How to collaborate
Member countries can share the source code and documentation of their national public software in the portal, being able to improve them with the free software community around the world. Member countries can share the source code and documentation of their national public software in the portal, being able to improve them with the free software community around the world.
Any government, organization or citizen of the world can download the solutions available on the portal and customize them to solve localized demands.
Member countries will be able to use the portal to jointly develop new solutions in a collaborative way, enhancing the use of their resources and budgets.
Since 2003, e-government agencies in Latin American and Caribbean countries have been consolidating their horizontal cooperation through bodies such as the Latin American and Caribbean Electronic Government Network (GEALC), working to respond to the challenge of appropriately adoption of new technologies in information and communication (ICT) in the Public Sector. In recent years, the incorporation of ICTs into public policies in all of the countries in the region has been increasing, which has impacted not only growth but also the investment of time necessary for the acquisition and implementation of software. This has led governments in the region to optimize their efforts through the development of public software initiatives, in order to reduce both costs and development times. Through these public initiatives the software is distributed, adapted and reused. But in a country where it is not possible to generate all the necessary knowledge, co-production and regional exchange are essential. The public exchange software process is complex and requires management, mainly in the knowledge that is generated around each application, as a result of the reuse and adaptation to different contexts. For this reason the GEALC Network has promoted the idea of creating a mechanism of regional cooperation that is relevant for all countries involved. An agreed Collaboration Mechanism is promoted to manage knowledge through methodologies that allow it to be co-developed and used by countries in the region.
Purpose: “To build and continuously improve a collaborative knowledge production network to develop, in a public environment, computerized information technology solutions aimed at sustainable development (social, economic and environmental) through the definition of rights and duties of the Participant countries of the mechanism”.
Vision: “To have the model of collaborative production in a Network Platform appropriate by the Society and to serve as reference in international level“.
Challenge: “Understand and improve the Public Software model in order to be sustainable“.