up and share best practices. The new Government portal wants to connect governments with the public to “share best practices and learn from each other”.

Part of this involves sharing stories around open source, open data and open government, and includes the City of Chicago’s attempt at forking its city. This involves it releasing specific datasets around bike routes, pedway routes and more.

Existing public bodies on GitHub include the UK Government, The White House and NASA, so there’s clearly a demand from public bodies to tap the wisdom of the developer community to improve and build upon their existing code-based programs.

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